Please please be careful. My parents brought us up without pretty hair slides and ribbons, without pretty dresses. We were not told daily that we were beautiful and pretty, but clever and polite. We were encouraged to do well at school, to read, learn to play music and be creative. My parents meant well but my sister and I had terrible self esteem, we believed we did not fit in with our beautiful peers. We felt unloved by our parents, ashamed that we must have been so unattractive, we didn’t not deserve pretty clothes and ribbons. We did not do well at school because we lacked the confidence and self worth. We both became unhealthily preoccupied with our looks. My sister spent a fortune on clothes, having her hair and nails done when she left home. I never feel pretty enough to wear pretty clothes and felt an outcast. It wasn’t until I was in my 30′s and I wanted children that I sought cognitive behavioural therapy. I didn’t want my children to be exposed to my issues. I am now very happy with how I look. I am happily married and have 2 little girls. I tell them every day that they are pretty and beautiful. I tell them they are pretty because when they smile and laugh they brighten up the World and that is what pretty things do. I tell them they are beautiful because they are kind and caring, because they try their best at everything they do. That they are beautiful because they enrich other people lives and that is what beautiful things do. My children are confident and happy and very very much loved.
Dennis had been trying to attract the electric companies interest, as he believed their full-page ads about energy conservation. In reality, the electric companies were perpetrating a huge fraud upon the public, and Dennis threatened to ruin the racket. The economic reality was that the electric companies sold electricity provided by the BPA, from the many hydroelectric dams that dotted the watery Pacific Northwest. The BPA was the wholesaler and the local electric companies were retailers. Partly because the federal government absorbed most of the dam-building costs, Pacific Northwest residents had the USA's cheapest energy bills. Because electricity was so cheap, electricity-intensive industries such as were located there, and many homes used electricity for heating, generally with electric resistance heaters.
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The decline in real wages per hour and attendant rise in real prices for gasoline and homes is only a financial measure of the decline in energy resources and consumption. At the family budget level, as energy prices increase, all goods needing energy to produce such as gasoline, food, housing, medicine, and the like cost more. If they can even hold their marriages together (if they even get married anymore), both parents in American households work outside of their homes today, when only one did during the . As businesses try to remain competitive, wages are lower for those fortunate enough to keep their jobs, social goods such as education are prohibitively more expensive, and less money is available for anything beyond survival. For example, in the late 1970s and early 1980s I received a nearly free college education. In 2014, a college education comes with crippling debt as each student's "graduation present," unless the student has parents from the affluent class.
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Dennis was born in 1946 and raised in a family of migrant farm workers, when white people still did that in the USA. His early years consisted of following the planting and harvest seasons around the USA. He was the eldest child, and at age 13, his father informed him that they could no longer afford to feed him. So, Dennis left home and survived to reach age 18, after many hair-raising experiences. He then enlisted in the military and eventually saw combat in Southeast Asia, which most men never completely recover from. He was an army medic and believed in the American dream. People from his background often had Horatio Alger tales as their comforting mythology, dreaming of improving their station in life one day. Dennis also had to good fortune to be born and raised during the , when the greatest middle class in world history existed. There is truth in the myth, but myth and reality did not mesh well for that myths true believers, as there is a distinct class system in America (and more than a little racism), although . Dennis took the American mythology seriously, and was such a flag-waving patriot that during his military days he got into fistfights with fellow American soldiers who criticized the USA. Even though he lived the violent life of a soldier, he deeply cared about humanity and wanted to help people.
WEEKLY ESSAY CHALLENGES – 2015
For the Vietnamese, the war front was their home front. Tran Thi Gung, a southerner who joined the NLF in 1963 at the age of seventeen, after her father had been killed by the Diem government, told the historian Christian Appy in an interview some forty-five years later: