Sun of the Earth

25 10 2012

Tonight we had a patient come in with his daughter and three grandchildren, his, not hers.  And while he’d an appointment, she did not.  No matter, in her mind though, for the world, you see, revolves about her.  And being that we are a serving organization, with a focus on comforting people, we worked her in.  This was actually a bit more involved than “the doctor will see you now” because working her in involved a late night run to another office to retrieve her records and the babysitting of those fine young children of hers.  (The latter statement is, of course, rife with sarcasm.)

From the start, they were unruly heathens who’d quite obviously never felt the sting of a bare hand or heard the ominous sound of a belt flying through the belt loops, much less the firm and steady voice of their parent disciplining them.  What they knew of punishment was the tried and true method of writing.  Yes, writing.  Think Bart Simpson in the opening scene, but multiply that by a few hundred.  A few hundred for each unacceptable action and within a few hours the children were into the four-digits.  It didn’t cease their ambivalent behaviour at all though, they seemed to just roll with their ever increasing tab.  At one point the youngest child quipped whatever to her mother’s threat of even more sentences, but it never appeared to strike the frazzled woman that her method just wasn’t working. Read the rest of this entry »


The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began…

26 07 2010

Twice in my work history I have experienced having my job sent overseas, both times to employees who would do my job for half my pay and be willing to work longer hours for that lesser paycheck. It wasn’t that I asked too much, it was just a cost cutting method. As my one supervisor put it, it wasn’t personal; it was a financially advantageous decision. Read the rest of this entry »

A Fresh Mind is an Asset

14 07 2010

I’m irritated and frustrated and unemployed.  The three combined do not make for a great combination, so I find my keys beneath my fingertips once more to express myself in the best manner I am able – through my words. Read the rest of this entry »

Bring Your Child To Work – or not

3 03 2010

My father worked at Norfolk International Airport as their USN liaison for about four years when I was a child and I can remember being allowed to help screen passenger’s luggage, ride the luggage conveyor belts and go inside the tower to watch planes take off and land.  And when my parents would fly me back to visit my grandparents over the summer, typically alone, I was on numerous occasions allowed to go up to the pilot’s area, sit in the co-pilot’s chair and fly the plane.  I still have my gold wings that I was given by an American Airlines pilot for doing such a great job.  And while granted, this all was long before 9-11, no one seemed to think twice about allowing a child to experience the responsibilities of these jobs.  And I am very certain that nothing I did under the supervision of the employees would have ever ran a risk of a horrific outcome because it was supervised and I was told explicitly what to say and do.

So perhaps because of my childhood experiences I fail to see the big hoopla over the little kid sitting on his daddy’s knee as he took the mic at JFK and reiterated the words he was instructed to tell to the big planes.   Read the rest of this entry »

Teen Unemployment

12 01 2010

In the latest issue of Time magazine there is an interesting article about the greatest sufferers of the economy and unemployment.  The greatest victim, per the article, is the teenage youth of our country.  I couldn’t agree less.  While I recognize the need for teenagers to have that first job, make the money for their wants and to experience the grown up world of budgeting – I would hardly say that a child is damaged by the lack of those experiences.  A parent can supplement those experiences by involving their child in the household budget process.  Show the child the bills, the income, the debts, the necessities and get them involved in learning the art of balancing money.

As a child, I didn’t have my first job until I was 17.  It was a good job for good employers with crappy pay and no benefits, but I took the job for a time filler, not to make money and spend it.  And after high school, I can imagine that if I had not been able to pay bills with my income and my husband’s I would likely have done what I am doing now – go to college for a better opportunity.   Read the rest of this entry »


23 12 2009

When I graduated from high school my plans were well laid.  They were actually firmly in place years before then.  The college selected and visited; SATs and ACTs taken and retaken to improve the scores to the highest possible; scholarships won and grants approved – basically everything an eighteen year old needed had been done for her except the calendar to roll forward to D-Day.  And with three days left to go, I fell for the weakest line in the world from a boyfriend that I was convinced was a dead ringer for Tom Cruise – ‘If you go to college, how will we be able to explore what could be?’

And for that, I didn’t go away. Read the rest of this entry »

And I planted my feet in the direction of a possible future

3 12 2009

Today I took that first step.  Well not the first.  I turned my feet.

I requested admissions information from an accredited distance learning college.

It seems a lot of the jobs I find that aren’t get rich quick schemes are dealing with medical billing or assisting, an area I have zero experience in.  The college offers job placement assistance and in googling them for about ten minutes there seems to be a lot of satisfied alumni.

I don’t know yet how much it will cost and whether or not there is financial aid for me.  Their site said for those who qualify.  I’ve never used a Pell Grant either, which supposedly is available to those in need.

We shall see. Read the rest of this entry »