Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Resume Writing

My daughter is nearing the end of her time in traditional high school. She is so happy and I cannot wait to be out of that system! I'm excited to be teaching her myself, finally.

In the meantime, I'm continuing to write and work a lot. I've also been helping a friend revise her resume. She only had a very cursory one, and she's been out of the work force a long while, so I am helping her to polish it up so she shines.

We've been going through list of strong adjectives and action verbs, narrowing in on which skills make her stand out. Doing so, I noted all the verbs that apply to the jobs I do. I thought I'd put the list here, for reference. Someplace where I will be able to find it in the future. It wouldn't hurt to update my own resume as well.

Achieve advise apply assess assist categorize collaborate communicate complete consult correspond create decide define deliver demonstrate design determine develop edit elaborate evaluate explain gather guide help identify  illustrate increase instruct interpret interview lecture log maintain organize plan persuade prepare present print produce promote prove recommend represent research respond review revise search select sell serve simplify solve volunteer write

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Birthday Weekend Party

Monday, January 19, 2015

Seaport Village - Pier Café

Long but fun weekend. Celebration of freedom and social change and  - for us - a day free from school and the liberty to roam a bit. A group on the cusp, not quite adults, but absolutely not children. Very amicable and cooperative as we flow from activity to note-worthy site.

B wants to spend her moments in this cafe writing and soaking in the ambiance. She pulls a notebook from her bag, filled with her novel in progress and a serious writer's notes on an array of colored post-its. I remember those days and in solidarity, I grab some loose papers and a pen. Free flyers in bright canary yellow because I can't find a journal I like well enough to buy and I don't have one with me today. Writing on hand has been on hold for me for a while. The computer is useful but doesn't have the same soul as the motion of the hand across the page.


(Draft Fragment)

40 stories closer to Heaven
Lifted in one group
The floor pressing from our feet
To lift us en masse

Lights scattered from a glowing box of jewels across the land
Reaching even as far as Mexico, across the country...