O.K this recession thing is killing me. It occurred to me this morning as I was blow drying my expensive lowlights and highlights that we're apt to see some really bad hair soon. At $200 bucks a pop for a cut and color I’ll bet some women are deciding to forego the expense and turn to Clairol. I don’t know about you, but I can easily detect a salon job from a bathroom job. Usually the color is good in the front but the back looks like Halloween. I am wondering myself, as my business is slowing to a standstill, how long can I go before I have to do something about my dull roots.
With the current economic situation many people are turning back to the Depression for lessons. What did they eat? What did they garden? And for bibliophiles, what did they read? Where did they get their books? Well, thanks to the NPR and Publishers Weekly we know the answer to that. Depression-era reading looked much like today's mass market offerings and that many people got their books from libraries.
The Dow may be down, the election depressing and yes pretty much everyone, not just Americans, is feeling kind of angry. But as more of us start searching for security, stability and savings there may actually be an upside to all this anger. As behaviors start to adapt during these tough times, here are eight trends we predict that may help change the way you see things:
A Newsweek article correlates the increase in the obesity rate with
the recession. I do not think that the recession is making us fatter.
But, it is a good excuse. During difficult times people often turn to
anything that is comforting. “Comfort food” isn’t called comfort food
I first heard of Laura Berman Fortgang about 12 years ago, when I worked at Time Warner and enjoyed a perk of working for a large media company: Free magazines. Laura was featured in a business article about a new, emerging practice called career coaching. As a business and career writer, this was an area of interest to me, new ways of doing well at work.
Yesterday I represented BlogHer on a conference call with bloggers from the Silicon Valley Moms Blog, and Katie Couric. Couric wanted our help getting the word out about the issues being covered in CBS Reports' new series, Children of the Recession.
Recently my friend Aaron was telling me about an artist friend of his who recently held her own stimulus art show. Instead of showing her regular art which used to fetch up to $20,000 a canvas, she held a show featuring miniature paintings --all going for $100.
She sold out. As she told Aaron,'just about everyone can afford to spend $100 on a splurge.'
Depending on your point of view she is either a survivor or a sell-out.
Throughout the country, galleries are having conversations with the artists they represent and encouraging them to create smaller pieces.