Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hotel California

Here is another piece of writing from my English class.

Hotel California
by Robert Parent

Humans lost something when we moved from the country to the city.  And while, it has its merits, city life is nothing without country life. I remember the adventures in the woods behind my house in Auburn, New Hampshire.  I'd get up eat my breakfast of eggs, cereal, pancakes, or just something homemade.  After I put on my adventure clothes, grab my sonic screwdriver, and my magic compass, I would go out to my woods behind and start my daily adventure.  In the school where I studied had a big playground and monkey bars that us children, both boys and girls, would pretend that it was a spaceship or a boat that would take us on an adventure, at least until the bell rang.  In the field behind the school, there was plenty of room for myself and a couple of friends to play adventure games of our own creation, sometimes these adventures were based on what was on TV, like the Six Million Dollar Man or the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries.

Living in the city for years, I look around to the environment that children play have to play in. I don't see the woodlands where children could discover how truly powerful their imaginations are.  I don't see the playgrounds where children could play with each other; I only see parking lots with maybe a basketball hoop because its the cheapest play object that the city can place in a parking lot. No wonder why there is so many gangs in the city.  Children have to explore and figure out their environment.  In the country, nature gives children life to explore. The city shows children how to conquer and control.

As children grow to adulthood, they accumulate the loss from the city experience.  Someone could get in an elevator and go up to the top floor to see a panoramic view, think its good, and continue their day.  In the country, a person must have a plan to climb a mountain and when that person gets to the top, they have an experience by looking around at miles and miles of uninterrupted view, and feel great because this hard climb on this awe inspiring mountain..

Over the years of history, people had to move to the city, but we left something behind, a way of life, a respect to life, and a way to see life, this is where all the problems we have in the city can go back too.  I think that this is the reason why city planners put trees in the city to get back that “thing” lost.  But, a few trees does not a woodland or forest make.  I think people on a different level know what they have lost from moving from the country because many people take vacations to nature spots as if they try to reclaim that “thing” lost.  I have come to the city, to do my work, to live my life, but I miss those childhood adventures, climbing mount Lafayette, and the past perception of my innocence.

Monday, September 14, 2015

How to Organize your closet

Here is an informative essay that I wrote while completing my Interior Design Associates Degree.

How to Organize your closet

You walk into your favorite store because you want to buy some new clothes.  You try on outfits and you notice  you look fabulous in them.  Then, you realize you don't have any place to put these new clothes.  Visions of your closet stuffed full with clothes and who knows what else.  You can't even close the door properly.  In that moment, you realize that you need to organize and declutter.  Don't panic. It's easy to organize your closet if you follow these guidelines.

What you first need to do is to collect  what you need, like cardboard boxes (16x16x15), packing tape, a marker, post its, and one galleon heavy duty plastic bags.  You should wait to purchase any permanent storage boxes; I'll explain later in the essay.  The cardboard boxes are obviously the most important. You don't what cardboard boxes too big because they would be to heavy after their full or too small because you'd use to many.  I find that the perfect size is 16 x 16 x 15 and I would recommend nine boxes.  You can purchase these boxes at your local office supplies store, Walmart, or your local moving store.

Once you have everything you need, time blocked off, and your favorite music playing, you can start your first sort.  Tape up 3 boxes and tape one post it on each box after labeling each keep, donate, trash. If your closet is an ordinary closet, start on the floor, then do the shelf above the hanging bar, and finally do the clothes hanging on the bar.  For a walk-in closet, first start on the floor and do everything in boxes first because you may be able to reuse these boxes.  Second, do the loose stuff on the floor.  Third, do everything on shelves and in drawers.  Finally, do the clothes hanging on the bar.

To help you in your sorting, if something is broken or ripped toss it because your not going to use it. If you haven't used an item or worn an outfit  in a long while, donate it.  If you are having trouble getting rid of the stuff you don't need or maybe you'll use it in the future, put it in the keep pile for now and keep sorting because you cannot organize your stuff if you don't know what you have.  Also, if you stop your first sort, you may not get around to finishing it.  Finish your sort!

After you finish your first sort, get rid of trash and donations.  Sort your trash into recycle and trash, place what you recycle or toss into one galleon heavy duty plastic bags.  Put your donations into your car right away and next time you go out somewhere bring the donations to your local donations center.

Now that you have the trash and donations out of your closet, it's time for the second sort – yes, the keep boxes.  This is where you start organizing – the fun part.  As you sort the keep boxes, you want to keep like with like and putting your stuff into categories like socks, undies, games, extra office supplies.  After your second sort, you can clearly see your stuff and know how many permanent storage you need and how big the boxes should be.  You can get permanent storage options at a container store, a department store, or online storage stores.  Buy what you need, put your stuff in permanent storage containers, and label the storage containers.  Labeling your containers are important because when you use something, put it back in its container.  What you need to label is really dependent on what you like.  Do you want colored labels? Themed labels? Index Cards, white or colored? Or do you just want to use post its? If you use post its, make you tape the post its on the containers; the packing tape you have is fine for this.

You closet is now done.  Wasn't it easy? Do you want to tackle other areas in your home? Organizing can be addicting (a healthy addiction).  Maybe you just want to go shopping; who doesn't like to shop.  Just be careful what you bring into your new organized space, bring into your space only what you like and what your willing to care for.  But, that is a subject for another essay.  Be well and love your space.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Go Within

Go Within
by Robert G Parent

We make amends with past hurt and disappointment to move forward
in the dream within our heart.
We move forward making mistakes because of the ideas within our head.
We create plans giving us security to move beyond fear within our world.
We hear hope making us expand because of the Dreams within Our Soul.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Solutions to Reduce United States Debt

Solutions to Reduce United States Debt
by Robert G Parent

There is more crime in this country because the economy is worst then the news people are telling the public. Just go to Peter Schiff’s You Tube channel to check out his videos on the economy.

How will America correct our economy? We need some really smart money people who truly want to serve their country and make it better. Here is a few ideas that I thought of. First, we need to start getting people off of government dependency. One way to do that is to repel the Affordable Care Act and free up the insurance companies to be able to sell in all states to insure competition in the market, which will bring the cost of insurance down. Another way to bring health care cost down is to fix the higher education system and not making it so expensive to go to school. Then, doctors and nurses will not need to charge so much for their services and let the market decide what their cost is. Second way for America to correct our economy is that we need to get rid of a lot of regulations in business and make it more feasible to manufacture in the United States, which will create more jobs, lower prices, and increase wages to make it easier for the people to live freer. Third, we need to get people off welfare and let welfare programs to be controlled by the individual states, which will give each state the flexibility to solve local problems in helping people get jobs and live off their paychecks.

The majority of problems that we have in this country can be solved by each state then can be solved nationally. The national government should only have the responsibility to run the military, the post office, run any big project that are too big for each state to accomplish individually, and to make sure the liberties of Americans are secured. If we did these few solutions that this writer came up with as a country, everyone’s wealth will increase in this country.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Secret of the Founding Fathers

June 21, 2015 Secret of the Founding Fathers by Robert G Parent

 It's Father's Day today and I was thinking of the founding fathers when they were putting together the constitution of the United States. We don't see that type of knowledge by congressmen and politicians nowadays. Look at the last major bill the current congress passed ( the Affordable Care Act ). The putting together of that bill was unlike the founding fathers. First reason why is that only one party put the ACA together. The founding fathers worked together to put the constitution of the United States together. Second reason why the current congressmen was unlike the founding fathers in putting together the ACA is that the ACA is a longer document filled with words that confuse and distract the people as they try to read it if in fact the congressmen read it before voting for the ACA. The constitution of the United States is a much shorter document and has remained popular for 300 years. There is something different with the people elected to congress in 2008 and how congress has been running since. There was a recent pole in the country to see if the people had confidence in the government ( Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court ). We the people of the Untied States don't have confidence in our government. The funny thing is that this president was voted into office twice by the majority of the people, and in the first term of the presidency the democrats had a super majority in congress. They could have been the start of something really good, but the democrats continued to attack their brothers, the republicans. I suppose that is a major problem with a party system. People separate and work for their group instead of realizing that their group is apart of the whole. I could blame the educational system or the laziness of the people to get informed about who they elect into an office of the United States, but I suppose that is apart of a bigger lesson that the country as a whole need to learn. I wonder where will be as a nation and as a world in three hundred years from now.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Seven Year Ache

The Seven Year Ache
By Robert G Parent
            Omnicare, I thought that I would retire there.  I delivered medications to nursing homes throughout the state of New Hampshire.  Who knew how it would end for not just me but all of Omnicare's drivers because we all got laid off.  After I got laid off, I tried working for Velocity, the company that took over the driving contracts.  I thought it would be okay and maybe interesting because I haven't been self-employed.  I did learn stuff and I needed to do something.  However, my time with Velocity would be short mostly because what they did with the settlement checks, deducted thirty percent. Velocity said the reason they did this was that they figured out the settlement checks wrong.  I couldn't afford to work there anymore so eight months later – I quit. 

            After months, I started at a local school bus company.  It wasn't too bad to work 20 hours a week earning about $250.  My rent was at least paid. I couldn't afford cable and my food budget was small, but then the Summer came. There is no school during Summer which means no work. So, I had to do something.  I found a full time job at a cleaning company, who cleaned nursing homes.  I started at $500 every two weeks and worked my way up to management to have my own building.  I was proud of my success and tried hard to do my best, but I was not prepared for the situation that happened.  I got demoted and moved back to the original building that I started, which I couldn't handle it well; I blamed it on the training that I received.  I had to do something. So after much pondering,  I enrolled in the Interior Design Program at Manchester Community College.  I figured after two years of studying; I could quit the cleaning job and start a new career.  Well, life had something else in store for me.  So after I got fired, I started looking for another job while going to school.
            I found a housekeeping job cleaning businesses for ten hours per week at $10 per hour.  I had to keep looking for another job.  A few months later, I found a job driving a 16 foot truck delivering medications and post office stuff on a route.  I was finally making a good paycheck.  It was still every two weeks, but the money was good.  I had thought that I found a job where I could caught up on my bills and continue going to school for my Associates Degree in Interior Design.  One year later, the accident happened and I got fired.

             I've been out of a steady job since October 2014.  I've been trying my best to survive.  It's now February 2015.  It's cold and snowy.  I still have my apartment and my car.  I'm finishing my schooling, English class and my Internship class.  And of course, I'm still looking for a job.  Every night as I go to bed, I think, what is next to do?