Work/Vocation

So, what do you do?

Voices | A simple question to open doors, enlighten, and encourage
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 8/24/17, 09:38 pm

Europeans, I hear, have some very distinct opinions about Americans. We’re brash, overconfident, self-indulgent, and often rude. And we speak only English. So whenever we find a European who also speaks English, we’re too inquisitive. And after engaging in conversation for as little as five minutes with a native, we’re likely to ask, “What do you do?” Meaning, of course, how do you earn a living?

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Branching out

Voices | Golden retirement and the captain’s call
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/10/17, 10:57 pm

Eighth in an occasional series of short short fiction ...

When Martin Branch retired as Senior Chemist at DuPont Company headquarters in Delaware, his co-workers feted him at a gold watch luncheon. When they asked him to say a few words, Branch spoke of how he felt his whole life had been predestined. His Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Delaware fed him into the DuPont pipeline. There he had remained for 35 years, working on making better bullet-resistant fabrics. And now he had ample cash for …

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Prune me too

Voices | The garden needs steady trimming to yield a better harvest
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/01/17, 06:22 pm

The planet may be warming, the seas may be rising, and my nearest theater showing Al Gore’s apocalyptic and self-described “nature walk through the Book of Revelation.” But here in my 0.95 acre of the world the summer has been dreamlike.

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