I hate asking for financial assistance here – both because I know many others are struggling even more than usual, and because there are many friends whose previous generosity I still haven’t repaid (not for lack of intention!). But my situation is fairly desperate at this point so I don’t have much choice.
My mother’s final illness (2016-2017) was expensive (she didn’t have insurance); and even before that, our financial situation was tight; the blow to our finances two decades ago, from the two-year period between my losing tenure at Chapel Hill and my getting hired tenure-track at Auburn, when I was paying for both her housing back in Chapel Hill and my housing here as a temporary instructor, was one we never fully recovered from. And since her death, of course her Social Security isn’t coming in any more. Plus, although I have good insurance through my job, some of the co-pays for my own medical issues have still been unexpectedly high. (I don’t live extravagantly by any means; I live in a cramped apartment, surrounded by boxes I have no room to open, and my various trips are all conference travel, paid for either by my department or by the conference venue.)
So I had to take out high-interest loans to make ends meet; and although my (non-summer) salary is good, the majority of it now gets eaten up automatically every month with giant interest payments and tiny principal payments. Every time I start to get caught up financially, the summer comes with its reduced salary (more reduced than it used to be; and some of my other, former sources of summer funding have dried up) and I fall further behind than before.
I’m at a real nadir now, at the point where I can’t see how I’m going to pay basic expenses – rent, bills, groceries, etc. (plus I can’t afford to get my car fixed). So any help would be greatly appreciated!
Those able and willing can help via one of the means below. Let me know whether it’s a gift or a loan. Or if you can’t help financially, you can help by sharing this post. Thank you!
Roderick T. Long
402 Martin Ave.
Auburn AL 36830