Category Career

Courage In The Line Of Defense

Evil monster known to attack trick-or-treaters on a specific day of the year. Another day, another holiday at Phipps. Each one pretty much goes the same. We set the department month before any given holiday, people complain it’s too soon to put up [fill in the blank] decorations or purchase items for [fill in the […]

Oh, To Dream Again…

Once again, I’ve been away from writing this blog. But this time, I’ve been busy in a good way. Sure, I’ve had my emotionally down times, but I seem to be edging closer to a brush with happiness. For one, I have a freelance job in the arts. It’s as part time as you can […]

The End of The Beginning

What a couple of weeks it’s been! That’s mainly why I haven’t written in ages. And where do I even begin? Let’s start with the car. I had a trusty, faithful Hyundai Santa Fe since 2013. That thing’s beenĀ everywhere. Took it on an amazing road trip from New York State up to St. John’s, Newfoundland. […]

Transitions

It’s July. Kids just got out of school. Summer is upon us! It’s July. And the retail industry says, “Kids will go back to school soon! Summer’s over!” So here I am, in Phipp’s, pulling down all of the shady patio umbrellas, deck furniture, picnic tables, beach chairs, casual dining ware and all other accoutrements […]

Shrinkage

Once upon a time, I had decent hours at Phipp’s. Sure, I wasn’t making a whole lot of money, but with 35-40 hours a week, I could pay my bills. Couldn’t get rich off of what I brought home, but there remained a bit left over for such ridiculous extravagances as getting a pizza or […]

Adding Up The Good

I took this picture when my father was still alive. Peaceful, isn’t it? He lived at the Jersey shore and this tranquil scene occurred up the street from his house. The sun was about to set, the clouds decorated the sky and a boat stood anchored a short distance from the street’s end. In less […]

Fine Tuning

Music is my ground, my constant, the thread that connects my past to my present. I track my life’s journey to what I’ve listened to. It shaped me, influenced me, and still does, to this day. It’s how I see myself and through it, I gauge others. Mom started it. She’d been performing on the […]