The Great Depression
By the way, no matter how well read you are, don't waste your time applying for a literacy para position in the schools - as a matter of fact, you can have written several books and produce a regular arts publication, but that is clearly not evidence of literacy. You might not even like kids, but with just that little degree, you're golden. A side note for your edification, a piece of trivia from the world of retail: Barnes & Noble will also NOT consider hiring you for their minimum wage jobs without a college degree. So I'm SOL if I thought I could work there. Let that BE A LESSON to you, kids. Even if you hate it with all your heart and think you're throwing good money after bad to pay tuition, and would rather just work at a paying job, go to college or you'll be screwed sometime in the future. TOTALLY. Even if you're perfectly capable and intelligent, NO ONE IS GOING TO WANT YOU TO DO ANYTHING EXCEPT THE MOST MENIAL WORK if you are self- or otherwise alternatively educated. Oh except if you happen to be one for whom Daddy's money paves the way. It's The Man's world; you better follow his rules. OR ELSE. Bitter much? Maybe.
On a lighter note, if you missed me on Inspired at Home last week, here are addys - just cut and paste...but ignore everything I said about upcoming workshop since it's no longer on the sched.