Charles and Laureen Braxton worked hard all their lives, but after retirement, Mr. Braxton has some medical problems that put them behind on bills and life’s other expenses. When they were nearly unable to pay for food one month, they headed to Catholic Charities which helped them stretch their budget. 61 percent of North Carolinians older than 60 have incomes that are low enough to make them eligible for the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program, which is part of the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, an updated model of the former food stamps program.
A few weeks ago, new client AARP Bulletin sent me out to the Braxton’s home to spend the day with them and illustrate some of what senior couples go through to make ends meet. It was a lovely way to spend a day, talking about jobs past, looking through family albums and watching Mrs. Braxton work on hand sewn dolls that she hopes to sell at local markets to supplement their income. Just want to thank the Braxtons for their hospitality and Michael Wichita and Ilene Bellovin at AARP for the work. Read the article here for more info and check out a few more photos below.
Spent a while last week on the campus of NC State with Dr. Michael Moynihan, the 22nd Century Group, looking at experimental tobacco plants that his company, in partnership with the university, is developing to help smokers quit by reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes by as much as 97%. An interesting experiment, especially to someone who used to smoke. Hope it helps.
Article here, more photos in the archive
Happy to announce that my With Friends Like These show is moving to Steady Sounds in Richmond, VA starting this Friday. Come on out if you are around as it will be first Friday on Broad Street and things should be hopping.
In other Friends news, the show was featured on One Giant Arm this week with a nice write up, thank guys.
There are those places we live that seem to have a greater impact on our lives than other homes, or cities, that we may have spent more time in. They have strong memory associations, stories and scars. Although their period in the timeline may be short, their impact is immeasurable in the further course of our lives. This was one of those spots. Huge rats, falling down house, back yard full of ramps we built, good friends, never forget.
collapsed lung | unscarred
Pacifica Co-housing community | Carrboro, NC | 2011
check out this week’s Independent for a story I shot that questions the logging policies of the Triangle Land Conservancy. It a long, good read.