Tweens
It became easier to advance in my federal career by moving from one agency to another than to stay in one position and hope for advancement. I worked three times for the CIA; once for the Secret Service, and once for the NRO (jointly run by the CIA and military). In between those positions, I found work in a variety of jobs; from farm hand to baker. Sometimes, these “tween” jobs taught me more about life and myself then did my government stints. I was surprised to find subtle art lessons in whatever I did, even when the job appeared to have nothing to do with art whatsoever. I found hog farming to be the hardest and the most fulfilling job in my career; and art, if you wanted to make a living at it, could be one of the most elusive and frustrating.
There is no insurance for happiness.
First job at 12. First art Lesson.
Fourteen and making kielbasa (Polish sausage).
Sixteen, and promoted from the morgue to surgery.
Kantanista’s Meats, Produce, & Groceries
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Ten bucks a week but plenty to drink.
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Pre-Tweens
While putting this page together, I remembered how much I learned from my first job, and that happened when I was 12. Then came three more employments before I graduated high school. Each of these experiences gave me insights into developing a work ethic,  working with people, craftsmanship, and art. I have carried these experiences throughout my life and needed to share them with you.
Tweens
“I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” Yes you do. You just don’t know where it is or how to use it.
Learning from “dumb” animals and smart people.
University of Notre Dame
The worst of times; the best of times.
A home business means you are the boss. Unfortunately, you are also the labor.
& Grassler Associates
The sweet taste of success.
Back Door BAKERY
I never met a kid I didn’t like.
Marketing. marketing. marketing.
Kaleidoscope, Inc.
Even my kid can draw that. Why do I have to pay you?
St. Mary’s CATHOLIC  HOSPITAL
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