Monthly Archives July 2010

On Grace, Innocence, Hypocrisy, and Friendship

Several years ago, I worked for a business school as a career counselor. My job, essentially, was to work with the students in their last six weeks at the school to place them in internships and then help them get their resumes ready, as well as setting up mock and real job interviews for them, and to basically help them land a job in their career. The job entailed everything from how to speak, answer questions, and what to wear all the way to how to fill out job applications, write a resume, and set up interview appointments.

It was an awesome job. I loved my students. I loved the employers I worked with to help students get jobs. I loved my office. I pretty much loved everything about that job, except the other employees. The director of the school, who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty and otherwise foolish, had made a habit of hiring only large-breasted, young, perky things who had recently graduated from the school. That he was having affairs with some of them was a common rumor whispered amongst the hallways, but not ever confirmed. I was one of the few people he had hired from outside of the graduates, since my job required experience and education that someone just graduating from a business school would not have had.

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Seedlings, A Metaphor for Writers & People

Last week, I created life.

I took these pods and planted little seeds into them, and I watered them and sheltered them and I put them in indirect sunlight, and I watched them grow.

Today, I have baby plants. They are tiny, fragile, but growing stronger with every day. They are so cutey!

I am eagerly awaiting when they will bloom into the beautiful plants they are meant to be and show their gorgeous flowers!

But as seeds, they were rather unremarkable.

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Some Gifts I'd Like to Give

Below is a list of a few gifts I’d like to give and the reasons why I would like to give them:

DICTIONARY

There is a girl’s blog I read every day, at least every day that she updates, and she tries to sound so professional and educated by using big words. The problem is, she uses them in similar context to how they should be used but with a meaning just slightly off, so that it’s obvious to those who really know the meaning of the words that she doesn’t fully understand how to use them. I suppose that the meaning of them is close enough that a good majority of the people who read her just assume she’s using it right, after all, she’s a writer. She should know, right? Sadly, that’s not true, she doesn’t know, and I cringe when I see these words–it’s as though she used a thesaurus to get a similar word, but didn’t get the nuance of the word. As a lover of words myself, I would like to buy this blogger a dictionary to go with her thesaurus, and give her the gift of knowledge and hopefully the desire to actually look up a word before she assumes it’s a synonym.

ANTIDEPRESSANTS

I know, a doctor should prescribe medication, but there...

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