Michael Mackie

My Year Of Eating Dangerously

My Year Of Eating Dangerously

2018 was—shall we say—not exactly my best year. I spent the first seven months gainfully unemployed and in a perpetually horrific mood. Years from now I’m sure I’ll be able … Read more

Funeral Song

Funeral Song

I went to a funeral yesterday that was perfect—as funerals go. It was more uplifting, soul-affirming celebration of life and less anguished, snot-bubble cryfest of finality. By complete happenstance, I … Read more

Meet Laurie Dhue … Speaker, Survivor, Thriver, Author-To-Be, Gracious Glamazon Gal Pal

Meet Laurie Dhue … Speaker, Survivor, Thriver, Author-To-Be, Gracious Glamazon Gal Pal

Three years ago, I plopped down at a charity dinner to hear a former Fox News anchor talk about her battle(s) with addiction. At the time, I didn’t know much … Read more

Meet Wendy Chioji … Cancer Survivor, Triathlete, Advocate, Adventurer, Animal Lover, Int’l Woman of Mystery and (probably) Your New Best Friend 

Meet Wendy Chioji … Cancer Survivor, Triathlete, Advocate, Adventurer, Animal Lover, Int’l Woman of Mystery and (probably) Your New Best Friend 

Cancer is an elusive, fickle son of a bitch. My friend Wendy Chioji will be the first person to tell you that. She battled cancer, then recovered, then battled it … Read more

Just. Say. No.

Just. Say. No.

We’re all adults—let’s talk for a minute. I’ve had several friends lament to me this week that they’ve gotten stuck in precarious positions because they simply could not say no. … Read more

Meet Christian Feneck … Abstract Artist, Proprietor, Former Corporate Wonk and Craver of Coffee

Meet Christian Feneck … Abstract Artist, Proprietor, Former Corporate Wonk and Craver of Coffee

Christian Feneck’s professional life was going along at a nice, upwardly-mobile pace—uh, until it wasn’t. The former architectural design guru/teacher found himself sans job and sans direction a few years … Read more

When in doubt, reunion it out!

When in doubt, reunion it out!

Last night was my 30 25 20-year high school reunion. It was phenomenal to see everyone kibitzing and carousing with wild abandon. So many smiling faces I haven’t seen in over … Read more

Unemployment By The Numbers

Unemployment By The Numbers

Here’s the breakdown:
Jobs I Applied For: 172
Rejection notices: 80
AA Meetings I attended: 61
Coffee networking dates: 55
Lunch networking dates: 39
Days I spent at coffee shops – just to get out of … Read more

Meet Katie Kreamer … Matriarch, Nurse Practitioner, Go-Getter & Baroness of Benevolence

Meet Katie Kreamer … Matriarch, Nurse Practitioner, Go-Getter & Baroness of Benevolence

Before I even asked the question, Katie Kreamer gave me the answer. “When did you realize …” I started. “I wanted to be a nurse since I was in kindergarten,” … Read more

Welcome To My Unplanned Sabbatical

Welcome To My Unplanned Sabbatical

Well, it’s time to ‘fess up. I’ve been gainfully unemployed now for six months. I got unceremoniously dumped right before Xmas last year. I didn’t expect it. I didn’t see … Read more