Sunday, 16 November 2014

December's Theme - "Worker"

The December theme of “Worker” comes to us from Kate, whose hometown blog is “Visual St. Paul.”  Kate began to post on CDP in 2006 when there were far fewer bloggers.  There were about 30-50 members at that time.  The growth has been phenomenal!

Kate is a retired educator who spent 28 years teaching English Literature and Writing to terrific students at St. Paul Academy-Summit School, an independent, non-denomination college prep school.  Although she misses her students, she claims "Retirement Rocks!" She now spends her time on CDP posting in addition from Mazatlán, México, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, while escaping harsh Midwest winters.

St. Paul is the state capital of Minnesota.  The metropolitan area is "the best kept secret" of "fly-over country.”  It is a cultural hotspot, hosting world class orchestras, numerous theatres, quality art museums and galleries, liberal arts colleges as well as the large University of Minnesota, with two campuses.  It's also the home of the NFL football team, the Minnesota Vikings and Twins baseball team and winter ski slopes. The Twin Cities (St. Paul and Minneapolis) are within close driving distance to the Boundary Waters and the North Shore of Lake Superior. The state boasts 10,000 lakes. Mayo Clinic sees patients from around the world; it is also close to St. Paul, where medical care is superb.

This “Worker” theme photo was taken last spring when Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown St. Paul was being renovated and expanded. The worker willing obliged Kate’s request for a photo while taking a short break for lunch at a food cart in Rice Park.  Which worker will you show us from your city?


  1. Hah! ... My son builds fences ... He is a bit of a photo-phobe ... but I will try ...

  2. Why has been changed the title from "People in their workplace" to "Worker" I wonder...?

  3. Karl, I think it was agreed between Peter, Kate, and Jack to broaden the original title to make it easier for a larger number of people. "People in their workplace" is two topics to include, whereas "Worker" is just one. However. when I show MY worker, I will also include a little of his workplace to show context. You are welcome to do something similar.

  4. Many thanks for your prompt answer, Julie, but for me is "Workers" much more restrictive than "People in their workplace". Probably has the word "Workers" in English other meaning than in German or Italian...

  5. Ahh, yes, I now understand the problem. The theme "worker" refers not only to a person who does hard, outdoor work with his hands, such as a labourer, a carpenter, a brick-layer, or a steel-maker. But, for the theme day, I think it is okay for "worker" to ALSO refer to a doctor, or to a teacher, or to a policeman, or to a journalist, or to a sheep-shearer. In fact, to any person who is doing their job, eg a taxi-driver, a shoe salesman, a farmer, or a street-cleaner. To me, a worker is NOT just someone who wears a "hard hat" for protection. I hope this helps, Karl.

    In my country, we have the idea of a "blue-collar" worker (someone who does hard, manual labour either outdoors or in a factory), and a "white-collar" worker (someone who works with pen/paper in an office). They both are still workers!

  6. Yes Julie, thanks for your comprehensive reply - I didn't choose the theme of course, but as usual the broadest possible interpretation is welcome, or even encouraged!


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