Happy Labor Day…Raise the Wage!

Today on The White House Blog there is a great post which is a copy of a message sent today by Labor Secretary Tom Perez and features his friend Ms.  Austraberta Rodriguez.

Mr. Perez writes “So today, if you’re ready for a country that does right by Austraberta and the nearly 28 million Americans who stand to benefit from a $10.10 minimum wage, then honor them by adding your name here

I sure did!

I just added my name to support raising the minimum wage. It was last raised to the existing $7.25 an hour on July 24, 2009 (our Iowa minimum wage rate that is, which is the same as the Federal minimum wage.) The time has come. Click here for more info about reasons to and reasons not to raise the wage.

I choked the other day seeing a loaf of bread for over $5! How much is that cheese? That much for butter!!  No way!!!!  Then all the other high food prices starting yelling at me. I had to run out of the grocery store!

Workers Need to Make More Bread!

How can people work and make ends meet at. It is hard to believe. My daughter questions why pay is low. She wants to move on in her life, but struggles with how she can do so. Plus recently her car died. Arin continues to work at Walgreen’s however she is in interviewing mode for another job that will pay more. (She may still continue to work at Walgreen’s.)

Click here Arin and and my readers for more information about Raising the National Minimum Wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

I’m into the Department of Labor lately! Here is another excellent link about

Books that Shaped Work in America

I read the summary of a book titled The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker written by Janet Groth and published in 2013. I am interested in reading this book as it brings back many, many memories of my days as a receptionist (teaching me incredibly valuable work skills.) I was paid temporary worker wage way back them, which commonly was more than the minimum. Which I would say 25-30 years ago I probably received like $5-6.


Hold Please!

I’m going to spend more time reviewing the content on this website! Very cool. The website also offers information on what each title in their growing collection of books has to do with the U.S. Department of labor.

“The Department of Labor touches almost every aspect of working in America”

Hope your Labor Day is happy and safe! Enjoy yourself!


My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people find a place in the workforce.

Bella The Working Dog ~ She Always Needs a Job To Do

Last evening Bella romped around the public pool during the annual doggie dive. I’ve blogged in the past how I feel asking an evaluee / client about pet ownership is important as it tells me a lot about their lifestyle and what they value, especially if I actually get to meet the pet(s).

Clearly, dog owners take great pride in their well-behaved beloved family member. But, when the dog decides to “be bad”, often owners end up looking a lot worse than the dog.

Bella at Doggie Dive

Our Sweet Bella ~ the Aussie on the Right!

Bella (Izabella Mae) is a good dog! As a “working dog” Australian Shepherds always need a job to do! She loves to work! Do you feel you are similar to a working dog?!?

Bella loves to herd! And herd whatever alive is near! And of course she barks! Loudly! And I can take it too personally, especially when I think she is excessive. But barking is her way of communicating. And as an Aussie owner, I need to understand her style of communication which affects her behavior. This involves studying as much as I can about her doggie lifestyle and what she values. (Even though I have been doing so for 7 years now you’d think I’d understand her barking and how to control it….! I try!)

Bella mostly barks at loud objects (fireworks) and fast moving vehicles (flying down the alley in “her” backyard) and various unknown people or critters who “invade” our space. Since we live in the city there’s activity everywhere! She doesn’t bark at dogs or cats (raccoons, yes!). She does not nip or bite at other creatures (correction, she has attacked wild bunny rabbits…). She is a lover. And a human magnet especially to children. She has emotions! She is silly. She is affectionate. And yes, owning her costs lots of time, money and attention.



But Bella wasn’t the dog who led to a 20 minute time-out from the pool due to a “feces” incident! It was fun to see all these animals and their owners (when I left the counter clicker said our exit was the #94 dog to have paid admission!)

Thanks for reading and be sure to treat your pet with the respect she deserves! Dogs have rights too ya know!

My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people find a place in the workforce

Ergonomic Chairs and Hummingbirds….Beautiful Designs!

I get excited about natural, smart and beautifully designed things in life. Here’s one:

My new Liberty Chair by Humanscale!

I absolutely love this ergonomically designed chair. It fits my body, is simple and sleek, and provides great lumbar support. Ergonomics is highly valued in every environment. (Especially my office!)

“Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of the interactions among human and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.“
(International Ergonomics Association Executive Council, August 2000)

And here’s something else I am just amazed by:

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds!

Oh, I get so excited when I see one of these brilliant, tiny, precision-flying creatures show up at their feeder in my front yard!!  Their bodies glitter like jewels in the full sun, then vanish with a zip towards the next nectar source. The beautiful bird is designed to fly not only forward but fly backwards (the only known bird with this capability), and to hover in front of flowers as it feeds on nectar, or in mid-air to catch tiny insects.

Hummingbirds can fly long distances…beating their little wings 55 times per second. When they migrate they cover a 500 mile non-stop flight across the Gulf of Mexico. Incredible!

My point is to take time to find what helps you work and enjoy life. Make a connection between the amazing, the natural, and the world you live in. Love it, care for it and treat it, yourself and everyone you meet with kindness and respect.

Hope you have a great week!


My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people find a place in the workforce.