Category Archives: work

Consumerism, Capitalism, Exploitation

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“Shirt” by Robert Pinsky

The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams, The nearly invisible stitches along the collar Turned in a sweatshop by Koreans or Malaysians  xxx Gossiping over tea and noodles on their break Or talking money or politics while one fitted … Continue reading

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Philip Levine on America’s Workers

  What Work Is We stand in the rain in a long line waiting at Ford Highland Park. For work. You know what work is—if you’re old enough to read this you know what work is, although you may not … Continue reading

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Community functioning at its very best

Last night we attended a fund-raiser for the displaced workers at the three businesses that burned down in Evanston, one of which our son IB worked at as a bartender (see “Two paintings were saved”). The Evanston business community came … Continue reading

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Peonies in December

For the past several years, I have served as president of our union. It has not been the easiest of responsibilities. It took enormous amounts of time and energy, and sometimes I found myself beset with issues that presented moral … Continue reading

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Long day

Today was a very long day. The manhattan that JB made for me when I got home was just the medicine I needed. Sometimes the work one does pulls and stretches every emotional fiber and intellectual muscle one has. Today … Continue reading

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A solid 2

For two days this easled white board has mysteriously been sitting outside the Middle School Office in the main Middle School hallway. I don’t know about you, but today was most emphatically a solid 2.

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