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Life after my family lost everything

Recommended by Katie Harmer

Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 29 2012 5:28 p.m. MDT

Our take: The recession has made a drastic impact on families across the country. Many who have lost jobs or houses are learning to changing their lifestyle to fight their new financial circumstances. In her post on The Huffington Post, writer and amateur chicken farmer Corbyn Hightower describes how the recession has changed her family — for the better.

Popular wisdom teaches us that making changes slowly and deliberately is the only way the new ways will stick. You can do a month-long liquid diet and lose an easy thirty pounds, but without achingly steady, determined steps over a long time, new patterns won't gain a necessary foothold. These hard economic times haven't been a flash or a blip something we'd suffer and move through like a quick removal of a bandage instead, it's been a gradual insistent grind, with no real end in sight.

This recession has changed us. It's radicalized and marginalized my family and my friends. The Big Picture on a national, political scale is surely too complex for me to understand. I actually understand a lot less about everything now, anyway. One thing I thought I knew: if you go to a good college and you are good at your job, if you're smart and ambitious and valuable to your employers, then you will build success upon success. You will be a productive participant in the chug-chug of the economic train as it speeds reliably down the track of capitalist democracy. You'll raise kids who will reap the benefits of that work, and you will know peace because you are doing the morally defensible thing by working hard and providing for your family.

Read more about Hightower's journey on The Huffington Post.

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