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The Decline: The Geography of a Recession

In middle class prose on April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Updated: April 8, 2011, at 4:30 pm

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 28 million people currently unemployed — that’s including those Read the rest of this entry »


Left Out: The Real Unemployment Rate

In middle class prose on May 3, 2010 at 8:00 am

In an economy plagued by historic unemployment and long-term joblessness, it’s probably safe to say you’ve seen them. You may even know one of them.

They are the former lawyers now forced to work part-time behind the McDonald’s food counter. They are the once successful, award-winning journalists that have been out of a job so long, they’re convinced they’ll never get back to work.

They are the “discouraged” and the “underemployed.” Other often-used terms include the “marginally attached” or “involuntary part-time.”

If you only listen to mainstream media reports, you might not realize just how many of these workers actually exist. Furthermore, just how bad the current economic situation really is. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s take a moment, shall we…

In middle class prose on March 10, 2010 at 12:21 am

What a last six months it’s been. I feel like I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants since the launch of “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession” last October. Who would’ve thought a simple email from my boss, who first shared the map with co-workers and a few close friends, would amount to all of this? And to think this all started as a quick, passing thought while completing an assignment at work, which then spawned into a final project for graduate school.

Over the last few months, Read the rest of this entry »

“The Decline: Geography of a Recession” featured on ABC World News

In middle class prose on February 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm

ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer references “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession” on Friday, February 5, 2010.

Watch Is Decrease in Job Loss a Good Sign? – ABC News.

LaToya Egwuekwe on CNN

In middle class prose on January 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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‘Learn to fly with what is’

In middle class prose on July 20, 2009 at 11:56 pm


Photo: somenoise/Flickr.com

As a journalist, I’ve covered my share of uncomfortable stories. I’ve interviewed families of murder victims, rape victims, human trafficking victims, recovering drug addicts, gang members, etc. The look of despair and hopelessness in their eyes was always unsettling. Oftentimes, I carried their stories home. Many of them remain with me today. Stories like that are pretty hard to let go.

So, when my boss asked me back in April to fly to Wichita, KS, to cover a story about some 2,000 (yes, 2,000!) people being laid off from a local aerospace company, I thought I was more than prepared for what I was about to see and hear. Read the rest of this entry »

Child vaccines: Unnecessary protection or necessary endangerment?

In susie homemaker? that broad is a liar! on May 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm

It was the morning of October 2, 2007, two days after my son, Izaiah, was born. I was lying in my hospital bed. Izaiah was lying beside me in his plastic see-through crib. And, there the nurse stood with a pen and clipboard at the foot of the bed, spouting out a series of questions – a to-do list of last minute consultations and examinations needed before Izaiah and I could be discharged later that evening.

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Unemployment is worsening. What are you going to do?

In middle class prose on March 6, 2009 at 6:22 am
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Are you out of work? Laid off? Or worse, fired (these days most employers don’t even need a reason)? If so, my prayers are with you.

If not, then you’d better get down on your knees and start praying for yourself! Read the rest of this entry »

Obama: A note to his daughters

In susie homemaker? that broad is a liar! on January 16, 2009 at 8:35 am

The First Family (Photo: BarackObama.com)

A few weeks ago, my 5-year-old daughter, McKenzie, and I were walking through the mall and came across an art store. In the window was a photo of the soon-to-be First Family: President-elect Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.

Without warning, McKenzie turned to me and said, “Mommy, I wish I was in OBAMA’S family.” Read the rest of this entry »