On the Margin: Habits

If you’ve recently lost your job, you’re looking at a whole new world that you will have to deal with.  I’ve learned a lot by being marginally employed, and in this second installation I’d like to share what I’ve learned about this world.  I don’t know everything, and I’ve certainly made mistakes.  If you have some other ideas, please comment at the end and share what works for you.

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On the Margin

In January 2008, 78.3 million Americans had jobs.  By November, that was down to 76.7 million people and shrinking fast.  The 3.9 million who were unemployed in 2007 have seen their ranks grow by 41%, meaning that a lot of people are unemployed now that haven’t been in the recent past.  Those who have been there before probably know a thing or two about how to survive the situation, but the newcomers likely don’t.

This series is written for those of you who have recently left the middle class with what feels like a bootprint on your ass.

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A Visit from St. Klaus

‘Twas the hours before trading, and there on the screen
The markets abroad were all tranquil and green;
In Europe and Asia they each held to their course,
With decent increases in bourse after bourse.
But yet I couldn’t sleep in the dark of the night
Knowing somewhere that something just possibly might
Take a dive, though the hour was terribly late
For the year wasn’t over, this bad two-oh-oh-eight.

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Christmas for Everyone

Because I am feeling lazy and have a lot of other things to do, I thought I’d recycle this post from 2000 which first appeared in Columbus Day Riot.

Christmastime can be hard those of us who tend to worry about how the world works. I have railed in the past about the obligations to a relentless flurry of materialism, but that only comes to me because the majority culture is part of my heritage. There are millions of Americans and billions of people around the world for whom Christianity itself, the supposed origin of the holiday, is not a part of their traditions and values.

I think there is something there in the life of Jesus that we all can celebrate and learn from.

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