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Best first step at the start of unemployment is to sort out your feelings

Thinking back to the different times that I’ve lost my job, I recalled that the first thing I needed to do was talk about it. The loss of a job can be damaging to one’s ego, especially if they view their position as a part of their identity. . When

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Beginnings – Chapter Two

It was almost two o’clock in the afternoon, and my stomach was growling so loudly that I was pretty sure that Wendy could hear it. As we cruised down Alma’s business section towards Wendy’s apartment, I thought back to our conversation about Harry Potter. I had only invited Wendy to ride with me to the nature preserve because I had such a good time eating dinner with her that day I got punched in the gut. And, almost everybody had gone home for the summer, so I didn’t have very many other people who I could ask. But, my first impressions of her were that

Beginnings – Chapter One

One Inspired by the Reedsy Prompt “Summer Love, the quarantine edition.” View the story prompt here: https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/ I entered the main lobby of Sparrow Hospital at a near-sprint, and nearly crashed into a surly looking nurse who was stationed at the front door next to a big metal sign that read “All visitors must be screened  for COVID19.” “Hold still while I take your temperature,” she said through gritted teeth. Displaying a forced smile, she rubbed the tip of a device against my forehead. “Thanks, now don’t forget to pick up a mask.” I followed her gaze to a box of masks which was located

Father’s Day

. I had last seen my dad in March when he was staying in a care facility. Then, the covid19 epidemic hit, and the state went on lockdown. I had stayed in contact via the phone, but that wasn’t the same as being there. Yesterday, I drove down to see my mom and dad for the first time in three months. It’s been rough on both of them adjusting to dad’s needs, but he does seem to be a lot happier to be at home. Rummaging through his barn for a gas tank we needed, I was struck by how much so many of the

Satisfaction Guaranteed

As I have talked to people and researched the best strategy for marketing myself during my job search, I’ve reached the conclusion that I should try to sell myself in the same way that labels sell the products that sit on retail store shelves. For example, the information on the front of a box of laundry detergent might claim that it “rids clothes of more stains.” Taking this analogy further, if the benefits I offered companies had to be condensed down and made eye-catching on store shelves, what would the labeling on my box be? In many ways, this isn’t that far from reality. When

Featured Stories for May 2020

Lost Boy

When Dodgy didn’t come back from his scavenger run, I, as his lieutenant, had assumed command of the Young Troop. At first, I had figured that he had been slowed down by the cops. He had gotten his name for being able to evade the pigs like track runners jump

Black licorice stains

Black licorice stains Sandpaper like rubbed on tongue taste tattoo, father time’s arthritic painting pain color of the words my lips form. . Dry parchment cheeks erase sugar smile dimples without practice. . Sticky thick caramel coating hard to swallow, gag reflex out smoother than in. . Bitter white inhale

School Begins

Reflections on the start of school, my son’s cancer treatments, and my job hunt.

Beginnings – Chapter One

One Inspired by the Reedsy Prompt “Summer Love, the quarantine edition.” View the story prompt here: https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/ I entered the main lobby of Sparrow Hospital at a near-sprint, and nearly

Father’s Day

. I had last seen my dad in March when he was staying in a care facility. Then, the covid19 epidemic hit, and the state went on lockdown. I had

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Best first step at the start of unemployment is to sort out your feelings

Thinking back to the different times that I’ve lost my job, I recalled that the first thing I needed to do was talk about it. The loss of a job can be damaging to one’s ego, especially if they view their position as a part of their identity. . When

School Begins

Reflections on the start of school, my son’s cancer treatments, and my job hunt.

My first job after College: HomeTown Online

My first job after graduating from Central Michigan University was with an Internet Service Provider called HomeTown Online. The ISP was a subsidiary of the company which owned two local newspapers, HomeTown Newspapers. Our offices were located in the same building as the newsroom for the Livingston County Press, in

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Beginnings – Chapter Two

It was almost two o’clock in the afternoon, and my stomach was growling so loudly that I was pretty sure that Wendy could hear it. As we cruised down Alma’s business section towards Wendy’s apartment, I thought back to our conversation about Harry Potter. I had only invited Wendy to

Beginnings – Chapter One

One Inspired by the Reedsy Prompt “Summer Love, the quarantine edition.” View the story prompt here: https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/ I entered the main lobby of Sparrow Hospital at a near-sprint, and nearly crashed into a surly looking nurse who was stationed at the front door next to a big metal sign that

Tear Gas

. Luke’s vision narrowed with each lurching thud his heart made, the edges of the tile he gazed at swelling and shrinking as blood flowed in and out of his eyes. The teller shouldn’t have pressed the panic button. A tooth had come to rest directly in the middle of