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The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

Our blogger ambassadors are a key part of what we do here at the Monkey Do Project. They help spread the word about our projects, and they use their network and influence to bring attention to the problems facing the Appalachian region - the problems we want to help with. We appreciate all that they do, and we wanted to highlight some of their awesome work done on behalf of Monkey Do Project.

Last week while most of you were planning and attending those great end-of-the summer parties full of food, fun and family, my family and I were getting an eye-opening experience in Clay, West Virginia. In this extremely remote rural area, there is no industry or place to get a job. The unemployment rate is 10%. Many programs to help people have been cut or have run out of funds, and the food bank is empty. That's right, the place that is supposed to be able to help hungry people is empty.

I am a stay at home mother of two from Floyd County, Eastern Kentucky. When we had our babies, we were the happiest parents in the world. I had just graduated from college and had gotten an Associate Degree in the Arts (I had planned on finishing the RN program but never got to return to school). My husband Chris was working for North Star Mines. He had finished the Coal Careers program via Big Sandy Community and Technical College and we had a pretty decent savings. Our trailer is paid for and we felt that the logical next step was having babies. Little did we know everything would change for us.