It’s not too late! After years of putting everything into our careers, some of us find ourselves wondering what’s next. Your next phase may not be clear yet, but you can find it. Here’s how I did it.


First, inventory. Second, research. Third, research some more. Fourth, get educated. Fifth, network and promote yourself. Sixth, build your portfolio. Seventh, prepare your story.

Inventory. Take stock of where you are, what you think you want. You’ll revise these as you go along. Then do a deep inventory of your experience, your strengths, your weaknesses. Be brutally honest with yourself here. If there are things you should be good at in your role but you don’t feel you measure up, make note of that. No one is going to see what you write down and call you on it, so be wide open. …

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Is there anything to say that hasn’t been said on this Tuesday morning, Election Day 2020 before the results are in?

Probably not, but it’s a good idea for each of us to articulate our thoughts at this crucial time. In the fast-paced, heated conversations that we have these days, there’s not always time to fully think through or speak out loud complex thoughts and questions on complex situations before someone introduces another conversation thread and takes the conversation in a different direction, leaving our thoughts less than fully formed. So me and my keyboard, we’re gonna do this thing at my pace: slowly and with lots of pauses for thought and edits for clarity.

I’ve been voting for 32 years. The first election I voted in was Bush vs. Dukakis in 1988. I voted for Ross Perot as a protest vote because I didn’t think either candidate was right for the job and I knew Perot wouldn’t win. If he’d had a chance of winning, I would have voted for one of the other guys who were more right for the job than Perot was. …

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I’ve been unemployed for six months, and I’m pretty sure my prospects for getting hired in the near future just dried up. Companies are wholly consumed with disaster recovery: remote employees, sick employees, laid off employees, evaporating sales, market crash, etc. My resume is less than a blip on anyone’s radar right now.

Having a schedule is reassuringly predictable and normal.

COVID-19 quarantine removes all possibility of in-person interviews anyway. With non-essential errands discouraged and possible risk of having been exposed to the virus, I can’t even get fingerprinted to work as an Enumerator for the 2020 Census.

And yet, other than the emotional stress of a world in more chaos than usual, life hasn’t changed much for me. As soon as I quit my last job, I established a routine that keeps me focused, productive, and sane, and that I’ve found to be applicable during quarantine as well. It’s one I’ve practiced when working from home as well. …

“Saving Mr. Banks” is a Disney movie about the making of a Disney movie, and if you’ve laughed at any of Tom Hanks’ or Emma Thompson’s roles, you’ll have fun watching “Saving Mr. Banks.”

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Saving Mr. Banks is set at the Disney Studios in California

Set in 1961 at the Disney Studios in California where the “Mary Poppins” film is being written, and in 1900s Australia, “Saving Mr. Banks” stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, and Emma Thompson as Pamela Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins books that the Disney film is based on.

Travers’ stubbornness is treated with humor that paints her as ridiculous but likeable.

Despite their shared fondness for Mary Poppins, Disney and Travers’ personalities and visions clash, setting up the tension for the movie. Disney is a gregarious business man, and Travers is a stuffy marm who is afraid that Disney will cheapen her writing and make a fool of her. Disney is determined to see through his 20-year courtship of the movie rights, though, and he puts all his charm to bear on Mrs. Travers, whom he insists on calling Pam. …

Album: Hey, I’m Just Like You

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As a new Tegan and Sara listener (they showed up on my Amazon Music banner), I was surprised to learn, after hearing the tune “I’ll Be Back Someday” off their latest album, that the twin sisters are almost 40 years old. The track is pure pop, with a relentlessly upbeat tempo and girlish vocals that got my foot tapping.

I wanna call and ask, ‘What’s up?’ Go to dial, but then I stop (why don’t you call?)

Sing-along lyrics reflect the flighty urgency of a depressed teenager who is determined to remain positive while venting about secret doubts — a best friend who maybe can’t be counted on, a desire to run away rather than face some unstated fear, and a fist-in-the-air declaration that, “I’ll be back someday.” That anxious contrast of certain doom and certain victory that teens bounce between is reinforced by the driving drums and repetitive guitar strumming that carry the song. …


Katherine Snider

Writer, knitter, reader, tai chi student, mother, wife, friend

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