Surviving Workplace Bullying During the Pandemic
The pandemic is still here since March 2020. It will be here for awhile after many people are vaccinated in the future as we still don’t know how effective it will be in the long run.
Meanwhile, many essential workers from first responders to healthcare/medical care and grocery workers are still busting their butts to provide quality care and or service to millions of people around the world. Their dedication and commitment to persevere during these difficult challenges are deeply appreciated and honored by those they serve.
Unfortunately, some have encountered stressful working conditions…
Women and Baseball Week
The third annual event of “Women in Baseball Week” is from July 18to 25th, 2020 across the US. A.J. Crash Richard created the idea this Spring to honor girls and women playing baseball around the world. She is also the founder of the Facebook Page: WOMENBELONGINBASEBALL. An informative site that recognizes not only women and girls playing baseball but also to women breaking the barriers in the front office and being an umpire in men’s baseball leagues.
Did you know that girls and women dared to cross the sidelines to play baseball either in their own…
6 Tips to Survive Workplace Bullying
I am a survivor of workplace bullying. It has been 11 years since my bully boss created a living hell for me during the summer of 2009. Unfortunately, I lacked information and training on how to handle this adult bully at work. I endured extreme mental anguish; depression; sadness; and confusion on who I was as a professional working in this job. I remember the huge weight of humiliation that hung over my shoulders. It was the most difficult and painful time for me to be working there.
Ten years later, I presented a…
Recent conversations and political protests by Gen Z’s and Millenials in particular, brings back memories attending the Castle Hill Pool Club in the Bronx, New York during the 1970’s. Racism and poverty existed quite openly in the early 1970’s as I witnessed and observed them as a young child. Here is my story of how people coped with these ugly truths by being members of a famous pool club in the Bronx, NY.
My paternal grandparents lived in the Castle Hill project not far from the Throgs Neck Bridge. I remember the diverse families, many single-mothers, who were poor, struggling…
Gen Z’s Will End Racism as We Know IT!
I remember teaching my class, “Social Problems and Social Change” this past semester in class (before going to remote learning online) about the topic of Racism in America. I told them my story of seeing white students in Boston, Massachusetts, calling students of color derogatory names on the show “60 Minutes” in the early 1970’s. I educated them on how several white communities not only in Massachusetts but also around the US protested loudly against integrating their school systems with children from low-income and disadvantaged communities. …
Coronavirus:Living in the Twilight Zone
The New Normal is here until the “powers to be” decide it is no longer a threat to the human race around the world. Every day I wake up and read the updates of COVID-19, I keep thinking this is a “live movie” from the Twilight Zone. For those who may not know or are not familiar with the Twilight Zone, this weekly TV series from the 1970’s told the stories of strange and compelling incidents affecting people in disturbing or scary ways. …
I was one of three girls to play little league baseball in 1975 in Queens, NYC. Girls were allowed to play baseball with boys after the law was signed by President Ford in December 1974. Also at the same, little league instituted softball as an option for girls to play while boys continue playing baseball. Fast forward to the present, as girls are still being encouraged to play softball and not given the option to play baseball with boys.
The myths that girls can get hurt playing baseball with boys is not true. Currently, around the world and in the…
We are not Dollar Signs in Healthcare
Unfortunately, today, consumers are considered dollar signs when accessing services for medical care and providers will do all they can to get away with in paying their staff at the consumer’s cost. How sad indeed.
Today, July 9, 2019, I went to go for a Physical Therapy evaluation for my left foot at an outpatient facility. Unfortunately, I was told that I was responsible for out-of-pocket costs besides the $ 50.00 co-pay owed due to this office not contracting with a major commercial insurance company for using their billing service. This office has…
Honoring Maria Pepe
This weekend in Hobroken, New Jersey, over 100 girls will be playing baseball and not softball in different age categories and teams for the Maria Pepe Baseball Series sponsored by Baseball for All.
To those who may not know, Maria Pepe is a hero for all girls who won the right to play little league baseball with girls in 1974.
To honor Maria Pepe for her courage to stand up for the rights for girls to play little league baseball in 1972, I wrote a short poem dedicated to her:
Honoring Maria Pepe
In 1972, Maria Pepe…
Students have the Power to Stop School Bullying
In light of recent school violence incidents springing up across the US, once again, the policies in place to help deter or curb it from occurring has failed to protect our children.
I just finished teaching a Sociology class titled, “Social Problems and Social Change,” at a community college. The students learned that social problems such as school bullying and violence can be solved or reduced through three modalities: