Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Perfect Holiday Gift

taxi driver calendar

The 2015 NYC Taxi Calendar is now on sale!  Once again proceeds will benefit University Settlement. Last year the calendar raised $40,000 for University Settlement – an excellent, unexpected – and certainly unusual – source of general support.

Click here to learn more about the project.

Click here to watch University Settlement staff talk about it on Fox 5.

Click here to purchase your calendar today!

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Awesome Adjective: Thankful

Meaning: To be happy to have someone or something in your life, often used with “for” or “that.”

Examples:

I’m thankful for my great English teacher.

She’s thankful that she has good health.

The boss said she’s thankful for all his hard work.

What about you? What are you thankful for?

Tell us in the Comments Section!

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We’re in the News!

There was recently an article on the Lo-Down about Immigrant Poets in New York. Click here or on the picture below to read it.

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Count Your Blessings Re-Re-Revisited

Here’s yet another song using the idiom Count Your Blessings (it’s the last one, we promise). To test your listening skills, fill in the blanks you see below with the words you hear, then click on “Continue reading” to get the answers!

Count Your Blessings

by Firefall

Try to forget
Try to get it off your mind
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet – you ain’t had time
I know it’s ___1____ when love lets you down
But the pieces of your heart will pull you ’round

You don’t have to talk about it
You don’t have to cry
Baby, you can live _____2_____ it
Think about tomorrow – let your bygones go on by

And you’ll be alright
When your ___3______ reappears
And you learn to count your blessings
Not your tears

Was it so bad that you feel you can’t go on?
Is ___4_____ all you had to get along?
But you did alright
Saw the world in your own time
Now you gotta taste the water with the wine

I don’t want to hear about it
I don’t want to know
Buddy, you can live ____5_____ it
Think about the future and the past will let you go

And you’ll be alright
When your ___6_____ reappears
And you learn to count your blessings
Not your tears

But I don’t want to talk about it
And you don’t want to know
Maybe I can live ____7_____ it
I’m just getting ___8_____ enough
To let the memories go

Oh, but I’ll be alright
When my ___9_____ reappears
And I learn to count my blessings
Not my tears

I’ll be alright

Continue reading

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Life Is Art

Last Tuesday there was a special performance of Immigrant Poets in New York here at University Settlement. Above is a short taste of Joe’s Book Club students sharing their writing. Enjoy!

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Count Your Blessings Re-Revisited

Here’s another tune for you using the idiom “Count your blessings.” Read the lyrics below:

Count Your Blessings and Smile

by George Formby

Though plans may often go wrong, let ’em hear your voice.
You’ll find that rhythm and song make the world rejoice.
Make life go with a swing, laugh at trouble and sing.
Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la, count your blessings and smile!

While you’re playing your part, keep a song in your heart.
Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la, count your blessings and smile!
Sing low, sing high, isn’t it grand beating the band?
Who wants to die? Oh what a happy land, hi!
Show them what you can do, make a hullabaloo.
Ho-ho-ho-ho-ha-ha-ha-ha, count your blessings and smile.

You got to get together, swing it around!
Get together, swing it around!
Make life go with a swing and a smile,
Laugh at trouble and sing all the while.
Count your blessings and smile!

While you’re playing your own little part
You’ve gotta keep a song in your heart,
Da-di-da-doh-di-da-da-dah, count your blessings and smile!

Sing low, sing high, isn’t it grand beating the band?
Who wants to die? Oh what a happy happy land, hi!
Show them what you can do, make a hullabaloo.
Ho-ho-ho-ho-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Da-di-da-doh-di-da-da-dah!

Count your blessings! (one,  two,  three)
Count your blessings! (four,  five,  six)
Count your blessings and smile!

Make life go with a swing and a smile,
Laugh at trouble and sing all the while.
Count your blessings and smile!

While you’re playing your own little part,
Keep a song in your heart.
Count your blessings and smile!
Sing low, sing high,
Who wants to die?
Show them what you can do,
Make a hullabaloo.
Count your blessings and smile!

Ho-ho-ho-ho-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Count your blessings and smile!
Smile! Come on! Smile!

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