Which Way Challenge


Early fall 2016 322

The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Sonofthebeach69 blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s very free form. You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets exits, signs, paths, waterways, you name it.


A furrow is a “way”

Painting by Edwin Hopper


Seoul, South Korea

I really miss Miniso and can’t wait for them to open more stores in the US.


Poem of the Week


The Cold Earth Slept Below

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

The cold earth slept below;
Above the cold sky shone;
And all around,
With a chilling sound,
From caves of ice and fields of snow
The breath of night like death did flow
Beneath the sinking moon.

The wintry hedge was black;
The green grass was not seen;
The birds did rest
On the bare thorn’s breast,
Whose roots, beside the pathway track,
Had bound their folds o’er many a crack
Which the frost had made between.

Thine eyes glow’d in the glare
Of the moon’s dying light;
As a fen-fire’s beam
On a sluggish stream
Gleams dimly—so the moon shone there,
And it yellow’d the strings of thy tangled hair,
That shook in the wind of night.

The moon made thy lips pale, beloved;
The wind made thy bosom chill;
The night did shed
On thy dear head
Its frozen dew, and thou didst lie
Where the bitter breath of the naked sky
Might visit thee at will.

Dear Retailers

Dear Retailers,

When you hire staff, remember the following:

  • You can’t expect workers, to do you favors by working extra, and then never reciprocate and allow people time off that’s requested weeks in advance. You need to show some respect and appreciation.
  • When employees ask you a question, realize that they should get a reasonable reply and can schuss out a bogus one easily. If someone asks, “How’s the shopping center doing; I see that two neighboring stores and a busy restaurant have left?” Understand that saying “We’re up 101%,” is an obvious side-step and people realize that 101% isn’t good if the previous year was disappointing. Also, note that the data on falling sales is available with a few keystrokes. Some of us even know that the US government collects this data through their Business Census.
  • Realize that whispers and gossip is not a good way to manage. “Sunshine is the best antiseptic.”
  • It’s not a good idea to leave a new worker on their own to do everything on a Saturday before Chanukah and Christmas. Don’t run people ragged. If your recruiting efforts aren’t getting applicants, you should raise the pay.
  • Know that people won’t buy that you can’t do XYZ, because of the computer. Nonsense. Management can’t hide behind a computer program. We all know there’s a override option. Always.
  • Understand that it’s a tight labor market and people will move on to find a better job. Stagnant wages won’t be endured.


A Good Worker Who’s About to Quit

It Was the War of the Trenches

war trenches

A gritty look at WWI, Jacques Tardi’s It was the War of the Trenches shows the dark side of World War I from the French side. Most of characters are jaded, egotistical schemers, who’re willing to break the rules. They’d inflict themselves with wounds to avoid fighting. They’d collude with the enemy if it meant survival. They would shoot women and children if that was the order given.

Nonetheless, I felt bad when a man would die, even though that same man would desert his comrades or cheat them one way or another. It’s an interesting angle to a historical book.

Well, it’s not exactly a historical book. In the forward Tardi says:

“This is not the history of the First World War told in comics form, but a non-chronological sequence of situations, lived by men who have been jerked around and dragged through the mud, clearly unhappy to find themselves in this place, whose only wish is to stay alive for just one more hour…”


The drawings convey the horror and violence of the war, but I must remind myself and you to realize that this book is just one perspective on the war. It’s definitely worth reading, though I don’t think children under 15 should read it (maybe older still). But also, we should read and view other more historical books or films to really understand “The War to End All Wars.”