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Frozen Iowa

Reducing speed, I turned on the flashers to descend the ice-packed road leading to the Coralville Lake. One car was already in the ditch. Frozen rain covered everything Wednesday morning. The city where I was bound cancelled bus service for … Continue reading

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Farmers Came to Town

The soybean harvest was disrupted by snowfall. Several inches fell in the last 48 hours. Farmers came to town, including to the home, farm and auto supply store. It will be a wet crop, propane prices are already higher. The … Continue reading

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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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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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Imagining a Narrative

It’s been difficult to imagine myself in a post worklife world. When I left my last transportation job work no longer defined me. I could become something new and different. Ten years later work continues to occupy a role in … Continue reading

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