Pay Forward

Following in an unpaid non-political advertisement.

Invest in good.

Get a good job


On October 1st 2015 remember elders .

Celebrate 25 years of respect for older persons.

Hazel Henderson


by Jenny Johnson
“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.”

Is that all there is to getting old ?

Ask Paul Bailey

Ask Penelope Lively


Job Sharin’

My idea of Job Share is as follows.

I see a great job that I’d love to have but I don’t have the qualifications or background or the hundred other attributes that employers usually demand.

October 1,  2015 and I just found what looks like a great fob for someone

Not me I tell you

Not for me

I am an artist

You will agree

Not exactly

My cup of tea

But for someone

A Bathurst job

Paying good wages

Is  such a dream


An artist job

Can this be true?

Only multi-media need apply

Mixed-media artist

Just will not do


My dream job is in Toronto. Like any good Canadian I love Montreal. But I love Toronto even more and would be so happy to live there.

So, why do I mention it? Because I was born to share I guess. My need to share comes out of years of experience. No, I am not speaking about actual paying-job experience. I’ve had little enough of that. I mean the sort of experience one gets from years of job-hunting, groveling before gatekeepers and volunteering help wherever and whenever I have seen a real need.

So …
If I were a salesman I might tell you that you’d better jump at this job since the offer is only open for one or two more days. Sigh, how many times have we heard that one?

So … My name is Sharon (I love how that sounds like sharin’) and here is the dream job I found today.

And why would I need a job, some might ask. Don’t I already have so much to do in my lovely studio at 212 St Andrew Street in Bathurst? Yes, but like most artists I am unable to make a living by my art. While I love what I do, winter is coming, NBPower rates will be going up and the studio will be getting cold. Already I must wear a warm sweater and leg warmers. Soon I will be wearing gloves to work as I did when I rented my studio at the Doucet-Hennessy House a few years back. This year I am presented with an additional challenge. A broken leg keeps me somewhat immobile and unable to move around enough to keep warm while I am working.

If You Are Alone

Even if
You Feel
You are alone
In the universe
You have a right
To be here
And maybe
Just maybe
The Universe
Is unfolding
As she should

Maggie’s take on
The Desiderata

We interrupt to bring you …. The following …
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Think Ahead

I’m thinking …

March 8, 2015 IWD

So … What exactly does that mean?
What do we anticipate?
Hope for?
Dream about?
What are we willing to question?
Ask for?

What’s it gonna be, George?
Good weather?
In March? Is that a reasonable request?
May as well hope for world peace.

Hmmm maybe hope for good weather by May

Mind if we think back,

It was March 8, 2012 and the weather was beautiful.

I had such great hopes, George. Wonder why I became invisible.

Do you suppose it was because I didn’t send any money?
I guess that’s what it was about … Raising money … Not about celebrating International Women’s Day was it?

So … Because I did not collect money … Because I had no money to donate … Well I was made invisible … Sigh … Story of my life …

Oh well … Better than the year I was thrown out of the local Bathurst NB IWD celebration because I was not content to be a nice little lady and sit quietly while the visiting dignitary droned on and on about how women needed to … Hmmm never did quite understand what the point of it all was … then again … Do motivational speakers ever really have a point?

Well no George, I was not unruly or argumentative. I simply openened my mouth … Asked a few questions … Hmmmm … Guess not all motivational speakers deal well with questions, do they?

Was I there by invitation? Well, it wasn’t free. I was sold a ticket to the event. I paid my own way in. No charity there.

I’ve not been to an IWD gathering since then.

This Year?

Will I?
I have no idea George? Is it really something for us … The invisible women? Or is it designed to provide higher salaries for NGO managers. It still isn’t the women who get the jobs, George. Women get the leftover scraps and we are only tolerated as long as we are content to remain unseen and unheard.

Speaking of scraps, George, you know all those cans and jars of food we’ve been thinking about donating to the food bank? Well, I’ve changed my mind.

Because I’m a poor artist? Well, maybe that too … But have you seen this:

No George I don’t think so … That stuff about throwing rotten eggs and tomatoes and mushy cream pies at politicians … No that was only in those old movies … Never be allowed today .. Besides … What a waste of good compost …

And no George … I don’t believe that throwing rotten eggs and tomatoes is a legitimate motivator for raising salaries … Besides … What’s all this fuss about raising minimum wage … Sure, it helps those who already have a job. What about those whu don’t … Those who don’t have a job I mean.

Heroes Wanted

Well George … Where do you suppose we find heroes … A Hero Job Fair … Where else?

No such thing as a Heroes Job Fair? Are you sure? Well maybe there should be …

As an example … over but not out …

What about jobs in Canada? Good jobs … Honest jobs.
What do you mean! There must be some good honest jobs somewhere in Canada.

Well of course We need heroes in government … No that is not an oxymoron, George. Whether in government or in Rock Operas … We need heroes.

What sort of Rock Opera could there possibly be without heroes?

Can an artist or author be a hero do you think … And still get paid … In Canada or are we still expected to … OK … Nuf said

Thinking … Maybe what we need first … A good lawyer with a sharp pair of scissors … Oh yes … With acting experience.

A manual … Do we have an operator’s manual for lawyers.

Good question .

Teamworkers? One might have Hope that heroes can work
together … That is what we need … real teamwork.

So … Tentative Plan of action …
1. Peruse the lawyer manual while conducting a search for a dedicated and talented … Oh yes … Honest lawyer … That was not funny, George. Mind your tongue.
2. Start building a potential list of artists and techies.
3. Flesh out the script.
4. Start planning the time-schedule.

Suppose that will do for now George? Hmmmmm seems we are going to be too busy to end our partnership for a bit … Huh George?