Back in Touch – Volume 5

Back in Touch - Volume 5 July 2021

The President's Pen

There is not a lot to get excited about if we continually pivot on media content and commentary at the present moment. Rather than focusing on all the good work our Leaders (National & State), healthcare workers, first responders have done and the wonderful managers and staff who allow essential services to remain open, attention seems to be directed towards dark scenario's and the blame game. There is a time and place for everything and, yes, there is always room for improvement, but surely the greatest success will come from everyone working and pulling together. Let’s engendering a positivity. Perhaps a Perry Como favourite from the late 50’s is what we all need to heed

“You gotta accen-tu-ate the positive
E-lim-inate the negative
An' latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with mister in-between
You gotta spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum an' have faith.”

Have a great week - Steve


A Thought for July
- thanks Jean Wehire

A friend is someone who understands
Your past, believes in your future, and
Accepts you the way you are.

A ZOOM Opportunity

While I’m a little (or perhaps a lot) technically challenged when it comes IT (relied too heavily on my kids for support in this area) I’m sure a lot of our members are not in my boat and we would like to encourage you to take advantage of your IT skills and bring joy to other members on-line.

Our new Program Coordinator, Laurene Mulcahy, is eager to start the ball rolling. She has sent the following note out to all Leaders. If you think you can assist in any way please also contact Laurene.

“As you are now aware COVID has impacted on our year with the cancellation of Term 3. This is so disappointing but we can still continue by using Zoom for classes. If you find this technology suits your course and you are keen to use it, please let me know by return email. If you need instruction for operating Zoom, Richard Coggan is able to assist.” ~ Laurene Mulcahy

Show & Tell
(part 1)

Thanks to Maureen Tweed for sharing an article she found. The joy of children.

I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back. When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So, I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome. Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant.

'This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.’ 'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.’ She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.

'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!’ Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans.

Show & Tell - Finale

'She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.) 'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.) ‘ And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!)’ Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there in the first place.’ Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat.


Best Quote I Have Seen

We isolate now so when we gather again, no one is missing.

What’s the Best Quote you have come across?
Jean Wehrle has sent thisone through.
A great message.
Can you better it

Creativity Plus

Annette Donohoe, one of our Intermediate Patchwork group, has not lost any creativity whilst recovering from recent surgery. She decided to knit a quirky Tea Cosy “Miss Poppy” by name! Annette says “Meet Miss Poppy, she is the Phoenix rising from the ashes of a failed cushion cover project started many years ago. As with all craft hoarders I couldn’t bear to discard the beautiful wool because it would come in handy one day. And it has! Her cousin, Miss Silkie Bantam was borne last night. The wool keeps suggesting such tempting ideas for new tea cosies there may be a few more cosy children borne during the next few weeks.” Thanks Kath Auchterlonie for this insight.

Stay Connected with BiT

Despite widespread disappointment in relation to cancelling Term 3 classes, the Committee were buoyed by your confirmation, given the current pandemic status, that it was the right decision for SLU3A due to our demographic and location. Lake Macquarie U3A have also cancelled their Term 3 program. While we won’t physically meet under the SLU3A banner this term, there is no reason why we cannot enjoy each others company through BiT. So if you have anything you would like to share with the members, be it items of interest, funny stories, jokes, things that are keeping you out of mischief while classes are not happening or what your group is doing through technology, then please send it through. Let’s make sure we remain together during these challenging times through reading a BiT over a cuppa and a bikkie (or two


Steve Morton
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