Category Archives: Work Life

Apple Season Seven in the Books

On a brilliant Autumn day I finished my seventh season at Wilson’s Orchard where I work in the sales barn. It has been a positive experience with my friends and co-workers Barb, Sara, Paul, Jack, Alex, Karen, and Kyle, as … Continue reading

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Third Month of Apple Season

I picked low-hanging fruit from the Red Delicious apple tree last week. All that’s left is dangling red orbs high above the reach of my 20-foot ladder plus 10-foot picker. Most of those apples will fall to the ground for … Continue reading

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Pushing Age’s Envelope and the Debate

Wednesday I worked outside for five hours at the home, farm and auto supply store. As temperatures reached toward 85 degrees, a colleague and I consolidated the remaining plants and supplies and opened up traffic flow where the garden center … Continue reading

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Low Wage Work, the South Side and Me

The benefit of working in a low wage job is exposure to lives I wouldn’t otherwise know exist. Every work day someone’s car has been repossessed, an abusive spouse called an associate at work, or someone lost their apartment with … Continue reading

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Long Goodbye to Workforce

By July 3, the tenth anniversary of my departure from the logistics company, I hope to have my exit from the workforce defined. I continue to work for pay and barter and am concerned with a loss of income those … Continue reading

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Potluck Luncheon

It runs counter to the Western Christian tradition but employees at the home, farm and auto supply store held a potluck luncheon on Ash Wednesday. While others were submitting to dust from a priest’s thumb, my co-workers were feasting on … Continue reading

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Wind Howled All Day

The store manager from the home, farm and auto supply store phoned Sunday afternoon to ask me to work on Monday. The colleague who assumed my full time job last spring was visiting family in Nebraska and bad weather closed … Continue reading

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