Monthly Archives: September 2009

So Little Time…Gone Fishin’

Summer’s coming to a close, as August slowly turns into Labor Day and September and back to school shopping (the economy does require shopping, if only for school supplies and new shoes…). Summer’s gone too fast for me, slid by without vacation. So I’m taking a blog vacation for a few weeks. Clear my head, digest news of the financial and larger world and, hopefully, come back refreshed, full of new ideas, and hopeful for the future while coping well in the present.

In the meantime, please send any ideas for posts, any thoughts, comments, whatever. Keep those cards and letters coming. And enjoy the end of your summer, too!


Graduating into the Recession

He thought he’d pick up an internship at the last minute. 3.7 gpa, great school, lots of offers last summer. This summer: nothing. Nothing. Found a job at a downtown day camp on Craigslist.

She took the offer because the money they were paying would help her tolerate the work and the hours she so disliked. Then they cut the interns pay in half without telling them. What were they going to do, leave?

She moved to the city, took a room in a group house in Queens even though it was geographically undesirable, and spent more on food (she had to eat out – no kitchen) than she’d been spending on monthly rent. But she couldn’t complain: she had a paid internship, while most of her friends weren’t so lucky.

Summer’s over. Back to school. High school, college, graduate school, even. And the anxiety level’s rising as kids look to their future and don’t see how they’re going to find work, let alone work in their field of interest. And these are the optimistic even idealistic years. Time to find some solutions here, before disillusionment sets in and with it indifference and depression. The kids’, that is…

Copyright © 2009 Marlin S. Potash. All rights reserved.

Think an ellipsis is when the moon moves in front of the sun?

Celebrate National Punctuation Day®
September 24, 2009


btn-semicolonSemi-colon: The punctuation mark used to indicate a major division in a sentence where a more distinct separation is felt between clauses or items on a list than is indicated by a comma, as between two clauses of a compound sentence.

What’s this got to do with psychology and recession, 2009? The two are distinct, yet closely related; semicolons should join only those independent clauses that are closely related in meaning…

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