we just mailed out the wedding reception invites
invitations crossed in the mail
and we learned that Graham’s family reunion fell squarely on our chosen dates
(seriously we’d planned the party for early August because the family reunion usually falls LATE in August)
there were a couple of phone calls
and NOW the picnic party will be in SEPTEMBER, but before people go back to school (we would really like to know when you’re going back to school) (I am making phone calls and emails)
And hey people when can you visit us for little one-on-one parties, because that’s all we really wanted in the first place.
Being married is awesome. Planning events is why do we even have that lever.
A mutual follow was asking for big strong delicate femme ladies recently. I like the combo.
Curvy Natalia Fedorova by Ilya Fedorova
(Source: rivertrickster, via rooks-and-ravens)
Graham and I treated ourselves to a dentist visit! The results were mixed. My teeth are excellent, though I’m going to damage them if I keep grinding them in my sleep. Graham’s are not so great, as you’d expect from a kind of awful first five years of life and an adolescence drinking soda. He’s got another appointment early next morning, to take care of some urgent stuff, and then there’s either the $3000 treatment plan or the $1000 treatment plan.
We spent the walk home talking about finances, and the various ways in which we’d disappointed the people who raised us. We’ll probably end up using a credit card for the first time in our lives.
Then we walked into an azalea garden, because it was free.
And it kept unfolding.
With ponds, and bridges, and redwing blackbirds that nonchalantly picked seeds out of the rim of the information plaque as we were reading it.
Thank you, universe, for your generosity in times of need.
by Johnny Clasper
A Town Without Poverty?: Canada’s only experiment in guaranteed income finally gets reckoning | The Dominion
For four years Dauphin was a place where anyone living below the poverty line could receive monthly cheques to boost their income, no questions asked. Single mothers could afford to put their kids through school and low-income families weren’t scrambling to pay the rent each month.
Initially, the Mincome program was conceived as a labour market experiment. The government wanted to know what would happen if everybody in town received a guaranteed income, and specifically, they wanted to know whether people would still work.
It turns out they did.
Only two segments of Dauphin’s labour force worked less as a result of Mincome—new mothers and teenagers. Mothers with newborns stopped working because they wanted to stay at home longer with their babies. And teenagers worked less because they weren’t under as much pressure to support their families.
The end result was that they spent more time at school and more teenagers graduated. Those who continued to work were given more opportunities to choose what type of work they did.
If a guaranteed income program can target more people and is more efficient than other social assistance programs, then why doesn’t Canada have such a program in place already? Perhaps the biggest barrier is the prevalence of negative stereotypes about poor people.
“There’s very strong feelings out there that we shouldn’t give people money for nothing,”
So here’s some evidence that unconditional benefits make people happier and healthier and do not lead to laziness.
In the period that Mincome was administered, hospital visits dropped 8.5 per cent. An 8.5 per cent decrease in hospital visits across Canada would save the government $4 billion annually, by her calculations. And $4 billion is the amount that the federal government is currently trying to save by slashing social programming and arts funding.
what’s staggering is HOW EASILY this could be funded by only taxing the top 1%. Just imagine never again having to fear for the availability of food and housing and medical care.