Am I Creating Class Warfare in My Own Community?

We are doing pretty well. ...more
Class warfare...the one percent...all the cool code words for socialism...let's make the ...more

So who are you NOW?

Currently "between positions" (nice way of saying laid off in the latest economic quagmire and looking for gainful employment), Karin started writing cooking in my heels to save sanity, share a life-long obsession with food and cooking, and put the voices bouncing around her brain on virtual paper. She (me) also likes making people laugh, occasionally think, and has to do something with all those shoes, so there you go. ...more

8 Tips That Can Help a Termination of Employment Meeting Go Smoothly

One of the most stressful meetings you will have as a manager is one in which you will have a termination of employment discussion.  Whether the termination is the result of a layoff or due to poor performance, will not change the fact that it is a stressful situation.  Unfortunately, this is not one of those things that gets easier the more you to it.  The fact is you'll never be good at it, nor should you want to be.  However what you do want is to be humane, deliver the message, treat the employee with dignity and respect, and protect yourself and the company.  That's a lot to do in a 10-15 minute meeting. Here are 8 tips that will get you prepared so the termination discussion goes as smoothly as it possibly can: ...more

Romancing Your Husband During A Financial Hardship

An unemployment or financial hardship can easily extinguish the flame of passion in your marriage.  That's why it's so important to do your best throughout the year to show your mate how much you love them.   Now, I know this isn't always easy to do, especially when there's so much stress and money is tight.But to keep the spark alive, you'll need to be open-minded, creative, and willing to put forth an effort to intentionally show your love in tangible ways.   Particularly on special occasions like Valentine's Day or an Anniversary....more

A Job is Not Just a Paycheck (And Other Observations of Employment)

I still don't have a day job. It's been just over six months since my boss decided he couldn't afford to keep me. And since I don't publicly vent, that's all you get on that subject.I've been unemployed before. I'm a legal secretary. A licensed insurance agent. I've worked for large corporations and sole practitioners. I'm excellent at sales, customer service, administrative duties and, no surprise, communications.But I can't seem to find a job. So I'm praying for income. Which is not the same thing....more

The Not So Great Depression

Lisa H. Golden...more

Spread Your Wings and ... Fly?

On a sunny day last May, the newly-minted graduates tossed their tasselled caps in the air with whoops and hollers. With that, my daughter Laurie and the other members of the Class of 2011 closed one door and turned expectantly toward another. What was on the other side? For some, the promise of a job or graduate school....more

Re-careering blues

I resigned from my job after my move to New York and have only been looking for a job for a couple of months. And, I am lucky to have a supportive husband who has far less issue sharing “his” money than I do (quotation marks are mine not his). So, necessary PC-caveats aside, why do I feel so low?...more

It’s Monday, Everybody Works On Monday, Wouldn’t That Be Nice

Good News! The unemployment figure dropped to 8.6% in November, that’s the lowest since March of 2009.  However, nationwide, 6.7 million Americans have been out of work for at least half a year, that is the highest number recorded since the U.S. Labor Department began tracking the data in 1948....more