Category Archives: Poverty

“Texas Friendly”

“Our mobile home court is very secure,” the thin retired woman with coiffured gray hair told me. “As you can see, we have a high chain link fence and are a gated community. The crime rate in here is nearly … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage

The divorced mother labors thirty-five weeks in a car wash for $7.65 an hour while her three children are cared for my an over-extended day care worker. At nights she cares for her sister’s two kids as well as her … Continue reading

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Separate and Unequal

In 1981, the African American midwife described one of her most heartbreaking deliveries. As we talked we sat under a big pecan tree in the front yard of a remodeled farm house near Americus, Georgia, she explained that she had … Continue reading

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Inequality

We smelled the house before we reached it, a terrible stench of human waste and illness. The green, eight foot square house stood on tilted brick stilts. Rotten debris was piled under the base, and a thin, limping gray kitten … Continue reading

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April

There is a memory I have. It is of a friend so dismembered from all that was accepted that she seems almost a breath, but she was important. I remember her face right as the tips of our breasts began … Continue reading

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Chicken Coop

  My friend and her three children lived in a snug and clean chicken coop behind my friend’s father’s house. Her children were neat, mannerly, and highly intelligent. Every week she checked out library books for them and stored the … Continue reading

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