Tag: work

The morning after a neurologist found my brain damage I went to work. The story of the blue collar patient


Cindy told me to stay home. Put my feet up. Watch daytime television. Rest. But I insisted on going to work. “I have too much work to do.” I was teaching Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the novel chronicles a father-son relationship and argues a father’s chief duty, no matter […]

I never understood why some coworkers refused to wave or say hello.


A simple greeting is such an easy way to humanize yourself at the workplace. Saying hello costs nothing and requires no commitment. Your greeting could spark a smile, which could lead to a conversation, which could result in a good day at work. Remember– you and your coworkers are in this together. Be well, Jay

I once had a supervisor I disagreed with.


I’m sure you can relate. During a performance review, my supervisor told me that my teaching style,  a fusion of storytelling and instruction, was not practical and measurable on state exams. “You’re job is to teach reading and writing skills not to tell bedtime stories.” At the time of our meeting, I’d been teaching for […]

Always do the heavy lifting first, kid. A lesson from my father


Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.– Stephen Covey As a teenager, I spent the summers working for my father’s business. Bell Pallet would remove and repair a company’s unwanted pallets for resale. It was dirty, […]

Let’s Take a Look at My 11th Grade Report Card


On a recent cleaning binge, my mom found my 11th grade report card stuffed in a file box along with old writings, homework assignments and a certificate announcing that I had passed Drivers Education class in August of 1997. I’m 37 years old, and a high school teacher now, and everyday I witness the enormous […]

My Advice to Young Adults about Work (or Why I Want to Pee My Pants )


It’s graduation season. And every June, I get asked by soon-to-be high school graduates big questions about work. “How do you know your doing the right work?” “How do you find work you’re passionate about?” “How do you avoid unhappiness and complacency?” Though I don’t consider myself a beacon of wisdom on such matters (I’m […]