Heather

Signing Employment Contracts

I've been reflecting somewhat on all my past employee contracts I’ve signed over the years. When you sign employment agreements, they can really start to get technical. Seems the more complex the title they want to give you while under the contract brings with it more contractual understandings in the form of policies and termination grounds if the contract isn’t fulfilled. One of my favorite things that come with title descriptions when applying for employment contracts is “And other duties as assigned by employer” I think about that. When you agree to an employment contract that comes packed with dress codes, pay schedules, behavior policies, social expectations, and a list of what your expectations are going to be, there’s that…
Heather
January 29, 2023
Heather

Turns out I love Jesus and birds

I just realized something about myself that made me stop and laugh out loud with the epiphany. Y special career spidey-skill tends to be connecting dots to identify trends to build patterns to influence the behavior to sway in the way of the company. I promise, it’s always authentic and true – if I know we can’t fulfill a brand promise I don’t say it. I am rather proud that I pretty much navigated out of the media side of all my years and passion for that very reason and challenged myself to apply it to other value propositions instead. So I write plans and work with teams to figure stuff out and get the plans implemented versus doing so…
Heather
January 20, 2023
Heather

A Truck Full of Monkeys

I remember when I saw this headline last summer, my first thought was, "Why isn't anyone talking about the fact that there was a truck trailer of 100 monkeys? Monkeys that you would only maybe see a handful of at a zoo you paid to view?" a HUNDRED Monkeys. On a truck trailer. Just cruising down the Pennsylvania turnpike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYFYxcGTc5g First reason that is way odd to me is there's this thing called the AZA. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums. AZA is the independent accrediting organization for the best zoos and the best aquariums in America and the world, assuring the public that when they visit an AZA-accredited facility, it meets the highest standards for animal care and welfare.…
Heather
January 16, 2023
Heather

Imperfect Sunglass Art

I like to make things. By 'Things' I mean that. Things. I'd like to hope they're defined as artful things. Maybe it's glue or nails or paint or paper and sometimes all the above. I like to try new things to make new things from old things. I read about a Japanese belief called Kintsugi. 'Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. It is similar to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect.' It wasn't…
Heather
December 27, 2022
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Getting my words in order

Alot of the words I write don't ever go past drafts. Sometimes I just type and go and see what happens and then when I go back to it I realize it's done it again. It went there. I get it. I got this weird knack for adding a long tail to the kite. Sometimes when I see how things connect to each other, it lights up for me and I guess it can throw people off cause it's not obvious. I don't know why. I spent a long time denying it was anything more than luck. I'm not always right either. But gosh darn it, it's pretty flipping good. When I learned what batting averages meant and how high…
Heather
October 14, 2022
Heather

The West Virginia Travel Adventure

Six days, five nights and several breathtaking scenic places worth a visit. Kicking off in order of views, I'll cover the stories and interesting facts of our vacation through the mountains on a Harley Davidson for our 20th Anniversary. Evening 1 – Wellsburg, WV We got off work at 3 that Friday and just had to load the bike and go over anything else we can think of that we might be forgetting. We then took the scenic route to start at home and stay at my Dad’s place. Plus he’s seen most of the places we’re talking about wanting to see and added some we didn’t know about, like the Beckley Coal Miner tour. Anyway, it turns out the…
Heather
July 13, 2022
Heather

It’s a CATastrophe out there.

I’ve been thinking a lot about cats. I feel they are a symbolic analogy to our current elitism plot to destroy America and all the working class within it. It starts with feral abandoned cats in my yard. So here we go. I have a cat problem. A rather daily one, actually. It’s been approximately four years of ongoing irritations as whether you like to admit it or not – cats reproduce at an alarming rate. Especially homeless ones. You see, it all begins when people abandon their pets. They think they’re a good idea until they have to fulfill the responsibility it takes and then decide to peace out and let them go. In some pockets of the country,…
Heather
July 1, 2022