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by: Deborah Dephicit

I have been struggling to complete many chapters in my computer book which are due for homework.  The information is necessary and all good but hardly gripping like those cr*p Twilight books no one could put down.  Let’s face it, no one is clamoring to make a movie out of “Dreamweaver CS5 for Dummies.”  It’s been hard for me to focus on it for more than five minutes at a time without taking a sanity break.  As a result my laundry is all done, even the bed linens.  The dishes are washed and put away.  But the homework guilt weighs heavy.  (Heavier than that Red Robin Oktoberfest burger I, unfortunately, had for lunch).

In an effort to find inspiration, I Googled (still procrastinating, I know…) the search “Inspirational Speeches.”  There I came across one (written for the Toastmasters) from which I was able to extract the following quote:

“I know that I have an abundance of potential within me
and I will bring it out to fruition.”

I copied that sentence and pasted it into a Word document in a large script font.  Being a true geek, I stuck it up on my second monitor.  Now every time my mind begins to wander (still happens in five minute increments – the book is as dry as ever) instead of roaming the house or the internet in search of things more interesting, I force myself to read that quote. Aloud.  That exercise gives me enough of a motivation shot to get through the next five.

I honestly wish my parents had had that saying carved over our doorway so I could have seen it every day before I left for school!  All I ever got was, "Don't miss the bus!"


by: Jennifer Poure

I LOVE MONDAYS! Always have, always will. Many hate Mondays but I look at Monday as the fresh start of the new week. I don’t dread it because I have to go back to work (won’t be a problem in three weeks) or school. I look at it as an opportunity that great things are going to happen for me this week. I welcome Mondays and believe that the start of a good week begins with a positive outlook on this day of the week.

Nothing excites one more than having Monday off when it falls on a holiday! Holiday or not – I LOVE MONDAYS! And the first Monday in September will always be acknowledged as Labor Day.

Labor Day – “When: Always the first Monday in September

Dedicated in honor of the worker, it is also appropriately called the “workingman’s holiday”. The holiday is dedicated to you in respect and appreciation for the work you do in or outside of the home, union or non-union, big company, small companies, or government. As long as you work somewhere at something, this holiday is for you!”

Deborah Dephicit responds:

And, for those who are out of work, take off Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as well…


Two years later, hundreds of applications, 3 call backs, 1 phone interview, 1 face-to-face interview – I finally landed a job!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything about the job. I like the company, their mission statement, my bosses, everything! I have an office. A private office (no windows but it’s no cubicle either)!

DH and I are very excited. I told him about my great perks (and The Pointer Sisters are playing). He asked about the salary ( and now the iPod freezes).

“Seriously! Must you take your pay for non-profit so literally and figuratively?”

Whatever. I don’t care. I was employed.

On the 3rd year anniversary of learning that due to county budget cuts my position as a teacher will be eliminated, I received an email from my program director stating that due to federal budget cuts my program will be eliminated come September 30, 2011.

(sigh) I check my phone.

(SMILE) YES!!! I still have unemployment on speed dial.