Karen Weese is a freelance writer whose articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, Real Simple, The Pacific Standard, Alternet, Sojourners, British Heritage, Mamalode, Dow Jones Investment Advisor, and other publications. She writes about social justice, health, parenthood, politics, behavioral economics, and more. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Hi, I'm Right Here: An Open Letter to Paul Ryan about Poverty and Empathy - Salon
The Ramen-noodle fallacy, the Happy Meal myth, double vision, and the magic belt: Why so many of us understand so little about poverty in America, and what we can do about it.
How Can You Tell If Someone Is Kind? Ask How Rich They Are - The Washington Post
This isn't a rant - it's actually about pancakes, science, candy jars, and more. Give it a try. :)
Leslie Roberts is the Answer to the Prayers of Millions of Americans. So Why Does She Make Only $9.50 an Hour? - Alternet
Nearly all baby boomers say they want to grow old at home, yet the people who make it possible are paid poverty-level wages. A day in the life of a home health aide, and how society can offer dignity not just to our elders, but to the people who take care of them, too.
This 30-Second Conversation Before the Holidays Could Save Your Child's Life - Scary Mommy
"We had watched stories like this on the news and said, 'Oh, isn't that a shame, that poor family,'" she said. "But it can happen to you. It happened to us."
What'll We Tell the Kids About The Really Big Questions? - Sojourners
Is it better to offer my children something that might not be true, or deny the existence of something that could be?
The Reprieve - Mamalode
Stinky roller skates, One Direction, and a small miracle.
How to Raise Kinder, Less-Entitled Kids (According to Science) - The Washington Post
They aren't beasts; there's an explanation for why they act that way. Here's how to fix it.
Common-Sense Gun Reform: Even the NRA Could Back This - Salon
It shouldn't be hard to find common ground that creates real change. These seven truths are a place to start.
One Little Reason... and It's More Than Enough - Daily Kos
How a second-grader locked up my vote.
The Last One in the Race - Scary Mommy
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