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What do you do?

One of my dearest friends in the world right now has been unemployed since the first of the year (she’s a casualty of the newspaper crisis – one of many talented people that I know who have been targeted by cutbacks) and I can tell through her emails that she’s struggling mightily and I got to be honest – my heart is just aching for her.

I’m sure I’m not the only person out here who has friends who have been laid off. How are you guys helping out your friends? What do you say to them? Right now I try to email my friend on a daily basis, but I’m feeling bad because my work schedule is tight and I don’t know when I’m going to be able to physically see her. (She lives six hours away). I’m going to try to see her in a few weeks and take a weekend off for us to hang out, but I gotta be honest – that’s just one little island. I want to be there for my friend, but I don’t know what’s the best approach.

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2 thoughts on “What do you do?

  1. I would suggest that you help your friend find some direction in her life. She is a writer, so help her find something to write. Unfortunately, like most people she probably became so personally invested in her old publication that she can’t imagine doing anything else. She must learn to let go of her old life – it’s gone and it’s not coming back.

    Whatever you suggest to her doesn’t have to be paid (though it would certainly help in this case), but it must be something into which she can sink her teeth. Put simply, she must rediscover her passion for writing itself, not just writing for a particular publication. Perhaps she could write for blogs and other online publications that are looking for content. Maybe she should start her own blog and write a series of critical essays about her own situation (sanitized to protect her personal information).

  2. A friend of ours was laid off from the local public TV station. We’ve hired her as a housekeeper/helper a couple of times–works great for us since she’s cheaper than a ‘real’ maid and of course we know we can trust her! She also does petsitting, odd jobs, whatever. It’s nice to help someone and help ourselves too with services we can still afford and had never gotten around to hiring before.

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