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I'm a yard sale fan. So, I noticed when a big plot of land was covered with tarpaulins covered with yard sale stuff.


Then I saw it.


I drove past, on an errand, but on the way back I stopped to find out what this was all about.


I took a picture of the car and some of the tarps.

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The owner came over, looking annoyed.


I'm with the media I explained.


"Well, that picture will show my license plate," she said.

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"I can photoshop it out," I replied.


We talked about the sign on the car. "It's for real," she told me. She,
her name's Diane, was being evicted for failure to pay her rent.


"I went to the state looking for help, but I'm working. I have a job. I just can't afford it any more," she explained.


Ends up her husband is three months behind in child support. She has an
11 year old daughter. You could tell by all the girls toys for sale.
Diane was selling them to try to come up with the rent.


Diana is selling her daughter's toys to make rent by the 15th

When I spoke
with her, about 3:30 PM, the day mostly gone, she'd raised about $150.
She needed about $2400 by October 15th to pay the month's rent she was
late, the next month's rent and court costs. Her landlord had taken her
to court when she let them know she was having financial trouble. Court
costs are close to $200 on top of her rent, which just over $1000 a
month.

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She'd been holding her own until her ex-husband stopped paying support.
There are millions of Americans like her, living paycheck to paycheck.
A recent CNN study
found that almost half of all Americans are living paycheck to
paycheck. That means half of us are just one troubling incident or
failed back-up system away from being in Diane's shoes.

Diane, who lives in South New Jersey, has her court hearing on October 15th. She's hopeful. I asked her what she would do if she was evicted and she replied, "I have until the 15th."

She's caught between a rock and a hard place though-- no help from the state or county getting her ex-husband to pay the child support he owes, no help with her housing because she's working. You have to wonder how many hundreds of thousands of people this is happening to.

If you want to help Diane, drop me an email and I'll forward it to her.
rob at opednews dot com.

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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