laughingtokeepfromcrying (earline james)


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Facing a trademark infringement lawsuit, Sun Cedar files for bankruptcy and closes its doors

I've heard that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and it's a philosophy that helps me cope. If you learn something from an experience, then better for it. Good luck and all that and I'm certain you'll come out ok.
Mostly, I think this gives Penn House an opportunity to undo some of the damage their agency suffered when a certain former "director of human resources for the Ballard Center" changed their longstanding policy of welcoming patrons daily to limiting people to weekly visits. While it's true I had issues with a certain 'advocate for the poor," I could not help but feel he was not suited to that work; that he was more about the office space and the big wooden desk than he was in providing services.
The first suggestion I'd make the current Penn House staff would be for the staff and volunteers to wear name tag. I have to sign in when I visit so everyone knows who I am. I'd like to know who they are to as well. I'm sure there's not a lot of money in the budget, but those "hello, my name is" sticky labels can't cost that much.
I'm hoping Penn House can return to offering free bedding and cookbooks and coffee mugs and whatnot. How many times do we get to put something back to the way it was?

September 28, 2016 at 1:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Curb check: A look at what Lawrence leaves behind during moving season

As a recovering hoarder, I did not allow myself to leave the house Saturday or Sunday.
Monday, I stopped at a very picked over pile off of 21st and Ousdahl and still managed to find some very useful stuff. I cannot believe how happy that makes me, I was so thrilled that I was going to make another run last night, but the deluge, the torrents of rain made me change my mind.
It's just as well. Last September, the troll at Penn House called the cops on me for dumpster diving through their trash nearly every day, so I got a citation and had to go to court. I plead guilty (because yeah, that was me salvaging wire hangers and linens from their trash) and I had to pay a $100 fine and $60 court cost and I was on probation for 6 months.
I stick to thrift stores and rummage sales now. Anyway. these photos on the front page don't help, especially since Bert Nash no longer has the support group for hoarders which wasn't helping me much. ...

August 5, 2015 at 12:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

In wake of ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide, Brownback issues executive order on 'religious freedom'

(I've been away from church for awhile, but I don't think they/we yet ordain women! By that I mean Black Southern Baptist "have a long, tough row t hoe". ...)
Getting back on topic, when do they send in federal troops to enforce compliance, like with school desegregation in Little Rock? Maybe haul our governor off in handcuffs? Why can't he just obey the law?

July 10, 2015 at 11:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Gov. Brownback creates Social Services Policy Council

This is still bothering me, I'm trying to study and decide who to vote for tomorrow and I'm still steamed about this farce, this waste of time and effort . He says (out of one side of his face) complete your education while (out of the other) ripping teachers tenure and education funding..... Instead of marriage, why not focus on collecting child support? ... And good luck finding a job that pays well enough to support a family.. Or pay off your student loans. He has no idea how bleak, how grim some young lives are. He is not helping. He makes things worse.

March 2, 2015 at 5:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Gov. Brownback creates Social Services Policy Council

God help us. Another task force to study the problem poor people.
I bet we make "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" again.

February 23, 2015 at 5:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Penn House to revamp programs to remove barriers to success

I have to remember I'm at the library and they'll cut me off when my time is up. This is my 2nd attempt to comment on this article. Maybe it's best. I was so angry the first time. This time, I've actually had a chance to visit and experience the new and improved Penn House - which I'll try to comment on as well Also, this happened many years ago. Different crew entirely. I have my a few issues with the current Penn House leadership, but the staffers, the workers are very friendly and helpful and that can't be easy, all things considered. Ok. here's my story. Several years ago. ...I took a car load of things over to Penn House that I couldn't fit into anymore. I'd regained about 40 pounds and these nice clothes (still plus sizes, but not plus enough) that weren't fitting and it depressed me having them around, so I donated them to Penn House. About a week later, I was shopping at Lasting Impressions - and there were all my donations! Minus a blouse or a pair of pants that had already sold. I talking complete outfits from shoes to hat; from purse to overcoat. This was not the work of Penn House clients, customers, patrons, participants, or whatever we're calling us now, this was the folks in the back room, the sorters, the volunteer staff, the community service workers. It's a fine distinction, but one that needs making. They still have a sign up in Penn House about not selling anything that you get when it was never the regular consumers "taking advantage" of the program like that. Another true story, this one 2nd hand. A a woman I used to work at SRS with told me she took things to Penn House one lunch hour and then on Saturday, she went garage sale-ing (maybe the North Lawrence neighborhood?) and stumbled across one that was trying to sell her back the stuff she had donated to Penn House a couple days earlier! Her dishes, her husbands shoes, her paperback books... She was livid! She considered it theft. When she called to report it, she got the "we try to keep the volunteer staff happy" speech. Of course, that was years ago; none of the current staff is guilty of these things. Like I said, friendly and helpful. So, I just left the new Penn House and I did not like having to give my name to be entered in their database. I was told I could only come in once a week now. Not that I every made it every single day. I made it in 3 days once and it wore me out because that 'beggar' vibe is exhausting. And who ever heard of a store that monitors what you did with your stuff? Would Kohl's care if you take a t-shirt to KC or Topeka? Would WalMart care if you got something for a friend or nephew? So I'm not as angry as I was when this article first showed up in my paper, but I'll make this one snarky comment and close. The best renovation would be to get rid of Kyle Roddenkamp; he's a teabagger.

November 5, 2014 at 12:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to deliver recycling carts on Monday

BUT... can I still give my soda cans to Cans for the Community or The Lawrence Humane Society? I'm glad to give up the rest of it. (With all the road work and sewer work and detours and whatnot, recycling has been way more work and hassle than ever. I'm ready to give it up.) But those aluminum cans. They're doing much good. I'd still be willing to separate my Miller lite cans, my Arizona Tea cans,, my V8 cans, ... for the good!

September 8, 2014 at 12:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fantasy football illegal in Kansas

The people shooting off fireworks last month probably didn't feel like criminals either. What's the 4th of July without fire crackers and sparklers?
A couple weeks ago, I was enjoying my favorite hobby (dumpster diving behind the Social Service League), and this cop rolled up on me and goes, "Don't you know what you're doing is illegal?" and "I won't write you a ticket this time..." and I haven't been able to enjoy my favorite past time. I'm too afraid of getting fined or arrested, or shot.
Not that that has anything to do with fantasy football, or building a new police station, but yeah, they lost my vote on that issue.
(I'm about out of time at the library. Not enough time to figure out how to make the old account sign my actual name. ... Earline James).

August 29, 2014 at 11:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What currently airing TV show are you watching?

Ancient Aliens (History Channel)
Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Perry Mason and The Untouchables (MeTV)
The Rifleman (AMC on Saturday mornings when they do their cowboy thing)
Law and Order

September 29, 2011 at 10:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

$3,600 bicycle stolen from west Lawrence home

Was it insured?

September 8, 2011 at 12:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )