Category Archives: work


I really do love my job, but when I saw this animation I immediately felt the imminent beginning of the new school year and the myriad responsibilities this work entails.

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“The Real Work” by Wendell Berry

It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that … Continue reading

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Discarded photos

On the door to my studio I have alternating displays of selections from my post card collection. Because Japan is  a soon to be tangible piece of our lives, I presently have some of my Japanese postcards on display. In … Continue reading

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Beautiful tools

I have purchased a beautiful new garden tool. Well, for me it’s new, but historically it is quite ancient. It’s called a Kana hoe and is used for weeding. One just runs it across the surface of the earth or … Continue reading

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Going Bananas

Many years ago, 40 years ago to be precise, I worked on the kibbutz Bet Tzera, where my job was to flick off the little black tips at the ends of each of the bananas. (Actually each banana is called … Continue reading

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All thumbs for contract resolution

I could have left work early today, but I wanted to stay until the vote was counted for the ratification of our contract. Not that I was physically needed to do so, but it was a way for me to … Continue reading

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Rachel Maddow: State Politics Go Nuclear

This is Maddow’s broadcast from March 10, 2011, which is about the wider ideological agenda that is demonstrated by the stripping of public workers’ collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin and threatened elsewhere. We must stay engaged and actively work to … Continue reading

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What have the unions ever done for us?

This was produced by Manic Times out of Australia. It speaks for itself. A couple of terms you’ll need to know: Superannuation: the Australian version of our Social Security Award System: Australian standards (legally binding) that set out minimum terms … Continue reading

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Modified Traditional Bargaining–Any bets?

I will be serving on my union’s negotiating team for our next contract. There will be six of us negotiating with three representatives of the administration. Both sides have agreed to a new approach in negotiations called MTB or Modified … Continue reading

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Kicking the doldrums

Winter doldrums… I got ’em. Usually I’m not hit with them till February, but we had early snow this winter and lots of overcast days. At school I am usually busy interacting with the kids before school, teasing and chasing … Continue reading

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