Author Archives: Pat Wolesky

About Pat Wolesky

I'm a renaissance woman in some ways. Professionally I do Web content management, knowledge management and communications. I also do watercolor painting, compose and perform music, do nature photography, and am the devoted slave to two cats and a moderator of the About.com Cats forum.

Mid-life Career Transition: Contract Work

Note: I started this article shortly after my last career transition and never published it. I’m now in another transition time and wanted to write something about my experiences with contract work. Especially for older job seekers, contract work is … Continue reading

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Things I Can Control (Midlife Musings)

After spending three years in the user experience group of a local company (6 months contract + 2.5 years full time employee) I was recently downsized again. The company has been outsourcing user experience work to an interactive agency. Why … Continue reading

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Father’s Day Tribute

Most people would say I am my mother’s daughter. I look a lot like her, I have her strength and determination, and I’ve inherited her musical and artistic ability. However, some of the things I value the most came from … Continue reading

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Mid-life Career Transition: What I Learned

This stage of my career transition is complete – I now have a job where I am at a comparable level in my career to where I was before getting downsized. I wanted to share some thoughts with my readers … Continue reading

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Landing a permanent position

I haven’t blogged for awhile now, but after a reader asked what ever happened in my job search I decided to write again. I worked part time at Best Buy for almost exactly one year. Although I enjoyed the opportunity … Continue reading

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Tips for spotting urban wildlife

So many people are amazed at all the wildlife I see and photograph in my inner-ring suburb of St. Paul, MN. They say that the only wildlife they see, other than squirrels and bunnies, are road kill. Actually, urban wildlife … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from a Tortie Cat

Memorial Day 2001, 11 years ago this weekend, I adopted a cat from a local Humane Society who has transformed our little family with her larger than life personality. To celebrate her adoptiversary, I wanted to follow up my post … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Tribute

This weekend we remember … … the men and women who gave all in wars over the decades and even centuries, in defense of our country. I haven’t agreed with some of the wars we’ve found ourselves in, but I … Continue reading

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Midlife Career Transition: The Journey Continues

I haven’t posted for awhile – life has been so busy! The midlife career transition continues, and life is still a bit unsettled. Theoretically, I’m working full time at my Best Buy contract. In practice, the promotions I was working … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from a Tiny Old Cat

Sometimes life lessons come in unusual ways. I had the privilege of sharing my home for almost 12 years with an amazing cat named Raleigh who taught me many lessons I can apply to other areas in my life. She … Continue reading

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