I've gone through the cycle of disbelief, claustrophobia, despair, and cooking.
I host the yearly office Halloween party. The trick is finding fun, engaging games that aren't demeaning or wasteful.
[Originally posted on LinkedIn] Last weekend I attended my first ACES conference. But let me back up. When I met the charming, brilliant woman who would consent to being my wife, she had one stipulation: "There is no way I can marry an unlettered man." I was a couple semesters shy of my bachelor's and … Continue reading My First ACES Conference
I'm doing lots of writing. I haven't touched my travel journal in about a year, let's say, and I haven't done any writing here that I'd shape up for publication. But I do have another blog where I'm challenging myself to stick to as close to a story-a-day project as I can. Sometimes that means … Continue reading Busy Elsewhere
My wife and I just moved ten blocks south of our old place, from the CARAG neighborhood into East Harriet. This doesn't mean much except for a few things: I went from three coffee shops within easy walking distance to zero cafes anywhere. There's one on the corner that opens exactly when I catch the … Continue reading Shifting Neighborhoods
Well, it's not going terribly. Along with my semiannual revising of the passwords, I've also unsubscribed from a number of email lists and deactivated my accounts on a dozen websites and services. It feels good to clean that all out, even if it's just an e-placebo effect. I like wrapping these things up and narrowing … Continue reading Story Thus Far
What brought me to WordPress, to commit to installing it and learning all the programs and routines around it? For dozens of years I was a happy Google user. I have a legacy storage account, no reason to give that up; I used Google Buzz for as long as it ran, I boosted Blogger when … Continue reading Traditional First Entry
Your credit score, linked to your national ID, goes down if you post on social media about dissenting political views, discussing history that isn't state-approved.
Now it's over two years after my last post, when I was struggling to find work in Minneapolis. Two-and-a-half years later, my position at my former office has been ended and I'm looking for work once more. What have I learned in all this time? Nobody admires you for pointing out all the typos and … Continue reading Forward, Two Years
I'm not getting discouraged, I'm not. Olson has ignored my repeated applications to their Proofreader position, and their HR person has ignored my repeated e-mails directly to her, and now the position has disappeared, but I'm not discouraged. I applied for a copy editing position with Target, and my Target contacts reached out to the … Continue reading Work May Be Found or Created