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When people over 50 need a job, they tend to look for help in all the wrong places. One of the first questions I always ask is, “Have you been to the Career Center?” A surprising percentage of jobseekers say no. One lady told me that she wasn’t trying to get unemployment check, but a job. more
A festive sign featuring the word “PEACE” in large letters is in a prominent location at the center of our family Christmas tree. Unfortunately, the tree has been a source of unrest and strife in our home since we chopped it down and brought it home a little over a week ago. more
Thanks-giving was a low-key event for us this year. We had a few members of the family and some friends over on Thanksgiving Day to do the turkey thang. We may be a minority, but we like to celebrate Halloween in October and Thanksgiving in November. We don’t start decorating for Christmas until December. That’s just the way we roll. more
Two weeks ago, several people called the Daily Mountain Eagle office to report a loud boom. At first, it seemed to be confined to the Curry area, and there was speculation that there had been an explosion at Duncan Bridge Marina. (It is amazing how specific unfounded rumors can be.) more
With the holiday mailing season at hand, Jasper Postmaster Greg D. Conner is approaching his one-year anniversary as the Jasper postmaster, as he started in the position on Jan. 2. more
A classmate from my old high school alma mater sent me a note this past week. She said it was time to start planning our 50th high school class reunion. Staring at the message for a few minutes, I wiped the screen with my thumb, to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. I wasn’t. Math was never a strong point in my education, but after counting a few times on my fingers, I saw she was right. I’m officially older than dirt. more
The primetime television lineup in 1994 included such top 10 shows as “ER,” “Friends” and “Murder, She Wrote.” Into this mix, CBS introduced a show about two angels who come to Earth to … more
Let’s clean out the column and see if we can’t stir up some conversation for the turkey meal today... • The saddest news in the area is that the Haleyville hospital is closing by the end of … more
So, out of the blue, our political columnist was quoted this week in Politico about how some in Alabama wouldn’t believe any thing the Washington Post prints. “Their attitude is, ‘If the … more
Finding work after 50 can be a challenge. One stumbling block is when potential employers say, “You’re overqualified for this job.” That’s a valid point for most employers. Crafting a response to this concern is crucial. The answer can mean the difference in getting hired or getting passed over. more
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