Coping in Corporate America

Corporate America has come under attack recently as a huge part of the problem plaguing us here in the US. They are blamed for being greedy, paying their execs huge salaries and bonuses and abandoning ethics altogether. In some cases, they produce toxic waste and cut corners that result in unsafe products being loosed on the public. In some cases they play fast and loose with regulators or offer them bribes. They ship jobs offshore and open call centers in India and China. Huge numbers of people have been laid off in the auto industry and various tech sectors. Unemployment is at an all-time high. Continue reading

Words I Never Knew

In another essay, I called myself a word nerd, and now I’m realizing just how interesting a linguistic conundrum one can run into in certain circumstances. I was recently involved in the logistics of a move, the move of a small church from one location to another nearby. During this process, I had to facilitate some meetings so things didn’t fall through the cracks. And several of us found ourselves having to determine names for items and objects we didn’t usually talk about. I had never “named” some of these items before, and it was an interesting communication hash as we tried to find words so that other congregants would understand what we were talking about. In conversing, we found we weren’t all using the same terms, nor did we all know what all the terms meant. This endeavor and series of meetings brought up such terms as: Continue reading