I grew up reading comic books wanting to be a superhero. Those who speak the truth are heroes, anything less is a lie.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A Living Wage in Minnesota

When did it become acceptable to work all day and still not earn a basic living wage?

A living wage is the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet their needs that are considered basic (housing/food)

Go here to see the living wage calculator for your state/county

Finally Minnesota is looking to raise the minimum pay to $9.50 by the end of this week but that's still doesn't cover most rents. we fall behind the majority of other states... Many advocates believe that $10.58 an hour is a better wage rate, but it appears that progressive Minnesota does not...Currently half a million jobs in Minnesota are below $10 an hour...
Our current minimum wage is below what the federal government has set for the minimum wage...needless to say

The current legislation would make exceptions for anyone under 18 years old, or small companies earning less than half a million a year. If the business has gross sales less than $500,000 a year, then they can pay a $7.75 minimum wage. Higher wages would be phased in annually for the next three years. The bill is expected to pass in both the House and Senate this week.

A living wage is a moral value!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This Is Spring?!

Finally the first day of Spring has come to....well not in Minnesota...

It's 23 degrees out...and snowed yesterday...but expected to warm up into the forties...thankful for that...before dipping again this weekend. After twenty years here, I've had enough...too cold for too long. Time to bail...Got back last week from the gulf area *Texas, Alabama, Mississippi.." where it's actually warm with sunshine!

There's a hill of snow from shoveling the driveway that still about 5 feet tall, the dogs are in sweaters, and for flowers to bloom, the snow needs to melt...this is not spring! Maybe next month...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chronic Illness

Like many people my age I suffer from a chronic health condition which got me to thinking about how a lot of Americans suffer from chronic conditions but they aren't all physical health related...for example:


  • The world evolves around me and my beliefs. Perhaps this isn't specific to Americans but having lived just about everywhere including overseas...we have more than our share of these self centered clods. Most likely symptoms include inability to learn from mistakes, history, minorities, schooling or to understand common sense...
  • Although I'm a member of a large well-off group, I am a victim. This group seems to have more than it's share of 1%ers, those who believe they will become a 1%er, and white males. (read my lips not all fit this group but it is a sub group with a chronic victim issue)...But the good news is this group has their own support group called 'wall street', 'NRA' "teabaggers' although I don't think it helps

  • Greed, hate, envy, fear, anger, laziness, lack of empathy...

The Cure...
  • Learn by doing, join others in real life settings like volunteering at a women's shelter, soup kitchen, hospital, food bank...
  • Get out of your comfort zone. Growth is possible only if you recognize change.
  • Be positive. Instead of always blaming, complaining, pointing a finger, learn to laugh, compliment strangers, see the world through their eyes, interact, smile. We all have dark moments but we can make efforts to let the light shine in...flip that switch and allow yourself to be happy.
  • Don't ever mistake material wealth for success...spend time doing things without expecting a return on investment...tip your toes into the Mississippi river, eat cotton candy, ride a camel, climb/plant/study/draw a tree...

BTW...Ignoring warning signs will lead to death ...the difference is how you want to die...I suffer from chronic calculus of the kidneys caused by enteric hyperoxaluria...(yeah say that ten times fast!). By treatment and diet, I can avoid most pain and live a productive and longer life...isn't that the goal for all of us? To create, learn, expand, imagine, and love...ignoring is never the solution.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Learning It As I Go

It's taking me a long time...and I'm still learning but let me share a little of what I know...

  • Follow your heart...always
  • Everyone is equal 
  • The journey is more important than the reward
  • Live your values
  • Accept that you really only can change yourself
  • Embrace change
  • Stop trying to control your outcome
  • Life happens so learn to smile and laugh
  • Trust in good
  • Listen, sing and dance
And approach everyone as important...as they are...