Category Archives: Health & Welfare

Worth by way of Zen

You ever notice how when you mention worth, or rather self-worth specifically, there are those who’ll feel that such an acquired sentiment means you’re an uppity person?  You ever notice how those feelings ride alongside issues of color and caste; mindsets reminiscent of earlier days when plantations were the big businesses of the time?  Ironically, you’ll find that same combination of social ingredients-background, status and race-perturbing members of today’s workforce.  It does the same to employees today what it did to slaves back then.  It robs them of their self-worth.  Continue reading

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Workplace Bullying Hasn’t Gone Anywhere

It’s a problem of perception.  Unfortunately, in the case of those operating under the thumb of a workplace bully, how they perceive they’re being treated doesn’t usually mean much in the scheme of things, aka the workplace environment.

That’s probably what Fox News producer Phillip Perea felt as he angrily tweeted and posted his outrage on Twitter and YouTube.  Unfortunately, he unfurled his growing disdain and bitterness towards an inappropriate target, himself.

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Pride, a bike ride and the veiled threat of isolation

Man is the quintessential builder. Oftentimes, when seeking what he might see to be a greater good, he’ll destroy something that’s otherwise beneficial; maybe even necessary.  Men, mountains or ideas are all subject to the sacrificial block if it’s determined that either stands in the way of attaining that higher ideal, that bigger profit or that better way of doing things; even if “things” means only becoming better at being ourselves.

CDC photo of Ebola virus

CDC photo of Ebola virus

I’d like to think that Kaci Hickox is looking at such a bigger picture when she takes her defiant stand against the government; one that’s being painted by her concerns about the seemingly cavalier abolishment of civil liberties and the use of unlawful detentions.  But the conflict arises from the fact that Maine Gov. Paul LePage is looking at the same big picture, only he sees his in a different way.  His landscape illustrates his responsibility for the safety of the entire state of Maine along with the confidence its citizens have in their state’s ability to protect them in times of dire crisis.

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The Anatomy of a Backache

The first title I came up with was Further Confessions of a Coppertop.  But not wanting to ostensibly wallow in the throes of self-pity too long, I thought better of it.  Not that such self-absorbed retrospection of the type is always a bad thing.  It does provide eventually, hopefully, that springboard from which one can bounce back as much from their physical pain as its emotional partner.  After all, ultimately all questions should be answered in the healing process.

Daddy's little helpers; Motrin 800.  Not to be taken lightly.

Daddy’s little helpers; Motrin 800. Not to be taken lightly.

So here I am on day thirteen of short term disability, having moved on from such self-aggrandizement and there still exists a mix of calm and panic in my mind.  Paperwork for FMLA has been submitted and claims forms have been appropriately faxed bringing a subsequent sense of relief that comes when the first of the hard segments of the whole ordeal has been accomplished.  Remaining however, is an underlying sense of dread as the truly dicey piece of the puzzle, recovery, now has to begin.  That happens once the verdict of diagnosis is in.  Mine was guilty by reason of spondylolisthesis.  Continue reading

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An American Horror Story

Iconic yes, but much scarier stuff exists, for real.

Iconic yes, but much scarier stuff exists, for real.

I’m a Sci-Fi and Horror story aficionado.  Ever since I saw my first Frankenstein picture,the classic starring Boris Karloff with all of its moody tone, I’ve been hooked on the imagination and chilly fun of the genre.  So, having read many a story and seen many a plot unfold on film, when I look at what’s happening with the Ebola virus, I get a rather familiar iciness running up my spine.  It’s like we’re all playing bit parts in a very real, present-day thriller.

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