Posts in category "Unemployment"

Buying Steak And Seafood Is Not A Food Stamp Challenge

If it weren’t such a sad and trite tale, I’d be amused at the level of near hysteria leveled at SNAP recipients. That’s the food stamp program for those of you who don’t know. “OH MY GOD, THESE PEOPLE WILL BUY STEAK, SEAFOOD AND JUNK FOOD ON THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER’S DIME!  WE MUST GUARD AGAINST... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: Things Fall Apart, Part 2

I tried.  I really, really tried. But I couldn’t do it.  I couldn’t save my mother’s house. Prior to my her death, my sister and her children lived there and presently continue to do so. Circumstances—some known to me and some not—prevented the mortgage from being paid in a timely fashion.  Obviously in my state... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: Things Fall Apart

At the end of the summer in 1979 my mother, my sister and I came home to a big SOLD sign in the front yard of our home. Unbeknownst to us, our landlord had sold the only home my sister and I knew to the hospital across the street.  I have no idea how my... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: What Link Doesn't Cover

I am usually in a state of interview readiness. I never know when I’ll get a call for an in person interview or to meet with a recruiter. The professional clothes I have are clean (for now), pressed and hanging in my closet.  Yet maintaining this state of constant readiness comes at a cost—an honest... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: I Am The New Face Of Food Stamps

Earlier this year I became the recipient of an Illinois Link card. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Link card (or EBT card) is the modern replacement for food stamps. That is how I’ve been able to feed myself since unemployment was cut off in late December of 2013. The process of applying... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: The Judgment Of Others

It has been very difficult to share my unemployment stories. I’m not used to being vulnerable.  Even if I didn’t take the time and sit down to post these stories I’d still feel exposed. For some reason at this juncture of my life, I feel people’s silent judgments and condemnations. For the most part it... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: Bad Days And Dark Places

I know I’m not a failure. Yet despite my best efforts to beat unemployment, I can’t help but to feel like my life is slipping into an abyss that I’m powerless to stop. Let me assure you how horrible a feeling that is.  It’s a dark place.  One I’m finding myself having trouble pulling myself... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: Mental Exhaustion

Tonight a fellow blogger vented about her trying 2014 thus far: “I should feel grateful and blessed, but honestly, I’m tired of dealing with bad surprises. I’m tired of being in a constant state of shock, worry, and panic in my life over my husband and our income and employment and pets and possessions and... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed & Obamacare: The Conclusion

My journey with the Affordable Care Act—or Obamacare—has been an exhausting one. Yet as most of you know, it wasn’t easy.  Let’s review: After submitting an application on, I was told that the information wasn’t transferred to the state level and had to start all over again. I only found out that I had... Read more »

My HealthCare Journey Before Obamacare: Financial Assistance

Do you want to know one of the best kept secrets in healthcare pre Obamacare—excuse me—I mean pre Affordable Care Act? Some, if not most health care systems, have some type of financial assistance available for those of us who have no insurance. How else do you think those medical bills for my yearly check... Read more »