I’m always interested to see how specific certain “want ads” are. Job descriptions often require proficiency with industry-particular software, very narrow spectrums of knowledge in very explicit areas, and familiarity with items that apply to details of a job’s tasks, rather than focusing on broader qualities and skill sets in an individual that nurture a long-term relationship with room for growth, innovation and a beneficial contribution to the organization. Organizations can get caught up in specific minutiae, forgetting that every business has a singular culture and needs that can be quickly learned.
In the past decade I have written memoirs for a nun, tutored children from Somalia, edited a college literary magazine, interned at Literary Arts in Portland, published a few stories, graduated from University with highest honors, given a speech to a packed house at the Schnitz, remodeled a fixer-upper, written grants for programs that helped, extended my emotional /intellectual horizons, made an intra-state move, started a business, regained my groove, placed my finger back on the pulse, joined Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn, bought a smartphone, traveled, raised puppies, and most importantly--honed my writing skills. I bare myself here on The Paper Garden and hope some moments will resonate with you.