A Country Garden
After she came up to me and said, “I’ve been with my partner for 20 years… We would never get married because he’s on social security income, and because my daughter is disabled I have secondary income from the state to support my daughter. If I got married, both my benefits and his benefits would be reduced because we would become a double income family.”
She was explaining that marriage doesn’t work for poor people, and that it doesn’t work for disabled people. Having really simple examples like hers are important."
this is important. for a lot of low income folks on government benefits, marriage is against their financial self-interest. trying to put a dollar amount of the symbolic value of marriage is hard.
The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family. That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.
The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.
Pretty but Prickly: the Defenses of California Plants
“Botanical art usually makes people think of flowers, but in fact, scientific illustrators routinely document and find beauty in every part of the plant, stem and root, leaf and fruit. That includes what may seem to be the least attractive botanical anatomy: thorns, spines, and prickles.”
Learn more from Danna Staaf at KQED Science.
This is what happens when you live in the woods and are eager to try out your new paint brush…
maddie’s home you can tell bc there are paintings on me
Ned Kelly - Murderous villain or Australian folk-hero, depending on who you ask. This is him in Melbourne on November 10, 1880 - he was hanged the next day.
Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
Oil on canvas
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts