Nov 07, 2009

by English Muse

While driving through the Pacific Palisades today, I ended up lost on a curving road high above the Pacific Coast Highway…

It’s been 2 1/2 weeks since my layoff. I’m finally starting to catch my breath. I think I’ll try tackling my laundry and putting away the stuff I hauled home from my old desk…Maybe I’ll even wash the dishes. Funny how life’s little chores get put aside amid the major upheavals…I’ve tried to be very cheerful about it, but the truth is my layoff from the newspaper has been one of the most traumatizing events of my life. One minute I’m up, the next I’m down and feeling lost — much like life on this road in the Palisades.

Have a lovely weekend…(And I promise to finally get my blogroll up next week.)


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29 Responses to “The Palisades on a Friday…”

  1. Louis Duke says:

    Beautiful photos!!

    We love you!! πŸ™‚

    Have you checked out my new(er) blog?

  2. Sarah says:

    PCH is so pretty, love these photos!

  3. sinnlighet says:

    Sweden calling…

    So glad I stumbled on your lovely lovely blog again! Sooooo nice post – as usual!

    Peace & Love


  4. Melissa says:

    I know what you mean about things getting put on hold in a major life overhaul! Things always settle down eventually.

  5. pinklotus says:

    sometimes, its good to be lost coz you get to see lovely views that you don't expect to see….

    have a great weekend!!!! :))

  6. Stanley Webber says:

    Much nicer than my artless camera phone pics of the Santa Monica bluffs.


    I always feel better too after a cruise to the ocean.


    There are many many people *in this* together and if there's one thing that Americans do well besides buy flat screens, suv's and granite countertops — it's help each other through adversity.

  7. Amanda says:

    Oh my, lost up in the palisades! I got lost up in the winding roads of the Hollywood Hills once and I must say the view wasn't quite that lovely…we always find our way in the end. Never be afraid to ask for help..

  8. kelly ann says:

    it's good to be honest about our feelings and truly feel them instead of pretending they're not there. sadness, feelings of loss, uneasiness, whatever it may be… sometimes we just need to sit in those feelings for a minute and let our emotions wash over. once we do, we can then put it in the past and move on the happier and better things! i hope you find true joy amidst this hardship. good luck with everything. <3

  9. Caroline says:

    I've been in your shoes before (a couple of times, sadly) and each time a wonderful new opportunity presented itself, taking me in the direction I needed to go at that point in my life. Your Huffington Post news is so very exciting, and I hope it leads you in the direction you need to go.

    I'd love to be a part of your blogroll if you're so inclined – you have been on mine for quite some time!

  10. Karin says:

    I am sorry things have been so rough on you. Ofcourse, your stories and pictures are beautiful, as always. I hope you'll feel on top of the world again really soon!


  11. denise, the prime magpie says:

    Keep up the creative thoughts and don't let things bring you down. I've been putting lists up everywhere when lulls happen during my furlough days. Creative people like yourself cannot stay idle — it's impossible. So look at whatever extra time you have as a rare luxury to fill with the things you need as an individual right now.

  12. Dominique says:

    Trust your creativity and share it with us ! Internet is maybe your next road/path … up and down, surprising, unknown ! don't let fear be a killer of your mind, use it as a car to discover the inner and hidden faces of life ! Sunny Side

  13. Shelley Trbuhovich says:

    i'm loving your honesty in regards to your lay-off, tina. wishing you continued strength at this time of upheaval – be kind to yourself, won't you? there is much to grieve when you lose a job you love. i have no doubt new beautiful things are on your horizon. all the best. x

  14. Christina says:

    Ive never been laid off but I quit a job of almost 27 yrs to take care of an ailing Mother. I had my ups and downs too, and when she died I went into a grieving period for about 5 yrs off and on.. So Im assuming you are grieving a job loss – things will pick up for you I am sure. The pictures of the Pacific horizon are wonderful – so soothing!

  15. Selma says:

    Beautiful pictures!!! πŸ™‚ Hang in there!

  16. Julie B. says:

    Hi there! Know what i saw? A very interesting blog and great photos… Jeez, it was depressing thow… Try to be more optimistic and

  17. Brian Miller says:

    beautiful snaps. hang in there. i have been working part time since February, seeking full time employment myself…enjoy this time..

  18. 6p011279470c7b28a4 says:

    Don't let the job define YOU! You are wonderful no matter what happens to you!
    I know the money is a need in life, but things will get better. You already have the Huffington Post gig, and more things will follow… You'll see! πŸ™‚

  19. giulia says:

    When you lose not a job but a place, a place with people who become like family, where you are expected, so to speak, it's a major blow.

    The most comforting people, in times of loss, were not those who told me how to feel (it can feel like that on the receiving side). These were people who when I said "bleep," gave mammalian echo-bleeps.

    It's only been 2-1/2 weeks, so saying things to 'make it better' can sound (even though it is meant in the kindest manner possible) like a denial of one's deep wounds.

    Tina knows very well how talented & connected she is & so on. I plan to chime in with pat phrases when she's ready to deck someone in the Huff start-up process & possibly end up in the news herself. (We do not want that, Mme Tina:)

    Sorry, Tina. The whole thing bleeps. I cannot think of an elegant way to express it in throes of fluish-ness. (My excuse for the weekend.)

    ciao, bella


    PS: Yes, the pix are lovely. Oh, I wish to be near the sea.


    Lovely photographs darling!
    Sure have been there as well, I'm sure everything is going to be better…it always is! Have a lovely weekend love!
    ~xo+much blessings your way*

  21. kerentravels says:

    Yes, rightly or wrongly, what we are employed to do dictates so much of our identity…even with the trauma, being jobless does give us the opportunity (read: force us) to figure out who or what we are when left to our own devices. Interesting, and at times demoralising, but hopefully freeing as well. On another note, I very much enjoy your blog, so much so that i recently featured you in my own

  22. Maggie May says:

    love the second photo especially, and am very glad to hear you are catching your breath.

  23. Christina Simon says:

    These photos are stunning. Great blog! Good luck with your transition to new and exciting things.


  24. Welcome Home says:

    I too got laid off from a magazine I have worked on and loved. It has been really hard because when you live and breathe what you do when taken away it's like a big chunk of who are is too. However, I too posted on my blog about it and the support from everyone is so positive. When majority say one thing you need to start believing it. I think when we both start believing it then the new change will become a great thing

  25. TheBeautyFile says:

    These are absolutely stunning….my best friend grew up in the Palisades and it looks so dreamy….

  26. Vanya @ Endless Inspiration says:

    Dear Tina

    I can't imagine, it must be so hard for you, I am sorry. Give yourself time to adjust and grieve for what you have lost – the brain goes into shock at such points and it needs awhile to re-adjust. I am very sure with your inspiring talent you will find a new channel for it. Hang in there.

    Best wishes

  27. Jaime says:

    Pretty photos- thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    Good luck with this transition, it seems you are doing as well as possible!

  28. marthalena says:

    I work in an L.A. newsroom, stuck behind a desk everyday. I'm certain being laid off is terrifying but…I suspect this will turn into a very, very good thing for you.

    Your blog rocks. Journalism is changing. I predict that in a year this will be the best thing that's ever happened to you. And in the near future when I read on this blog about how much better your life is …I'll be cheering for you. (Then maybe I'll have the courage to quit my desk job and go to India for a year.)

  29. The Lil Bee says:

    Oh my gosh, I'm really sorry to hear about your layoff. I've been away for a while (just had a baby) and haven't visited your blog in quite a while. I'm sure you're hearing all sorts of 'me, too' stories, but I will tell you–I was laid off earlier this year (just after finding out I was pregnant, actually!) and it ended up being a blessing in disguise for many reasons. I'm sending you good thoughts and know that you'll land right where you should. You're too talented not to.

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