Saturday, December 25, 2021

Christmas Day is here and...

The Day has finally arrived! It's Christmas morning and I'm feeling the Joy of the Season now as I put together these thoughts.

Throughout the Fall months we can see the whole Holiday Tableau laid out before us; We know that the crowning jewel of the Winter Holidays for so many -- Christmas -- is not so far away, but are still somehow taken by surprise once it's actually here!

And it is here. And I'm delighted and just a tiny bit surprised that it's here. Here in all its delightful splendor!

It's true that I don't go to a ton of trouble over Christmas these days. I think that there are so many of us who fall into that category. Haven't put up a tree in a good many years. And presents... Well, gift cards are a godsend! And it's not a very long list for this guy at this stage.

But I truly do love the season: the music, the Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward Men part, the Stars and Angels adorning the downtown light poles, all of it. Even the gaudy, over-sized tree in every mall and store from Sea to Shining Sea, all of it!

And when I say I love the music, I mean the whole spectrum. Doesn't matter if it's Burl Ives and the Ray Coniff Singers or Andrea Bocelli and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I love all of it and have sung most of it with assorted Choruses and Choirs over the many years.

I don't know what the Christmas Season means to you. But whether it's a highlight of each year for you or something you would like to opt out of, I hope that this auspicious Day finds you well, surrounded by family and friends and filled with some measure of Serenity and Joy!

Ben Lawrence Basile

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Friday, December 10, 2021

About Wings and Unionized Starbucks

There never seems to be any shortage of jokes about Buffalo, New York. The folks who live there mostly take the teasing good-naturedly. 

Well, now this oft-maligned city -- heretofore best known as the place that originated Buffalo Wings -- has come up with another first: it's the location of the first unionized Starbucks.

The nascent organization is called Starbucks Workers United and was birthed under the auspices of the Service Employees International Union.

As as proud Union member -- and a frequent Starbucks patron -- I'm happy to welcome this first. And I sincerely hope it's the first of many.

"Bulldog Ben" Basile

Bulldog is a member of UFCW Local no. 1625

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