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Dear New Readers,

I'm so glad you've joined the dialogue here on my blog! Thank you for coming.

I'd love to pose a question: As many of you know, my upcoming book Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home will be out on March 8th ('though it's available now for pre-order from amazon.com).

In it, I tell the story of my family's journey west, a new baby, through the recession and back home again. I'd love to hear your recession stories, too??

Maybe it's your story, maybe it's your brother's story, maybe it's a best friend's story or a neighbor's. But we've all been touched by this recession. And, in telling our stories we will help each other get through tough times!

So--dish. I'm here, I'd love to hear from you.

To those I HAVE heard from. I've tried to email some of you back and others I haven't been able to. But I'm here, I'm listening and I'm so grateful you've joined me in this dialogue.



Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 04:09PM by Registered CommenterCaitlin Shetterly | Comments2 Comments

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Hi Caitlyn,
It's great you're getting new readers! I'm sure you will hear many more stories in the coming weeks. I can't remember if I told you ours yet. But I will say that even though we made it through extended unemployment, and my husband has a good job now, I do not feel secure. His job is not a great fit, yet we burned through all our savings, and there is no way he can quit to look for different work. There is a feeling that we are always so close to disaster. In addition, it is taking a long time to recover from being out of work for so long. We continue to have to be very frugal. I see the effect on our children, and our own mental health.

Yet, I know we have so much to be grateful for. We have each other and our families and our best friends. We have learned some tough lessons. And we have received some wonderful gifts. I know I have so many areas to grow in in my character, but I hope in the future, when we are old and grey, we will look back on these years with a degree of fondness and not bitterness.

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Oh good--another oh-so-special, privledged white woman's views on rednecks, old people and those with gold teeth and tattoos.

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBerthaValverde

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