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Having a son greatly intensified my political views. Before I was a father I felt like there was nothing I could do to affect politics in a meaningful way. So why even try? The corruption of both parties is overwhelming and seemed insurmountable at the time. It still does, but I’m trying… For my son.
I ended up with a lot of nerve damage from Dercum’s and had trouble drawing and painting. I basically gave up that part of my life because I couldn’t draw straight lines or nice round circles right anymore. I hated not being able to perfect my art. Then one day I picked up my colored pencils and drew Lumpy. I made her to spread awareness for Dercum’s but now she has become so much more.
The land trust model is an alternative method to homeownership that doesn’t get much media attention, even with rising rents and home prices. The model splits the ownership between the land trust and the homeowner, and that relationship aims to create more affordable housing for the foreseeable future.