Category: Little Depression

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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A Few Words of Wisdom to the Class of 2019

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 11, 2019 - Features, Little Depression
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This is my annual post in which I give a few words of wisdom–actually, wisdumb–to graduating students. Unlike most graduation speakers, I am not going to bore you with a philosophical discourse on the meaning of life If you want to learn some philosophy, you don’t have to read Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas […]

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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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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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The Legacy

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - January 22, 2017 - Features, Little Depression, Politics
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hyperakt via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA Meet the new boss, Donald Trump. He definitely won’t be the same as the old boss, Barack Obama. Now that the Age of Obama is as much a part of history as the Age of Aquarius, the Space Age, the Stone Age, and the Age of Empires, I would […]

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Election 2016: Special Guest Commentary by Al Tureegogh

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - February 12, 2016 - Al Tureegogh, Features, Jobs, Little Depression, Politics
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DonkeyHotey via Foter.com / CC BY And now, a guest commentary about the 2016 Election from my good friend and cracker-barrel political guru, Al Tureegogh: Maybe I’ve been spending too much time watching the boob tube rather than reading the National Review or the Nation, but Election 2016 strikes me as a political reality show […]

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Four Years–and Hopefully Forty Years More

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 25, 2015 - Features, Little Depression, Politics, Sports
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Brandy Shaul / Foter / CC BY-NC Bring out the birthday cake, the presents, and the dancing girls, An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox is now four years old! I created An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox in 2011 as a forum for an ordinary Joe like me to get things off his chest in cyberspace. I don’t aim […]

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Some Boos and Yahoos

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - October 11, 2014 - Books, Boos and Yahoos, Features, Jobs, Little Depression, Politics, The '80's
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It has been ages since I have done this, but I am getting up on my little ol’ soapbox to yell out some boos and yahoos: Boo to the Scandinavians who didn’t award me the Nobel prize in literature. Oh, well, as we Chicago Cub fans like to say, wait ’til next year or more […]

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If I Am Unhappy and I Know It. . .

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 29, 2014 - Features, Jobs, Little Depression
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EJP Photo / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) A few days ago, I read an article stating my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, is the most unhappiest big city in America after New York and Pittsburgh. Even though I consider myself to be a cynical pessimist, I do try to keep […]

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