• What is AA? (12/21/2022) - Alcohols Anonymous is a fellowship (meeting of people) who come together to solve their drinking problem. The meetings are FREE and are in every state. There is NO age requirement. You are NOT asked for your personal information.   You don’t’ have to join or do anything, you can walk into any meeting. You can walk into the meeting and sit down. You can participate or choose only to listen.   There are different meeting places, meetings are held at all different times. You can go to multiple meetings a day, week, etc. AA usually has some meetings in other… Continue Reading
  • Thanksgiving (11/17/2022) - We are 1 week away from Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday that celebrates and remembers the Pilgrims and the Native Americans.   First, a little history lesson… The Pilgrims were a group of about 100 people that left England because of religious persecution. The Pilgrims sailed to the New World (United States of America) in their boat called the Mayflower. They planned to go to Virginia, but they went off course and landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. The Pilgrims were starving and did not know how to grow food in the new land. A group of Native American… Continue Reading
  • Veterans Day (11/10/2022) - Veterans Day is a day to remember all of our servicemen and women. Veteran’s Day is celebrated on November 11th. It is a federal holiday; therefore, all banks and federal offices are closed. However, some schools remain open to teach students about history, and veterans. Schools sometimes invite veterans to honor them. There are parades on Veteran’s Day. Also, many restaurants thank veterans with free things on Veteran’s Day as long as they show their military ID. Continue Reading
  • Election Day (11/6/2022) - When is Election Day? Election Day Election Day is the day that U.S. citizens vote their elected officials into office. Election Day is always the first Tuesday in November. Schools are often closed on Election Day. Many schools are closed on election day because schools are used as polling places (places people vote). Who can vote? Almost all U.S. citizens that are above the age of 18 can vote. Citizens must be a registered voter to vote on election day. It costs nothing to vote. Where do people go to vote? Where you go to vote depends on where you… Continue Reading
  • Terminated/Let go/Got fired vs. Laid Off (10/25/2022) - There are many different terms to use when saying that a person was terminated/fired (dismissed from their job). When discussing a person being terminated/fired due to employee performance:   Formal: In a “work/office” environment. A company will use the phrase “terminated”. This is an H.R. (Human Resources) term that is used within the company.   In the “workplace” environment, in order to remain professional people may say, a person “was let go” or he/she “no longer works” there.   Informal: You will commonly hear people say someone “got fired”. This is a neutral phrase. It isn’t the most professional thing… Continue Reading
  • FAQs (9/3/2022) - If you see FAQs on a paper or website? It means Frequently Asked Questions The company or organization usually will show questions that they are frequently asked and the answers to them. This is supposed to save you and them time. Companies put this on their website, papers, and/or brochures in hopes of saving your time and theirs. They are hoping to answer some of yours, so you won’t need to contact them. Continue Reading
  • What does Kelley Blue Book value mean? (6/21/2022) - Kelley Blue Book is a website that has been around for a very long time. People and dealers (car dealerships) use it to estimate the value of a car. It is a free website. If a person wants to sell their car, they will go on and answer questions to determine a cars value. This way, they know how much to sell their car for. If you are buying a car you can go to and look up the value of a specific make, model, etc. of a car. This way, you will know what a fair price… Continue Reading
  • What is AAA? Why Millions of American Have a Membership. (6/11/2022) - AAA is called “Triple A”. It is an automotive club. They offer 24-hour roadside assistance. If you have a flat tire, your car battery is dead, need your car towed, locked your keys in the car, ran out of gas, they usually arrive within 1 hour to help you. If you are at home, work, at a family or friends house, on vacation, etc. they will come to you. If your car battery is dead, they have “battery trucks” that will come an install a battery wherever you are.   Having a AAA membership offers drivers peace of mind. The… Continue Reading
  • Memorial Day (5/27/2022) - Memorial Day is to remember all of the fallen soldiers (people who died while serving our country). Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May. Many cemeteries will put a flag on each fallen soldier’s grave. Many towns and cities have parades. Memorial Day is a federal holiday; all banks, federal offices, and public schools are closed. Also, Memorial Day weekend is the considered the office start of the summer season. This is the weekend when beaches and parks start charging for admission, if they do. Many Americans have a barbeque (BBQ) / “cookout” or a picnic and spend… Continue Reading
  • Minimum Wage (5/23/2022) - In the U.S. We have a minimum wage (minimum hourly pay). It is the wage/pay, an employer must pay their employee per an hour. In Connecticut, the current minimum wage is $14 an hour. In Massachusetts, it is $14.25. If you go to the movies at night, the ticket is $12.50. Right now, a gallon of gas is over $4.00. It is very hard to survive on minimum wage in America. Continue Reading