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Next Time You’re Spending Your Ass On Groceries, Try Not To Think About These Bar Charts. Or Do.

Some new research stacks recent Wall Street bonuses (just their bonuses) next to the total earnings of every full-time minimum wage worker in the United States. My takeaway, crazy as it may sound, is that we should start thinking a little more like Wall Street when it comes to economic policy.

Next Time You’re Spending Your Ass On Groceries, Try Not To Think About These Bar Charts. Or Do.

First of all, WTF? Am I losing my mind, or didn’t Wall Street’s shady dealings contribute hugely to a global economic meltdown that affects most people to this day?


Oh, but hey! Here’s a nugget of hope. Take a moment to don your investor cap and, á la Wall Street, consider three words: Return. On. Investment.

The researchers’ logic is as follows: Low-wage people spend most, if not all, of their money because they have to. It’s how they pay for a place to live, feed their families, clothe their kids, and so on and so forth. That spending has a stimulative effect on the economy.

High-income people can afford to stash extra cash (like fancy Wall Street bonuses) because they’re still human beings with the same basic needs, and beyond that, there’s only so much needless luxury crap they’re willing to buy. The money they’re not spending brings no additional value to the economy.

Every dollar going to low wage workers adds an estimated $1.21 to the economy whereas each dollar going to high-income households adds only $0.39.

The point? Maybe the minimum wage should be less, well, minimal.

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Figuring out what to do for a mom on Mother's Day can be a tricky thing. There's the standard flowers or candy, of course, and taking her out to a nice brunch is a fairly universal winner. But what do moms really want?

Speaking from experience—my kids range from age 12 to 20—a lot depends on the stage of motherhood. What I wanted when my kids were little is different than what I want now, and I'm sure when my kids are grown and gone I'll want something different again.

We asked our readers to share what they want for Mother's Day, and while the answers were varied, there were some common themes that emerged.

Moms of young kids want a break.

When your kids are little, motherhood is relentless. Precious and adorable, yes. Wonderful and rewarding, absolutely. But it's a LOT. And it's a lot all the fricking time.

Most moms I know would love the gift of alone time, either away at a hotel or Airbnb or in their own home with no one else around. Time alone is a priceless commodity at this stage, especially if it comes with someone else taking care of cleaning, making sure the kids are fed and safe and occupied, doing the laundry, etc.

This is especially true after more than a year of pandemic living, where we moms have spent more time than usual at home with our offspring. While in some ways that's been great, again, it's a lot.

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"I love being a nurse because I have the honor of connecting with my patients during some of their best and some of their worst days and making a difference in their lives is among the most rewarding things that I can do in my own life" - Tenesia Richards, RN

From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

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Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.

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