In February, our church helped lead a 116-mile march to Olympia in support of marriage equality. Our members are now involved in the final push to ensure that marriage equality is affirmed at the ballot box. Here is a listing of marriage equality events:
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In 2008, Samuel and his wife had a combined income of more than $100,000 a year. As he puts it, they “lived the middle class highlife of the twos—two salaries, two kids, a two-car garage attached to a four-bedroom house in a nice quiet neighborhood.” In looking back on that time four years ago, Samuel says, “Man, we were living the American Dream, but I’m still stunned at how quickly everything changed.” He now describes his story as a “riches to rags” story. Samuel was a website designer and writer. He and his wife were college educated and had never struggled to find desirable jobs. When Samuel lost his job in 2009, he started his own company. Samuel describes himself as a “hustler” who worked hard and managed to have a booming business for the first six months. Then, suddenly, his pool of clients shrank sharply. His clients were struggling with the Great Recession, and they could no longer afford his services.
Recently, our family of three made its first trip to a pumpkin patch. I went with few expectations. In previous years, one of my sisters had sent wonderful pictures of her daughter at a pumpkin patch, so my main hope was that I would get a good picture of Danalyn next to a giant pumpkin. What I did not realize is that an excursion to a pumpkin patch these days is more like a trip to the county fair, except with lots of pumpkins. We arrived before the pumpkin patch opened, and there was already a line. Inside we found pony rides, a bale pyramid, a bale maze and a corn maze, a calf roping station, a petting zoo, face painting, miniature tractors for kids, a corn bin/rompus room, pumpkin sling shots, and a hayride to the actual pumpkin patch.