About

I am a journalist turned fiction writer who lives in the Northwest. My husband is an engineer who has run his own company for over 15 years. You’d think we’d be doing well. But we’re a flea on the dog that is the construction industry these days. In the past three years, with zero income and our savings depleted, we’ve gone from well-off to well below the poverty line.

The Nouveau Poor examines that transition and what it’s like to go from eating out to eating with food stamps.  It’s a whole new world, and I welcome readers to offer their opinions, good and bad, and to share their experiences. Let the debate begin.

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m glad to see a similar minded site. As an educated women from upper/middle class as well I feel our knowledge can certainly help the very poor who probably give up somewhere along the way and don’t realize their options. If I hadn’t applied for food stamps I am 100% positive I would NOT have had food for myself or my child throughout many weeks in the past 2 years. It’s hard enough to budget what we are given and never feels like enough. Imagine those women left with 3 or more children and trying to get Medicaid or actually get through on the phone with social services which is such a process, and such luck to get anyone on the other end. I am thankful I received some benefits but always imagine how people worse than myself must be faring in difficult times.
    Hope to read more stories from your blog!
    Vanessa

    • I doubt I have very much to teach anybody. This is more my way of sorting things out for myself. But I have discovered a lot of tenacity, courage and kindness in people through these pages. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your blog. Anyone who can keep up posting with a child under 10 is a superhero in my book.

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