Our public media friends at economystory.org recently invited people to write their economy memoir in six words.
It generated some cool responses. So I thought I'd borrow it, retool it and ask Minnesotans to sum up their Great Recession in six words.
April will mark one year since MinnEcon went from experiment to commitment. We've asked Minnesotans daily to share their stories of perseverance, struggle and humor. You've responded in great detail.
We've tried to highlight as many of those responses as we could but it's been a challenge.
So this time we want folks to write short.
Send us six words (OK, it can be a little longer but not much) that capture your life in the economy the past two years.
Here are mine: Surviving on journalism despite average skills.
Post yours below or contact me directly.
NOTE: Our efforts were inspired by SMITH Magazine's ongoing Six-Word Memoir project.
"I buy stuff, therefore, I am."
Watching people around me lose hope.
Graduating has never been so terrifying.
Down, down, down, down, up, down.
my teeff fall out
I learned what I actually need
Thankful for everything I do have.
No one is buying or signing
Old job vanished. Fortuitously, new job.
Use less, save more, go green.
Lamenting the loss of my home.
Laid off, self employed, debt ahead
In Grad School. Jobless, No Insurance
fired, hired, debt, mired, wired, resilient
First no raise, then no job.
Expenses way up, income way down.
Laid off, rehired at 80% pay.
Emergency funds gone but still afloat
We don't mind Mac & Cheese.
Traded pay for flexibility. Want both.
Glad I retired before I couldn't!
sometimes up, sometimes down...always optimistic.
Graduating soon, still poor college student
Money isn't everything, but it helps.
By going insane and taking pills.
He survived layoff scares; she's retiring!
Our savings rates, home equity tanked.
More medical needs, less competent care
Wife out of work two years.
Even bankruptcy is too expensive.
Lost two jobs. Kid in college.
Unshackled from employment. Twice. Loving freedom.
Health is more important than money.
big change with little change.
Just like the early 1980's forme!
lost job. law school. verdict: dumb.
At least I have a job
I can still pay the bills
work work work work work work
I'd like to be Joe Mauer.
keep crappy job at all costs
Still on the right side of the sod.
Greedy bankers screw America big time.
i'm lucky to know what's important.
Thanks W for leaving this mess#!
We have enough if we share.
Lost my job, home, car, furniture and soon, my mind.
Still waiting to be laid off.
The old is dead, there is something new here to learn.
Crippling Student Debt - 200K+
deep reserves, but system needs repairs.
Good thing my partner has job.
Survived first round; not second. Looking.
Gov't job, no change.
Foreclosure was painful; I'm still optimistic
Thank God I have a job.
Checking account closed. Living on credit.
The curse of plenty hits home.
Not selling a book today, again.
Fortuitous poster took my job by any means possible (literally extreme bullying) because he is the cousin of the boss' boyfriend. Now I get to file bankruptcy after struggling and working my tail off for over ten years. Thanks Fortuitous poster. I hope you are happy with your big new raise and what you had to do to get it.
Mobbed out of job by Atheists. Dubai funding company tutorials to insert propaganda distributed to American children and others. Easier for Islam to convert Atheists than Christians. Still glad I'm a Christian.