Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Little Slice of Heaven

A while back my better half won free plane tickets (and because they dragged their feet, free car rental, too!) to anywhere in the continental USA. Where did we go? Well, where else? Virginia.
Not because we love Virginia, but because we are big history nerds and wanted to see Jamestown (the original, not the tourist trap one), Williamsburg and Yorktown.
And because my brother lives near there, we crashed at his place. So other than food (which we would eat no matter where we were), our trip was free!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Dream Cups

Yesterday's Cherry Cheesecake Cups were such a huge hit, I thought I would try my hand at making one with my favorite combo of flavors- Chocolate and peanut butter. Oh how I love thee! And if I do say so, these turned out absolutely fantastic!
These whip up so quickly, there's no reason why you can't make a dessert several nights a week...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Education, Inequality, and America

Opinion Piece.

Born in the inner city? Chances are you'll be poor your whole life. 
Born in the 90210? Most likely rich. 
Born in the suburbs? You could go either way.

The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class is slowly disappearing. The great divide between the upper and lower class is based in education and increases further with each generation. But why is this?

Someone once wrote that the biggest determining factors of how well a student does in school is 1/3 in-school factors and 2/3 family characteristics (ie poverty, housing, parental education etc).
They're saying that if your parent is poor and uneducated, most likely you move from house to house within a poor district, and you get sick a lot because you lack healthcare, that you do not do as well in school as your suburban or rich counter-part. 

They're saying: You are less educated because you are poor.
I say: You're poor because you have less education.
A small but perceptible difference.