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Back to Work

The desultory nature of lowly paid work is a grind. That’s what I found yesterday upon returning to the home, farm and auto supply store after a four-day vacation. By afternoon I was ready for a nap but instead scratched … Continue reading

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Vacation Days

It’s a crash landing after the apple harvest and a summer working almost every day at the orchard or the home, farm and auto supply store. Time to sleep, read and rest. Four days off work is not enough to … Continue reading

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Providers Turning to Protectors and Buying Guns

Financial inequality is impacting society by making men protectors of what limited resources each family has. I know few people who are increasing their wealth in the post-Reagan era. The rich get richer and the rest of us pay for … Continue reading

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Work Locker

My mobile device lived in this locker for 3,960 hours since I began working at the home, farm and auto supply store. Carrying our devices with us while at work is not allowed and that’s fine with me. There is … Continue reading

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Three Cup Day

Today will require an extra cup of coffee. This week is the biannual vendor show at the home, farm and auto supply store. We’ll be short staffed today and tomorrow while associates from Iowa and Wisconsin travel to Dubuque to … Continue reading

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Low Wage Grind

A co-worker asked if I needed to borrow another water bath canner to survive the season. This year’s abundance of vegetables has been stunning. There is a lot to preserve including apples, pears, celery, peppers and a couple dozen pints … Continue reading

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Winds of Change

Just as the election of Barack Obama encouraged me to leave a 25-year career in transportation and logistics, the presidency of Donald J. Trump is stirring winds of change. Where they will take our small family is uncertain. Each year … Continue reading

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