Helping others find “home” again

“When the girl returned, some hours later, she carried a tray, with a cup of fragrant tea steaming on it; and a plate piled up with very hot buttered toast, cut thick, very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in great golden drops, like honey from the honeycomb. The smell […]

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Feel good Friday

Feel good Friday

It’s a fantastic Friday because we have two bits of good news to share. Click on this link to see a wonderful slideshow of schoolchildren getting books from a group of NYSUT retirees. This group of Retiree Council 15/16 members has  been working for four years distributing books and supplies to needy schools. They determine need […]

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Fight Back Friday: Back away from the fiscal cliff

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I can understand if you haven’t been paying attention to the fiscal cliff talks. In general, I find them maddening, like this article that has Republicans refusing to let the Bush tax cuts expire on the top 2 percent. But what’s even more maddening is sequestration, which happens before the fiscal cliff. Here’s a CBS […]

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Preview to Fight Back Friday

Tomorrow, the statewide AFL-CIO is sponsoring a call-in to Congress. Please call your representatives at 888-659-9401 to let them know that you support a fair approach to deficit reduction. Tell your representative: Let the Bush tax cuts expire for those making more than $250,000; Ensure that Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits are not cut […]

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Dock party at the Dodds’

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Carolyn and Charlie Dodd may have lost family heirlooms, furniture and photographs to Hurricane Sandy, but they still have their sense of humor. So “Dock Party at the Dodds’” is how she titled the picture of her backyard deck that ripped off its foundation, floated atop floodwaters to rest against their boathouse. Besides the crawlspace […]

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Good readings

Kevin Ahern, president of the Syracuse Teachers Association, recently put together a list of news articles from earlier this month to share with his members. Each of the articles brings up how public education systems are under attack. Each has a different perspective. Each has good links and talking points for all members to have. […]

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Fight Back Friday: #educateNYnow

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A technical glitch kept this from posting Nov. 23. The message remains as important as ever. If you’re off work today, congratulations. That means you have plenty of time to check out the Educate NY Now Express. That bus takes off from parts across the state on Dec. 5; so put it on your calendar […]

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If you are shopping …

… on this Black Friday, remember you can check out this link to search for real union-made products. The emphasis on the sentence above is real. Be careful of claims of being union-made, as this link shows you.

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Carving into Thanksgiving

Today, I fly to Minneapolis-St. Paul to pick up my father. Together, we fly to Las Vegas to be with the Nevada portion of our extended family for Thanksgiving. (Potential robbers, take note: My husband Steve remains at home, so our house is not an easy target.) Dad has not seen his grandchild, Ann, nor […]

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Thank a School-Related Professional today

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Today is statewide School-Related Professionals Recognition Day. You may recall that NYSUT was instrumental in getting the law passed establishing the third Tuesday of November for this special — and well-deserved — recognition. If you haven’t already, please take some time to recognize the hard work and dedication of the support staff who, don’t just […]

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