A 57-year-old journalist writes to Salon advice columnist Cary Tennis:
I recently quit my job as a staff writer for a weekly newspaper. …I applied for unemployment and was denied! I am now in the process of an appeal. The crux of my problem is this: I feel so discouraged and depressed I can barely get myself to function. I now have no income, and loads of free time.
The sob story goes on, and Tennis eventually advises the correspondent:
Go apologize and ask for your job back.
Because you have put yourself in a terrible spot. Will they take you back? I sure hope so. It’s worth a try.