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society Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
society Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
We to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land… Can we help you feed your family?
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How much do you pay to banks each month? Take a closer look!

I am curious, do you know the exactly how much money you are paying in interest and bank fees each month? I ask because recently I've been particularly worried about this one credit card account I have. It was literally the first card I got when I decided to try reestablishing myself credit wise. This means I had to pay an annual fee for the card and a pretty high interest rate. It was something I felt was necessary though since nobody would extend credit to me otherwise. Well just the other day I got a notice from that credit card company about how the account terms are being changed. The annual fee is going up and so is the interest rate, big time. It's been five years since I accepted that car...

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HIV discrimination and reproductive rights. Your thoughts?

HIV is still a pretty taboo topic in some circles and I know there are still people out there with skewed views on the disease, how it is contracted and who gets it. Everyday people have contracted HIV, they aren't all sex addicts, dirty needle users or whatever. Still many people look down on those who are infected. The ignorance of some is unfortunate but sadly it does not surprise me. However, I was surprised to hear that a woman was forcibly sterilized in Chile because she was HIV positive (according to a press release I just received). I also found similar information already published online. First off, forcible sterilization? Did you know that is happening? It brings to mind the cases of genetic mutilation that I've heard of in many countries....

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Blog for Choice Day, 2009

Did you know that today, January 22nd 2009, is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade? I am sure you already know that I am pro-choice big time, since I blogged for choice last year and all. I don't think I'll ever have an abortion but that doesn't mean I'll let anyone take my right away. Besides I am just not of the belief that government needs to be ruling on what we are and are not allowed to do with our bodies. Each of us should be free to decide what is best for us and our current situation. It is all a freedom thing you know. With freedom comes the need for informed decision. Just because someone chooses something that you feel is wrong doesn't mean we should take the...

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Circling the drain.

Nothing much is going on this weekend. We are staying in, trying to not spend money and just enjoy some quite time. Last night we went to N's boss' Christmas party and had fun, it was the first time I met all his coworkers since moving here. We weren't out too late then we came home and had hot coco before bed. I am feeling perfect these days and have been more active and present in day to day stuff, thank goodness the 2nd trimester is almost here. Smooth sailing is good! The state of the economy is hitting home hard so that is something that is always on our minds. Personally we are doing okay but many others are going without utilities and are having to make some hard decisions about what...

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On politicians and real life…

Guess who The Secret Service just cleared to interview Sarah Palin?. She was attending a rally in Jeffersonville on the 29th according to this article and the plan was for him to interview her at the airport in the afternoon of the 29th. When he found out his first reaction was, "How am I going to keep from laughing through the entire interview?". We are not fans of hers if you can't tell. I said he could chew the inside of his cheek or pinch himself to inflict some pain and keep him from laughing in her face. This whole presidential election has provided us with a few eye opening experiences. For example, when we lived in Flagstaff, AZ a few months ago N was often set to interview John McCain. Funny...

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I need health insurance, damn the man!!

For those of you who don't know about N and I we just got engaged but have been together for about 6 years. We've been living together for 5 of those years, our finances and our lives are intertwined. We have joint checking accounts, shared credit card accounts, we are beneficiaries on life insurance policies, we share a lease and the list just goes on. While living in Arizona we enjoyed being domestic partners, his insurance covered me and our domestic partnership declaration provided some legal rights for the other person if anything terrible were to happen. Having shared benefits and a declaration of partnership provided us with peace of mind and the time to save up and prepare for the engagement and wedding we want. Well now we have picked up...

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So much chaos and uncertainty in the USA right now *sigh*

I have been following the news of the massive flooding occurring in the Midwest right now since Indiana is a place we may be relocating to. Many people are displaced and have had their homes ravaged by the flooding and storms. Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa are in a state of emergency as a result of the flooding and the video footage is just heartbreaking to see, houses are just being swept away by raging waters. In the east people are experiencing a heat wave as temperatures reach triple digits and earthquakes are devastating many in places such as Nevada, California and Greece. I was left thinking "Holy cow, what is going on with the weather" after learning of all the chaos. Add the weather stress to the economic stress of fast...

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Chilling and watching TV today, what is with these shows?

So am lazy today and planned to chill out on the couch with my laptop watching TV and doing stuff on the internet. So I have the oxygen channel on right now (becasue that was the channel the TV was already on), they are airing the show "The Bad Girls Club", what the hell kind of show is this? It's some kind of reality show about bitchy girls or something...

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