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Does anyone here remember those cool little "health food" stores in the seventies?

The ones that had homemade things like soap, and lotion....sold vegan sandwiches....and bulk food such as split peas, flour, nutritional yeast, etc?

You would walk in, and the gentle, light smell of sandlewood and patchouli would greet you as you entered?

IF you could....would you shop in one again? This is a serious question, btw--- I am thinking of opening one.

Sheetz- up to 2 weeks *extra* paid time off if exposed to COVID-19

Most do suck (oh you can take unpaid leave!) but not Sheetz. Why can't all big companies do this? The are not at all perfect but check this out:

A letter to our customers:

For nearly 70 years, our family has committed to providing a Total Customer Focus (TCF) in everything we do. During this challenging time, that commitment will not change. While the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and rapidly changing environment surrounding it have produced a lot of fear and anxiety, I want to assure you that Sheetz is prioritizing the health and well-being of our team members, customers and communities above all else.

We’ve taken several steps over the last week to remain vigilant, including establishing an advisory board of senior leaders and experts in the field of sanitation and food safety. This group is regularly communicating with our stores and evaluating the impact of COVID-19 in every community where we operate. They are also working closely with local health and government officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In addition, Sheetz has established a number of preventive measures, in accordance with CDC recommendations, for both our employees and customers.

In addition to continuing with our routine cleaning procedures, we have added hours to our daily schedule dedicated to cleaning and sanitizing our stores. This effort is focused on high touch surface areas such as gas pumps, touch-screen order points, counter tops, door handles, cash registers, credit machines and ATMs.

As you well know, our team members are the heart and soul of this company. Their safety and well-being is of top priority to us, and of particular concern. To help prevent spread of the virus, we have reinforced proper hand washing and hygiene and are actively requesting employees stay home if they are sick. Team members are evaluated by management before the start of their shift. All of our employees receive paid time off, but we are providing up to an additional 2 weeks paid time to any employee who contracts the virus or is subject to quarantine due to exposure. For employees with pre-existing health conditions or compromised immune systems who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, they are eligible for leave without fear of losing their jobs. All of these measures are meant to help provide a safe environment for our Sheetz team members and customers.

Respect is at the core of Sheetz DNA and it is that respect for our ecosystem of employees, customers and communities that is driving our efforts during this difficult time. As you well know, Sheetz team members weather some pretty big storms, but these are unchartered waters for all of us. While we are driven to remain open and available to you, we will not jeopardize anyone’s health or safety in that effort and must follow the direction of local, state and federal health agencies and officials. As a last resort, some stores could close. At a minimum, you may experience staffing shortfalls, so we thank you for your support of our team members as they work tirelessly to continue to provide the TCF you are accustomed to at Sheetz.

Should you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to call our customer care line at 1(800) 487-5444. On behalf of the entire Sheetz family, I wish you and your family well as we all work through this challenging situation. Our hearts go out to anyone in your community affected by the virus. Thank you for being a loyal customer and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Travis Sheetz

President & COO

Sheetz, Inc.

"What is Vietnam?"

I am a middle school librarian.

My student demographic reflects the city I live in. Some very wealthy, mostly middle class, some in section 8 housing.

Last week, I was working with a small group of kids on technology--- four students. Again, these four were in the different demographic range as reflected by our city. We were just having fun, exploring some new chrome books, and discussing how they could use this technology in the media center for their classroom projects.

I was not paying attention to the banter, and was demonstrating a chrome app, when one of the kids said, "My Dad went to Vietnam and has issues." OK, Now I am listening. These students are not anywhere near old enough to have a parent that served in Vietnam. Maybe grandparents....if that. I might have heard him wrong- he might have said, "My GRAND Dad..."

What floored me was the response from the other three: "What IS Vietnam? I have heard of it......"

The Mission Statement of a Catholic Non-profit hospital that is in the news

for refusing cancer surgery on a patient due to money:

Our Mission
We extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of our communities and bring good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and underserved.

Our Values
Human Dignity — we commit to uphold the sacredness of life and to be respectful and inclusive of everyone.
Integrity — we commit to act ethically and to model right relationships in all of our individual and organizational encounters.
Compassion — we commit to accompany those we serve with mercy and tenderness, recognizing that “being with” is as important as “doing for.”
Stewardship — we commit to promote the responsible use of all human and financial resources, including Earth itself.
Service — we commit to provide the highest quality in every dimension of our ministry.


Ethical alternatives to Amazon

My husband and I are starting to consider weaning from Amazon. It's not easy, I am a librarian, and I have my Kindle Fire with me all the time.

I found this link, which is an aggregate of other links, and am looking through it now.


Whole Foods Magazine person of the year, Mitch Mcconnell


on edit- this magazine is not associated with the store-- and I realize most folks do not read it.

Can anyone here analyze handwriting

Trump's weird notes to himself--- there's a photo here, and others have posted it.

Here's the link, sorry I don't know how to pull the photo from it-


Every freaking morning

I wake up, and go straight to DU hoping to see the post, "Trump has resigned".....


I hate him worse than I hated Nixon. Far worse. He needs to go.

I wonder how many of us would be explaining ourselves

if the internet and social media sites had existed when we were teenagers?

No, I am not "making light" of Carson King's posts....Please try to think deeper than that.

Did you do stupid shit when you were a teen?

How many times do you think back on your life--- and think, "oh holy crap, I am so glad that wasn't on video?"

I am in no way exempting adults from this post- you posted something, or were recorded doing stupid crap- you own that. But, young folks whose follies were tossed on the internet--- young people who did not know- could not know-- that a digital record of their immaturity would show up years later..... Wtf be mean to them?

I am in no way exempting today's teens from this--- they know if their crap ends up on youtube, twitter, instagram--- it's always out there.

Would YOU want to be judged by your 16 year old self for eternity?

"I can't talk to you...there is no use in talking to people like you"

We went out to dinner tonight, and sat at the bar. An older gentleman came in to sit at the bar and watch the college football game. Seemed like a nice fella-I asked him who he was pulling for.

The conversation was pretty normal ("you fly fish up here?" type thing) until the 3rd quarter...somehow he managed to make a comment about "most music librarians are gay" complete with the limp wrist hand gesture. I am a librarian, so I just laughed and said, "well, the ones I know are wonderful people."

He then made a comment about "liberals." Now, I am paying attention. He actually told me that I need to read. I am a librarian.

Finally, I said--- "so, you have a PhD, and are retired....you have told me that I need "to read." Tell me... how is it that you voted for a failed reality show host who is currently married to a former soft porn model?" He started freaking out and said "she was a model." I told him that he was free to google image her on her smart phone while we were sitting there. His hands were shaking, and he said "There is no point in talking to people like you."

We paid and left.

Incredibly sad. Heartbreaking.

This is what FAUX "news" has done to folks that were probably smart, articulate, educated, interesting people.
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