November 2011 Archives

Rethinking Rich

November 22, 2011

At its worst, this recession has left countless people homeless, jobless, hungry, angry and injured. At best, it’s led many Americans to cut up their credit cards and cut out unnecessary spending. Others are voluntarily simplifying their lives, reducing consumption, sharing resources with neighbors, and finding new value in the so-called “simple” pleasures of a not-so-big life. I say “Amen” to that. I know a lot of people with very rich lives and small bank balances, and I know some…


by Kim Childs, CPPC It was 7:05 a.m. on Thanksgiving eve, 1997. I was anchoring a public radio newscast in Newark, New Jersey, as I’d done every morning for months, when the music host left the studio to grab more CDs. Alone with the microphone and a million listeners, I became aware of a sinister thought. It told me that I was about to blurt something outrageous over the air. I pushed down this thought and kept reading, “Mayor Giuliani…