Friday, October 13, 2017

Publishing Opportunity


Subject: Student Writing/Publishing Opportunity: The Dangling Modifier Newsletter is Accepting Submissions!
From: Karen-Elizabeth Moroski <kxm5044@psu.edu>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:24:54 -0400
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Hi, friends!

The Fall 2017 Issue of Penn State/NCTPW's Peer Tutoring Newsletter -- The
Dangling Modifier -- is now accepting submissions. Please encourage your
tutors to submit!

This year's theme was inspired by the upcoming MAWCA 2018 Conference themes
of identity, narrative and honoring intersectionality/voice in writing
center work.

*What is The Dangling Modifier?*
Why, I'm glad you asked! The DM is a peer tutoring newsletter by peer
tutors, for peer tutors. It's a fantastic opportunity for your
students/tutors (grad and undergrad alike) to get published and to be part
of a rich history of tutors writing about tutoring.

*How does it work?*
Explained more in full on The DM's website, peer tutor authors will submit
works via email. Selected writers will be contacted by our editorial staff
(comprised of PSU tutors) and our editorial staff will collaborate (through
Skype, Google Docs, email, etc.) with the writer to refine the final piece.
Then, we publish it to the web!

*If you're interested: *
In the Spring, we offer the possibility for The DM to be hosted by a guest
university. It's great experience for the tutors who work on the newsletter
-- if you're interested, let me know: kxm5044@psu.edu.

*And now... the CFP! (Also attached as a word document)*

*Issue Title: Keepers of Collaboration: Upholding Civil Discourse in
Writing Centers*

*What does collaboration mean to you? To your Writing Center? How do you
define “discourse” in a tutorial? There are times where tutees and
professors both might push against our approach to working with writers
rather than solely working on papers: How does collaboration engage
conversation and growth in ways that line-editing cannot?*

*Sometimes, that conversation and growth can be tough to navigate: as
writing tutors, we sometimes encounter hostile papers, hostile students –
maybe even moments our own beliefs, experiences or backgrounds are called
into question. But a spirit of radical openness runs through the current of
writing center work, and there are ways in which foundational parts of
tutoring pedagogy enable us to be good listeners, good community members
and good humans when we engage in challenging tutorials. The
Dangling Modifier wants to know about times when you’ve felt challenged to
grow during a tutorial, as well as times you needed to use your writing
tutoring skills to navigate a controversial difficult moment in the Writing
Center.*

*Writing tutoring, civil discourse and collaboration all share the core
tenets of respect, listening, and engaging. What does it mean to be a
Keeper of Collaboration? How can writing tutors use these skills to
preserve and promote community in a tempestuous world?*

*We are also open to creative submissions of artwork, poetry, photography,
book reviews, etc. related to our Fall 2017 theme. If selected, these
submissions will not be listed as newsletter articles but will appear on
our website in our Entertainment Category. Writers can submit to both the
Entertainment and Article sections!*


*Submissions are due no later than November 15, 2017.Email submissions to
danglingmodifier.psu.edu@gmail.com <danglingmodifier.psu.edu@gmail.com>*

*Click here for submission guidelines.
<http://sites.psu.edu/thedanglingmodifier/?page_id=3707>*

Friday, September 29, 2017

Filing Taxes Made Easy by DeeDee Nguyen, CM 107 September 2017


            Filing Taxes Made Easy
Public Domain


            Every January, when all the excitement of the Holiday season has come to a close, I would make a mental list of what I need to accomplish for the upcoming year.  Unfortunately, on every years list is the dreaded task of filing my tax return.  Although April 15th is still four months away, Id grimace knowing that it will creep up on me, faster than I would have liked.  For years, because of procrastination, Id go into panic mode the week taxes are due; Ive waited, yet once again, to do something that shouldve been done months ago. 

            Over the years, my tax returns got more complicated, as there were more items that I needed to report.  Waiting till the last minute is not an option anymore.  Many people I know opt to file for extensions every year.  The ripple effect of postponing the inevitable has to be a detriment to the mind and body.  Is there a better way?  Yes, we can be more organized!

            Because the whole tax process has become increasingly painful, Ive developed a few systematic techniques to make it quite bearable.  It has helped me to be more organized; Im hoping it can help you, too.

            At the beginning of the year, Id create an Excel spreadsheet which would contain all the information that is needed to file my tax return.  I would have a column for salary, amount of taxes paid (income and real estate), retirement contribution, health savings account (HSA) contribution, charitable contributions, bank account interests, investment dividends, medical expenses, work expenses, and school expenses.  Id fill in the information as I received it throughout the year.  I would also make individual labeled folders for all the above mentioned categories, in order to keep the receipts, bank statements, and salary stubs organized; this way, I could pull up the information quickly if needed.  The spreadsheet is extremely useful at the end of the year because, I can check for any discrepancies by looking at the numbers on the spreadsheet and comparing them to the numbers on the tax documents that would come in the mail every January.  Once Im assured that all the information is correct, I would give it to my accountant for use in filing my taxes. 

            By taking about ten minutes a month to file and work on the spreadsheet, I would save tons of time and stress later.  Presently, my tax returns are completed and mailed by the end of February.  I can breathe much easier knowing that I have a system in place which helps me to be diligent.  Its still so easy to procrastinate, as there are many other activities that I would prefer to partake in, but I keep reminding myself that if I can avoid doing it at the last minute, it is better for my soul.  I still have friends who choose to procrastinate on their taxes.  It would be on their mind all year long, and sometimes thats all they could talk about; in addition to that, they are grumpy, to say the least, when the deadline is about to approached.   My advice to them is this; implement a plan, any plan; or better yet, use mine to help you be more organized.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Blogging for Small Business by Kristy Escobar


            For this blog, I am going to be talking about how to open a business, but also, still have the pleasure of  what you are going to be doing with your business. Opening up a business can be really challenging. There is so much work that goes into it. You have to be very dedicated on keeping the business up. Opening a business comes with so much joy. All these are big key factors on opening and successfully have a good business.
            The amount of work and time that goes into finding a location can be a lot. You will need a lot of time to find a building that you can turn into your business. The location is key to where your business will be at. The way the business looks has a lot to say about you and your business. The amount of time will go into all the work that need done to the building. Along with find a location also comes with the expensive.
            The dedication is a big for when having a business this will help you either succeeded or fail. You have to be dedicated to your business. Dedication can be very difficult when first starting out. But having dedication will bring success to your business. I have the dedication on owning my own business. I am dedicating my time on becoming the best business owner I can be. Without dedication or passion, you will never be where you want to be in the business field.
            The joy that comes with owning your own business is the best feeling ever. You would be your own boss. You will have the pleasure of making up your own business hours. With owning your own business, you would be able to connect with your clients more and enjoy their time, without being rushed to finish them. In the end all the, hard work and the dedication and the joy that your business brings you will all pay off.
            What I have learned while writing this is that it will take time, but with dedication you will succeed at 

whatever life throws at you. Running a business will be some work for you. All the key points I talked about 

are some of the key factors on becoming a great business owner. You can follow your passion on what you 

want out of life. The focus was how to have a successful business with amount of time you put into your 

building, the dedication you have to have and the joy it will bring when you pass that hump of opening a 

business.

Veterinarians Coping with Grief by Mariam Earley

To be a veterinarian, you have to acquire a sense of stubborn hope, so that in the dark years, you can recover and heal and still never give up. Before I became what I am destined to be, I had to learn about myself. My first and not last C.E.T. was based on the suicide rate in the veterinary field, which reveals at a scary 30%. Three vets have committed suicide in this year of 2017, and it lead to the C.E.T. and the lessons I learned about myself.  
            There is nothing more heart breaking when a pet dies; it effects the client and the veterinary team. I’ll never forget when our clinic cat died of cancer; every client that knew her came to the clinic to pay their respect and some of us still feel the loss of Tallulah, but that’s just one of the many challenges in the vet life. We have to deal with death, which is uncomfortable for most people, and you’ll never really here them talk about it.  Yet that’s not all that can get a vet to go crazy; one of the other things are the clients themselves. I have those clients that love their animals so much that they won’t let go even if they are in immense pain. Blackie, for example, was the sweetest dog on three feet and this dog suffered. He had bone cancer which took one of his legs and went into the other leg which we couldn’t take off. Every Saturday at 11:00am Blackie would come in for a new cast, we would decorate it with different gauze colors and cut out designs for him, but as the weeks turn to months and months turned to years Blackie’s leg got painful and swollen with hair loss. My doctor wanted euthanasia, but the owner was like ‘nope, just change the bandage and let us be on our way, oh and can we get some pain killers?’ It made every one of us mad and mournful; we loved Blackie,  but we didn’t want him to suffer. He couldn’t even walk; the owner practically carried him to and from the car- I’ve never seen that dog walk, and that was only the beginning.

            The stubborn hope is necessary for this field because we will go through grief and longings that may never be. I still grieve for many pets that I’ve seen go, and it is hard because grief can last for years before you start to heal. So my advice is if you want to pull through cry, talk, share, and know. Crying helps to get rid of toxins in the brain when you’ve gone through negative emotions. Talking helps to relieve stress and helps to get bonded to the team, which also goes to sharing the sad days, the busy days, the many stressful days to come. So then finally, know that you are not alone, you have a team that feels like you do when something tragic in that clinic happens and always have hope for the better.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Happy 4th of July!!

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Happy 4th of July!!: The Star Spangled Banner Find all things patriotic at USA-Flag-Site.org Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly w...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Decoration Day

Decoration Day

I recited this poem at a Memorial Day school program in sixth grade, wearing a prairie dress my mother sewed for me. I don't remember the author, or one line of the poem, but here it is for all veterans, and for my grandfather's an everyone else in my family who served, and for my students in the military:

PD image of the Star Spangled Banner



My Grandpa’s old and kind of lame,

He doses in his chair,

And when the family goes some place,

He stays and doesn’t care.

 

He’d rather stay at home,

He says,

Than dress to go uptown,

And when he knows there’s

Company come,

He’s always lying down.

 

But once a year there’s quite a change on

Decoration Day.

Then Grandpa wears his uniform and

Hurries me away,

 

[To see a big Parade] . . . .

 

The shiny cars with great folks in,

The flower girls in white,

The bands that play the national airs,

With all their wind and might,

 

And the boys that wear OD

Come through,

And straight and tall,

The wind a blowing

Through his hair,

My Grandpa Stands Through it

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dr. Ellen's Article on the 14th Amendment for Law Day 2017

Thanks to our own Concord Law School, retrieved from https://www.concordlawschool.edu/student-life/law-day/s

Friday, April 21, 2017

Coping with Loss by Thelma McGranahan, CM 107

How do you cope with the loss of a loved one or the loss of a job for that matter? There are many different ways, but at the same time, there are also different stages of it. I know this from personal experience all too well. When I was five months pregnant with my son, my mother passed away from lung cancer. A month later, my cousin that was honestly more like a brother, was beaten to death. Four days after my four year old son was born, tragedy struck again when my 36 year old sister passed away. Unfortunately, I have not taken the time to grieve or learned to cope. 
             I do know along with coping difficulty comes depression. In my experience I fell in a deep depression. With the depression came changes in weight: weight loss, weight gain, appetite increase, appetite loss. Sleeping hours came too few and far in between. It was horrible. Coping with loss does not necessarily mean the loss of a loved one. It can be loss of a job, loss of house, financial change, just anything drastic. Either way, it is not an easy process to go through. As I mentioned earlier, I have not taken the time really to grieve any of the loss; this oversight is actually common. They call this detachment or Cognitive Disorder.
            Most people just mourn and accept the fact of the loss. Well, with this disorder, it is more like just pretending that you have accepted the fact and moved on. Me, for example, with my mother I was 5 months pregnant and still in my senior year of high school. I cried of course, more like bawled like a child just wanting their mother to hold them. I went back to school and pushed through it. It hurt so badly to face everyone, but I did it for my baby. Still being in high school when he was born was not an option for me. That was my distraction. Four days after I graduated I had Damian. Still, I did not grieve. I was a mommy; I did not have time to think about me. I started working taking and care of my sister just to stay busy. ReNae had cancer just like mommy. In 2012, I had my second child, Caden. Four days after he was born, she passed away. Just like before, I cried but I never took time to really grieve. I had two now, work, and just whatever else I could find to keep my mind off of them. I would call my sister every day, just like before, just to find they had shut off her phone. I would still catch myself talking about my mother and sister like they were still here. Now I have accepted that they are gone, but I will not allow myself to grieve.
            . You may be asking what is grieving. Well grieving is learning to live without something. Everyone is different. There is no correct or incorrect way to go about it. Just actually doing it. I hope that this reaches somebody and lets them know it is okay to deal with loss. Just do not let it over take you. Do not let it just bottle up for years and let it eat at you. It has been almost 8 years for my mother and 5 for my sister, and I didn’t take time then. Now I suffer from insomnia at times, severe depression, and certain things trigger all of that. Songs that we would sing together are now nothing but tears falling. Pictures just let me think they are still here. Videos are unbearable. Please don’t let this become you. Not saying every now and then you can just let it out, but for me it is daily.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Stress for Success by Dustin Jessip

Stress for Success
What is Stress?

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Stress is an everyday obstacle in life. Whether it be mild, moderate or severe, stress is present in virtually every aspect of any given situation imaginable. Nobody is immune to stress, and everybody experiences it one way or another. Staying on top of stress can help individuals build relationships, careers, and even themselves. Stress can be good or bad, no matter how intense or docile. There are three (3) different categories, or degrees of stress.
Starting with the most common, is acute stress. Anybody that might be running late for work or school, or maybe forgot to grab their coffee in the morning are likely to suffer from acute stress. These are the small, but manageable situations that cause us to derail from our presumed routines for just a few moments. It happens to everybody, and individuals typically move on without much reluctance. The next kinds of stress are considered to be more moderate to severe, respectively. Sometimes they are preventable, and sometimes they are not. Episodic acute stress is when several acute stress situations are strung together into a more habitual series. An example would be forgetting to grab a coffee, while running late to work, and the car has no gas to get all the way to the workplace. The difference between regular “acute stress” and “episodic acute stress” is the reoccurring scenarios, like the example, would be a daily routine. Individuals that suffer from episodic acute stress are those that are simply used to this way of life. To them, that is just how life is, and they often fail to see anything wrong with it. These individuals are one of two personality types: aggressive, and abrupt, or careless and low energy. Regardless of which type an individual may be, they can only change their lifestyles with a conscious effort inhibited by persistent reassurance that they are doing the right thing.  Lastly, the most severe cases of stress that is detrimental to not only the victim suffering, but people that are around them as well. Chronic stress is life changing. Violence, Suicide, and even cancer are common factors when dealing with chronic stress. This is the most serious kind of stress that a human can experience. If it can be deemed “treatable”, then it is highly recommended that treatment is accepted and embraced.

Conclusion

Stress management is important for those that want to achieve happiness, and be successful in life. No matter how simple or severe the stress may be, dealing with it in a positive manner will encourage others to do the same. You can be the benefactor for stressed people all around you. You can make a difference, and for your own benefit, you should always try.


References

Stress-Kinds.  Retrieved from:  http://apa.org/helpcenter/stress-kinds.aspx 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Expressing Yourself Informally- Blog Post by Jennifer Secoy



 
 
 
Expressing Yourself Informally- Blog Post
Jennifer Secoy
Kaplan University
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title: “Do you have a handle on your employees?  Get with the Times, Become a Modernized Leader Today!”
Is my business up with the times? What can I do to make my business run smoother?  Do I have my employees under control? Are these some of the questions you ask yourself? It can often be frustrating running or managing a business. Hopefully this post will help put those frustrations to rest. I am an office manager for an entertainment company, and have been in a few difficult situations. Recently,  I have read an article titled; Today’s Rapid Pace of Change Demands Modernized Leadership” by Bruce Tempkin,  (Link will be provided below),  that made me realize, we can now see different aspects of our business. This is due to the change in technology over the past few years. Right now, you may think that just hiring somebody and training them, should be enough for them to be able to do their job. Maybe you are even thinking that if you pay them well enough, they will do well enough. That does not seem to be the case anymore. The younger generations, like myself, seem to be interested in more than just wealth. Appreciation and acknowledgement can go a long way. Instead of telling your employees what to do all the time, give them a greater reason for doing this task. Example: You know every morning the employee stocks the kitchen, and they find themselves behind and stressed. Have a meeting, engage with the employees. Let them know you are all in this together. If the person who closed the kitchen at night would stock, then the morning person will not be so overwhelmed. In turn the kitchen will be ready for the night person when they come in, and the night crew will have time to prepare for the morning crew. This can also prevent customers from having a bad experience.  
Now, do not let the technology of being able to see more customer reviews scare you, or blind you from your future business plans. Use the reviews as insight. If multiple reviews say that a certain employee is unpleasant, you need to use that information. Observe that employee and point out their strengths, understand what they are going through. Show that you appreciate what they have done. Listen to your employees; if you have unhappy employees, then you are going to have unhappy customers. If you have a great environment, where the workers are happy, it is contagious.   I always thought of those employees as toxic, meaning they make everyone unhappy, and to remove them from the problem. This article states to not look at the problems, look at solutions. Customers are more likely to ignore the price of things if the environment is worth it. Now if you have Mr. or Mrs. Grouch as the first thing they experience when they walk into your establishment, your customer is immediately affected. Would you want to spend money in a place where you felt uncomfortable or unhappy? You will find that often pointing out what an employee is doing wrong, or not engaging yourself with the employees, you will have unhappy employees on your hands. Like I said earlier, customers are affected by your employees and environment. Learn and adjust to your business, do not spend your time strategizing on what to do. Go ahead, use technology, use those customer reviews. Make the customers a part of your business. They may not always be right, but they definitely have a point of view that you do not get. Are you still; commanding, tracking, pointing out the bad? Maybe it is time for you to try; engaging, observing, appreciating and empowering your employees. You may see a difference sooner that you know it! I hope this has put some ease to your frustrations.

 
 
References
 
Tempkin, B. (2017, January 7). “Today’s Rapid Pace of Change Demands Modernized Leadership” http://chiefexecutive.net/rapid-pace-change-demands-modernized-leadership/