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Living With Unemployment and Underemployment

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Post  Mata Hari on Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:43 am

BlogHer has a wonderful discussion on how to create jobs. Join the conversation or add your thoughts here.

http://www.blogher.com/heres-how-we-can-blog-get-americans-back-work

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Post  Duchess Lylia on Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:29 pm

Thank you, Mara Hari, for sharing this!

Here is a link to an organization that I've heard very good things about. I know several women in my area who are involved with this group and who have gotten jobs and tremendous assistance in learning how to create and promote their own businesses via involvement with this group:

http://www.justthinkbig.us/

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Post  Elena on Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:59 am

What a great website, DuchessL. Thank you for letting us know about it. flower

I often look at pictures of my grandmothers from during the Great Depression and am amazed at how neat and put together they always looked in spite of the economic hardships. With what the economy was going through, anyone would have thought they would have felt free to look sloppy and bedraggled. Instead they were well-groomed, pretty and smiling, ready to take the troubles head-on, which they did. They were cheerful and resourceful and rose to the occasion instead of being beaten down by it. In the times in which we live, in which jobs are lost and opportunities seem scarce, I think of my grandmothers and try to be like them. I love you

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Post  Julygirl on Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:04 pm

One of the things they did was to sew their own clothes. Even when I was a child and the country was prosperous, my mother still made many of my outfits, I loved all the things she made and was proud to wear them, except I hated puffed sleeves. My husbands mother did the same, and sewed many clothes for her grandchildren, as well as Halloween costumes which got passed down the line. . They were marvelous....no cheap store-bought costumes for us...LOL She taught me how to flip a man's shirt collar when it became worn and threadbare. Who does that nowadays? For one thing, manufacturers have gotten savey and change styles so often that one does not get a chance to wear anything out!
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Post  Duchess Lylia on Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:28 pm

I agree completely about the cheerfulness and resourcefulness. They did what they had to do and carried on. My husband's grandmother died last year at the age of 104. She was a lovely woman, had a very strong faith -- and was, interestingly, a pragmatic realist at her core. I've often wondered if this essential quality was what enabled her to weather many difficulties (including her own colon cancer, and then the loss of her beloved husband in 1977). She wasn't disappointed or heartbroken in life because she didn't have grandiose expectations or any special sense of entitlement. She was grateful for the blessings and accepted the difficulties as an inevitable part of life.

During the Great Depression, her father once walked nineteen miles through a snowstorm to give a Thanksgiving turkey to a family friend who was in need (they didn't have a car). On one occasion, they were down to their very last dime, and her father deposited in the collection plate at the church while stoutly declaring "the Lord will provide."

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Post  Elena on Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:40 pm

Julygirl wrote:One of the things they did was to sew their own clothes. Even when I was a child and the country was prosperous, my mother still made many of my outfits, I loved all the things she made and was proud to wear them, except I hated puffed sleeves. My husbands mother did the same, and sewed many clothes for her grandchildren, as well as Halloween costumes which got passed down the line. . They were marvelous....no cheap store-bought costumes for us...LOL She taught me how to flip a man's shirt collar when it became worn and threadbare. Who does that nowadays? For one thing, manufacturers have gotten savey and change styles so often that one does not get a chance to wear anything out!

I have taken up sewing in the last few years. It is worth the work to know that my family will have quality clothes at a fraction of the price.

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Post  Elena on Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:48 pm

Duchess Lylia wrote:I agree completely about the cheerfulness and resourcefulness. They did what they had to do and carried on. My husband's grandmother died last year at the age of 104. She was a lovely woman, had a very strong faith -- and was, interestingly, a pragmatic realist at her core. I've often wondered if this essential quality was what enabled her to weather many difficulties (including her own colon cancer, and then the loss of her beloved husband in 1977). She wasn't disappointed or heartbroken in life because she didn't have grandiose expectations or any special sense of entitlement. She was grateful for the blessings and accepted the difficulties as an inevitable part of life.

During the Great Depression, her father once walked nineteen miles through a snowstorm to give a Thanksgiving turkey to a family friend who was in need (they didn't have a car). On one occasion, they were down to their very last dime, and her father deposited in the collection plate at the church while stoutly declaring "the Lord will provide."

Duchess Lylia, you make so many excellent points. sunny I feel like printing out your message and putting it somewhere so I can read it several times a day. Both of my grandmothers were the same way. They did not have a sense of entitlement. Rather they had a sense of duty to be generous no matter what. flower

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Post  Duchess Lylia on Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:37 pm

Elena, thank you for the kind words.

I really think that, in this society, we've gotten away from an essential understanding and acceptance that life is just plain hard and that we need to be deeply grateful for the good things that we DO have. We have been raised with expectations of life (encompassing marriage, standard of living, child-rearing -- i.e. striving to "grow a perfect child," how things are "supposed" to be, or would be if we just "tried hard enough" or "got lucky" or whatever) that our grandparents simply didn't have. Some might find this notion depressing, but I take comfort in reminding myself that life is difficult, that most of the really serious problems we encounter truly aren't ones we could have anticipated or prevented, and that we (and everybody around us) are, generally speaking, doing "our best."

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Post  Elena on Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:50 pm

I agree. I think that it is important to have an attitude of gratitude, to be grateful even when things do not go our way, since we do not know what we have been spared. We trust in God that all is working out according to His plan, as long as we are doing out best to cooperate with it. We cannot see the entire picture in this world. cyclops

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