Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

It’s the new thing, everybody’s doing it…


What’s that?  Unemployment!  Yes, I, like millions of Americans, am now unemployed.    I won’t lie, it sucks.  But not totally.  While I am anxious about not working (BILLS, CHRISTMAS, YARN, WINE!), it had been determined that the budget, while being stretched about as far as it’ll go, will survive this setback.  And while I picked up lots of great memories, new skills and wonderful friends at my former place of employment, it’s not bad for me to be moving on (I think of this as the universe saying to me “Hey!  You need a change, here it is.”)

I’m really looking forward to this time off because it not only allows me to take stock and look forward to what’s coming next, it also gives me a chance to do all of those things that I love to do but haven’t had as much time to spend on them as I’d like because of that whole having a job thing.  Lucky for me, all of them can be done for free or on the cheap – knitting (that stash’ll come in handy now), reading (hello library), swimming, playing Wii (I’ll master that cheerleading game yet!), walking along the Boulevard in the morning (like the old folks do!), cooking, and (of course) taking pictures.  I am also hoping to chronicle some of those things on this here blog – let’s call it Adventures of the Cash Poor and Time Rich.


Author: Marianne

Hi my name is Marianne Gries, welcome to Art is the Handmaid of Human Good. I use this space to write about and share pictures of things that interest me. That includes my life in Lowell, my adventures in car-lite living, the food I cook and eat, my dogs, home improvement projects, vacations, knitting, and interesting things and places I see and visit. Thanks for stopping by!

2 thoughts on “It’s the new thing, everybody’s doing it…

  1. I love your attitude. It sounds like you’ll have a pleasant break before you figure out your next move!

  2. I’m sorry to hear you lost your job. I don’t think I would have been able to do as much photography as I’ve done over the last year and half if I had been working. It’s definitely a catch 22. I’ve been going to the library a lot lately, too.

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