After 4 months of unemployment, uncertainty and self-doubt, I finally got a job. I am excited about the position and thrilled to finally be going back into the workforce.I am a little apprehensive about the idea of going back to work though.In resumes, in interviews, you put your best possible self out there. You have days or weeks to contemplate your wording at interviews, you have all the time in the world to check, check and recheck your resume....more
When I finally sat up this morning and reached for the dog's collar on the floor by the door, the dog knew that this is the signal that I am actually up for the day and not just getting up again to stumble into the bathroom to spend yet another penny and then stumble back to bed again to dream of my re-animated mother needing money from me because she's starving. He jumped out of bed and sat between me and the door, radiating eagerness and vitality much too early in the morning. I, sitting with hunched shoulders, said to him "Tea." I never give up hope that he will fetch me some....more
The political and economic analysts claimed that President Barack Obama had to show leadership and be bold with his jobs plan. I believe everyone got what they asked for from his American Jobs Act (AJA) plan.
I must say that this aggressive plan to put Americans back to work infused some sense of hope, especially for African Americans.
I am not going to talk about the chickens. Or how they have laid more eggs in their nest. Or how I feed them brussel sprouts (YUM!). Or how they can get 14 feet up into my tree, amazing me each night....more
Have you ever found yourself suddenly unemployed? I have. So has Dominique Browning. The difference between the two of us is that my reaction was to chop off my hair and Browning's was to write a book about it -- Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas and Found Happiness. She's clearly the more savvy of the two of us.
According to the diary of Hitler's personal doctor, Hitler suffered from "colossal flatulence." Imagine having all the details of your private life laid bare to the likes of me as my knitting needles go click-clack, click-clack? Of course, Hitler has been dead since 1945 so he can hardly feel any humiliation now. And my knitting needles don't really going click-clack because I'm using needles made of bamboo and I'm a mediocre knitter so there's a lot of stopping to count stitches and rip out rows. In my fantasies, however, my knitting does go click-clack, click-clack....more
Is it possible the unemployment crisis our country is experiencing serves a meaningful purpose for our society as a whole? As crazy as this sounds, I believe it is possible we have been handed a golden opportunity to finally begin living the life we are here to create and enjoy. So many of us live the life we think we should be living while we struggle and try to survive a reality we don’t really care for. It seems a shift has taken place in our country, a shift that is pushing us to move into our fullest potentials....more
With the growing presence of women in the US Armed Forces comes the growing need for services for returning women veterans who find themselves unable to get a foothold in civilian life. Far too many female veterans end up homeless, and a new study by the US Department of Labor finds that too many of them feel that shelters and other support systems originally created for male veterans aren't for them.