Today is the Sunday before Memorial Day and we all have an opportunity to pause and remember the brave men and women who have gone before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice to procure and preserve our cherished national freedoms. Originally designed as a day to commemorate those who gave their lives during the Civil War, both Union and Confederate, it was later expanded, especially after World War I, to include those who had given their lives in other conflicts as well. As the 20th century progressed, it became a time for all of us to remember those we love, particularly family members who have preceded us in death.
Good news from Congress is hard to come by but I think we have some, in a House bill called the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013. The legislation, introduced in April by Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., would allow hourly workers to opt for time off at the rate of one-and-a-half hours for each hour of overtime worked. This is something employees have wanted for a long-time. Unfortunately this piece of legislation, written concisely in fewer than 1,300 words, is not getting the attention it deserves or an accurate reporting of how it would work.
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The day before Mother’s Day, just a few weeks ago, I got a phone call from an old friend.
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It has become a rite of spring – the annual announcement that women earn 70 to 77 percent of what men earn on average or over a lifetime. The two pay gap studies most cited right now are from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). These organizations have a legislative agenda and a need to keep donations flowing in. I agree with many of their overall goals – improved access to daycare, parental leave, family friendly work hours and equal pay for equal work. But specious statistics and distorted data don’t serve their cause well. The NWLC study lead
In “World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements,” by John Hunter, the author and game deviser tells of adding a saboteur to the game. Only he and the saboteur know who that is. The other players believe he or she only plays the designated role. Having a saboteur in the game causes the players to come up with strategies to counter the saboteur’s actions. They have to reach more deeply into their intellectual and emotional selves.
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I’m not a big fan of secular made-up holidays, but Mother’s Day is different. I love Mother’s Day and today I will call my mother, Rosalie, in Milwaukee and tell her that I love her. She’ll tell me that she loves me and thank me for the fruit. I know Mom would love me without the fruit, but I also know that she loves me just a little more with the fruit.
Last summer, I was wandering through the hallways of a Midwestern university campus when a tattered TEDx poster caught my eye. “Why aren’t we doing that at Whitman?” I thought.
Alvin announced that he planned to make cheese the focus of his life. He owned cheese-making equipment and held tasting parties in his dorm room. The career research assignment for his intro to business class was a breeze. Alvin had been researching cheese-related career and business opportunities for a few years. He was learning to speak French and planned to work in a fromagerie in France for the summer. Alvin was a hoot and a half and needed no career advice help. In each class I taught there were a couple of students like Alvin. They had interests that could lead to careers and they made good use of the Internet to research career possibilities.
Perspective is an interesting thing. I read somewhere that the window you choose to look out determines your reality.
I was so scared my teeth were chattering on a warm spring day in Bellingham, Wash.
Have you ever noticed in the weekly television guide the promotion of culinary cooking shows featuring food and stern-looking chefs staring at each other? Why even PBS has its own instructional food program.
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