I am a Licensed Master Social Worker. I work as a case manager for for a local non-profit. I live with my husband, two dogs, cat and four tarantulas. From poetry, short stories and fanfiction, I have written since I was a tween.
The modern grifter has a new face. They play video games, create playlists of funnies found online and do unboxings of various types. Once they get enough followers, they are able to make money on free to view videos via monetization. While there are many who use monetization of podcasts, articles, videos and other media on different platforms can be used to support creative artists of various types, there is a stark difference from these artists and the grifters.
No matter what side you are on, or where you live, there is a permeating sense of dread and fear. It has gripped whole nations and populations. There are protests for many things going on at the same time. Listen to any protester on any side. Their words may be different and their topics divisive, but at the core of their beliefs, their concerns, is an enveloping sense of terror and fear.
Dear Donald Trump, I admit that I did not vote for you and have never liked you. Since you became the President of the United States, my President, I have hoped for you and wished you well. I did not wish for you to fail to prove that you are an idiot. I did not hope for you to commit a blunder so that you would be laughed out of the White House. Unfortunately, you still did those things. What is worse, you did those things in a way only a narcissistic, pathological liar could have.
My mother once told me to never depend on one source of income. I was around 10 years old at the time. It was a few years later, when I was 16 years old, that I began to take her advice seriously. I had a new car payment and a part-time job as a hostess at a local diner. It wasn’t until I started working and had a bill to pay that I began to realize how correct my mom had been.
Using the Maryland Unemployment hotline or web-page can be very frustrating. The longest time I have ever been on hold for was almost four hours. That was for one of my clients who has worked out of state for a but and, therefore, had to file via phone call.
American politics is currently revolving around fear and hate. This is something that is not uncommon in American politics. We have seen it post 9/11, during the Civil Rights Era and during the Civil War, to name a few prominent examples. What is uncommon and the difference between those times and now, is our loss of hope. Our loss of common identity and our loss of political balance.