Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Layoff Chronicles: How to Survive One; A Poem

Busy working, working hard
No time to dream upon the shooting stars
The only time had is to honor the punched card
Even though it’s been years in that position you’ve been parked

Side of the life cleaning of the dust and the cobwebs
Ticketed for not knowing your right from your left
Now you feel as if you are the victim of a theft
Because you only looked your history and not at the life that’s left

So technology came in and stepped up its game
It’s your turn to bat to try to swing and make it safe
The only thing stopping you is that you’re starting to decay
You never thought about the new world on the way.

So now you are forced to come into the new
Your belief system determines the outcome, but if you fail you are screwed
Now you walk around town crying and feeling blue
Because you feel your length of service guarantees it to you

Though seniority should gear respect in the oncoming transition
The company now puts you in a rush to win the election
Because in order to keep what you have in your present situation
You have to be able to handle a new position

So they call you in and say a layoff is in your future
The cuts and bruises and hurt cannot be sutured
In the dictionary there is no word other than layoff that is uglier
Because not only does it destroy lives, it makes you feel less worth

You worked hard and dedicated all of your time
You were there every day and doing the work right
 You were there for the long run and enjoying the long ride
Until one day out of nowhere, restructuring comes to swipe

It is happening everywhere these days and all
Where companies merge with another or when companies fall
And departments at a time get the layoff call
And you find yourself crying to yourself in the privacy of a bathroom stall

It hit close to home and even happened to me
A shop steward, hardworking employee and the department’s baby
I was given the option to stay or leave
But my life would change regardless of my plea

What was worst was I had to share it with my work crew
They were much older folks and much wiser too
A test would determine their smooth transition into the new
Excel was the cause of some people’s insanity letting loose.

But now we are in the new world and doing okay
Some left with a package while some decided to stay
No longer union or the shop steward but now in a new day
Maybe it was intended for things to happen this way

We can cry about changes that are the only constants in life
I know; it came and totally turned around the smooth running of mine
But it is not the end of the world, just a start of different times
But always remember that God is on your side

My suggestion to you:  learn and keep up to date
Stay positive and don’t let doubt step in the way
Because it is hard to be laid off and not have a steady income rate
And it can be hard to keep positive if laid off when you have a family to raise

Remember to do your research to find out about unemployment benefits
Update your resumes and look for work that you might feel comfortable with
But most of all, keep yourself busy so that during your hardship, you don’t lose it
With God on your side, You have all that it takes to get through this.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Student $avings With Microsoft Office Home and Student 2011

           I can’t believe the polite attitudes I was greeted by when I called the Microsoft Office customer service line.  Who would have thought that someone would just sit with me and take the time to deal with my issue for hours without getting tired of working with me on a one on one basis?
It all happened when I went to Staples the other day.   I’ve been so tempted to get a newer version of Microsoft word so that when it comes down to completing papers and assignments for school, I would not come across issues like my free trial has expired or I cannot open this version that was saved on my junk drive in the version that I had stored on my desktop. I also appreciated the fact that with Office 2010, you can save your files as a PDF.  That is such a cool feature and I love it. It comes in handy when teachers post assignments on Blackboard and students are forced to submit completed assignments via Internet; especially since everybody uses a different format of program or even computer type. PDF is standard.  Plus the updated ribbon is also a great feature. And so, I purchased the latest version of Microsoft 2010 Office Home and Student which includes Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
I got excited when I noticed a wall of coupons on the side of the service desk that was for a free download of Access, Outlook and Publisher with any student purchase of Office.  For one, I recently started learning how to use Access and I love it. I think it is such a cool program and I plan to master it someday.  Publisher is a very good program and I also like Outlook since it is a program I am already familiar with, I thought it would be pretty cool to have to use anytime I wanted to. 
I came home and after I uploaded my Office products, I went to the website to get my free downloads, but for some reason, it would not work.  Have you ever tried, tried, and tried again only to fall on your face without any positive solutions. I had followed all the instructions. I even received an email confirming my actions. But for some reason, to download my free products, I couldn’t. I was determined to be able to use Access to create my own databases. I’ve seen it done and got so impressed that I took a training course on it, but with experience comes strength; and that is exactly what I need. So I called.
How cool was it to get a rep, who sat and worked with me until the issue was resolved without getting an attitude or even putting me on hold. She just listened to my concerns, tried to figure things out and fixed it. I finally got it to download after about four or five hours on the phone with her. It was incredible to me that she dedicated her time to me and I truly appreciate good service like that. But not only that, I truly appreciate the free downloads that Microsoft has provided for me for not only buying the product but for being an active student.  
Are you a student interested in purchasing Microsoft Office and Student 2011? If so, you are in for a treat. If you purchase Microsoft Home and Student 2010 from now to September 25, 2011, you qualify for a free upgrade which includes Microsoft Access, Office and Publisher. It works by first downloading the original purchase and then accessing the website when you can get your three free products. It’s a pretty cool deal because the Microsoft Office Professional which includes these products runs for over $250 sometimes. To actually get anything free is pretty cool for us students. Visit to order your Microsoft Product today. Good luck in your classes. I know I am eager to finish someday soon and am hoping I excel. I hope you do to.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

JNotes - Writer's Log: Organic Band

JNotes - Writer's Log: Organic Band

Organic Band

Something goes on in my head when I think about the band Organic. You might be wondering, Who’s that? Just to let you know, they are a band of musicians and singers from NYC with heart and style. They come from different walks of life but come together on the thing they love the most and do it well as a family.

Who Is Organic?

In this crazy mixed up world, while things can break you down and bring water to your eyes, a group of talented individuals like those in the Organic band are just the thing that can make the difference in relaxing your mind. That is the one thing that had me going in circles when I first became a member of Organic. Organic is that band that has that natural strong flow of life in it; created to bloom in the hearts of others.

Organic Band members include Michael Collins who is the band’s keyboardist and musical director.

Also in the band are Phillip Smith on guitar, Ozzie Jones Jr on bass, Martin King on drums, Arielle Adamy on vocals and Stephanie Jeannot on vocals. We work together on cover songs from the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, today’s music, Motown and top 40 music. But we don’t just play the songs, we play them with a touch of incredible love that overflows in the sound that guests come back once more and again to capture.

Have you caught any of the organic shows yet? You should because Organic is an incredible band. You will hear some of your favorite songs being covered well and also receive a great stage performance. There is no sitting around just staring at the band while they are on the stage. No, the crowd is usually up, singing along, dancing and having a great time. When the storms of life are threatening, taking in one of Organic Band’s shows just seems like the perfect thing to get you back on track.

Videos From Past Performances

Here are just some of the videos from their previous shows.

Do I Do Cover

Martin King Drum Solo

Organic Band Instrumentalists Jam

What’ Love Got To Do Cover

At Last

Live Organic Reggae Jam Session


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