Shaping Work Habits – High School Jobs Revisited – part 1

Part 1 of 3 – Winn-Dixie 2020 has been a disruptive year for everyone. Like millions of others, I’m wrestling with furlough and career choices. While we rarely list high school jobs on our resumes, I’ve been thinking about the three jobs I had during my teenage years. They all had an impact shaping my future professional career. So, I Read More …

Ideas for making distance learning more accessible

Writing about public education is not my normal topic. I searched my writings on merchanstand.com from the last 12 years and found only two posts with the word education in the title. Both were related to distance education. So I’ll preface this post with the disclaimer I am not an educator, nor have I received an educator’s training. I am Read More …

Rethinking Furloughs

What’s the right balance? While Covid-19 related furloughs and unemployment numbers continue to rise (26 million in the last five weeks), I’ve been thinking about better ways to handle furloughs to reduce the financial strains on people and their ability to maintain necessities in life such as housing and food.  As we all continue to weigh monetary costs versus the Read More …

How has your view of Wikipedia changed?

Has your view of Wikipedia changed? I’ve been drawn to the Wikipedia concept since I was first introduced to it in 2005 while taking graduate courses. It was (and is) a simple and quick way to retrieve data for reference, learning, exploration, cross-checking, and can I say fact-finding? But the accuracy of Wikipedia at the time was under scrutiny because Read More …

Is remote work getting easier because we have collaboration tools?

Just like that. The world as we knew it changed almost overnight with pretty much every facet of life impacted by policy changes and closures due to COVID-19.  Businesses are scrambling to make sure employees are enabled to work remotely. Schools are enacting plans to educate students through video and electronic-based assignments. This is all for those fortunate enough to Read More …