On DOL Leading the Charge on Paid Leave

@MargaretMead Totally covers parents, too. My beef with FMLA is that you are totally left out if your employer has fewer than 50 employees. http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm 0

On Coffee vs Diet Coke vs a Pure, Uncaffeinated Life

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 11:46 am 0

On Why We Live Where We Live

@Derbel McDillet Ok, maybe we can't ski and kayak every weekend, but you get the idea.

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 3:23 pm 0

On Why We Live Where We Live

I live in WV, initially because I came here for school and met Mr. McDillet, but I stay because, like someone noted above about Santa Barbara, every weekend is like a vacation. We can hike, camp, kayak, ski, search for wild mushrooms, drink with our friends at their amazing homes tucked in the woods, and sit by a bonfire at our own house tucked in the woods in a single weekend, every weekend. Cost of living is reasonable and we don't have kids so schools aren't a consideration for us. We talk sometimes about retiring somewhere closer to bigger water (on the inland side of one of the OBX counties in NC, where I grew up), but we'll see if either of us has the heart to actually leave WV.

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 3:23 pm 0

On Is 75 Enough?

@Derbel McDillet That said, I think picking an arbitrary age out of a hat is super dumb (can you tell I wrote my initial response before actually reading the article? Also dumb).

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm 0

On Is 75 Enough?

@Aequorea Victoria yeah, this guys is a jerk.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm 0

On Is 75 Enough?

@ECW I think that's a totally valid point, and something that gets brought up a lot in "right to die" discussions. While this guys is pretty much a tool, I think the lifespan vs. healthspan discussion is still worth having. When I was working on my MSW, I was also completing a grad certificate in gerontology, so I was working with older adults quite a bit, including in a hospice setting. We saw so many cases of family members (understandably) wanting to extend life beyond the wishes of the patient. I think there is value in discussing what you personally would be willing to go through to live another day. Man, writing about this is making me miss hospice!

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@annecara The only friend of mine who read it as a direct result of my suggestion (demand) came up to me after reading Bilquis' first appearance with an "Um?" but totally loved it by the end.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 10:27 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@beet hummus That's how I view money I get back after returning a purchase. That money was gone! This is entirely new, free money!

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 10:23 am 1

On Friday Estimate

No estimate, just wanted to say that American Gods is my favorite book and I am forever trying to get my friends and family to read it, to the point that they then will not read it because they're all contrary jerks. Just kidding. Kind of.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 9:20 am 0