Ah vacation. Nothing is sweeter to this second shifter than a vacation away from the office, the people and the job. I had planned my first vacation for the new year for a late winter getaway to the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas. My wife had a business conference to attend at the […]Read more "Staycation, Vacation and returning to ShiftWork"
It was gray, cloudy, rainy and thunder could be heard nearby. My bed was warm, the house was quite and everything was alright. I’d slept till around 10 o’clock in the morning when I had to make several decisions, including would I get out of bed, and if so; Why? Would it be to return […]Read more "Thankfulness on a Rainy Day"
@tinybuddha: “Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald 2013 marked the year that I decided to make a change for the better. That change included exercise, weight loss and a commitment to life. The exercise came in the form of running, my eldest […]Read more "Back to the Gym"
“Summers here, and the time is right, for dancing in the street!” Martha and the Vandellas Summer has befallen unto this shift working dad and the last thing I can find time for is dancing in the street. However, the time is right to rotate the garage of snowblowers, ice melt and holiday decorations for garden […]Read more "Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Some, Summertime…"
A 2013 USA Today article said that almost 15% of Chicago commuters endure a daily mega-commute of one hour or more. As a shift worker, my off-peak commute is just shy of that mark. I don’t endure road ragers, cramped buses or over packed train cars. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. My commute is practically […]Read more "Commuting "
January welcomes the new year and a time of reflection, resolution, and perhaps the acceptance of change or improvement. It’s a time when we can introspectively itemize the past year, and decide whether we used our best effort or were simply good enough in accomplishing our personal and professional goals. With all the hope the new […]Read more "When Is Accepting Mediocrity As Good Enough?"
People who are writers sometimes get stuck with how or what to write, or even how to continue what they’ve begun. Over the years, writers have developed tools to help them deal with and overcome this predicament called writers block. Of all of the tools I’ve found on the internet and from personal experience, I’ve found […]Read more "Use Writers Block Tools to Unlock Life Blocks"