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Extinct Job

June 3rd, 2014 Comments off




No alarm clock?  This  guy would knock on your window  with a stick, or  pebbles, or whatever it took to make sure you were awake when you needed to be.  It was probably not a high paying job, but hey, a job was a job!



Big Red Truck to the Rescue

June 29th, 2012 Comments off

I saw the firetruck as I took my walk.  It is always alarming to see paramedics, you know someone is in distress.  I whispered, “Someone needs you God, please help them.”

I observed  four or five uniformed guys coming out of the house laughing. Laughing? They got into the truck and drove slowly down the hill.

The next day I talked with a neighbor and asked what had happened.  She said that the paramedics had been called to a retired police sargeant’s home.  The six foot five ‘tough guy’ had fallen and his wife couldn’t get him up.  He apparently was well known to the  firefighters so they came to his rescue and since he wasn’t seriously hurt, probably did a bit of good-natured razzing while they were there 

Laughter and emergency vehicles?  No you don’t see that very often!  I am sure it was a nice change for the firefighters who see so much pain and suffering on a daily basis.  God bless these brave men and women.  

When Good Lawnmowers Go Bad!

May 14th, 2012 Comments off

Lawnmowers Are Going Out of Control GIF - Lawnmowers Are Going Out of ControlSometimes you just gotta let go!

From the Schoolmarm Series ‘Men at Work’: Don Nibert, Potter

May 11th, 2012 Comments off

In February of this year I sent an email to 17 men asking them 3 questions: Why they became whatever they were professionally; what was their greatest challenge; what was their greatest satisfaction from their chosen work.

To my surprise,  the first response came from Don. Knowing he was a busy guy and not one to take himself too seriously, I had not expected him to take time to answer his aunt’s blogging questions.  I was delighted that he did. He answered them seriously, but  typical of our Don, he had to toss in a bit of  humor.

As I did with most of the guys, I included a picture of their family.  Don’s daughter Maja is pictured here.  She is a wonderful girl and he thought she was the greatest, he was so proud of her. The family resemblance is strong.

I am reprinting this so you may know a little more about the man behind that stunningly beautiful Raku pottery..  

“I became a potter because I’m driven to create objects, and make questionable decisions. 

  The greatest challenge in my work is surviving the market changes and bad weather.

Don's daughter, Maja

I get the most satisfaction at work from being able to create something of beauty with mud and scrap metal that will inhabit a home and perhaps help promote a sense of well being, and collect dust.”

Men at Work: Mark Million, Provider of Medical Equipment

February 29th, 2012 Comments off

I work to provide medical equipment for people in their homes . In 1974 my father and some partners bought a business in Little Rock and Memphis.  I began working part time in Memphis during summers and then became full time after college. Except for five years from 2000-2005 this is what I have done. 
The family business was sold in the early 80’s which began my adventure of working for 5 different medical companies.  I have worked for large companies ($125 million) to the small business with a friend today.
The greatest challenge is the sad fact that there is a never ending line of sick people.  Every person in healthcare today feels the problem of too many people that need care, too little resources,  and not enough money or insurance for all people in need. 
If everyone could spend a day in some of these people’s shoes, the world might be different.  It’s not about the salary I make (we all have to make a living), it’s that too many people can’t get  what they need because they have no insurance and no ability to pay.  We still care for these people and try to get them what they need but the financial strain of provider companies get worse each year. The reality of day to day is not what is read in the paper about big insurance and pharmaceutical companies, it’s about the little guy who all of a sudden is sick and needs help.
I get satisfaction from helping people who truly need and  appreciate what you can do for them.  There will always be “welfare cheats”. We have to look past them for the little lady living on social security who just fell and broke a hip or the farmer who worked the farm for 50 years only to have a stroke at 70 and suddenly can’t ever work again. 

Jonathan, Lauren, Mark and Brenda

I have met some of the most wonderful people thru this business.  Sadly, I see most of them during one of the worst times in their life.  But, their human spirit can be amazing. 
Anyway,  life is a long strange trip. As Forrest’s Mom said, “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!”  Kinda corny, but true.

Men at Work: School Psychologist, Timothy Taylor

February 28th, 2012 Comments off

One of the reasons I became a School Psychologist, other than wanting to advance my career, was because during my   five years of teaching  I encountered many children who had special needs.  I decided to go from the classroom to school psychology, to help identify and place  kids in the correct educational setting.  Teaching was a challenge and a good experience, but I feel I am better suited, long term, for the position I have now.  

 The greatest challenge in my work is that many students who need counseling don’t want to be in therapy.  This is especially true for Junior High and High School students.  Their resistance makes it difficult for them to benefit from the counseling process. 

Alice and Tim


The greatest satisfaction I get from my work is when I feel like I have made a real connection with a student, and help him or her solve a life problem. That makes it all worth while.

Note from the Schoolmarm:

This ‘Man at Work’ is also known as #1 son on this website.  

Men at Work: Cal Slayton, Artist

February 27th, 2012 Comments off
I became a graphic designer and illustrator because I’ve loved to draw ever since I can remember. It’s one of the things I’ve never gotten bored with in over 40 years. It will always interest me and I will always have that desire to be creative.

The greatest challenge in my work is to improve. I’m never completely satisfied with my abilities and skill sets. I always want to do better and find new solutions to get the results I want. I want to be able to look back at my work from previous years and be able to see improvement.

Heather, Jack and Cal


Cal and number one fan, Jack








The greatest satisfaction I get from my work is getting positive feedback from clients. Being able to take their concepts and give them the result they envisioned makes me happy.

Men at Work: Gospel Minister, Tommy Carpenter

February 26th, 2012 Comments off

 I became a Gospel Minister because I felt a call of GOD on my life at an early age. I began at 14 in youth groups and received endorsement from the Arkansas Assemblies of GOD with an “Exhorter’s Permit (entry level) in 1956. I was ordained in 1962 and will receive a 50 year honor in May of this year! 

The greatest challenge in my work was  battling hepatitis as a missionary to Belize in 1967. There was little medical help to be had, so I had to struggle through it. My health and strength was at the lowest point of life. GOD was merciful to me, and I gained enough strength to finish out my 3 year term in March of 1969 and returned stateside.   

Tommy talking to Felix Mejia – Dangriega Town, Stann Creek, Belize

The greatest satisfaction I get from my work is seeing people become CHRIST followers and watching them grow spiritually and become leaders in the Church. I can identify with the Apostle John’s statement, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 1:4).

Men at Work: Randy Allison, Administrator

February 25th, 2012 1 comment
I became a Nursing Home Administrator because I had a sports card shop and the bottom fell out of that market so i had to do something. One of my customers was a Nursing Home Administrator
in Greenville, Texas.  
He told me to show up at his home and he would teach me to be an Administrator. I showed up and he threw me a set of scrubs. I was a CNA for six months and cooked for two months and was a maintenance, housekeeping and laundry supervisor until I got my license.
The greatest challenge in my work is trying to work with residents, their families, the staff, the State of Texas and the federal government and our company’s budget. All of these have different needs and desires and it takes a lot of effort to keep each happy with their expectations.

Randy and Jan Allison

The greatest satisfaction I get from my work is taking care of the elderly and meeting their needs. Ihave the motivational gift of administration and serving therefore I get fulfilled by serving others. This fulfills me and the work to me is not that hard. Nursing Home Administrators are like preachers in that they move every two years or less. I have been with this company I am with now for over six years. I found a great company and it meets my needs and the needs of residents all across America from Nevada to the tip of Florida. I found the work I enjoy and the financial income that more than meets our needs.

Men at Work: Community Service Counselor, Tom Dobson

February 24th, 2012 1 comment
I  became a Community Service Counselor (for Dignity Memorial )because it seemed to match well with my past experiences. I look upon it as my ministry – doing seminars and meeting with people in their homes to discuss important decisions regarding prearranged funeral, cremation and / or cemetery plans. Not the most cheerful of subjects, I agree, but I make it as pain-free as I can, and I really feel I am doing what God wants me to be doing at this time in my life. 
The greatest challenge in my work is that many people  don’t want to  think about their final days.  I get that, but . . .

Tom, and wife Nancy

the inescapable  truth is 100% of us will some day need the services  companies like ours offer.  If we don’t plan in advance then our  loved ones are left with the entire burden alone.  That is tough on them.  And, if I may add, leaving these plans unfunded until the end assures that with inflation they will spend much more at the time of need.   
The greatest satisfaction on the job is seeing the relief on the faces of  individuals who take the time to make their wishes known, who record those plans, fund them and know that when the day comes their family will be comforted in knowing they thought enough of them to spare them the burden.  There often are a few tears in the process but they know that the services will be that much more personal.  Their friends and family can say, “this is exactly what mom or dad would have wanted.”   It really is the greatest gift you can give your family.   What a wonderful way to be remembered.     
One more thing, I try to assure people that meeting with me in no way obligates them to die anytime soon!  
With that in mind: Tom is available to meet with anyone in the Los Angeles area.  He’s an easy guy to talk with.  If you haven’t made those final plans, why not give him a call or email him? 
 (320 309 9389)
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