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I have to share this note from Liz Hirsch about the first meal she cooked for herself and her housemates. Hirsch recently moved into a house with other women 50 and older to learn self-sufficiency skills. Hirsch had been sleeping in shelters for the last few months. She titled the email “Ex-Homeless Woman Cooks Up a Storm.”

Here’s her report (and a recipe!), along with a suggestion that Reps. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner might benefit from this kind of communal experience:

I’m Kelly Bennett, reporter for Voice of San Diego. You can reach me directly at or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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