Suddenly unemployed in my 50s — not nearly prepared enough to consider an early retirement — I soon found that working through my subsequent anguish and anxiety using my computer keyboard, or in the warm comfort of my kitchen, has been both cathartic and enlightening.
As I struggle to make dollars and sense of my newfound, unwelcome freedom, I am combining my love of writing with my joy of cooking and baking in an effort to restore my income, replenish my fading hope, and renew my sense of value in the world. In essence, to reinvent my life.
I share this journey because, well, misery loves company. I know full well that there are many others in the same rocky boat, adrift on the same turbulent sea. It’s a rapidly changing world, and with or without a life jacket this new journey promises to be an exhilarating ride. We’d better hold hands.
— P. Sewall / Patti, Reinvented
hi, i am liu , i am a chines. i read some word about you on a chinese website. so i come this blog.
Thanks for stopping by!
“Before the Parade Passes By” brought tears to my eyes. You have managed to put in words what I’m feeling and thinking. I was layed off in November 2009 and am still trying to find my way in this new world of unemployment and discouragement. I want my rose colored glasses back!
By the way, I’m not much of a cook but your artwork and recipes make me want to try something new.
Thank you so much for your comment, Shay-ron. We truly are in a free fall, but with the love and support of friends and family, and the intelligence of clever employers who see real value in people like us, we’ll land on our feet — hopefully on the sidewalk and not in a busy intersection! Thanks for subscribing.
This does look promising. I’ll keep coming back for more.
So glad to hear that!
I found myself nodding my noggin all the way through.
Wow! That’s my highest compliment. The writing and artwork are superb, and I am definitely going to try the “doable” recipe.
Thank you so much, Susan. You’re right: for a writer, nothing beats a sincere “Wow!”