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The Time Machine

The other day, in conversation with some friends of mine, I had one of those horrific moments of self-awareness that just make me want to weep. We were fundamentally just rehashing the same topic we always talk about (relentless professional dismay), when I blurted out, “It occurs to me that in the two months I... Read more »

Knubby Little Fingers

There hasn’t been too much activity on this blog in the past few months, and with good reason. I found and was working two jobs, and was also trying to maintain some semblance of a family life. Furthermore, I felt devoid of any sort of comment to make on the topic of career health. Recently,... Read more »
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Another End, in Search of a Beginning

On Saturday, I will be doing something for the very last time. I’ll wake up at 8:00, get in the shower, slurp down a cup of coffee, some Claritin and a multivitamin, put on my uniform shirt and nametag, and drive to work. Last fall, the first job I landed was at a chain store... Read more »

I never knew the inexorable march to the grave would be so frustrating.

It’s inevitable: at some point, you’ll take your first sick day at a new job. Maybe it’ll be the flu, maybe your leg will fall off, something like that. Whatever the case may be, hopefully you’ll have insurance to cover some of the bill. For me, the biggest stumbling block with sick time is stress.... Read more »

Painting the town Donna

You might just see a trend on ChicagoNow today. There are bound to be a lot of people talking about Donna. Who’s Donna? Once upon a time, I shared an office with an inspirational woman named Sheila. She had a story to tell that both broke my heart and taught me how to choose hope.... Read more »
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WBEZ Front and Center Event: Make Your Own Job

For the most part, this blog is dedicated to telling stories about experiences in The Wasteland, and making observations on methods for getting through it. Today, though, I’m just going to pass along something I saw that I wish I could go to, and I highly recommend everyone attend. http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-26/making-your-own-job From the WBEZ web site:... Read more »

Don't Panic

A moment ago, I was updating my twitter with a somewhat scandalous message, as I’m wont to do. Go ahead, ask my friends. They’ll tell you. “Dan Morris? Oh yeah he posts crazy things all the time,” or “Dude, I wish that guy wasn’t on my friends list, but I’d feel all guilty for defriending... Read more »

Man of Action in a new year

The other day, much to my chagrin, I discovered that my car’s battery was dead. As a man of action, I popped the hood and dug through the glorious disarray of my garage to find my trickle charger, hooked it up to the battery and walked next door to ask if I could borrow my... Read more »
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Time Management and Winter Depression

I’ll admit, I’m a bit scattered lately. Certain pre-unemployment patterns of mine are beginning to emerge, and my grander focus is getting muddied. My drive forward has slipped, and somewhere along the line, I activated the cruise control. Things aren’t bad; I’m definitely better off heading into December than I was at the beginning of... Read more »
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