Drew Rodgers

I live in Norway with my wife, Inger, and our cat T.J. Maxx and teach International Business Communications at Oslo University College School of Business.

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The Spirit

Published on Friday 5. June 2015

Sometimes I feel inspired and record some of my favorite psalms and gospel songs. So I thought I could share them with you. After you listen to the music, you might take a look at my novel.

Nobody knows

What a Friend You Have in Jesus

Amazing Grace

Mitt hjerte alltid vanker

Abide With Me 2

A Living Wage and Hunger in the U.S.: The Irony

Published on Sunday 31. May 2015

A living wage is calculated to be between $12.50 and $15 per hour. Employees at McDonalds earn on average $7.72 per hour and at Walmart $8.82. Now here’s the irony. Tax payers subsidize these salaries through food stamps, a necessary supplement to keep these low paid workers from experiencing hunger. By the way, 14% of all Americans experience “Food Insecurity” as it is so nicely described i.e HUNGER. The irony is a double whammy. While the government is subsidizing Walmart’s low wages so that their employees don’t go hungry, Walmart earns money because many of these low paid workers buy their food at Walmart. To add to the irony, they threatened to cancel construction of three Walmarts in Washington D.C. when the city council tried to force them to pay $12.50 per hour. They have no moral incentive to raise wages because they know that the government will pick up the difference so their employees won’t starve. Add to this that  the Paul Ryan budget, supported by many Republicans, will gut the program which 43.6 million Americans  are dependent on so that they can eat at the end of the month. And the final irony is, guess who is against Ryan’s threatened cut. Yes, you got it, Walmart supports the food stamp program. Why wouldn’t they? It’s paying part of their employees’ salaries and helping their bottom line. God bless America!!

GMO Foods: Are We Human Guinea Pigs

Published on Wednesday 20. May 2015

If you eat Genetically Modified (GMO) foods and as up to 90% of some foods are GMO, you should watch this video.
One frightening fact is that no research has been published on GMO foods’ effects on humans. As you will see in the video, the effects on animals are frightening. Some of the effects include organ damage, infertility, multiple system failure, immune system failure, cancer and dramatically higher death rates. One of the most frightening effects is that the GMO proteins can be reproduced in our DNA and their negative effect can be permanent in our bodies.
And why isn’t there any published research on the impact on humans? Some has been conducted, but is stopped either at the university level or the government administrative level, simply because companies such as Monsanto and Dow presssure or infiltrate these institutions and stop any attempts. You remember when  tobacco wasn’t a detriment to your health or DDT was good because it killed weeds, not to mention Round Up which is still “good”. Most scientist feel that GMO foods are the next on the list of safe products, which later prove to be the opposite. The only difference is that GMO foods will affect the entire world and if the effect on humans is the same as on animals, well, bon appetit.

Cat Lover

Published on Monday 11. May 2015

I have always had cats until recently because we travel so much that it would be unfair to them. The few times we travelled when we had TJ Maxx and Filene and left their care to a neighbor, they made it quite clear that this was not acceptable. I am trying to capture my love of cats in a works-in-progress book entitled “Give Me a Cat Any Day: Why Perspective Parents Should Seriously Consider Having Cats Rather Than Kids.” I say work-in-progress which is a slight overstatement as my illustrator refuses to illustrate any more reasons until I get a publisher. However, if you scroll down to page 6 you can see how far we have gotten. And if you know of or are a publisher please get in touch. I have also recorded a couple of songs in honor of our cats. The song “Sourpuss” is dedicated to Filene who was one sour puss. She wouldn’t let herself be held and only on rare occasions petted. But we loved her inspite of her disposition. Click on my two songs and enjoy.

Sourpuss

Blues for My Two Dead Cats

A Health Tip

Published on Tuesday 5. May 2015

I hadn’t really thought about turning this web site into a health column, but there are two very potent health foods that I think you should know about. They are tumeric and ginger. My wife and I mix a teaspoon of tumeric and a pinch of black pepper in a glass of orange juice for breakfast. In addtion, we eat a slice of raw ginger sweetened with Acacia honey. Below you will find the reasons we do this.