Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Health Insurance Trap

While I was at the grocery store, I got into a conversation with the cashier.
We were discussing how we didn't understand why health insurance had
to be tied into our jobs. I said, "It causes people to stay at jobs that they
hate." Then the cashier said, "I know...I'm one of them, but people like
you make my job easier."

Although it's possible to purchase health insurance that isn't attached to
your job, it's not cheap...not at all. In fact, it's so expensive that I under-
stand why some people feel trapped. But why is it like this? I've had to
research health insurance several times, and for a family plan that is not
through an employer, the cheapest price I could find was $790 a month.

Wouldn't people be happier and healthier if they could work at places
that they loved, and be able to purchase health insurance plans that they
could afford, separate from where they worked?

Friday, August 4, 2017

In the Walmart Parking Lot...

In the Walmart Parking Lot...

In the Walmart parking lot
tell me what you see.
A partial bottle of cola 
lying on the gray concrete.

In the Walmart parking lot
another bottle on its side.
Someone drank all the water
and I guess they had no pride.

In the Walmart parking lot
it's red and yellow trash.
Did they run past the garbage can?
It seems they had to dash.

In the Walmart parking lot
is that a blanket or a bag?
When I see litter everywhere 
it really is a drag.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

You're Blocking My Mailbox

You're Blocking My Mailbox

You're blocking my mailbox.
What's wrong with you?
Your mama would say,
"You're being rude."

My mail is important.
Please move your car.
You act like you're some kind of movie star.

You're blocking my mailbox.
Drive down two more feet.
Do the right thing...It would be such a treat.

My mail is important.
This is getting old.
You're nasty like disgusting mold.

You're blocking my mailbox.
What's wrong with you?
Your mama would say,
"You're being rude."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Shopping Cart Thieves Beware

The last time I went grocery shopping I was amused by the message inside the
shopping cart. It read: WARNING! Attention Shoppers! Shopping cart wheels
may lock unexpectedly if removed from the store. Shopping cart wheels will
lock if taken beyond the parking lot.

It's a shame that some people think stealing shopping carts is OK.

Shopping Cart Thieves Beware

Shopping cart thieves beware
You stole a cart; why don't you care?
A shopping cart is not a seat...
To sit on when you're down the street. 
You rolled the cart into a clothing store.
That's not what grocery carts are for!
The next time that you want to steal...
You might not be able to move the wheels.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Chlorine in Frozen Carrots

I was making split pea soup, and I needed some carrots. Since they were
frozen, I decided to warm them up a little, so I could cut them into small-
er pieces. Once I got them out of the microwave, I begin to cut the carrots
and I started smelling chlorine. I'm thinking to myself... Where is that smell
coming from? It's the carrots. My carrots smell like bleach.

I've always heard that frozen vegetables are just as healthy as fresh ones.
I'm not so sure about that now. Just think, if I had not warmed those carrots
up I would've never known that they were full of chlorine.

According to the Manitoba website, chlorine is used in the food industry on
fruits and vegetables.

Chlorine in My Carrots

I warmed up frozen carrots, 
so I could cut them smaller.

But then the smell that came from them 
just made me want to holler.

They didn't smell like carrots.
In fact they kinda reeked.

I'll tell you what they smelled like...
the scent of chlorine bleach.