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‘Giving Bookshelf’ family sets up in yard to share supplies during COVID: ‘We’re going to be OK’

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'Giving Bookshelf' family sets up in yard to share supplies during COVID: 'We're going to be OK'

Fewer grocery stores and a widespread panic buying became an unacceptable trend as the COVID-19 spread across the United States.

One Arizona family has, however, come up with an innovative approach to combat egoism and support its poor neighbors.

On the 19th of March, in Phoenix, the Logan family set up a “sharing bookshelf” of supplies of paper goods, candy and nutritional items that they had not consumed from a previous food tour. Anyone in need was invited to take everything by themselves.

The family encouraged others motivated by their proposal to donate to or even build a bookshelf. But, other people did not expect it.

“I wanted it all to be swept out,” Courtney Logan told KNXV-TV.

But they saw everybody who took everything put back to their shock. Many customers simply provided materials than they collected, prompting them to install a table to the shelves.

“If I would have to put more room in the front yard, I didn’t expect too much commitment,” said Ray Logan.

His Facebook post featured pictures of those around him who set up their own libraries. He said he hoped people would do the same around the world.

While many people have followed the concept of the bookshelf, the people have often turned their “small free libraries” into “small free stores” by placing paper and non-perishable items in their book cabinets.

To order to make a significant impact, the Anderson family from Minnesota provided the Little Free Library to their elementary school.

Shelly Anderson said to CNN “It is an unpredictable moment. The Logan family opened up a pharmacy because they were angry at the illogical purchasing of basic goods by men. “I don’t believe I can afford anyone else.” Ray Logan felt like it was a safe way of battling the power of impulse buying to appeal to those around them.

“Greed spreads more quickly than the plague. Let’s be good enough to counter it, “he wrote on Sunday in a Facebook post.

“You will justify yourself by offering anyone the bought supplies worth years. We will be OK. “But the positive reaction of the group to the family was inspiring.

“It’s great to see people actually think right,” Courtney Logan told KNXV.

You think that the “sharing bookshelf” will help your community?

“We don’t need the supply of items over years,” said her friend. The Logan family wants the bookshelf to be kept running as long as it is required, but Ray Logan showed faith, that we can get through the pandemic as long as we work together. “The family is trying to keep the bookshelf running as long as it takes place.

“Everything will be fine,” he said. “It is right.” “We need one another to help.”

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Soucheray: In St. Paul schools, who is running the show?

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Soucheray: In St. Paul schools, who is running the show?

Jerome Treadwell, the director of the nonprofit MN Teen Activists, led his fellow Highland Park High School students on a walkout of school earlier this week to support a two-week shift to remote learning. The students have COVID concerns up to and including Treadwell’s fear of dying while trying to receive an education.

If a scorecard might be created, it would feature students favoring, however temporarily, remote learning, the St. Paul district’s superintendent, Joe Gothard, favoring in-school learning and a divided school board that voted 4-3 to support Gothard’s plan to at least keep buildings open on a school-by-school basis.

Not only did Treadwell lead a walkout — walkouts also occurred at other schools — but the students had a list of demands including the district doing more to educate the students about the importance of getting vaccinated and properly wearing a mask in school. That’s when Treadwell said, “we do not want to die trying to receive our education.” That’s certainly a dreadful proposition, if not wildly implausible. Not to mention that if you keep walking out or opt for remote learning, you aren’t getting much education to start with.

Other demands include more adult supervision, more consistent bus service and a metric for temporarily closing schools, due to staff shortages, and improving the quality of remote instruction. If 25 percent of teachers at a given school are expected to be absent for extended periods of time, that school could temporarily shift to online instruction.

Gothard, with the favorable vote from the board, wants to keep the schools open, which is the current plan, while also apparently juggling the various student demands. Gothard, to his credit, believes virtual learning to be substandard. He doesn’t want it. He wants kids in school. Good for him, but who is running this show, the super, the board, the students?

It gets even more confusing, which was bound to happen after years of the chain of command losing its grip on the troops, commonly referred to as the inmates running the asylum. The problem is we don’t even know who the inmates are. Could be the kids. Could be the teachers union.

In any event, or in all events, schools will be open, even if instruction goes online. A state law forbids kids from being forced into participating in online learning. The schools must be open and they must provide transportation and meals. Kids who show up might get lucky and actually find a teacher. Who knows?

It does seem disingenuous that students would demand more education about the importance of getting vaccinated and properly wearing face masks. To this struggling nation’s great dismay, that’s all we’ve talked about for two years. Two years now! How much more information do you need?

By all accounts, Treadwell, a senior, is a well-rounded student who has had success in academics, music and athletics. A young fellow with his gifts can certainly come up with something less inflammatory than the fear of dying while trying to receive an education. Not even Ferris Bueller would have come up with that one.

COVID has taken a terrible toll, but gratefully there have been no reports of a kid keeling over at his desk during a class.

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Working Strategies: Interview mistakes to avoid (modern version)

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Working Strategies: Gift-giving to job seekers, 2021-style

Welcome back! It’s still January, so we’ll continue our theme of job search and mistakes to avoid in your modern-day process. While résumés were the focus last week, today’s column turns the glassy eye of the Mistake-o-Meter to interviews in the COVID era. (Mistake-o-Meter? Bet you can guess who’s been binge-watching kitschy sci-fi movies from the ’50s … )

Amy Lindgren

Following are common missteps people make as they meld old practices with new when meeting with potential employers. As a guide, the first four mistakes relate to remote interviews, the second four to in-person interviews, and the final tips concern universal aspects of the interview.

ONLINE

1. Taking virtual meetings for granted. Even though you’ve had way too many Zoom meetings already, pretend you haven’t and treat your next tele-interview as if it’s your first. Check the camera, audio, background, lighting and everything else you can think of to ensure a good presentation.

2. Messing up the eye contact. Guilty. I’m so confused by this my eyes practically go googly during some of my meetings. But I’m committed to figuring it out and you should be too. Good eye contact is fundamental for communication and human bonding, both critical elements of successful interviews.

3. Not using the technology fully. Did you know you can share a document on most video platforms, if the host enables that feature? Consider making that request if you have graphs or other visuals that demonstrate your accomplishments or skills.

4. Not confirming the time zone. Oops. Enough said on that one.

IN PERSON

5. Being shy about safety. If your interview will be in-person, you may have concerns about COVID safety. No need to be overly explicit, but don’t be shy either. For example, if the chairs feel too close together, just ask to move them for better social distancing.

6. Not having a mask strategy. Masking is essential for in-person meetings, whether that request is made clear or not. It demonstrates respect for the other person, while also providing protection for you. But what kind of mask? Whether you choose an N95 or cloth or something in between, be sure it fits and doesn’t bop around while you’re speaking. If you wear glasses, practice with the mask in the mirror so you can see how they go together. Logos and brands? Probably not. Giant hoop earrings? Definitely not, unless you want to spend time disentangling them.

7. Trying to shake hands. Sticking your hand out and not finding a taker is just about as awkward as flailing around with your elbows or fists, looking for something to bump. The best alternative might be a polite nod, accompanied with a hearty, “So glad to meet you.”

8. Not maximizing the in-person opportunity. As long as you’re there, would a tour be possible? Maybe you have duplicate portfolio pieces you can leave behind. Heck, bringing a potted plant or flowers might not be over the top. Just kidding, but not by much. People seem starved for company these days, so it’s smart to maximize this in-person time.

UNVIERAL TIPS

9. Being unprepared for the conversation. This is a boo-boo at any time, but it’s worth remembering for modern-era interviews as well. When the meeting is scheduled, ask who else will be there, whether remote or in-person. Your pre-meeting preparation should include researching the positions held by your interviewers, the products or services of the organization, their position in the industry, and anything else that seems relevant.

10. Assuming too much leverage. Right, right, the Great Resignation. It’s true that employers are anxious to fill jobs, but they can still get stubborn about candidates who seem to want so much more than they’ll give. Stay focused initially on what you can do for them, and then you can turn the conversational tables in later meetings.

11. Over-emphasizing WFH. If working from home isn’t essential to you, then don’t focus there. Learn about the job and the people first, and explore this aspect more fully as you get closer to an offer.

12. Not sending a thank-you note. Can’t believe we’re still teaching this, but … do thank the interviewer! Send by email for remote meetings, and by U.S. Post for in-person conversations.

As a final tip, be kind. Burned out, busy, under-staffed, overwhelmed — at least one of these likely describes your interviewer. Expect responses to be slower than normal, and show compassion about dropped balls. Better yet, maintain contact proactively but continue to explore conversations elsewhere as well. Then you’ll have all the bases covered.

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Wild’s Matt Dumba continues to combat racism with new initiative

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In the span of a week and a half, Matt Dumba has seen firsthand both the progress the NHL has made and the work still left to be done.

As a member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, an organization founded last year with the goal of eradicating racism from the sport, Dumba proudly sported customized tape on his stick before the Jan. 8 game against the Washington Capitals. His teammates followed suit during warmups.

It was a part of the #TapeOutHate campaign put on by the Hockey Diversity Alliance in conjunction with Budweiser Canada. The hope is to inspire change at a grassroots level with words like “RACISM HAS NO PLACE IN HOCKEY” plastered on the tape itself.

“We are so grateful and humbled that we are getting this type of response,” Dumba said. “It’s super cool to see. To have white players’ support is huge because of demographics and how the game is.”

But Dumba witnessed the other side of the spectrum on Jan. 17 after a game against the Colorado Avalanche. In that game, his teammate Jordan Greenway inadvertently ran goaltender Darcy Kuemper, a sequence that angered opposing fans.

On the bus after the game, Dumba sat alongside Greenway as various racial slurs flooded his direct messages on social media.

“We are sitting on the bus, like, ‘Look at how stupid this is. This is ridiculous,’ ” Dumba said. “That’s how real it is every day.”

This extends beyond sports. It’s the reality people of color push through on a daily basis.

As much as there has been tangible change in the past year and a half, with more people starting to take action, the truth is, racism has and always will exist in some form.

As a kid, Dumba couldn’t do anything to stop it. Now he has a platform to make a difference.

“This is us standing up for our 12-year-old selves, our future kids, the next generation,” Dumba said. “There’s no reason why a kid needs to feel that the color of his skin determines whether or not he is suitable or can play the game of hockey. And that’s what it’s been for too long.”

THE MEETING

This summer Dumba gathered with other members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance in Toronto.

The meeting was set up by Budweiser Canada in an effort to spark dialogue that could be used in a commercial for the #TapeOutHate campaign.

The open and honest conversation that followed was more than anyone expected.

“They gave us a couple of points to talk about, and we just started chopping it up,” Dumba said. “I think it was (supposed to be) like 30 to 45 minutes to shoot it and we carried on talking for an hour and a half.”

The commercial features Dumba sitting in a circle with retired hockey player Akim Aliu, Anthony Duclair of the Florida Panthers, Nazem Kadri of the Avalanche, and Wayne Simmonds of the Toronto Maple Leafs, each person talking about their experience within the sport that so often pushed them away when they were young.

There were powerful moments throughout the commercial, including the display of various racial slurs that members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance have encountered throughout their careers. There were also some poignant exchanges between the players that really hit home.

“Why would you want your kid to ever experience something like that?” Dumba asked the group during the commercial. “Would you put them in hockey?”

“If I knew she was going to have to face the same thing I faced, probably not,” Simmonds replied. “At the same time, I want her to be able to do what she loves.”

It was the first time Dumba could remember talking to other players in such a public forum. He has had many such conversations behind the scenes. Never in front of a camera.

“For us to have a conversation like that, so open and vulnerable, I don’t know if any of us had really dove in like that,” Dumba said. “You can talk forever about it because it’s been going on for so long. You can add some more bodies to that conversation. You can add guys who have played further in the past. You can add maybe some younger kids going through it. That’s our goal: To get people talking about it.”

THE INITIATIVE

As far as Dumba is concerned, he has gotten to a point in his life where he can deal with the nasty things keyboard warriors put out into the universe.

He’s not thinking about himself when he’s opening up about the racism he’s experienced. He’s thinking about the 10-year-old who recently downloaded social media for the first time and has to deal with name-calling from peers.

“You’re getting harassed online and getting harassed at the rink,” Dumba said. “It doesn’t feel like a safe place. Why would kids want to show up to the rink? There’s a sense of loneliness.”

That’s why the #TapeOutHate campaign is so impactful. It’s important for kids to see to see words like “RACISM HAS NO PLACE IN HOCKEY” being proudly displayed by players at the highest level.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba tapes his stick in the locker room of Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul before a Jan. 8, 2022 NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals. The tape is a part of the #TapeOutHate campaign put on by the Hockey Diversity Alliance. (Courtesy of the Minnesota Wild)

“That’s a great part of it,” Dumba said. “Whenever anyone sees the tape, it’s spreading that awareness and creating another potential conversation. I think the hockey world is doing such a great job, and we are thankful that they have picked it and supported it the way they have.”

As for the tape itself, it’s been so popular that Dumba joked that members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance can’t even get their hands on it right now.

“It’s jumping off the shelves,” he said. “We had some rolls shipped to us and the boys all used it for warmups. I was so proud. Just knowing that my teammates are supporting me and taking the time to ask and understand what it is.

“I explained it to the boys and showed them the videos. That was the talk of the locker room and guys were awesome wanting to back it and support it and put it out there. I’m really grateful for the kind of teammates that I have.”

THE FUTURE

From the moment Dumba took a knee for the national anthem before a game on Aug. 1 2020, doing so after giving an emotional speech about fighting racism within the sport, he became the face of a movement.

Though he has had lot of support along the way, especially from other members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, Dumba has been among the most vocal players about the need for change throughout the NHL.

That experience has been empowering for Dumba. Especially after feeling like an outcast as a kid, always trying to blend in, never trying to stick out. That way of thinking followed him to the NHL early in his career.

In the past couple of years, though, Dumba has grown more comfortable in his own skin. Even if it looks different than some of his peers.

In a perfect world, Dumba hopes the #TapeOutHate campaign, as well as some of the other initiatives the Hockey Diversity Alliance is taking on at the grassroots level, encourages kids to be more accepting from a young age.

“I don’t think anyone is (born) racist or angry or hateful,” Dumba said. “You learn it somewhere. There’s a sense of ignorance that comes with being a kid and finding a way. I think helping out with education programs and stuff like that, and teaching kids right from wrong, is a huge step in it all.”

It’s a step in the right direction. Now the marathon continues.

“Our mission statement with the (Hockey Diversity Alliance), to eradicate racism in the game, that’s no small task,” Dumba said. “Yes, it was taken on by us seven, eight, nine of us at the start. Now it’s grown. We have so many different parts of it and it’s still so fresh.

“We have to find pieces of the puzzle and what makes this whole organization come together and run seamlessly. It isn’t the easiest. But we are figuring it out and getting more people involved, which is awesome.”

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