Archive for November 2014

The final Black Friday sales

People used to live here. It was a nice neighborhood. Now it is ruins. There used to be a thing called Black Friday. On the day after Thanksgiving, stores would have big sales. Some stores opened super early in the morning with special early bird prices. People lined up outside the doors waiting to get... Read more »

On Thanksgiving a lady ate lots of pie (perhaps she'll die)

I wrote a Thanksgiving poem based on the children’s song “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.” It is a cautionary tale. On Thanksgiving a lady ate lots of pie. I don’t know why she ate lots of pie. She feels like she’ll die. On Thanksgiving a lady ate too much bread. She... Read more »

Misogyny accusations raise tensions at Santa's Workshop

Misogyny accusations raise tensions at Santa's Workshop
Santa’s Workshop has been a target of misogyny accusations and harassment claims largely surrounding the treatment of toy developer Missy d’Elf. Missy and her supporters have been threatened, and their personal information has been posted online. Many argue the harassment is more evidence of the notoriously anti-feminist culture in the toy-making industry. Opponents say the... Read more »
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Toy drive supports Care for Real and 800+ children they serve

Toy drive supports Care for Real and 800+ children they serve
Collections for the Care for Real toy drive start on Saturday, November 22nd. Care for Real is the food pantry for the Edgewater neighborhood in Chicago. In addition to providing families in need with food, clothing, school supplies, career counseling, and other services all year, Care for Real runs a toy distribution that last year... Read more »

Imprecise

I’ve always been annoyed by imprecise people. Have I ever told you that? Pfft. I don’t understand why some people can’t seem to follow directions or show up somewhere when they say they will. I have no patience for exaggeration and hyperbole. Say what you mean and mean what you say. That’s my way. Being... Read more »

Do they still teach typing in school?

Do they still teach typing in school?
Many people have become concerned that cursive is no longer being taught in school. I saw the effect of this when one of our high school interns had trouble transcribing a meeting attendance sheet because some of the names were written in cursive. As someone who rarely uses cursive except for my signature (which is really... Read more »
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A blatantly honest timesheet

A blatantly honest timesheet
Dear boss, I have some questions regading your message about the importance of accurate timesheets. I am trying to be more mindful in the reporting of my hours; unfortunately, I cannot find appropriate billing codes for many of my activities. Below is a breakdown of how I spent my 40 hours this week. Please advise as to how... Read more »

Sarah Ruhl on life intruding on writing

Sarah Ruhl on life intruding on writing
I am currently reading 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater by Sarah Ruhl. I may write a review of it at some point, but to do so now would be unfair since I’ve only read one essay. (Heck, getting through the... Read more »

30 blog writing prompts that don't tell you what to write

30 blog writing prompts that don't tell you what to write
November is NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month, when many bloggers pledge to blog every day of the month. Because it can be challenging to come up with things to write about every day there are many lists of NaBloPoMo writing prompts to give people ideas for blog posts. This is one of those, but it’s... Read more »
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