From the editor
People of Color and others in the diaspora must take an active role in the education and health of family and community. Storytelling is a way of helping us to understand one another and the effects that environment can have on our development. We explore these issues and more in the GEDER WRITES newsletter. Enjoy and please comment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace & Blessings!
George Geder, Founder & Editorial Director.
1. Write a thank you note or letter.
My grandmother always said, “Give people their flowers now; they can’t enjoy them when they are gone.” It is important to let teachers know the impact they have made. Teachers are walking away from the profession daily. Your letter could be the motivation for them to stay. I keep a folder of letters I have received over the years near my desk. It is always nice to read them to get me through a tough day.
2. Make a homemade gift.
It’s not about how much a gift cost that matters. What’s most important is you taking the time to make something just for your teacher.
3. Support their classrooms.
Teachers buy many items out of their own pocket to support students’ learning. If you can donate your time or resources to support learning, it would make a teacher’s day.
Don’t wait until Teacher Appreciation Week or a holiday to thank a teacher. Your support helps keep good educators in the classroom, but it also allows you to witness and be part of the academic and social growth and development of your child or children in your community. Remember, the absolutely best way you can thank teachers is to show them love and give your support year-round.
Doctors believe sarcoidosis results from the body's immune system responding to an unknown substance, most likely something inhaled in the air. While there is no cure for sarcoidosis, most people do very well with little or only modest treatment. In half of cases, sarcoidosis goes away on it's own. In a few cases
however, sarcoidosis may last for years and may cause organ damage.
Signs and symptoms vary depending on which organs are affected. Sarcoidosis sometimes develops gradually and produces symptoms that last for years. Other times, like in my own personal diagnoses, symptoms appear
suddenly and then disappear just as quickly. I remember my experience very well. I remember getting a very dry hard cough that lasted for over 2 weeks.
I had thought that I had contracted pneumonia. I'm usually pretty good at shaking colds, especially since I don't catch colds often. But I couldn't shake this, so on the advise of my co-workers, who knew something wasn't
quite right, I trekked to the doctors office. They took the necessary tests and low and behold they were complexed. I was like bugs bunny...Ahh what's up Doc? The doctor says; "well, we think you have sarcoidosis but we're not
sure, and we want to look at your lymph nodes in your neck to see if the condition is not cancerous."
was like WHAT? I believe I was in my mid 20's.
After the operation it was determined that the nodes were not cancerous but the condition sarcoidosis was apparent. So I asked how and why? Since this condition at that time were reported among Mediterranean people for the most part, and I wasn't Italian or from that part of the world. Well, after taking steroids for a week I was a lot better and haven't had a relapse since.
For many people, sarcoidosis begins with these symptoms:
There really isn't to much to talk about as far as treatment, since there really isn't a cure as we know it. But there are certain Meds to help.
This information was obtained from the mayoclinic.org/diseases.
Til next time....G
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Growing up I attended two churches on alternate Sundays. The other was the ‘Negro Baptist church’ where my father was the piano and organ player. The sermons were long and the benches were hard on the behind. Saving grace came afterwards when the feast of fried chicken, potato salad, pies and cupcakes were served to the congregation. I have no other memories of this church.
At the Episcopal church the sermons were 50 minutes max. The seats had cushions and the prayer books were in mint condition. The stained-glass windows had Jesus staring at you from every angle. Christ church had a massive pipe organ and I never saw the player. Kinda like the Wizard of Oz. If God wasn’t in the building, you felt he was nearby.
I remember seeing a photo of me, as a toddler, in a nativity scene at this church. My confirmation was here as well as our family weddings and funerals. I was told by one of my sisters that our Ancestors once had a section of the front pews with our family name tagged. This was our primary go-to church in Binghamton, New York.
Father Dorst congratulated me on attending college. I apologized for not attending services lately (actually for a few years).
Returning to the bus stop I noticed the temperature dropping and looking back at the steeple, I saw the clouds coming into the valley and realized what my pastor had done.