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Jim McCleary
Jim McCleary is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. He is vice president/contributing writer for The Reporters Inc and hosts a blog at His work can also be found in the Arizona Republic, Phoenix New Times, Phoenix Gazette, Scottsdale Progress and the West Valley View.

Entries by Jim McCleary

Slop Bucket Full of Promise

(16) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 3:21 PM

I'm a 51-year-old college graduate working a $20-an-hour job clearing dirty dishes off tables at black-tie events. Back when I had money and good income, I used to attend these functions, clad in tux and tails. Now I'm little more than background noise in these expansive ballrooms.

I never could...

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