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- Jessica Ferri | Work + Money | Mon, Feb 4, 2013 11:57 AM EST | CommentsMonday marks the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon who ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott when she refused to give up her seat and move to the "blacks-only" section on December 1, 1955. Though Parks' actions that day undoubtedly took an enormous amount of courage, she is often described as "quiet" and even "polite." A new book, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Parks, focuses on Parks' more aggressive (and lesser known) activism. Here are a few things you might not know about Rosa Parks, before the bus:
Rosa Parks riding at the front after segregation on the bus was declared illegal.
Rosa Parks was raised by her grandparents, who believed in self-defense.
When a white man taunted a young Parks, she threatened him with a brick. When her grandmother reprimanded her, she responded, "I would rather be lynched than run over by them." Her grandfather would sit on the porch of their house armed with a rifle in case the Klan showed up. Rosa would often sit with him because "I wanted to see him kill a Klu Kluxer."
She worked for the civil rights cause for t...Read More »
- I had set a lot of goals for the New Year and didn't make nearly half of them. That's the truth of it straight up. January found me tired, worn and haggard with not much energy or desire to meet my personal and professional goals for growth.
Some would say that this is an affliction many fall under right after the holidays or during the long, dark, cold winter. Sure, there's some truth to that. Some other truths were that I desperately needed to take back some 'me time'. I needed to re-focus on what I really love about writing, outside of service posts and contractual deadlines. I needed to re-focus on my health and fitness in a way I haven't done since before my children were born.
I felt a longing to get get back to story-telling and felt bereft of the ability to do so. My mojo was gone. I could only see in lists and fodder and what was trending on the internets. Which are all necessary parts of my job - but can't ever be the whole of it.
The biggest part of me as a writer has ...Read More »
- The Daily Muse | Work + Money | Fri, Feb 1, 2013 10:54 AM EST | Commentstry to avoid at work. But, try as we might, it happens, and when it does, it's pretty awkward-not only for the crier, but for everyone nearby. As a manager, I was faced with the uncomfortable responsibility of calming a crying employee on several occasions, and while never would be too soon for me to want to do it again, I did pick up some valuable insight on handling an upset employee or colleague.
The Golden RuleNow, as uncomfortable as you might be, the first and most important consideration when you're staring into the welling eyes of a colleague is empathy. I know, sounds obvious. But the first time one of my employees started to cry in front of me-and the entire team-my first reaction was nearly laughter. I was so surprised, not to mention completely unprepared to handle the situation, that all I could think to do was burst out laughing. Of course, this would've been the absolute worst thin...Read More »
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Work + Money | Thu, Jan 31, 2013 3:54 PM EST | CommentsAh, the video bomb, a classic rite of passage for live television reporters. Most anchors regard it as a pesky occupational hazard of working in unedited television but on Wednesday one reporter took it very seriously when a video bomber interrupted her Superbowl segment.
Traffic anchor Jessica Sanchez of WKMG in Orlando unleashed her inner mean girl while reporting live from New Orleans on Sunday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
When a tipsy woman stumbled into the camera frame and began cheering for the 49-ers, instead of ignoring her or laughing along like a seasoned reporter might do, Sanchez seized the opportunity to insult and humiliate the woman saying, "We were just talking about the STD rate that's going on here. So how long have you had an STD?"
The woman quickly reacts answering, "I don't have an STD."
"Oooh, then why did you want to talk?" asked Jessica in a mock surprised tone.
"I don't have an STD; that is so disrespectful," said the woman...Read More »
- Savvysugar | Work + Money | Thu, Jan 31, 2013 5:24 PM EST | CommentsSource: 6 Ways to Find Out What Your Peers Are Making
More and more companies are revealing how much each employee is getting paid, according to the Wall Street Journal. Advocates say this helps employees "better understand their individual contribution to the whole group." This wage transparency is most often practiced by start-ups, but if you're keen to know how much your peers are making even though your company doesn't reveal the numbers, here are a couple of alternatives:
- Glassdoor: If your company is big enough, you may be able to find out the pay of employees through anonymous salary quotes at Glassdoor.com. What's great about this tool is it gives you specific information on what someone in your position is doing at your company, so the numbers aren't too generalized.
- College career center: Even if many years have passed since your graduation, you can approach your college career center and ask the counselors if they have any statistics of what your fellow
- The Daily Muse | Work + Money | 7 hours ago | Comments
While we always look forward to a three-day weekend, this one might go down in history as the best yet: Sunday, May 26 marks the return of one of the best shows of all time, "Arrested Development."
If you’re getting excited, too, let’s spend this workday reviewing some of the important career lessons we’ve learned from Michael, Gob, Tobias, and company.
Besides the obvious one, of course: Never, ever go into a family business with relatives like these.
1. Don't be afraid to admit when you're wrong.
2. When making a big decision, don't be swayed by the critics.
3. When you delegate an important task, double check to make sure it's been done.
4. Don't cut corners -- you'll be found out eventually.
5. Choose your words carefully -- you don't want them to be misconstrued.
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- Woman S Day | Work + Money | 13 hours ago | CommentsBy Marisa Cohen
Discover the best (and least awkward) ways to ask for loaners
You hate to ask...but you also hate to spend money on things you'll only use once-like that wedding-bell-shaped pan to bake a cake for your sister's shower. It's a big pain in the wallet to pay for certain items, especially if your neighbor already has the pan sitting in her basement. Still, no one wants to look cheap or put a friend in an awkward position if she has to say no.Photo by David Bowman; Hair and makeup by Rene Rattler for Moore Creative Talent
But neighborly swaps are a great way to save money and create less waste, says Alex Michael, who blogs with his wife about saving money at TheThriftyCouple.com. "If you do it the right way, borrowing also creates an opportunity to become even closer with your community," he says. To figure out the most graceful ways to ask for a loaner, we sent Molly Leifeld out in the field for a week. Here's what she learned-and how much she saved.
The tester's take: "I feel most comfortable borrowing from someone who will ask...Read More »
- Babble.com | Work + Money | 15 hours ago | Comments
A history teacher of mine once explained that we like to think of history in Oz terms: easy, clear, and logical. In fact, history is more often the Kansas version of events: complicated, muddled, and based on emotion. Like in The Wizard of Oz, the land over the rainbow looks pretty and appeals to us more; there are good guys and bad guys and rousing moments of sentiment and song. But we live in Kansas, the real world, and life here is messy. I taught history to middle schoolers in East Harlem for three years, and I tried my best to present them with the Kansas view of history. This often meant going above and beyond the textbook, which told Oz-like stories, myths which many of my students had learned as pure fact. And there are plenty that you think are true too!! Click through for 7 American history myths and misconceptions - debunked! -By Brian Gresco
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- Babble.com | Work + Money | 15 hours ago | Comments
There's nothing like listening to the National Anthem to get your patriotism flowing for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. If you're like me, you'd probably much rather hear it sung than sing it yourself. (Have you ever tried singing our nation's tune? Those high notes can be hard to hit!) Whether for the Super Bowl or the president's inauguration, and live or lip-synced, the Star-Spangled Banner is always an epic song to be heard - especially when they roll out that giant flag and strike up the band. Often, goose bumps are unavoidable! Click through for 10 of the best National Anthem performances - ever. Click through for the 7 best Star Spangled Banner performances ever! -By Kacy Faulconer
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- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | 16 hours ago | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
The more things go wrong, the more chance you have of them going right. Just when everything seems to be heading in the wrong direction, things begin to turn around. Today's the day, Aries -- you can feel it.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You're feeling jealous today, of someone more attractive than you, more popular than you, or richer than you. Such is life, Taurus. There's nothing wrong with admitting your baser emotions, especially if you can use them to better your situation. Your ambition is sparked.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You're not feeling particularly insightful or intuitive today, but that just means you'll have to rel
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