I'm in U.S. News & World Report

Hey guys and gals,

Quick heads up; I’m mentioned in the intro to Rick Newman’s article, 10 Things We Can’t Live Without, in U.S. News & World Report. The article, he says, is about the “new American essentials that reflect the tension between thrift and materialism”.  He gives a quick synopsis of my story and even mentions the book.

I spoke to Mr. Rickman several months ago and had completely forgotten about it, but I guess the article did end up being published after all!  So check it out!  And if you’ve just found my site via the article; welcome!



  1. Congrats to you for the second day in a row!

    My, my… with all of this media attention you’re getting, could you send me your autograph before you get too famous?

    Am so happy for you…

    - m -

  2. Pfft, for all the times you’ve talked me down from the roof, you get a free signed copy of the book ;)


  3. That’s awesome Bri! In the news AGAIN! :-)

    Can you send me an autograph too?! And I’m going to buy a book..so I can always ship it to you, sign, then ship it back in the S.A.S.E.(probably box).

  4. LOL of course :) Hey, hopefully by the time it’s published, I’ll already be living in upstate NY, so you won’t have far to send it!


  5. Vicki Day says:

    Excellent story and great mention honey …….

  6. Cool! I’m glad to see education on the list but one thing he didn’t mention was resourcefulness!! You, young lady, have been managing by your wits for which my admiration for you is really high!

  7. I wonder if the area of urban design won’t have at least some temporary solutions to homelessness. Someday “home” may be a kind of portable shell like some of the portable home designs featured in this article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/10/30-different-ways-to-put-a-roof-over-your-head.php

  8. And perhaps more livable, affordable co-housing arrangements like this one in the UK: http://owch.org.uk/owchpages/article%20pages/article1F.html

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I found your blog from the article and am inspired! I hope your book does well cannot wait to read it once it hits the shelves. =) Lots of Luck!

  10. Congratulations! I got here via the Newman article on Yahoo. Can’t wait to hold and read your book. For now, your articles evoke this sense in me: uplifting.

  11. Hi. Your blog is linked from a Yahoo front page article that links to a yahoo finance article on 10 things you can’t live without. One was a laptop. That’s how I’m here.

    I look forward to reading your blog. I’ve thought a lot about survival and minimal living and things like that for my entire life.

    Your hits will probably jump for a few days. – J

  12. I did!
    ’cause I was curious about ‘how come things are this tough’ outside my country! I guess countries are less homes than ever.
    Boa Sorte ~B~ !

  13. I found your blog through the article. I can’t wait to read the book!

  14. Melinda says:

    Dear Bri, I read about your life and I was crying. I’m a single Mom with two teenagers, unemployed (a broke real estate Broker since the collapse).. I see myself in you.. Although I still live in my house, I feel like we’re homeless since we have been on foreclosure for nearly two years now..don’t know if Lender will approve our modification or they will eventually foreclose on us. I can’t see light at the end of the tunnel… At least with you, you are getting all these offers. You are smart and you will be big in the years to come. Keep it up and more power to you!

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Found you from the USNews article on th front page of Yahoo! Great job! You sound resourceful and independent (shades of my youth). Can’t wait for your book. Suggest you add a donation button to your blog site (if allowed). Ingenuity and resourcefulness is the backbone of capitalism.

  16. CatGunHome says:

    I came to your blog from the Yahoo Finance article.

    As an Indian (curry/7-11 variety), I find it hard to comprehend how moving back with your parents “didn’t work out” under such a dire situation as you were in, that you had to move to a Wal-Mart parking lot.

  17. Hi CatGunHome,

    The entire story is under the “Where It All Began” tab at the top right of the site, but let’s just say it involves a bipolar mom in a fundamentalist apocalyptic cult, for starters ;)

    Thanks for reading, and to everybody above who’s commented!


  18. LoveroftheDutch says:

    Congratulations girlfriend…… you deserved the nod!!!!! :)

  19. Caligurl~n~AZ says:

    Very cool story! I will definitely add you to my list of blogs. Congrats on overcoming the things you have had to endure!

  20. Stephanie says:

    What a great blog and very inspirational. I can relate to your circumstance. My husband was in the auto industry and had a huge income loss too in December 2008. We signed our house back to the bank and was very scared of what was going to happen and where were we going to live. The humiliation of being called an “irresponsible homeowner” by our society forced us to hang our heads in shame while we kept our little secret. We are doing okay now and appreciate where we have come from. Do we still have unexpected hits that keep coming? Sure, but we just find a way to get through it again.

  21. Hey Brianna,

    This is the article that got me to your blog. I’m about half way through March of 09 and I’m developing a lot of respect for you. I’m really looking forward to your book and will make sure to buy multiple copies for all my friends.

    Dealing with the hand you were dealt the way you did is really inspiring. I have never been in a situation even close to one you went through but I hope that if I had to I could get through it with the self respect, dignity, and resourcefulness that you showed.

    I hope that your book is a huge success with all kinds of movie options and that you will never need to find another “job” again. However if you ever find yourself in a need of one let me know, my office is in HB and I can always use someone with the strength and dignity that you have show.

    I hope all is well, always.

  22. Abigail says:

    Hi Bri,

    I found your blog through the Newman article, and have spent all day reading through the archived blogs. You amaze me. I live in a small community, and there aren’t many homeless people here, but I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to raise awareness/help the homeless in semi-rural areas?

  23. Well I came here from this article too, and have just finished reading your entire blog from Day 1 til now. I’ll write more later (I know, always “later!”) but suffice it to say, you are an absolute inspiration. I am amazed by your positivity. My circumstances aren’t nearly as bad as yours and I whine…ALOT. I have alot to be grateful for, and thank you for showing me that. I will be praying that God works things out for you with the book deal and hopefully the movie too and that this new coverage just keeps blossoming, so that you can continue to help the homeless and hopefully come out of your own homelessness soon!!!

  24. I just came across your website via Yahoo who has the article of what you can’t live without. I read your first post and couldn’t help thinking back to my life while in the midst of divorce where I was also homeless. It’s not easy but somehow your survival skills kick into overdrive. Needless to say, I can’t wait to read the rest of your posts as well as getting your book. Congratulations for turning lemons into lemonade = something my mom always said!!

  25. Hi!

    Yeah, I cam across your website via Yahoo News. Thanks for using your challenge as an inspiration to others.

    Best wishes!

  26. Hi there! I found you via Yahoo too. Nice to meet you! (At least virtually.)

  27. Melinda

    What help do you need ?

    Your comment touched me. Im a father of a little one. If there is anything I can do to help talk listen whatever e mail me jonbchess@yahoo.com


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