Posts tagged "Hard Times"

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 »
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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 »

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 Healthcare.gov, 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 »

Unemployment Ends Today: I'm Tired of Congress Playing With My Life

I am one of the estimated 1.3 million Americans that will lose their unemployment today. To be truthful, I’m over it. I’m over my case of chronic joblessness. I’m over interviewing.  I’m over explaining what I do to well meaning friends.  I’m over the rejection.  I’m over being blown off by friends of friends who... Read more »
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A Crafty Christmas---Unemployment Edition

Christmas 2010 found me desperately broke but with a hot glue gun and an overabundance of ornaments.  After modifying an Eddie Ross tutorial, this is an example of the ornament wreaths that I now create.
Yes, I’m still unemployed. Yes, Congress did not see fit to extend unemployment benefits prior to their holiday break. Yes, that means Christmas is just a little more stressful than usual.  Because who doesn’t like worrying about how to pay utilities during winter in Chicago? What’s a woman to do? Get an industrial strength glue... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: Why I Don't Go To Food Pantries

Yesterday, a friend and I were discussing the proposed cuts to the SNAP program passed by the House of Representatives a few days ago. During our conversation she commented that a new food pantry had opened in Uptown and attracted a sizable crowd on its first day.  She later went on to say that in... Read more »

In Defense of Alderman James Cappleman: He's Right About The Salvation Army Mobile Trucks

Have you ever come home to a dice game on your doorstep? Or someone passed out in front of your door wallowing in there own bodily waste? How about witnessing a young teenage girl performing oral sex on a man old enough to be her grandfather by your building’s dumpster? I have. Those three incidents... Read more »
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Foreclosure Stories: My Home Is Worth $20,000

The south and west sides are ground zero for mortgage fraud in Chicago.  Wave after wave of foreclosures and vacant or half finished buildings have decimated property values. If you have the available money, you could take about $100,000 and literally buy a city block in certain neighborhoods. That’s how much the property values have... Read more »