Chark Tales

That's shark, with a 'C'! Blogging by Charlene Runge

A mini bio? Short story challenge

Posted on | August 26, 2011 | No Comments

The wind whipped through Sandra’s hair as she stood on the balcony of her apartment. She was staring out at the sunset as yet another long day passed by. This was normally the time she would take a deep breath and just release all the tension in her body, but the strong winds flowing around her were making her tension wrap more tightly around her.
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Rory’s Story Cubes – Writing Exercise

Posted on | July 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

9 cubes, 54 images, 10million+ combinations = infinite stories

My cubes rolled at lunch are: flower, question mark, u-shaped magnet, beetle/scarab, light bulb, bee, eye, flashlight, and phone.

Let’s see what I can make with those. Read more

I Must Be Totally Insensitive, because….

Posted on | May 24, 2011 | No Comments

The other day I came across an article for work about the EEOC and a charge against Starbucks for firing an employee trainee because she had requested a stool to do her job; she’s classified as a dwarf (under 4’10″). The manager claimed that the request was dangerous to her, her fellow employees and patrons — then was promptly let go.  The EEOC contends Starbucks’ actions violated the Americans With Disabilities Act. Part of that may be true, but I can understand where Starbucks is coming from especially in concern to everyone’s safety. Baristas are constantly on the move behind a Starbucks counter going to and fro making coffee, having a stool in the way could be dangerous and if someone where to bump into the trainee, she would be falling from a greater height than just her own natural stature.  She could probably then turn around and sue Starbucks because of unsafe conditions. Starbucks would lose in either situation.

But what really got me was the second article I’d found on this case and at the bottom was this– “This time, the EEOC hopes to amass the sums due Sallard for the suffering and humiliation attendant upon anyone who loses a job after three days.”  Seriously? I know people who lose jobs on the first day,  as well as the second and third. It’s called sucking it up and getting on with life and looking for work again. You call it a set back and move on. This is probably where I’m being insensitive again to Sallard’s situation.  Maybe it’s because I’m not in this person’s shoes to know what its like to be height challenged. Therefore, I apologize to the person in question and all others who might take offense at my insensitivity.

Too Gone Too Long

Posted on | July 20, 2010 | 2 Comments

One of my favorite songs, is the title of this post (Randy Travis will always be one of my fav country artists). It’s been a fair while since I updated my blog and I feel ashamed. Okay, not really. Life has been really complicated and busy of late.

As an update, I’m still bowling and still suffering from headaches and tension (when my meds seem to stop working, which seems like every 3 to 4 months). My mother was in and out of the hospital and rehab the last few months. Soon as she came home, she reverted back to her eating habits of old, which really is bad for her. She finally realized that if she wants to feel marginally good, some things just have to be cut out. Bread and ice cream say bye-bye.

My dad is still battling his cancer. He’s been doing chemo every two weeks for what seems like forever. One of my sisters was diagnosed with diabetes recently. That now makes two of them. I worry about my family. I worry about my friends. I worry about almost everything.

Hopefully, I’ll get back into the habit of posting updates here and freebies :) . I got Adobe Design Premium CS5, so I’m looking to be creative again.

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