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Ditch the overstuffed wishlist postings and get real to attract viable candidates

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash (no copyright)

Denise Shelton is the former Human Resources and Communications Manager of Earth Systems, Inc., currently headquartered in San Luis Obispo, CA.

You hear it every day in the media, in the office, from family and friends: “People just don’t want to work.” That may be true to a certain extent…

Let’s see how I did

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PLEASE NOTE: It’s not my intention in writing this piece to discredit any of the winning writers. For this reason, I will not be mentioning their names or commenting on their work. I congratulate them, one and all. …

Goodbye, Columbus! Hello, Leonardo!

“Vetruvian Man” by Leonardo da Vinci (public domain)

In recent years, Americans have engaged in a heated debate over whether or not we should continue to honor Italian explorer Christopher Columbus with a national holiday. The reputation of the man traditionally credited with discovering America is no longer what it once was.

Revelations about his character and actions…

No house is empty when the heart is full

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There are wombs around the world that are my home

But here my heart first fluttered into life

I creep inside as Sunday sinners do

Recovering voice

Uncovering soul

Through ghosts that enter in

And dreams we spin

The first of many Edens

“rebeccamckenna”

“rebeccamckenna”

“rebeccamckenna”

I spoke my destination

I subscribed to Master Class, and I’m not sure I should have. I’m two-thirds through my first class: screenwriting with Aaron Sorkin. It’s a great class but discouraging.

Mr. Sorkin…

Why I can’t get this 911 caller’s words out of my head

Photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash

As details continue to emerge about the days leading up to the murder of internet influencer Gabby Petito, I’ve been thinking a lot about how our society processes events like this. The way these things play out in the media reveals some disturbing truths.

Much public comment has revolved around…

Attention aging men: Target has your back, snowflakes

(Target’s super-secret special men’s hair color section.) Photo by Denise Shelton

Well, slap me silly and butter my biscuits! Retail America has finer feelings after all.

If you’re a man thinking about covering your gray hair, you might be shy about shopping for a solution. After all, it’s women who’ve cornered the market on vanity, right? A man’s man wouldn’t dream…

Denise Shelton

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