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Brave Little Blogger

Writing from behind the laptop and houseplants.

I admitted to being a blogger.
Oh yeah, I updated my skills on LinkedIn to include blogging, something I did not want my bosses and coworkers to know about. The blogosphere has been a safe and friendly place; now it’s time to let employers, and potential employers, know that I can figure stuff out, and have fun doing it.

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But Attending Graduation is Still A Joy.

The Pew Research CenterMay, 2012 graduation ceremony published a study this week quantifying what so many of us already know: Educational debt is crushing the young scholars who worked so hard to earn their degrees. Since their loan repayments diminish their disposable income, they have less to spend on discretionary stuff. While they still out-earn those without college educations, their net worth is diminished for the time it takes to repay.

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Earn It Or Win It?



Would you rather earn or win your fortune?

The answer would seem obvious: throw me a pile of cash without making me work for it. But in a totally unrelated article, Money Magazine said, “Studies have shown that the pleasure centers in our brains are activated more when we do something to earn money rather than passively receive it.”

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Plumbin’ On Up

Revelation! As much as I like my job, and as much as I believe the job likes me, I really need some backup skills. Parenting and blogging don’t pay, there’s no inheritance in my future and the lottery is too much of a long shot. At this stage, there’s no return on a grad school investment and besides, I have no idea what lucrative field I’d want to study.

The pipes under my sink, with a bank deposit slip taped to the topBut who doesn’t love the plumber? When your pipes misbehave and you’re desperate to wash the dishes, who do you call in desperation? Plumbers in the county just east of me are paid the highest in the nation, according to this U.S. News & World Report story! Yes, it’s dirty work and doesn’t get the respect it deserves but it pays the bills with cash to spare. It’s honest work when performed honestly. No government has ever had to bail out the plumbing industry. And plumbing can’t be outsourced.

This trade must go back thousands of years, to the building and maintenance of the Roman aqueducts. People have been controlling the movement of water for millennia.

WordPress.com challenged us bloggers: If you could learn a trade, what would that trade be? Simple: The one most consistently in demand!


Love this one: If I Had A Semi

And another potential plumber: http://ohhowrandom.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/dont-call-a-plumber-i-can-handle-it/