Mauriat Miranda     mjmwired

Civic Responsibility

I thought I might mention that I just voted. It was just three issues on the ballot, but one of them has really been a devisive issue for Ann Arbor. So anyways, if you haven't voted, you might as well do so. Someone once said to me: "don't complain if you didn't vote". I guess people are quick to criticize but slow to participate. When apathy runs rampant, what can you do?

Praying for Riches

Grand Avenue by Steve Breen

Life, Work and Contentment

'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life, Try to make ends meet, You're a slave to money then you die ... I once had perceived that a good job was the gateway to happiness. I had a long conversation with a good friend who challenged that notion. The debate we had was whether or not I should try harder to find contentment in my work. The suggestion offered to me was that I should consider if the job is the issue or if it something else.

In Whose Best Interest?

In the northeast part of Ann Arbor where I live, the foundations for a new housing complex is beginning to take shape. For the most part it resembles any other development with one minor exception: its intended demographic is low income residents. Somehow the residents of the nearby affluent subdivisions felt that low income housing would be a breeding ground for crime and drugs, cause traffic problems and danger to young children by speeding cars.

Admitting the Least

Sometimes in an argument when someone gets trapped in a corner, I often hear them say "Well at least I can admit it". I cannot begin to express my frustration with that comment. What does it mean exactly? Perhaps they are implying that they are taking the first step in the path to correcting their problem or issue. With the frequency of the statement, I seriously doubt that. Maybe they think they are somehow better than those who "