Poetry

Coat Conscious

By on January 7
Coat Conscious EclecticEvelyn.com

Coat of arms
Coated tongue
Raincoat
prophylactic
protects against more than rain

Winter coat
Hand me down coat
coat of many colors
Appalachian poverty
turned into a Christmas Special
entertainment for the masses

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Life

Keeping Neighbors Warm with a #Scrapgan

By on November 2
Keeping Your neighbors Warm with #Scrapgan EclecticEvelyn.com

As the weather turns colder there is nothing I like more than curling up with a nice warm crochet project, a cup of cocoa, and a good movie.  As a matter of fact since I stopped smoking a few years ago, I have become obsessed with crocheting.  It gives me something for my hands to do during down times like waiting at the doctor’s office or watching TV.

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Life

The Riverside Speech

By on January 15
The Riverside Speech EclecticEvelyn.com

There could be no greater writing prompt on January 15th then leadership.  January 15th is the birthday of a great leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Much has been said and written about Dr. King and I am sure that anyone who reads this is aware of his famous speech “I have a Dream” that was delivered in Washington DC. Most people are not aware of a much more powerful speech that was delivered exactly one year prior to his assassination. This speech given at Riverside Church in New York showed a more radical side of Dr. King.

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Life

In America

By on January 9
In America http://amzn.to/1MZVJBj

The first movie title that came to mind is In America. It is one of my families favorite and most people have never heard of.  It is the story of a family from Ireland that come to New York to try and make a life. It is a very powerful movie that will break your heart and give you hope all at the same time.

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Life

Stick and Stay #SoCS

By on May 16
Stick and Stay EclecticEvelyn.com

The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday this week is “stick”.

Stick hum…the first thing that comes to mind is a friend of mine, Willie Baptist, always says” You have to stick and stay” meaning you can’t just show up when things affect you. You have to be there for the long hall. He is a long time community organizer and mentor of mine.

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Tips

5 Ways to Provide Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to Hungry People In Your Community

By on April 20
Community Garden to provide food for the hungry

I live in a food desert. The only places to purchase food within walking distance are convenience stores, fast food, and drug stores. I also live in what is considered the hood, the poor part of town, where the public housing projects are and most of the abandoned buildings reside. This is also the neighborhood that the city has targeted for “Urban Renewal” and has been trying to raze for years in an attempt to expand the hospital and student housing for Marshal University. This is the historically black neighborhood and still has many homeowners of color who live here. But this post is not about the politics of race but feel free to draw your own conclusions about Huntington.

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Life

Dear Visitor to My World

By on December 17
hipster occupy Vogel Warhol Angela Andy Diana

When you come in here and try to save me all I am left with is the mess you leave behind. You play at pretending to be poor for the day or the week not really knowing what its like to actually be poor. Not really knowing what its like to wake up terrified and go to bed hungry every single night. Not knowing what it means to be a woman with children who have a father who doesn’t care or only comes around when he wants something. You have no idea what my life is actually like. You just look in from the outside passing judgment pretending you can empathize because its the hip thing, the cool thing, the latest craze to help the poor, the black, the uneducated, the hillbillies, the “Other America”. When you leave and go back to your gentrified neighborhood that you stole from use and wear your hipster thrift store fashions and go “green” and retro and all the other buzz words, I am left with reality. I am left with the dirt, the drugs, the bugs, the abandoned buildings you left behind.

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Life

The Struggle is Real

By on November 10
empty kitchen table hunger

She is talking about bills and I don’t even.  I am trying to focus on writing and she wants to talk about money I don’t have.  I don’t like to talk money because it stresses me out.  I try not to think about money any more then I need to.  When you are poor it is hard because everything comes down to money.  What you do, what you eat, where you live, what you think about, what you dream about all comes down to money.  Money sucks and stresses people out.  Money is one of the biggest issues that couples fight over.  OK now Beth just called and she is coming with the food. YEA!!!  I am hungry.

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