I need to get something off my chest, re: healthcare. I will preface this by saying that I would gladly pay more taxes to have regular access to quality healthcare without going bankrupt, because it would, big picture, resolve the problem I am about to describe. But, it’s not always so easy to see the big picture.

If you are currently without health coverage and have been for awhile, chances are very good that you've been spending as little as possible on traditional healthcare, maybe even nothing. When you are sick or in pain, you don't go to the doctor…


I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of faith, lately. Growing up in a strict religious family, I heard a lot about people who didn’t have enough of it. There were prophets in the Bible who were given assignments directly from God, but didn’t have enough faith at first, and had to be talked into it. People I knew who had lost people they loved in death, or had gone through some other traumatic experience, were told they should be at every single meeting (what Jehovah’s Witnesses call church) even when they were going through so much, or it…


Making One Meal Last a Lifetime

I can remember being punished for trying to cook by myself at least a dozen times as a kid. I’d snoop around in the cabinets or the refrigerator, looking for ingredients that seemed interesting. I recall following the recipe for shortcake on the back of the Bisquick box and then smearing the top of the finished product with globs of grape jelly, just to see what it tasted like. After my first couple of solo kitchen adventures, Mom came home from work, noticed food was missing, and yelled at me for “wasting,” food. After…


This is a thought that has been floating in and out of my head for the better part of two weeks. The last time I spoke to my therapist, we talked about how long I’ve been living in “survival mode.” So long, in fact, that I forgot completely that there was any other way to live.

I’m not just talking about financial survival, though that certainly is a thing. Emotional survival, physical survival, spiritual survival — My dial has been stuck firmly in Fight or Flight for decades. I’m not looking for pity here. Don’t you dare! I’m just stating…


Of course, I can’t speak for every poor person everywhere. This really is my own experience, but maybe I’m not so far off the mark for some people.

I am fortunate, right now, to have been offered a temporary shelter. I’m in a friend’s guest bedroom. I have just a little less than two months before I need to be… not here. So, we’ll start with the fact that every day that I don’t leave the house for work, I try to stay in my room as much as possible. I try to make myself small, and unseen, as much…


If you haven’t read Katie Way’s piece on Babe, recounting one 23 year old woman’s dreadful date experience with comedian Aziz Ansari, it’s likely you’ve still been at least somewhat plugged into the spectrum of responses to the situation. My friends and I have had some pretty in depth discussion, and even within our group, the opinions expressed run the gamut from “Aziz Ansari is a terrible person and deserves to take the hit to his reputation,” to “Why didn’t she just get up and walk out?”

I can’t speak for all of womankind, but I can definitely understand why…


NOTE: I am probably not going to say this in a way that is completely inoffensive to 100% of the people who read it. I’m going to have to deal with that. Or rather, I guess, the people who are offended are going to have to deal with that. I’m speaking from the heart, and I can’t go around apologizing for the product of what I know is a good, kind, compassionate, empathetic heart. So… here goes.

Nazis are bad. I hate them. I hate what they stand for, I hate what they do, and the moment I am in…


I think many of us have been very focused lately on fighting Against. Against anti-abortion legislation. Against bad immigration policy. Against, Against, Against. It’s important. In fact, important doesn’t seem like a big enough word for the speaking up and acting we’ll have to do over the next four years Against all the things this administration will try to make happen.

But, as has been pointed out many times, they’re counting on us getting battle fatigue. For me, combating that has to include remembering what I’m fighting FOR. I’m fighting For equality. I’m fighting For food justice. I’m fighting For…


It’s a busy morning in the Inspiration Kitchens classroom kitchen. As chef instructor Jay Bliznick walks the class through its first assignment, a basic French bread, his students begin reading through and writing down the recipe. This morning they’ll not only make bread, but also learn the process for making pate choux dough, make several dozen chocolate chip cookies, roast chickens for chicken salad, learn how to break down a whole fish, then turn THAT into a lesson on en papillote cooking.

He encourages them all to read every recipe at least three times before they even start gathering their…

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