“A writer’s notebook is not a diary. Writers react. Writers need a place to record these reactions. That’s what a writer’s notebook is for. It gives you a place to write down what makes you angry or sad or amazed, to write down what you noticed and don’t want to forget. A writer’s notebook gives you a place to live like a writer.” - Ralph Fletcher
$22,350 a year to sustain four people in the United States for one year—that’s where poverty starts, according to the government. $5,587.50 per person, per year, for housing, food, medicine, and gas—the essentials in our country. $465.62 a month, for one person: roof, food, medicine, transportation. That’s poverty, according to the government. So, one person surviving on $12,500 a year—my UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR salary—that’s not poverty? Seriously? And I live in New Jersey, by the way. So, my “cheap” apartment is $1050 a month or $12,600 a year. These poverty lines and statistics are as out of touch with reality as the unemployment numbers. It’s laughable.
(Source: The New York Times)