What’s Next For The Unemployed

There’s a reality being left unsaid in our current conversation. Over the course of the last several weeks there have been countless stories and reports on the continued impasse in Washington, D.C. over how and to what extent to continue the federal unemployment assistance program. Originally set at $600, this program gave those who had … Continue reading What’s Next For The Unemployed

Making a Bad Situation Worse

Going in the wrong direction. It’s nearly impossible to explain or quantify how bad the job situation in the United States is at the moment. As of this writing, the country has seen 20 straight weeks of more than 1 million new unemployment claims, a number that’s almost certainly low given it fails to count … Continue reading Making a Bad Situation Worse

Free Speech Standards at Work are…Inconsistent

Whether or not you can speak up depends on whether you’re the one in power. The idea of free, unfettered speech is under the microscope on a number of fronts lately. In addition to The Letter, which seems to confuse “freedom of speech” with “freedom of access to any platform free of consequences,” there’s also … Continue reading Free Speech Standards at Work are…Inconsistent

The Establishment Would Like to Finally Win Now

We’re in the Endgame now. If you’re someone who pays even a little attention to the world of media and media criticism, you’ve probably already read The Letter. Titled “A Letter On Justice and Debate” and published in Harper’s, the letter is signed by scores of well-known creatives and writers, and essentially argues the world … Continue reading The Establishment Would Like to Finally Win Now

Corporate Speak is Useful, Unless It Isn’t

There are lots of reasons to dislike jargon, and lots of reasons to use it. Every industry has its own unique set of terminology. The same goes for every company, and often every department within a company. If you say “WINUS” to someone in Industry A, it’s likely going to mean something very different than … Continue reading Corporate Speak is Useful, Unless It Isn’t

Rethinking Office Perks

People’s needs and expectations are - and are going to be - very different. You’d be hard-pressed to offer a single, cohesive and comprehensive definition of “office perks.” In practice that term can be used to describe anything from free coffee to ping-pong tables in the break room to artisan baguettes served in the commissary. … Continue reading Rethinking Office Perks

A Noodle-Centric Next Chapter

Some personal news. Throughout the last nearly four years, my job situation has been..fluid. There’s been freelance work, contract work, retail work and just about everything else you can imagine. I’ve managed social media programs, written white papers, edited email newsletters and slung more than a few lattes over that time. Now it’s time for … Continue reading A Noodle-Centric Next Chapter

If You’re Not In the Obit, Eat Breakfast

With the passing of comedy legend Carl Reiner, it's a good time to share this clip from several years ago. You can learn more about writing - in any medium - from this than any 10 books devoted to the subject. Namely: What you write has to work. You can't throw something random out and … Continue reading If You’re Not In the Obit, Eat Breakfast

I’m Done With These Uncertain Times

I need a break from all the heartfelt feelings and hypocrisy. Watching television - primarily via Hulu - is becoming an emotional chore, one that needs to be prepared for and managed as if I were running a marathon or dealing with extended family. The reason? The ads. Commercials, of course, are few people’s favorite … Continue reading I’m Done With These Uncertain Times

Writing During Crisis

It’s alright to feel uninspired. We’ve all heard it or seen it, likely many dozen times, in the last two months. Something something “Shakespeare wrote ‘King Lear’ during the Black Plague” or other sentiments along those lines. The point is that hey, if you have all this extra time because you’re not commuting or even … Continue reading Writing During Crisis