Coals on the inside

Emotionally, I’m about as drained as one can be, without simply keeling over dead. Spending day after day after day just being little more than alive, constantly searching for a solution that cost more than my heart can afford, is like a desiccant for my... me. I have these little fires in me somewhere, but I can never quite track them down. I know they’re burning and sometimes, on good days, I can even see a wisp or two of smoke, but then it’s gone. If I could just find one, I’d stoke the flames as high as I could.

Homelessness | Two days until zero hour

On Monday morning, we'll need to check out of our hotel. That's significant because, after that, we don't currently have another place to go, though not for any lack of trying. Ever since I got my job at Mirantis a few years ago, and lost it a few months later due to a big shakeup in their ranks, I have been unable to find work. That leaves us on a fixed income of a few hundred short of $3,000. Considering the Extended Stay America we're about to end our relationship with costs us just short of $100 a night, the math isn't difficult to understand. Of course, we need the kitchen that the hotel provides, or our daughter would get sick all the time. She has terrible food allergies, which basically means she can't eat much of anything. 

Don't vote because you think your vote doesn't matter? Think again.

Chew on this little gem for a minute. 

When you don't vote, you, and the millions of other Americans who don't vote, have an ENORMOUS effect on the direction of America. When you don't vote, you GIVE your votes away for free to any lunatic or zealot who gladly votes however they are told. When you don't vote, you are effectively voting for whomever leads in the polls. Why are they leading in the polls? Because you aren't out there voting. 

So, the next time you respond to someone's query about why you don't vote and you're ready to roll out the "My votes don't matter" or "All of the candidates suck" excuses, think about what really happens when you don't vote. Maybe if the people in Michigan went out to vote, Governor Rick Snyder wouldn't have made it to office, and the emergency managers plan would never have been signed into law, then 100,000 people in Flint wouldn't have lead poisoning. 

There is no action or inaction that does not have a consequence. Period.