Daily Archives: October 20, 2014

I Think He is Onto Something

It was reported last week, that employees working at The Container Store have an average annual salary of $50,000 a year.

The average annual salary of an employee working in retail is $25,000.

I think Kip Tindell, CEO of The Container Store is onto something.

While money is only one factor employee satisfaction, being rewarded for hard work verbally and financially pays off for both the employee and the employer.

An employee who feels appreciated and respected by his or her employer will work harder and stay in the position longer. This creates less turnover and decreases the amount of time and money that the employer will have to spend on interviewing and training new employees.

Maybe if we had more CEO’s like Kip Tindell, our economy would be in a better place than it is now.

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Chick Lit and Post Feminism Book Review

The chick lit genre is usually defined as light and frothy, with just a little bit of drama to keep the story interesting.  The ending is the typical Hollywood ending.

Stephanie Harzewski’s 2011 non fiction book, Chick Lit and Postfeminism,  follows the path of the chick lit genre from it’s earliest foremothers to it’s newest incarnations. Ms. Harzewski starts with two of the genre’s foremothers, Jane Austen and Edith Wharton. Using Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and Wharton’s Lily Bart from the House Of Mirth as models, she compares them to some of the newer characters who inhabit the genre.

I enjoyed this book. I am not a usually a fan of the chick lit genre, but sometimes a light and frothy book with a predictable ending is just what the doctor ordered.  What I specifically enjoyed was that Ms. Harzewski did her homework, but the book was not the boring college textbook it could have been. As both a feminist and a book worm, I was able to appreciate where we as women have been and will be going in the future.

I recommend this book.

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Oh, The Irony

The leadership of Hamas have never been shy about their goal. Their goal, through any means possible, is to destroy Israel, kill the population and take over the land for themselves.

And yet, when they need medical care, they go to Israel.

Ismail Haniyeh, the former President of Gaza has sent several of his family members to Israeli hospitals for treatment.

The staff of the hospital, despite knowing full well that the patients they are treating are related to the former Gazan President only see the patient who needs medical care. They do not see the family member of the man who calls for their death and destruction of their land.

I cannot think of another country in the world that, despite being in a long standing war with their neighbors, sees to the medical needs of that neighbor’s citizens without hatred or bias.

I would love to see how the media and the BDS would try to spin this story into increasing “evidence” that Israel is an apartheid state. The truth is that Israel has never been and never will be an apartheid state. It’s just easier to go with the crowd than to think for themselves.

 

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