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If Millions Of Other People Weren't In The Same Boat, This Graphic Would Make Me Feel Powerless

We can all tell when it's election season. Canvassers pour into our neighborhoods and public spaces. Campaign signs pop up on front yards, fences, windows, and buildings. Phones ring with volunteers (or robo-calls) eager to share how so-and-so candidate only wants the best for our country. Our favorite TV shows are interrupted by smear ads and soft-spoken placements that say, "Vote for me. I'm just like you." And, of course, there's the nonstop election coverage, which is ... well, no comment.All of that costs money — so much of it that, in order to stand a chance at winning a Senate seat, for example, a viable candidate can't spend time hearing from people who aren't major campaign donors, let alone folks who need and deserve more representation in the halls of Congress. The graphic below shows you what we're dealing with.

If Millions Of Other People Weren't In The Same Boat, This Graphic Would Make Me Feel Powerless

FACT CHECK TIME!


We found slightly conflicting data on the amount of money spent by winning candidates. The graphic above shows that winning Senate candidates in 2010 spent an average of $9.8 million, but OpenSecrets logs that figure $8.3 million.

The fact remains that this situation is unfit for a democratic society. Can voting change it? Maybe. Maybe not. But it's clearly going to take a lot more. And here's one of the most exciting possibilities we've seen.

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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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As people get older, social isolation and loneliness become serious problems. Many find themselves living alone for the first time after the death of a spouse. It's also difficult for older people to maintain friendships when people they've known for years become ill or pass away.

Census Bureau figures say that almost a quarter of men and nearly 46% of women over the age of 75 live alone.

But loneliness doesn't just affect those who reside by themselves. People can feel lonely when there is a discrepancy between their desired and actual relationships. To put it simply, when it comes to having a healthy social life, quality is just as important as quantity.

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