July 10, 2007
We're not all cut out for the corporate world. And that's a good thing. But finding a dream job that pays you well might take some creative thinking. "There are thousands of ways to make money," says Abigail Gehring, author of Odd Jobs: 101 Ways to Make an Extra Buck. Gehring encourages people to think outside the box. Way outside. She says her book can be useful to new graduates who have been under pressure in college to choose a career, find a job with insurance as quickly as possible and stick with it for life.
May 12, 2005
During the 1940s, photographer Arthur Leipzig produced hundreds of pictures documenting the lives of ordinary New Yorkers. Now 70 of the artist's images have been gathered in On Assignment, an exhibition at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Leipzig, now 85, explored an astonishing variety of subjects. His photo essays have ranged from children, rural laborers, winter fishing in the Atlantic and cellist Pablo Casals to southern Sudan, Mexico, pediatric hospitals and Jewish life.
January 11, 2004
Linda Cassity needed some window panes replaced, along with a few other odd jobs done around her Glenwood home. She called a contractor who had been recommended by one of her friends. But he was too busy. She tried several other companies. "Nobody called me back," she said. It took her a while to realize that she needed a handyman. Experts said homeowners may get their telephone calls returned sooner if they channel their requests to the right professional. Handymen generally work on smaller projects that often take a few hours or days and cost less than $1,000, building experts said.
March 16, 2003
For 20 years after his military service in Vietnam ended in 1968, Morgan Monceaux roamed the country working odd jobs -- short-order cook, gas-station attendant, janitor. When he got bored, he'd pick up and move to the next place. He wandered from Washing-ton state to Florida and to points in between. He hitched rides and slept wherever he could lay his head. He dug meals out of dumpsters; for a while he was homeless. Then in 1990, when he was 43, he began to paint. He was living in an abandoned building in the South Bronx in New York City.
April 7, 2002
For Barbara Bates, it's a Friday night ritual: She takes home the beloved but sweaty head of her school's mascot, a wolverine, and gives it a sudsy scrub in the laundry. The sink is off-limits during a long soak, which is followed by an air dry. "There are a lot of duties that athletic directors are expected to do that are not advertised in the job description," says Bates, who heads the athletic department at Western Tech in Baltimore County. At schools throughout the area, the position of AD is all this and more: custodian, concessionaire, seamstress, purchasing agent and groundskeeper.
April 7, 1998
People do the strangest things -- sometimes for a living.Some years back I worked in a small office where a woman showed up every two weeks to clean the telephones. She'd walk in unannounced, pick up the receiver and spray the mouthpiece with some kind of disinfectant, then wipe it with a cloth. She sprayed only the mouthpiece, never the earpiece. I wondered for the longest while if this was neglect, or if the human ear was less easily penetrated by germs.We had two telephones, mine and Michele's; she was the assistant.