Speckled Grace

Bits of the well-traveled written world. The words above are not necessarily endorsed by me, but themes do appear.
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Five healthy adults were placed in what the researchers called Stone Age-like conditions in Germany for more than two months—without electricity, clocks or running water. Participants fell asleep about two hours earlier and got on average 1.5 hours more sleep than was estimated in their normal lives, the study said. Their average amount of sleep per night: 7.2 hours.
Tea gives me an even, calm buzz all day long. Plus it’s cheap, natural, delicious, and generally healthy.
These great old icons are expensive to maintain and now the region, and hopefully voters, will be given a choice to preserve them or not. It’s a choice that I believe voters should be able to make. But it is self-destructive for any Hamilton County leader to treat the city – which they also are supposed to represent – as a scapegoat for problems the city did not create and has historically worked diligently to address. I wish county commissioners well as they decide what to do, but their decision should be made without trying to short-change the city’s historic commitment to these great regional assets.
Even if pay secrecy comes with good intentions, this is its unintended effect: It tells workers that their bosses have something to hide, or that they don’t have the right to get a second opinion on whether they are being treated fairly. As Craig Becker told me, “Workers can only improve their situation when they can understand their working conditions.” Deciding whether a pay scale is fair cannot be left up to the employer alone.
In both workplaces, my bosses were breaking the law. Under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (NLRA), all workers have the right to engage “concerted activity for mutual aid or protection” and “organize a union to negotiate with [their] employer concerning [their] wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.”