Navigating Holiday Gift Giving with Co-Workers

It's that time of year for exchanging gifts at the office. Depending on your perspective, the thought of this can make your blood run cold or get you very excited about the fun ahead. There's no need to worry however because holiday gift exchanges can be navigated authentically and gracefully (and might even make the cynical smile just a little). Here are some tips on what to do, what not to do, and ideas to get your creative juices flowing. ...more

I'm Pregnant, Not Incompetent!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I've been at my job for a few years now. I work for a very small company with few employees, and most of them male, and in a male-dominated field. While they've employed a few women over the years, I am the first that has been pregnant while employed. The only other lady in the office is older and has worked here for a very long time. I've noticed lately that she uses me being pregnant as ammunition to get the owners to do things around the office such as cleaning and repairs....more
If YOU know she has wanted these things done, believe me other people do as well.  Unless your ...more

Deadlines and Co-workers

It's been so long since I've had something resembling a deadline that I almost went to sleep tonight without doing my daily blog entry - woops! So here I sit, bleary-eyed and not completely coherent, trying to come up with a brilliant entry while realizing it will probably be subpar. But that is the point of this whole exercise, isn't it? Forcing the words to come out even when you think they can't be found; making the search for those words a daily exercise, so that it will become a habit - like brushing your teeth....more

Nobody likes a Bully!

In today’s Reno Gazette Journal, there was an article titled “Bullies at work all too common.“ From cyber-bullies utilizing facebook and other social media to bullies at work, this seems to be a common topic lately....more

Feeling the Love from Fellow Teachers

It puts fear into the hearts of students, parents, and teachers alike.  It evokes judgment from government officials and those who have never walked a mile in a teacher's shoes.  In some places, it unfairly determines an educator's salary.  And in our school district, it will torment our lives for the next 5 days the same way a foreboding black cloud torments the spirited on a beautiful summer day....more


Why are people so damn rude? We are all human. We all live, breathe, love, hurt, have hopes and dreams. So why do we have to be cruel to one another?I left a job I loved for a different position because of a cruel woman. Today this other woman was just sooo mean. Do I have a sign on my forehead that I'm unaware of? Does it say, "Be a bitch to me I like it."?We all have personal things we're dealing with. I leave mine at home. I smile, I'm friendly, I'm helpful and kind. I just don't understand why/how people can treat each other with such cruelty....more

Human Resources: Stress Management Policies

If you are an HR professional, it’s a part of your job to make sure the employees of the organization for which you work remain productive and efficient. Devising policies and taking initiative to keep their stress levels to a minimum is an essential component of ensuring the efficiency level of the employees stays up to the mark. However, it is also a well-acknowledged fact in business circles that a little stress is essential in order to get peak performance out of employees....more

10 things We Wish Someone Had Told Us When We Started Graduate School

There are those lessons you learn from facing the fire and walking through it. Those things that you read and know will change the way you think about your life. This list is definitely an outpouring of the former, whether it will serve as the latter for you remains to be seen. So What Did We Wish Someone Had Told Us When We Started Graduate School?*This is partly the advice we would give ourselves if we could go back to day one, an encouragement to those of us still engaged in doctoral and masters coursework, theses, and dissertations, and a chance to express the best of what we know to those thinking about embarking on a PhD or MA program....more
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Need an answered prayer?

JMJ Do you have a prayer request? A special need?  Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email.  All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed.  Then... This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY!  Wow.  I had no idea!  That is just so cool... ...more