May 5, 2014 9:00 AM
Spring is in the air, which means summer is fast on its heels. And for many teenagers, summer means their first foray into the world of work.
In the short term, they are probably most excited about having their own income, independent of allowance or money earned for chores or as birthday gifts. In the long term, though, the benefits are less tangible, and longer lasting.
My co-workers at Susquehanna were happy to share the lessons they learned from early employment, whether it was taking surveys on the phone or waitressing. Many of those lessons involved the importance of giving good customer service, no matter what. Continue reading
April 24, 2014 10:53 AM
“Go green!” “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!” “Save the plant!”
Environmentally-friendly catch phrases like these are common today, but this wasn’t always the case. According to www.earthday.org, 40 years ago, ’Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. ‘Environment’ was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.’
Then in 1962, author and environmentalist Rachel Carson wrote ‘Silent Spring,’ a New York Times best seller in which she told the world how the use of certain pesticides was poisoning the planet. The general public began to sit up and take notice of the toll our lifestyle was taking on Planet Earth. Less than a decade later, on April 22, 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin raised the curtain on the very first Earth Day, and the modern movement to preserve and protect the environment was born. Continue reading
April 21, 2014 10:38 AM
For Breast Cancer awareness month in October, I wrote about the importance of getting an annual mammogram.
Six months later, I followed up with Christine’s Journey – the story of a colleague who scheduled a mammogram after reading my blog post and was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. She is now on the road to recovery. Christine’s story encouraged lunchtime banter with my co-workers about mammograms, conversations that led to a few women admitting they were due or overdue for the annual exam recommended for all women over age 40.
“I never miss scheduling my kids’ check-ups, their immunizations, or their annual flu shots. Yet, when it comes to my own health, I’m not so disciplined,” Alison said. “I could blame it on the hustle and bustle of having two young children, a demanding job, or just plain fear of anything that could cause my body discomfort. Whatever the reason, I found myself at 42 without ever having a mammogram.” Continue reading
April 7, 2014 9:46 AM
In October, I wrote about the importance of getting an annual mammogram and performing breast self-exams.
About a month after my blog entry ran, I received an email from a colleague I had never met.
Her email stated, “Toward the end of October, I hit my 90 days of employment, meaning I needed to get the health care requirements taken care of ,” (to be eligible for a discount on our company-sponsored health insurance.) ”I hadn’t planned on adding another exam, but your article motivated me to go ahead and get it (a mammogram) done.”
“For that I owe you a huge debt of gratitude. Left to my own devices, I would have put it off another year. You see, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At my appointment, I was told that only 1 in 50 are caught in the earliest of early stages. Between the benefits policy and your article, I truly believe that this very likely saved my life.” Continue reading
March 24, 2014 9:32 AM
Recently I had the chance to celebrate with some close friends as they overcame a string of challenges in their lives. This got me thinking about how I cope with stressful and difficult times in my life. There’s comfort food, of course, but sometimes the rough patch is more than a big bowl of ice cream can combat. So what to do? Turn to your friends! Continue reading
March 17, 2014 11:40 AM
Every month the Susquehanna blog team gets together to brainstorm what topics we will cover in the following month’s blog, and you know you have a good one when each person in the room has fun story to share. Today is Middle Name Pride Day. Read along and share the story of your middle name.
My name is Danielle Rae. I never liked my middle name growing up. I wouldn’t tell people what it was because I felt it was a ‘boy’s name.’ Now, I appreciate the uniqueness of it, which is exactly what attracted my mom to the name. She named me after Alexa Ray Joel – Billy Joel’s daughter. As it turns out, Alexa Ray was named after Ray Charles, so I guess that means that I am indirectly named after Ray Charles? No…too far. Continue reading
March 13, 2014 9:52 AM
Industries like ice fishing do well during harsh winters.
If you live within Susquehanna’s footprint, you have had a rough winter.
Sub-zero temperatures, ice storms, snow that just won’t quit – we have seen it all. It’s likely that the cost of heating your home has you shaking your head and wondering where to cut your personal budget so you can keep warm.
You are experiencing how weather impacts your personal economy. Continue reading
February 20, 2014 8:17 AM
Groundhog got you down?
This month that rascally rodent promised six more weeks of winter and, unfortunately, he was absolutely right. So what can we do to chase away the winter blahs and remind ourselves that spring is just around the corner?
How about a healthy dose of “Hoodie-Hoo?” Believe it or not, today is Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day, a holiday created and copyrighted by Wellcat Holidays. How do you celebrate? At high noon on February 20, go outside, throw your hands in the air and yell, “Hoodie-Hoo!” That’s all there is to chasing winter away and welcoming spring, which arrives in exactly one month. Continue reading
February 17, 2014 10:00 AM
What do Presidents’ Day and the bank have in common? No, it’s not taking the day off.
It’s money. Presidents are featured on nearly all of the coins and currency we use today.
So, in honor of this Presidents’ Day, let’s have some fun seeing how much we know about money. Continue reading
February 13, 2014 9:54 AM
In cold February, what could be better than snuggling up by the fire with a warm cup of java or cocoa and popping in a favorite, classic romantic movie to make you laugh, warm the heart or move the soul? OK, I realize this may not be an idea for everyone, but in the spirit of Valentine’s Day we’re celebrating with recommendations for a top-notch romantic movie marathon.
My must-sees are first, including ratings from RottenTomatoes.com, so you don’t just have to take my word for it! Romance-loving Susquehanna employees also offered their takes on the love movies they love. I’ve added a few at the end for good measure, in case you are going for a mega-marathon! Happy viewing, and may you find a movie worth falling for! Continue reading