Unemployed By Choice, Part One

Many people live in the fear of losing their job and not being able to find another one. The recent dismal unemployment numbers show that this fear is not unfounded. What if you don’t lose your job but leave by choice? This is the unemployed group that no one talks about. What happens when you find yourself in a soul-crushing job situation or one where your morals are being tested?...more

Q&A: What is this Cookbook Project and How Does it Work?

Whether you're a long-time friend or an infrequent visitor to Frankly, My Dear... you're probably aware that I'm trying to raise funds to publish THE UNEMPLOYMENT COOKBOOK, SECOND EDITION....more

Walking in Denethor (Steward of Gondor)'s shoes

"So passes Denethor, son of Ecthelion."  --Gandalf, Return of the King. In Return of the King we meet Boromir's father, Denethor, the steward of Gondor, a man who uses the palantir of Minas Tirith in hopes of discerning the future -- and falls to despair when Sauron shows him is plans. Logic told Denethor that there was no way to beat Sauron.  By might of arms, as even Tolkien fan knows, Denethor was correct.  Sauron could only be beaten by destroying the Ring. ...more

Spooky Style

Dear blogging world, I find myself on the brink of a new career. After many moons of being a jobless statistic, I have a job starting tonight in a few hours. I am going to be a spook girl for about two weeks. This should allow me enough money to put gas in my car, to pay part of the rent and maybe, if I'm lucky, buy some fresh produce. This is a new, semi-local, haunted ride for both children and adults. I will post further thoughts on this after tonight's dry run (literally). I get paid to run and scream that is my job description. We'll see how it goes....more

The price of unemployment paralysis

I've been unemployed for three and a half years.  In that time, only ONE two month temp job -- at the US Census -- has come my way.  I've been on less than 10 interviews total and seriously broke the big toe on my left foot trying to go to one when the security door to the office ran over it.I've moved three times as a result of my unemployment.  First to a tiny studio in Midwood Brooklyn, then to stay with a friend in Cresson, Pennyslvania, and finally to my current apartment in Oakhurst Johnstown, Pennsylvania....more

Hi just the "Green Eyed Girl"

Lorig ZinzalianHi my name is Lorig Z . I wanted to intoduce myself I am young lady with a walker, who has green eyes and a sweet personality who is self employed , work at home selling cosmetics -Avon .When I was  a little girl I never imagined my life this way. Like what you say, well being single  first of all and being a business owner at 31 and having no full time empolyment to help  with small business expenses - just a great family unit .That is all for now my blogastphere family....more

Those “Lazy” Unemployed People

Newcastle UniversityIf I see or hear one more jab about these “lazy,” unemployed people, I’m going to scream!...more

Keep the fire in your torch burning

The Olympic torch is coming!Ugh! That’s what I have to say about yesterday. First, let me say that June has been very interesting indeed....more

Unemployment and Health Care

Snoozefest, right? Or, at the very least something we all take for granted. However, the possibility of being uninsured should be enough to get, not just into your gut but into your bones and your dreams at night (if you can sleep). At the end of this month my COBRA will expire....more
Holy crap - $5,000/month? That is INSANE.   Great post - information I'll pass along to people ...more