Photo: Studiomill It certainly does not enhance the quality of life in most urban neighborhoods to have homeless people sleeping on heating grates and sitting on doorsteps.
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
Photo: Hemera Memorial Day weekend is when we remember those who have defended freedom. Cemeteries hold services and there are parades, picnics and family gatherings. It’s a special time to mourn those we have lost
Photo: Tommy Johansen Living or working in a big city can make getting enough exercise a challenge. Here are some tips for getting more physical movement into your day: Leave your home early so you can park a little farther away from your work place and enjoy a brisk walk first thing in the morning. If you ride public transportation, try getting off one or two stops earlier than usual and walking to your destination
Photo: Chiara Chiara Being an outdoor person, I often frequented “the arbor” at my last place of employment. It was in that park like setting, where I began to rub shoulders with Sammy. For Sammy, you see, lives in the arbor. No, Sammy isn’t a homeless man stretched out on a wooden bench. Sammy is a large black crow who has made his home in the arbor for several years now. For those of us who frequented this venue on a daily basis, Sammy became a kind of pet, a company mascot, and the recipient of numerous offerings from employee lunch bags.