Archive for the ‘Employment’ Category

This summer I took my first ‘real’ vacation in years. I’ve used my “Annual Leave” (as we call in the semi-autonomous government agency that I work at) mostly for long weekend ‘staycations’ and for partial days to go to interviews or to volunteer during technical rehearsal week for my daughter’s ballet ensemble. (I find that […]

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This is the year of my 20-year college reunion, and of my son’s graduation from high school. Inexplicably, I have not been invited to give a commencement address this year. (I know, how could everyone have overlooked an obscure blogger with no notable career success?) In the spirit of graduation speeches, I give you my […]

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In the current economy, with the slow job growth (and high rates of unemployment and underemployment) that has characterized the recovery from the (still too) recent recession, we see many articles in the media about people’s experience in the job search. None, to my knowledge, has focused on the emotional turmoil that a job search […]

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There is a commercial for retirement planning with Prudential that I think is very telling: Before getting to the silent volumes that this advertisement speaks, I would like to address one glaring issue:¬†Retirement is not, “paying ourselves to do what we love.” Retirement is (hopefully) doing what you love while living off of savings and […]

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Mythology

30Oct13

Barring “the man, the myth, the legend”-style hype, most people in the consider themselves to be post-myth. What is mythology, though? In essence, it is a system of stories, bearing some element of truth, that explains the world. Few, if any, of us are truly post-myth. Even the classic mythology that we think of — […]

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Some Days….

16Oct13

I have a job that I hate and that doesn’t pay the bills. I have applied for hundreds of other jobs, with no luck. I recently had jury duty and found the experience a breath of fresh air. Some days, when I get to the office door in the morning, I wonder if I wouldn’t […]

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Icarus

20Sep13

This was my first attempt at poetry in about 15 years, and I hope I didn’t do too terribly. My goal was to express the emotions felt by an adult with a life of broken dreams (in this case, specifically me, but I suspect it’s a common experience) as they try to encourage their children […]

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