Location: Santa Ana, California, United States

Virginia Bola operated a rehabilitation company for 20 years, developing innovative job search techniques for disabled workers, while serving as a Vocational Expert in Administrative, Civil and Workers' Compensation Courts. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Social Psychology and politics and an admitted diet fanatic. She has performed therapeutic services for more than 20 years and has studied the effects of cultural forces and employment on the individual. The author of two interactive workbooks, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual and Diet With An Attitude: A Weight Loss Workbook, she also publishes a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge and various weight loss mini-courses. She can be reached at,, or

Monday, August 14, 2006

Private Problems

The Middle East is in flames, another tsunami swamps Indonesia, Iran pursues its nuclear options, and Korea fires missiles that threaten the entire Pacific. The world is in shambles, an unstable and dangerous mess.

Yet somehow we have to get along with our lives. With one eye peeled to the dangers of international politics, we tend to the problems closest to home, the things that directly affect ourselves and our loved ones. It is in this private world that disasters really strike us down: divorce, financial stresses, children on drugs, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a worthwhile job.

It is hard to get excited about what is happening on the other side of the globe, unless we have family or friends in harm's way. It takes all our energy to sort out our own problems that are just as challenging for us as the stories that make it to the front page.

With the continued improvement in the employment outlook, we finally have the opportunity to solve one of our pressing problems. However, if unemployment has been prolonged, special barriers arise that we must navigate with care.

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