Category: Jobs

Some Lessons From the Teen Decade

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - January 5, 2020 - Features, Jobs, Politics
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One of my favorite songs from the classic rock group Boston is “Don’t Look Back”. Now that 2020 is here and I have 20/20 hindsight about the Teen Decade, I am not going to extensively look back on the past because it is way beyond the scope of this blog. It would take me books–which […]

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Labor Day Weekend: A Wonderful Time of the Year or the Ordinary Joes’ Holiday

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - September 1, 2019 - Features, Jobs, Little Depression, TV
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It’s Labor Day weekend! For the most part, Labor Day is an overlooked major holiday. You don’t see department stores selling caricatures of famous labor leaders like Samuel Gompers, Mother Jones, John L. Lewis, Walter Reuther, George Meany, or Jimmy Hoffa. Nor do you hear great labor songs like “Which Side Are You On?”, “Sixteen […]

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So I Wanted to Be a Librarian. . . .

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 13, 2019 - Books, Features, Jobs
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National Library Week ends today. My name is Ordinary Joe, and I am a recovering librarian. I didn’t become a librarian because I loved shelving books, smelling the odor of musty documents in the morning, or saying “Shh!” to noisy patrons. Nor was it because I fantasized about becoming the second coming of Melvil Dewey […]

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Last Post of the Year–The Annual Joeys

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - December 31, 2018 - Features, Flicks, Jobs, Politics, Sports
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It’s that special time of the year! Not only is it the last post of the year, it’s time to hand out the annual Joeys! I created the Joeys in 2011 to present awards in categories not normally seen in the “best of” lists in newspapers and magazines. There are no monetary compensation, medals, or […]

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Labor Day Musings

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - September 2, 2017 - Features, Jobs, Politics, Sports, TV
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B.C. Lorio via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND Labor Day weekend is here. Time for a little rest and relaxation before heading back to the daily grind next week. If I was in high school, I would probably be required to write an essay about what I like about Labor Day. Labor Day is great because: […]

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Best of An Ordinary’s Joe Soapbox: What I Have Learned from School. Plus, Some Words about the Amazon Jobs Fair

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - August 5, 2017 - Features, Jobs, Little Depression
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jesuscm via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND Sing it loud kids, don’t sing it too proud, “School days, school days, dear old Golden Rule days.” Yes, it’s that time of the year–youngsters of all ages are going back to school. Another year of lessons, detentions, playing hooky, yellow school buses, fish sticks and mystery meatloaf in […]

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Another Week, Another Stream of Consciousness Post

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 29, 2017 - Features, Jobs, Little Depression, Politics, TV
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Maybe it is the hot weather or maybe because I am working too hard at work, but my mind is still more scrambled than a couple dozen eggs at a Denny restaurant. For the second week in a row, I am writing a stream of consciousness post. –I read with great sadness that the voices […]

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A Stream of Consciousness Post

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 22, 2017 - Features, Flicks, Jobs, Politics, Sports, Stream of Consciouness, Writing
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Chicago Art Department via Foter.com / CC BY I am doing something different this week–a stream of consciousness post. It will feature some of the thoughts that have been rattling my brain over the past few weeks. It may sound like gibberish or the musings of someone who had too much wacky tobacky (I don’t […]

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Once Again, At a Loss for Words

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 9, 2017 - Features, Jobs, Little Depression, Love, Music, Politics, Sports, Writing
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▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓ via Foter.com / CC BY-SA About this time last year, I wrote a post called “A Loss for Words”. Guess what? I am at a loss for words again. Because I am nearly as mute as Harpo Marx, I’m not going to write about: Independence Day–It was too short of a holiday. […]

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Some of the Foolish Things I Haven’t Done

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 1, 2017 - Features, Flicks, Jobs
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Fulla T via Foter.com / CC BY-NC Those of you who made straight Fs in school or did the wrong thing at the wrong time, rejoice! Today is your special day–April Fools Day!. In this blog, I have recounted many of the foolish things I have done in my lifetime like play basketball, teaching history […]

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