Category: work

Wonder Woman

Reblog: Not a good week!  – Deb’s World

I can’t let today, 10 May 2017, go by without mentioning that one year ago today we were told our jobs as educators in the State’s Correctional Centres were to be axed by the end of 2016. It started a dreadful time of worry, concern, upset, ill health and general malaise.  We were all summonsed to Sydney,  to a meeting to…

A new me or an upgraded version?

Isn’t it interesting how you can read a post and all the accompanying comments and get a real feel for people and their situation?  I love blogging for that very reason. Since retiring I have made contact with many other middle aged bloggers who are in much the same boat as I am.  It’s been enlightening and so encouraging to…

2016 – the year that was!

Tumba-bloody-Rumba was the winner as the most viewed post on my blog in 2016.  Did you see it? In looking back at my blog stats for 2016 I have been very surprised about what featured in my top 10 based on views.  Posts on local government issues, travels, photo challenges and ongoing issues with my forced redundancy collected the top votes based on the stats.…

On being made redundant…..

My thoughts on being made redundant Meaning: not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous. Synonyms:  Unnecessary, not required, inessential, unessential, needless, unneeded, uncalled for, dispensable, disposable, expendable. unwanted, useless  Sitting and talking with my sister at her hospital bed last weekend was therapeutic for both of us.  For one thing I got to sit still and to worry about…

What’s your value? I know mine!

If they don’t respect, appreciate and value you, then they don’t deserve you. I thought I’d share with you the cover of our 13th edition of our Authors & Artists of Mannus, which has arrived hot off the printing presses. Every year since 2004 our literacy teacher Debbie Gadd,  with my support as Senior Correctional Education Officer,  has compiled an…

Jailhouse Blues by Murray Cook

This article was written by Murray Cook, a fellow teacher at Long Bay Correctional Centre in Sydney and was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 27/8/16.  He sums it up very well and adds a human element to our case. Jailhouse Blues: Premier’s decision will rock may lives Pottering around the Blue Mountains Wintermagic festival recently, I heard…

Education beats crime

Education beats crime every day

I know I’ve mentioned it before on my blog (Not a good week, Wednesday 11/5/16, and this BuzzFeed interview) but I thought I’d share my latest foray into speaking out about this very important issue.  I was interviewed by a local TV station during the week and I don’t know about you but I really don’t like watching or hearing myself. Despite my insecurities I’m quite…

room trashed

iPhriday – Trashing a room

It’s Phriday – time for a laugh While in Sydney for meetings, my work colleague (and friend) decided to play a practical joke on me. This involved her ‘trashing’ my hotel room. As her room wasn’t ready I generously let her use mine until she could get into her room. She thanked me for my generosity and promptly proceeded to…

Faces

Weekly photo challenge: Happy/sad faces

Happy or sad faces? Here are two smiley faces but are they really happy faces? Sometimes smiles can be deceiving and if you knew the background to this photo you would wonder how they could smile at all, given the news they had received that day. The champagne is also a bit of a throw off – are they toasting…

city lights

iPhriday – city lights

It’s Phriday! It’s not been the best week but this view from my hotel room in the centre of Sydney was one of the good things to happen! The night view was beautiful and the sunrise was pretty good too. iPhriday is where we get to share photos taken with a mobile phone. You can see my previous iPhriday posts by clicking this link –…