Photo: Dreamstime She walked down the brightly lit hallway her slow steps muted by the industrial carpet and low conversations in the nurses station. Her frail frame weighted down by the knowledge that this would be the last time she would see her husband of more than 70 years.
Photo: Stock.xchng When 13-year-old Natalie Gilbert was asked to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a nationally televised NBA Western Conference playoff game, it was a dream come true. But what happened on the day of her performance was more like a nightmare. On April 25, 2003, Natalie bravely stood alone at mid-court in Portland’s Rose Garden Arena
Photo: MorgueFile Greg (not his real name) was a well paid, middle aged manager in a large California manufacturing plant where I once worked. Lytle (his real name) is an older food service worker who makes a modest salary working for a school in Arizona. Greg was a popular department head with a large and faithful staff who worked under him. It was indeed a painful day for those loyal workers when their leader was summarily fired for stealing from the company. The plant reeled as a traumatic shock wave reverberated down the shiny, green corridors and into the decorated cubes we called home from 9 – 5. Greg, as it turned out, had been charging personal items for himself and his family on the company VISA card. In addition, he had been pilfering flowers and shrubs meant for the company landscape. Instead of having them planted (which was part of his job) he loaded them into the bed of his pickup truck, drove them to his home and rooted them in his yard. He left the company in disgrace