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National Humor Month

By: Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator National Humor Month is might as a means to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy – the benchmarks of humor – lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life. It’s no surprise that the month begins with April Fool’s Day, a day which has sanctioned frivolity and amusement … Continue reading National Humor Month

20,000 Union Members, Retirees at Risk of Losing Pension Benefits

via The Washington Free Beacon by Bill McMorris, The Washington Free Beacon April 22, 2017 Five union pension plans are heading toward bankruptcy in the next 20 years if the federal government does not approve benefit cuts to retirees. In March, four unions filed applications with the U.S. Treasury Department requesting relief under a program established by the Obama administration that allows multi-employer pension plans to … Continue reading 20,000 Union Members, Retirees at Risk of Losing Pension Benefits

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May I Lend a Hand? National Volunteer Week

by Ron Tatro, Vice President April 23-29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week. It is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. In 1943, Canada became the first nation to recognize the efforts and contributions made by women on the home front to the war effort. National Volunteer Week was established in the United States by a Presidential … Continue reading May I Lend a Hand? National Volunteer Week

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Stress Awareness Month

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist April is Stress Awareness Month, although some of you might say you’re aware of stress every month. Let’s take some time to focus on what we can do about it. In a culture of instant gratification and feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day, something as simple as waiting for coffee to brew can make our blood … Continue reading Stress Awareness Month

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What is this Tom Foolery? 

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney April Fools Day is upon us and there are wicked family members, friends, and co-workers plotting pranks. The tradition is for folks to pull harmless jokes on everyone around them. Where does all this Tom Foolery come from anyway? According to Snopes, the custom of pranking “remains shrouded in mystery”.  Some claim that when the calendar changed in 1500 to the … Continue reading What is this Tom Foolery?