Wal-Mart Has No Heart

In a tiny community called Bonny Lake, WA., about 30 miles outside of Seattle, Brandi Hanvoid has been working at Wal-Mart as a greeter for the last 11 years. There is nothing so unusual about that; after all, Wal-Mart employs many people. However, Brandi was thrown from a car as a result of a car accident, causing her to have a traumatic brain injury. She loves her job as a greeter and it has been a major part of her life and a primary social outlet for her.

Speaking from my personal experience, it takes major planning to get somewhere on time and I live in a bigger city with nicer pavement than Bonny Lake. When one has to solely depend on the public paratransit system, as both Brandi and I do, wetter and colder whether makes it even more of a challenge to arrive on time. Yet, she cares so much about her job that she has traveled the four miles to Wal-Mart in her power chair when paratransit has been unable to take her to work. County roads are not in as good of shape as those in a city and much tougher to negotiate than city roads with any sort of mobility device. Wal-Mart gave her no accommodation. Suddenly, Wal-Mart fired her due to tardiness and absenteeism. This was not a new issue for her, so what changed? What caused Wal-Mart to let her go after 11 years?

This concerns me as I look for work and as others with disabilities try to work. We try very hard to accommodate the world around us. I wish this world would have a little more compassion!

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/disabled-walmart-greeter-fired-after-public-transit-delays-led-to-too-many-late-days/909006859

 

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Homework Help to Make It Less Stressful

Whether your child has special needs, ADHD etc., homework can be a difficult time for the parent and the child. As a kid, I used to put off my most challenging subject to the last because I hated Math so much. That was not a great strategy because I was I was tired by that time. Here is a video with good suggestions that may make it easier. Granted, creating a calm place to do homework may be hard to do in a small place like an apartment. Do the best you can. Options 4 and 5 are very helpful. Do you have any ideas or comments?children doing homework

 

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/homework-study-skills/video-5-ways-to-reduce-homework-stress-for-you-and-your-child-with-learning-and-attention-issues

 

2 Haikus in One

2 Haikus in One

Noah’s Dove
Sign of peace and love,
Sent from the ark, Noah’s dove,
Returned until she found grass.

 

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Sage Equates to Wisdom

A sage one is wise,
Not a fool in grand disguise,
Like wine from the vine.

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #236 Sage&Vine

 

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Merry Christmas 2018

I will be blessed once again to have Christmas with my husband and daughter,
As I have gotten older, I don’t take that for granted, as I did when younger,
I humbly thank you for that blessing God, and I am so glad you brought her,
To me once again and my dear Barry, please give us years together longer.

To my parents, much loved and continually thought of, give them a precious hug and kiss,
Let them know I am doing well and let them know I carry on their light as best I can do,
Remind them that each and every day they come to mind and are sorely missed,
I believe that I will see them once again one day, my heart tells me that it is true.

To my brother, Glen Miller, I wish we had not so much distance between us,
But my heart is always close to him and family, distance does not stop loving thoughts,
I wish to him and his family more love, less pain and a life of ease and less fuss,
May there come a special gift, may my brother especially know that I love him lots.

To all my family and friends, I know some have had deep sorrows this year,
I am truly sorry for the ache in your hearts and the tears you all shed,
I sent and keep sending you my love, prayers and best wishes for no more tears,
Have a blessed Christmas & love one and all, Happy 2019! All has been said!

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Birthday Thoughts & Thanksgiving Wishes!

Today is my birthday. This day is bittersweet because I no longer hear from many of my loves that are so dear to me since they are gone from this life. I also know that I have lived more days than I have left in this temporal world.Dreams come trueDoctors told me that I would pass before I was 50, so I consider each day beyond it a bonus day! However, I have learned so many precious lessons. My love, my compassion and my faith have grown. I used to let fear and insecurity keep me down, I now do my best at whatever it may be, even though I may still be afraid. Do not be a slave to fear. Fear is a thief! It robs you and me of wonderful opportunities to share precious moments and wonderful challenges that life presents. Most importantly, do not forget to share love, wisdom and kindness. Lastly, have a lovely Thanksgiving. I wish you love and blessings, and I know that it has been a difficult year for many, but I hope that there is one thing to be grateful for during this. Know, without a doubt that this is written with love and care. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!