Image portrayed, impression made. It DOES matter.

P. Contreras, Benicia, CA. How you choose to dress gives an impression about you. Whether that impression is accurate or not no one will know unless they get to know you. But, they won’t get to know you if your image repels them. Example. Teenage Boy (black, Hispanic, Asian, white) in your neighborhood in jeans […]

Where will we wash colored clothes?

LaLana Martin Gold Beach, OR When I was 9 years old, our mixed-race family (Asian/Pacific Islander and German/French) was on vacation in the southeast. With six of us there was a lot of laundry. We stopped at a laundry mat and I hopped out of our camper to help Mom with the wash. A sign […]

She changed clothes in our basement.

Barbara Klinman Havertown, PA When I was a young girl my mom was a working mom (nurse) and we had a cleaning lady, Essie Mae, come in every Saturday to clean. I recall she was paid $7.50 ‘and car fare.’ I used to beg Essie Mae to use my bedroom to change into her working […]