A woman's mug shot in Madison, Wisconsin

Let’s share a giggle, shall we?

The suspect refused to get out of the car and opened a can of beer.

Alas, this article was too funny not to share. No one got hurt, so we can at least share a giggle over it after the fact, can’t we?

For those of you not from the Madison area, State Street is an 8-block or so pedestrian zone that allows delivery drivers, buses, and bicycles, but not regular motorists.

From NBC 15:

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Dan Price of Gravtity Payments high-fiving an employee

Paying a living wage: who wins?

According to Gravity Payment’s CEO Dan Price, everyone wins. After raising the minimum wage of his employees to $70,000/year–and cutting his own salary to the same–Gravity Payment’s profits have soared.

“I want the scorecard we have as business leaders to be not about money, but about purpose, impact, and service,” he says. “I want those to be the things that we judge ourselves on.”

And Gravity’s employees are happier–they’re sticking with the company and having babies:

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A notebook, a pencil, and a pair of glasses on a desk

Writing Prompt: The How

This Sunday’s writing prompt is courtesy of LetterPile.com. If you’re feeling brave, share your response in the comments.

The How

The gist is simple: Get a piece of paper (or open up a fresh project in your word processor) and copy a prompt. After the ellipsis, keep writing whatever comes into your head. (Be sure to highlight the writing prompt in some way so you know you started with a prompt when you review the piece in the future.)

Continue Writing from Here….

Gabriel clenched his teeth feeling the porcelain slide. He took a deep breath, relaxed his jaw. “You have two choices,” he said, “you can leave on your feet or on a gurney…”

(Continue to write about who Gabriel is and who he is talking to.)

A line of police officers with their shields up

Have you read the Report yet?

If you don’t know which report I’m referring to, you probably didn’t catch the Atlantic article blowing the idea that police departments don’t racially profile out of the water. A Baltimore P.D. commander actually emailed out a template for unconstitutional arrests. Everything about it was fill-in-the-blank, except for who they were arresting: “black male” was already inserted in the document.

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Three people sitting on a cliff overlooking a valley

Writing Prompt: Choose a Picture

For this Sunday’s writing prompt, choose one of the pictures below and write a short dialogue between (or among) the people in the photo. Feel free to use “beats” to break up the dialogue. And don’t forget to share your writing in the comments!

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A woman sitting in a chari conversing with a man standing in front of her (more…)

A close-up of a computer keyboard

Writing Prompt: Spin the Wheel

This is too fun not to share. In order to get a prompt, go to the Scholastic website and spin their story wheel. If you share your writing in the comments, please put the prompt you got first. I choose an “adventure” 4th-6th grade-level prompt:

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Woman on couch staring off into space.

Couldn’t help myself

Sometimes the snark just pours out of me. Kind of like that time I was on my bike and took a turn too fast, causing my pedal to hit the pavement, which then jolted me so hard that a snot rocket flew out of my nose. Yeah, so, back to the snark. Here are two comment threads I would have had to chop my hands off to resist responding to.

First, there was this one on a neighborhood web forum:

Backyard firepits (Shared in the “Crime & Safety” section)

By Cherry Pitts *

Just wondering if everyone is aware that burning in firepits is not permitted when the air quality is considered less than “good” by the DNR. Today the air quality was listed as “moderate”. For those of us who have loved ones with asthma, we’d really appreciate it if the rules governing firepits could be followed. On days with air quality below “good” the smoke from the firepit comes in our windows and hangs in the air in our home. I’m all about a nice backyard fire as long as the air quality is where it should be for the health of our lungs. Thanks for your attention to this matter.

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A man on an airplane leaning out into the aisle

Writing Prompt: A Long, Long Flight

Part of our Writing Prompt Sunday series.

This one is from Writer’s Digest. Feel free to post your response in the comment section.

After a hectic day, you are looking forward to a long flight you have planned. It’s the first vacation you’ve taken in two years, so you’re extra excited. But when you get on the plane, you get seated next to a person who wants to tell you his/her life story (which you’re not in the mood for). But part way through the talk, you realize the story being told sounds familiar–in fact, you realize this person is revealing details from an unsolved mystery you heard on the news. What do you?

Respond in 500 words or fewer.

A staged image of a chained slave trying to pull free of Satan

New profession = big pay-off

I’m thinking of a new profession: One where I make gobs of money buying and selling something that can be used for 10+ years, and–unlike clothes and cars and oil and food–can be sold many times over for the same price: people. Everyone’s doing it these days. There are 27 million slaves in the world now compared to four million when the practice was legal in the U.S. There’s ample supply and non-stop demand.

Human bondage brings down costs, which increases profits. Minimum wage? How about no wages. Wrap your mind around that, fellow Capitalist.

Here’s where I’m torn: sex slaves or child carpet weavers? I’m working on a cost-benefit analysis, but it’s hard to to get accurate pricing. In a globalized economy, the poorest countries are the best for purchasing–high birth rates, economic desperation, poor quality of life–and obviously the wealthy countries are the best for sales: eager to exploit and the exchange rate is fantastic.

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A theater production

Who’s more Kafkaesque than Kafka?

I saw a theatrical adaptation of The Trial by Kafka last Friday and was blown away by it. I must confess that I haven’t read the book, though the prison chaplain’s character did quote the entirety of the short story “Before the Law,” which I’ve read. While I found “Before the Law” unnecessarily confounding, what the Fermat’s Last Theater Co. did with The Trial was brilliant. They managed to make government’s maddening, labyrinthine bureaucracy funny.

And, since, the prison chaplain’s character recited Before the Law,” I’m again wrestling with confusion over the story’s meaning. Sure, I like a story to make me think, but a story that frustrates me to the point of throwing books across the room and angrily mumbling to myself is something I’d rather avoid.

So, here it is dear blog reader. Make of it what you will and please write your interpretations/reactions in the comments:

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