The article brings up some interesting points, but I think the writer overlooks something important to this “new” kind of American poverty. Many of us bring stress and risk upon ourselves by not controlling our urge to have more and more. Do you really need a 5,000 square foot house (or 10, or, good grief, 15)? A $30,000 SUV? $200-plus a month for TV? My financial health got much better when I redefined “enough” for myself.

Written by

Mississippi native, award-winning veteran of The Orlando Sentinel, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Newsday, stand-up storyteller, lives in Athens, Ga.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store