Tag Archive | "job anger"

Day 262 — If Job Seekers Could Tell All

Monday, February 22, 2010


Tonight, I’m watching the ABC reality dating show, The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love. This episode is especially special because it features all of The Bachelor‘s rejected bachelorettes and, of course, the bachelor, Jack Pavelka, a pilot with brawn-perfect chest and arms. Since the season started on January 5, Jake has been sending girls […]

Day 234 — News of the Times

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Life never ceases to amaze me, and that’s a good thing because I’d hate to cease to exist. Take, for example, a blurb in today’s Washington Post about the discovery of 200 sewing needles in the body of a 2-year-old boy. The brief failed to reveal how the needles got there or what prompted the […]

Day 160 1/2 — Manifesto of the Idle Workers of the World

Saturday, September 5, 2009


ANN’S NOTE: I decided to post the manifesto early given the outpouring of support and response I received from my appearance on the Fox Business Happy Hour yesterday. Tune in to NPR affiliate the Louisiana Radio Network at 10:45 AM EST on Labor Day to hear me speak more about it. Read the manifesto through […]

Day 157 — You’re Caller, No. 3

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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As I stepped onto the subway platform at the Bethesda Metro stop, I glanced up to read the screen that displays arrival and departure information. “Expect delays…to Glenmont.” I walked to my spot and waited for my train to arrive. And then it hit me. Delays. Life is a continual cycle of delays, involving deliveries, […]

Day 133 — No, Not My Underwear

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


When I was laid-off seven days before Thanksgiving 2008, I barely had enough time to gather my belongings. My exit was an orchestrated affair that humiliated and labeled me emotionally as a criminal. I had served the organization for 3-1/2 years and even spoke at one of its conferences, earning the highest of evaluation marks […]

Day 113 — Alone Again, Unnaturally

Friday, July 10, 2009


My ex spoofed me on Match.com. I knew it when I read his online profile, but I was seduced by the thought of exploring a relationship with a man who shared my passion for sailing. He could have had another passion as long as he wouldn’t take mine away. When I finally confronted him and […]

Day 25: I Have a Dream, Too

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Dear Martin Luther King: You had a dream, and it came true! We now have a black man in the White House. Mr. King, please come back to life: I have a dream. Get us out of this mess! With two smart black men in the White House (President Obama would find something for you […]

Day 24: Wall Street Raiders

Saturday, April 4, 2009

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Okay, who is he? The corporate pirate who’s selling his office furniture on craigslist. Trying to hide this, too, just like Merrill Lynch hid millions in bonuses it paid to its employees right before its merger with Bank of America. Or, is it someone at AIG (American International Group), another bonus-paying scoundrel. We’re not talking […]

Day 6 — 9 Commandments

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Getting fired made me as so angry. You want to stomp your feet and swear your heart out because management done you wrong. But I’ve got to agree with more traditional career-advice columnists: You don’t want to do that, especially not online or on Facebook. The digital breadcrumbs you leave behind your bitching live for what seems to be forever on the Internet.

Day 2 — Out Now

Friday, March 13, 2009


The HR director was waiting in my office to escort me to the door, and a secretary was waiting by the curb, to hail a cab to send me home. My arms cradled an overflow of personal belongings, and I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. What surprised me the most was being treated like a criminal when I didn’t deserve it. The HR director had acted as if the building was on fire and given me barely a minute to gather my belongings. She promised that I could come back for the rest.