WPLN’s “Transitioned” series finale

It’s a wrap: the last installment of “Transitioned,” a WPLN series about Tennesseans adapting to an economy in flux, aired on Summer Solstice morning. Here are the people who shared their stories:


(Click the photo or title to visit each WPLN story, or click here for all of them.)

Rachel Agee: Nobody Can Survive Without Backup

Rachel Agee lost her job 2 years ago at an employment law firm. Now she’s facing foreclosure. She says it’s her love of theatre and the help of friends and family that see her through the darkest days.

“My mother’s always saying, ‘I’m never gonna have my child living in the mission! You’ll always have a place to live.'” -Agee


Mead abidesDavid Mead: Be More Than Just One Thing

Singer-songwriter David Mead hit the big-label lottery in the late 90s. Then the music industry got squeezed, and he lost his contract. He’s had to become a renaissance man: carpenter, solo artist, and multifaceted performer.

” I’m in a completely different tax bracket than I was when I was a much younger man.” -Mead


Jetton and her dogAnn Jetton: Fear Not

Two years ago, Ann Jetton lost her job. She says unemployment—the state of being, and the checks—have helped her make a new life plan: to find work that serves others.

“If I lose everything tomorrow, I’ll still be me.” -Jetton


Wagner with sold signRob Wagner: Get Proactive

Real-estate agent Rob Wagner had to downsize his lifestyle and take on a second job after the bottom dropped out of the real estate market. He feels lucky to have two jobs and a loft in a lovely old drugstore.

“I didn’t ever think I would need a second job. I thought I would retire a wealthy person.” -Wagner


DuBois's perpetual grinCece DuBois: Incurable Joy

At 64, artist, songwriter, and designer Cece DuBois took a job at a grocery store to make ends meet. But she still finds creative work to do– namely, infecting others with her joie de vivre.

“I think we have a job on this planet to infect each other with incurable joy. We can be joyful and own nothing.” -DuBois


Winter at workAlec Winter: Older Ways of Doing Things

When the housing bubble burst, building contractor Alec Winter discovered a fallback: an older, simpler way of living that helped him get through his leanest year yet.

“I have a lot less hair on my head this year than I did last year. My pants won’t hold any more patches.” -Winter


Ross with cake popsHeidi Ross: Cake. On Sticks.

A one-two punch of sagging music industry and recession left photographer Heidi Ross with a great portfolio, but not such a great income. So she started making cake. On sticks.

“People love cake! I don’t have to convince anybody. It sells itself.” -Ross



Prestwood plays a sessionAlison Prestwood: Keeping My Calluses

Bass sideman Alison Prestwood practiced hard to perfect her craft, and followed her musical ambitions to Nashville in the early 90s. But when Music Row’s fortunes flagged, she learned a new instrument: the law.

“It reminds me of being a little girl, playing guitar, playing bass, and, you know, the world’s in front of you.” -Prestwood

If you’d like to share your own story of transition, post it here at The Greenery, in the comments section.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s