By Marjorie Young
As someone with a decidedly spiritual bent, it is my heartfelt aim to take the ups and downs of life in stride, knowing not only that there are invariably lessons to be taught, but that a degree of detachment will always aid in putting difficulties into perspective. Clearly, that is a charming idea in theory, but when ‘reality bites,’ it is not always so easily put into practice…serving to remind me yet again of how very far I have to go in living my ideals.
Very recently, I learned that my Ballard home will be put up for sale. The news was a jolt, having lived there for twenty years and more. Certainly, the fact that I might have to leave was unsettling, but beyond that, it came as a shock to realize how neighborhood rents have skyrocketed…making the chance of finding an affordable new place slim indeed. As for low-cost housing, a waiting list of up to five years is the norm.More ›