This is a blog about eco-friendly small office and commercial cleaning, and about Autism Spectrum Condition.
Joe Malinowski authors this blog. Joe is a valued employee of Blue-J Eco-Friendly Small Office Cleaning who also lives with an Autism Spectrum Condition. Please follow his blog as he discusses his thoughts on a variety of company-related issues in addition to topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
|Posted on September 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Ben Carson.
After driving for nearly three hours, the individual I was attending the event with pulled off into the parking lot of the Seneca family restaurant. We had driven for nearly a half-hour in the grey haze of rural South Carolina after exiting the interstate. The only indication that we were near our destination was when we ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 4, 2015 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
Dolphins have a reputation for being excellent therapy animals. But is this representation accurate, or is dolphin therapy merely a fad? A strong argument can be made either way. One fact is immediately obvious, which is that people are drawn to interacting with exotic animals. One of the highlights of my childhood was petting a Beluga at Marine land in Niagara Falls, Canada. When CNN ran an article about an elephant snatching a digital camera which belonged to a tourist and taking the world...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
Reptiles are some of the most misunderstood animals on Earth. They’re not ‘cute’, and even the simplest reptile which one can own, the tortoise, could not be described as a beginner’s pet. In fact, if I were advising parents (and I know that some are most likely reading this blog), I would recommend that they buy a dog for their child instead of a reptile because dogs demand enough attention that they are easy to remember. The process of training a dog also might give ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
Last Friday, I was cleaning in Concord when the client’s two dogs came running up to me. Hysterically, they began jumping on me and barking. I placed my cleaning supplied on the floor and began petting the dogs. As I told them what good dogs they were and pet them, I noticed that one of the dogs had his tail curled up, indicating that he was still stressed.
A thought occurred to me. The only way which a person can understand a dog, is by understanding that dog’s body lang...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
There are number of animals which would be terrible to use to help Autistic children. The fact of the matter is, not every animal is friendly or displays obvious body language. An example of a dangerous animal would be large livestock which don’t interact with people generally and cattle specifically. One time when I was a teenager, I fed an older donkey an apple and it snapped at me. This is generally what animals which have not been trained to interact with people can act like. Cows h...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 13, 2015 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Horses were the primary means of transportation and assisted in hard labor such as plowing fields from the days of Moses until the twentieth century. Then, with the advent of machinery, they ceased to have a function outside of entertainment- or have they? We’ve all watched the old western movies where cowboys would ride into town on horseback and, even if one has never ridden a horse, nostalgia, or perhaps more accurately envy, is the natural reaction to such scenes. Horses still can ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 19, 2015 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
Perseverance to perfection. That is the Blue-J motto. Plans have no purpose if they are abandoned shortly after their formulation. People who start but do not finish a task waste their time. Intelligence is good, but alone that trait does not guarantee success. An extensive social network makes it more likely one is connected to a person with a skill set which compliments theirs, but that alone also does not guarantee success. Physical strength is actually a quality which is common enough tha...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 6, 2015 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
If we aren’t here for each-other, then why are we here?
Commitment is important. Blue-J is committed to its employees, and our employees are committed to Blue-J. Commitment will fuel someone to come into work at an unexpected time, or continue working long into the night fighting fatigue and exhaustion. Commitment will induce someone to live a more positive life, taking time to volunteer on their day off for example, where before they might have just watched televisi...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 6, 2015 at 8:40 PM||comments (1)|
This was recently written by one of our employees, Joe. How awesome is this! Read on:
We were at Cabarrus Dance Academy. The owner and I were speaking about how other employees wanted to earn their driver’s license and a car. For the first time in my life, I see the necessity of a vehicle and I am confident enough in myself to drive. This is a common sentiment in the company, and it’s because every employee of Blue-J enjoys growth from the day they’re hired...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 6, 2015 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Don’t you just hate the smell of conventional cleaning products? That smell isn’t inviting at all unless one’s been conditioned to associate those smells with ‘clean’. Then, there are the active ingredients. Either Ammonia or Bleach is typically present in a conventional cleaning agent. They will never be present together in the same cleaning agent though because mixing the two chemicals can cause a dangerous reaction. People who utilize conventional cleaning pro...Read Full Post »