Down To Earth (Australia)
Frugal Queen (UK)
Going Gently (UK)
An Historical Lady (New Hampshire, USA)
All of them, well barring Going Gently which is probably one of the more hilarious life blogs I have ever read and deserves to be a book and a best seller at that, address the economic state of affairs in their neck of the woods and it is not pretty. I find it terribly interesting that politicians continue to spew the garbage they spew about how to save the economy of their countries when all it would take is a click and a pause to see their views are pretty much wrong. The insight I have gained by reading these blogs is not just from the author but from the commenters who basically come from all over the globe. They chime in with personal stories of economic plight or about others who are suffering. They all vent their terrible frustration at broken systems and failed policies and the rising food prices. Regardless of country, we are all on the same ship except out fearless leaders do not see it that way. The US claims Socialist Europe is a failure, but it is not as if our Capitalist society is doing much better. Banks/Wall Street are reviled here at this point, but we are told not to hate the rich and to stop blaming them for our own misfortune. I'm sorry, did I miss my bailout check???
I digress. Something was pointed out in a recent post on An Historical Lady that upset me and compelled me to write. A suggestion of getting together with friends to ease any struggles was met with, "No one wants to be around people in our situation."
IT RENDERED ME SPEECHLESS.
Now, I am sure she was not implying every single person she knows does not associate with them, but I know she feels bad she cannot entertain properly and that sort of stunned me and made me sad. Friends should want to be around you regardless if you feed them or not. This put a bee in my bonnet. Why in God's good name would anyone abandon their friends if they hit a rough patch? Okay, I get it, no one likes to sit around and discuss death, tragedies, sadness, etc, but come on now. If a friend is in need of a a cup of tea and a homemade scone, what does it cost you? Yes there are situations where people who hit bad times that did nothing to help themselves and play the victim. We have a friend who is acquainted with someone just like that. She hit rock bottom, but still refuses to see the troubles and I bless our friend for even putting up with her stupidity at this point. But for those who have done everything to save themselves, why abandonment? Wouldn't it be a kind thing, a
And while I am still on my soapbox, let us do away with the phrase "American Dream" please? To me it has always been like selling the "40 Acres and a Mule" concept. Times have changed A LOT in America and just working hard is not the answer anymore. I am tired of politicians telling me if I work hard I will attain the American Dream. Bull. I was not born with a silver place setting in my mouth and I know how it works here. Maybe int he 50's or 60's I could have gotten far, but all the research now tells us mobility is more difficult than ever in the States. Now, I do not need to be a millionaire, but I certainly am tired of watching the working classes be ridiculed and kicked around as if they were lazy buggers causing the problems of my country. SubPrime loans anyone? There is no American Dream anymore. It is American Survival now my friends and it sucks and it is global. I have not had a chance to see this Frontline Documentary yet, but I have read enough reviews to know I will be in an emotional roller coaster through a viewing.
Two American Families.
Today's Recipe - Food In Jars: Yellow Tomato and Basil Jam