Friday, June 23, 2017

Along For The Ride

Zach had a great baseball season this year. He can catch a ball sometimes now and his batting has improved now that he's stronger. Almost every day he asks me to play baseball with him. We have a T and Josh and I both have gloves. So even when I don't have the energy, I make time for him to practice!!!

It's a tricky time for him with baseball. The spring travel tryouts are in November. They don't go by grade. They go by age. Meaning he'll be trying out for the 8 and under team as a 3rd grader with two years of baseball. Most kids are in the 2nd grade in that group and did K-ball. Meaning, they also had two years of baseball. There is no guarantee he'll make it. But, it will be easier this year then next year. Especially, if he plays fall baseball like he wants.

Once you make travel it's easier to continue to make travel. That's key. All the high school players have been on the travel team. By 7th grade, if you aren't on travel, it's not worth continuing.

This is how the league works:

K ball (kindergarten)
Rookie (1st and 2nd grade)
Minors (3rd and 4th grade)
Majors (5th and 6th grade)
Pony (7th and 8th grade)

Travel, from what I hear, is:


I could be wrong on the last one though. You have to play on a recreation team to play travel baseball. But, you can play on a recreation team without playing travel through 8th grade. However, if you aren't on the travel team by then, you are unlikely to make the high school team.

The leagues get smaller as the kids get older and less play. In 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade you have to do tryouts. You will be on a team. But, they want to make the teams evenly matched. So they want to see everyone's abilities.

 Zach's interest has only grown. He says he wants to be a professional baseball player now. While I doubt that will happen, when he asks for some practice time, I grab my glove!!!

I'm along for the ride. My child has a growing interest. A healthy interest. It's up to me to keep it growing. It will only grow if he has someone to practice with. So in addition to driving him to team practices and games. No matter where the games are. I need to be there at home for him. Playing catch and cheering him on with the T. Soon we will be getting him a net to practice pitching too.

I am not forcing this  on him. In fact, we even went to the recreation center to ask what other options there are in the fall. He likes tennis. I assumed he'd want to do tennis. But, he hard and fast settled on fall baseball.

Fall ball is just a small travel team. But, it's less popular then the spring teams so it's easier to make. If he makes it, that means he is more likely make the travel team for the spring when he tries out in November. Because he will have had recent practice and coaching.

No matter what your kids are interested in you are along for the ride. As their interest grows, you have to work harder to accommodate that. Once they commit and invest more in something sometime in middle school. You have to commit too. When they are all in, you are all in!!!

Because when the parents are all in too, the child is less likely to loose interest. Loosing interest means they are more likely to turn to drugs and/or alcohol to fill the void. The reason they say kids are less likely to do those things if they eat dinner as a family is because of the bond it creates. Bonds are created through showing an interest in what your kids are passionate about too.

So while Zach is all in, I'm all in................along for the ride. Only, he's the driver!

Almost 2 his first bat

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Zach's last day of school is on Friday. He's officially down to 12:30 dismissals. This week was full of a class trip to the police station, game day today, and little by little bringing home the contents of his desk.

Soon he will no longer be a second grader.

Soon he will get his report card.

Soon he will know who his 3rd grade teacher will be.

Soon it will be the actual first day of summer.

Soon we can go to the pool during the week.

Soon the water will be warm enough to swim in!!!

Soon Zach's summer program will start.

Soon it will end. It's really short!

Soon we will go on vacation to our favorite vacation place.

Soon we will see the Despicable Me 3 movie :).

Soon he'll be driving me crazy from too much time together!!!

Soon I will be crying as my 3rd grader is about to start school again. Just a little bigger!!! Too big for my taste! The summer might start soon. But, it's not long. Time goes fast. It's fun and tiring.

Usually, I get frustrated with Zach over the summer. We spend so much time together. Sometimes, I need the quiet. Sometimes, we both need space.

My goal is to not get frustrated this year. Instead, I want to cherish it! Cherish all that extra time with my angel! Cherish the person he is and every hug he has for me. Cherish every laugh and every smile. Cherish every lap he'd rather do with me in the pool instead of being on his own. Cherish watching him swim.

Because these are memories I want to carry with me. He's having a great childhood. I want to enjoy it too!!! I want to wrap myself in these memories. Hold on to them forever. Tell my grandchild about them someday.

Because when that leaf falls in September and the pool closes for the season, he will be just a little bit bigger. Just a little more independent. Just a little less interested in hugging him Mommy. Just a little bit older.

One step closer to drifting away from me. Someday, I will miss the summers he spent by my side. Because that's when he'll spend the summers working and with his friends. There will be a day I hardly see him! These are the memories I'll cherish the most.

With the first leaf falling, what is soon at the moment will be over. And a new "soon" list will begin.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Progressive Left or Liberal Left

One odd thing happened with the 2016 Presidential Primaries. A unified party split. Progressive democrats were pro Bernie and the liberals went with Hillary.

You might remember this fact from a different blog post. The New York Times compared how they voted when in the Senate together. They agreed 92% of the time. What they said on the campaign trail sounded similar. Different approaches to reaching the same goal. The gap never seemed that wide. I just assumed Bernie supporters would get behind Hillary because she wanted the same things they said they wanted, mostly.

And that's what they should have done.

But, they didn't.

So now Trump is President.

And the things they wanted to get stronger will get weaker or disappear.

Because to progressive democrats, it was Bernie or bust so they went with bust.

Now we as a party have to unite the progressive democrats and the liberal democrats. Progressive democrats being the democratic version of the tea party. The tea party has ripped apart the republican party and ended the possibility of bipartisan compromise.

That's the last thing we need. If Bernie and Hillary can agree 92% of the time, why can't progressive and liberal democrats agree 92% of the time? We might have different solutions to the problems. But, we agree on basics.

Health insurance for everyone

Black lives matter

Pro Women's rights

GLBTQ equality

Raise the Minimum wage to a living wage!!!

And many more things that were on a lot of signs over the past few years. Because there is one thing at it's core we all agree on.

We are anti the antis

Everyone deserves to be treated equally with dignity, respect, care, and empathy. We are all people.

Going forward we need to cultivate candidates that are somewhere in the middle. That means changing how the party does things to begin with. Listen to voters on both sides. WHY were a lot of the progressive democrats unable to support Hillary?

It starts with policies. Focus on the economy like raising the minimum wage and protecting government assistance. But, when saying HOW you would fix it, mix ideas from both sides. Aim for single payer but keep in mind one thing.

At it's core, most liberal democrats actually have a decent amount of money. They don't mind some taxes for the rich. Those taxes would effect them. But, how will they benefit?

Talk more about investing tax money into improving education and making college affordable. These liberal democrats might have a lot of money, but that also means they value a college education. Current college costs have well off democrats concerned how they can save for their retirement while paying for their kid's college education. Free public college and preschool is something they might get behind.

At it's core, most progressive democrats have a lot of college debt and are angry about the income gap. They want the rich to be forced to share.

We would all agree to free public college and preschool. We all agree to raising the minimum wage.

So, what happened?

We made the deadly mistake of focusing on social issues.

That's nice, but don't threaten my livelihood.

And that's how democrats can unite as we get closer to the 2018 elections and 2020 Presidential race. No matter what the issue, social issues included, how are you protecting the livelihood of the voters? Don't attack the rich for being rich. How will the sacrifices you ask them to make benefit them personally.

Answer the question: What's in it for me?

Monday, June 05, 2017

8 Birthday Candles

So, my Zachary is 8 years old today.

0 Candles

The best moment of my life was the moment they put Zach in my arms! After 2 years and 3 miscarriages I had given up on that moment ever happening for me. Yet, there it was. I made it a point early to expose him to something new each day. I remember laying on a blanket outside telling him "that is called a tree" and describing it. Doing that for everything. I also remember looking down at that angelic face for diaper changes. My life has never been the same. It's only gotten better.

Day Born

8 Months Old

1 Candle

Could it have been a year already? So big yet still so little. This is the year he was potty trained. I encouraged all of his explorations. That's how he learned about the world. That curiosity has served him well!!! At this age, he loved going through my cloths. Nothing is more fun the emptying Mommy's shirt drawer. He also had his first haircut. That's the profile picture for this blog. His first haircut. Note that he's exploring the comb.

First Birthday

Day After Christmas 2010

2 Candles

This is the year he started Preschool. I still remember his first day of school ever!!!!! WOW that was a hard day emotionally!!!! This is also the year of his first vacation ever!!!!!! I remember in October of this year there was a big snow storm. Lots of power lines had fallen. We went to his gym class at the Y just for normalcy. While waiting, he started lining up chairs. When I asked he said "they are down power lines". Grandpa S would have gotten an extra laugh. He was a manhole guy for Verizon most of his career.

2nd Birthday

July 2011

3 Candles

He lost his first tooth this year. He started teething at 2 months so it was actually when expected. He was so good at making friends the school director started calling him their "social director". He would introduce himself to new kids and then introduce them to the other kids. Some of his habits of today were established back then.


3rd Birthday

Show at School December 2012

4 Candles

Last year in Preschool. You can find his preschool Graduation post on here. It's a popular one named "FBI Special Agent.....Zach". But, the post that really captures that day was "The Night Time Stood Still" from October 2016. He did a summer camp here in town. This is where he met some of his future friends (baseball teammates and school). He knew this was his parent's town. He knew he lives here. This is when he began to understand.

February 2017 (He wanted to make his own lunch)

March 2014


5 Candles

This is the year he started Kindergarten. This is the year this town became his town! He was scared but has thrived!!! He is still friends with the friends he made this year. We also started going to the town pool again this year. We had gone when he was 1. But, he never let me cool off in the adult pool. So we stopped for a couple of years. This is the year he learned to swim.

January 2015
April 2015

6 Candles

First grade. First year of all day school. Thanks to tutoring he made great strides in learning to read. Gifted in math, those engineering genes started to show. It's the year he started baseball. I'm glad I encouraged without pushing it. Now, he is getting into it more then ever!!!!! Every once in a while I do a blog post on "Watching Zach" and the path to a moment mentioned in that post. It turns out, that moment might be next season. Next year they pitch AND might play on that same field!!! That journey started here.

March 2016 (fav meal Breaded Chicken)

April 2017

7 Candles

He really likes 2nd grade. He spent the year coming home with his best friend. He made significant improvements in baseball too!!! His interests started to become that of an older kid. But, that's what's supposed to happen. The points system for reward/punishment has worked. He does so much he never used to be able to do!!! I get more and more proud of him each day!!!

August 2016

8 Candles

Today he is 8. The story of this year hasn't been written yet. He's working on riding his bike with two wheels. Will he accomplish that this year? All I know, He still has me tightly wrapped around ALL of his fingers!!! My heart melts when he smiles at me. This day, 8 years ago, from 5:09 PM on I just KNEW my life would be full of blessings!!!


I knew the baseball thing was coming from that day 8 years ago. It was an 8 hour labor. They saw contractions in my 38 week ultrasound. When I arrived at the hospital I joked "I bet he's here in time for the Yankee game" Scheduled for 7:05pm. It was against the Rays and rained out. But, we won the make-up game. It's also the last year the Yankees won the world series. He was watching with us :).

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Imperfect Parents

I am not the perfect parent. No one is. Although, some people think they are and others appear to be. Personally, I have found there to be two main types of parents.

1. Those who judge other parents
2. Those who support other parents

Sending ******HUGS****** to all the supportive parents out there!

Parenting is really a series of decisions made from love. Sometimes, it's easy to know what a good decision is. Other times, it's hard. I think most of the time it falls in the middle. Almost all of us are doing the best we can.

Zach will be 8 next week. We took a big step. We let him walk all the way home by himself. He used to meet me along the way home. But, he's been showing signs of responsibility. I believe in rewarding responsibility with freedom. So we gave it a try.

That was actually an easy decision. Because of the route. He also has been extra responsible in recent months. We had the "stranger danger" talk and put our trust in God. I also put a prayer request on that facebook group I blogged about.

It's not so easy when there was a bear sighting in town over the weekend. On Tuesday, his first day with the full walk, I called the police department. When and were was the bear last seen? Two days earlier heading away from our part of town towards my parent's part of town. Should we let him walk?

After hours of back and forth we decided to do it. Because there had been a whole day since the bear was seen. We never got a "don't walk" message from the town. It seemed safe. He arrived home 12 minutes after school let out...........SAFE!!! We had made the right decision!!! But, we didn't know until he was home.

No parent is perfect. Sometimes, we yell at our kids when we are stressed out and they have bad timing. Sometimes, we give them a bag of goldfish crackers instead of cutting up apple slices and cheese. Sometimes, we let them stay up late to watch the end of a game.

But, we apologize when we yell and work on not doing it so much. We give them veggies with dinner. And, we try not to let them stay up late too often. Because we still want the best for our kids.

It's unclear to me how one can actual be a perfect parent anyway. By perfect parent I mean following to the letter every recommendation about parenting. I failed that test with PBS at 6 months!!! Sometimes, Elmo is the only way to get chores done.

9 months

10 months

11 months

To me, being a perfect parent is like Barbie's body. It's literally not possible to look exactly like Barbie to the exact proportions and all. Some come close. But, are imperfect replicas. Even Pediatricians are imperfect parents. Their kids are vaccinated, but a newborn with an older sibling will be leaving the house for more then a doctor's appointment before six weeks!

Every year at this time I look at Zach and ask I a good parent? He's smart, empathetic, supportive, responsible, healthy and happy. I might not be a perfect parent. But, maybe Elmo at 6 months wasn't such a bad decision.

I love him so much!!!

Baseball field at the Elementary School I went too. Zach had an awesome game on it two weeks ago!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Brain Power

We all have things that are easy or hard for us to learn. We usually think of them as natural talents. We tend to be more interested in the things we are good at and less interested in the things we struggle with. But, everything we learn is important.

As some readers know, I am trying to teach myself French and Spanish. I started with Microsoft apps. They are generally good, but I needed something more engaging. So I got some Practice Makes Perfect workbooks. As I learn new words, I note them in a spreadsheet. Since they are the same series, I add the new words in both French and Spanish at the same time.

I have always admired those who are fluent in multiple languages. It's very hard for me to learn and retain languages. As you can see from the chart, language is handled by the Parietal lobe. I am generally an intelligent and reasonable person. But, I do have to look at my wedding rings to tell right from left. I also have a sensory processing disorder (see the post Hard To Process). I enjoy reading but it has always been a learning weakness of mine.

Like everyone, I have strengths and weaknesses in all of the brain areas. Each part is on both the left and right side. My degree is in dance yet I don't have strong balance. Some of these things make me want to scratch my head. No, seriously. Literally scratch my head. Just to see if things actually start making sense if I'm scratching the correct part of my head.

I did a psychology test on which side your brain favors. It's a quick 12 question thing. I got left brained but it was a 33. Meaning I'm closer to the middle.

Ironically, this occurred to me while knitting. Something that was easy for me to learn. I'm watching NCIS:LA while knitting. Those characters know a lot of languages! I had the thought "I wish there was something I could do to make it easier to learn languages!!!"

That led into the thought "what types of things do I learn easily?" That goes to the seven learning styles. We all learn best in different ways. We all use a mix of these learning styles. Personally, I feel like every thing taught in school should be taught to all the different styles.

The Seven Learning Styles

  • Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
  • Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
  • Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
  • Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  • Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
My learning styles include visual, physical, logical, and solitary. 
How can you take something hard to learn and make it easy? In theory, you just practice learning the subject in a style that comes easy to you. With language it could mean a picture of a muffin and the word muffin. That's because muffin in French in muffin.
I forget the Spanish word. That was from the app not the workbook. "Mollete" (moy-et-ay)There you go! Good thing the apps are on my tablet and computer! The app is better because you can  hear the pronunciations. The workbooks are better because you are writing it down a bunch of times and more likely to remember it.
The Spanish I remember the best is from middle school, high school, and college. Because it was taught in a lot of different ways. I heard it. I saw it. I wrote it. Repeatedly! It stuck better.
Perhaps I will take a French and a Spanish class when Zach starts middle school and I can't volunteer at the school anymore. I'll do what I can in the next two years. But, that's probably my best bet!
The brain is a fascinating organ. It's the centerpiece of who we were, who we are, and who we are becoming. It's personalized to each of us in how we learn and how our body works. It's the most powerful organ we have. Because even the heart can't continue to beat without it.  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Stalking Deliveries

I'm a mail and package stalker. I'm right there, sometimes before they make it to my door. It could be UPS, FedEx, Amazon, or the mail lady. It doesn't matter. I'm there with a smile! If I catch them in the delivery, I thank them.

But, it doesn't start there. Thanks to the internet I check my order and shipping status several times a day! I know the next hub coming even when the customer service people don't! If it's taking 6 days to leave the warehouse after the label is created? You are getting a call and better have a good answer!!! I don't expect it to arrive, yet. But, I know where it's supposed to be!

The mail lady always greets me with a smile. She knows she is making my day. I think it makes her day too. Knowing she is making someone happy. I hope it does.

The same was true for our old mail man. This town is so small there are days he'd deliver my parent's mail in the morning and mine that afternoon!!! He's their mail man now. I still enjoy seeing him in the neighborhood.

I might be bringing it to extremes, but I'm not the only mail and package stalker. It's exciting! Something you are waiting for is arriving! Even if the mail has something stressful in it, it might also have coupons!

I do order online a lot. Most of the time stores are too crowded for me to be comfortable in. It's ironic. Companies are closing stores because of reduced traffic. Yet, they are still generally too busy for me!

They also are more likely to have what I am looking for online only. I buy what I can in the actual store. But, things like Zach's sneakers have a better selection online then in the store. The same is true for my size 6 shoes!!!

I do have some stories of errors. We all do. Shipping isn't a perfect process. That's why a lot of companies will refund shipping costs if there is a problem. But, in general, things go smoothly. I set things up to receive alerts when possible.

Our apartment is hidden away. You park in a circle but can't see the apartment from the circle. Zach and I both tend to meet deliveries in the circle. They always smile when they see us there. Hopefully, our excitement wears off!

Yes, I am a delivery stalker. Including food. But, a lot of people are. I think package deliveries are more exiting then regular mail. My guess is most people agree with me. It's fun to come home and see the package there. If I'm home when it's expected, I am probably spending a lot of time either in the doorway or looking out the window.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

53 Degrees

50 - 55 degrees. It's that temperature that has led to an internal battle. I make sense of the world through organizing everything into seasons and months. That includes outerwear. When it feels like 50 - 55 degrees, I wear a vest with a sweater. That seems simple. Odd to need four, but a lot of people dress like that in 50 - 55 degrees.

Last spring I got two vests that are thin but puffy with a filling. They are for spring and fall. This year, I got Columbia fleece vests for winter and summer. I have a sensory processing disorder. My senses are heightened making it hard to process everything. I need them all to be equal in 50 - 55 degrees. So, I have been asking myself the following:

1. Are they the same thickness? (yes)
2. Am I comfortable in the fleece when I am supposed to be? (yes)
3. Do they have the same warmth value?

That one gets complicated. I have been doing laps around the apartment complex. Barefoot to keep the pace slow. First I do the puffy one then I do the fleece for winter. I gauge if I am warm, comfortable, or cold. Then I wear the fleece vest and do the same. Same time, same exact distance, same weather. It's the kind of experiment that leads to few differentials.

So, why can't I figure it out? I don't expect the warmth value to be identical. But, I kinda do. That's the point, right? To be equally comfortable in both.

Comfort is essential for managing anxiety. In any place in my life I can be comfortable, I make sure I am. How I dress for what the weather is, can make a big difference in comfort!

So, I am finding that the real question I comfortable enough to not obsess over comfort? No. I have no idea why. I shouldn't be obsessing over this. Because the warmth value might not be exact, but it also might be.

It's all in my head. My sensations are heightened in the fleece. I know what the puffer vest feels like. So I am paying more attention to how the fleece feels. I keep asking myself..........."am I cold now?" So, the message my mind was getting was that I am cold. But, was I really?

So, I changed the question. When I was just a little cold in the fleece, was I also cold in the puffer vest? Answer: yes. Now, my sensations were heightened in both. Expecting to be cold in both. Suddenly, I felt the same?

Why am I still asking myself if they are the same warmth value? Because of a different Columbia vest. I started with the Columbia puffer mighty lite iii vest. I was decidedly colder in that for sure! They are actually great for physical activity. It uses Omni heat technology that works with your body heat to keep you warm. But, I need the vests for every day. Walks in the park or around town as well as talking outside with someone for a half hour. Omni wouldn't work for the less active part. When I wasn't making that much body heat. I kept it for gardening though. I do recommend it for if you are being physical. Like if you are out for a run or hiking.

Maybe that's part of the mind game. One Columbia vest wasn't warm enough, maybe my mind is bracing itself for this one to not be warm enough too. It's the same thickness as the fleece jackets for 40 - 45 degrees. I was comfortable with that. This is the same thing without sleeves.

Finally this afternoon the mind games ended. I did a longer and more diverse test. I asked myself if I was just a little cold in the puffer vest just like I was a little cold in the fleece. I reminded myself about the jackets. With each thought, I got more comfortable.

53 degrees. Smack in the middle of the low 50s. When it somehow is warm and cold at the same time. When you don't need a jacket, but you do need a sweater and/or a vest. When you can be comfortable being outside for a while. However, you really appreciate the heat when you go inside.

The vest thing was complicated because the temperature range is complicated. Is it warm? Is it cool? My senses were heightened. It was hard to get a good read because the influencing factors kept changing. Sometimes twice within a minute.

But, that's 53 degrees.

The fleece vest:

The Mighty Lite iii Vest (Omni heat):

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Red House, Blue House

I am mad about the AHCA. I highly doubt that is surprising. But, there are some things about it that should concern even the reddest of Republicans.

1. It was rushed. They didn't even ask the budget committee to look it over and calculate how many Americans would loose their insurance or have more expensive insurance under this. That means it had one actual purpose. To fulfill a campaign promise. But, there was a lot more to that promise then "repealing Obamacare". The rest of that campaign promise has not been met.

2. At least one person who supported it admitted he didn't even read it. Really? You trust something that will heavily impact your life but wasn't even read first? These are people that are very not subtle about only caring about the super wealthy. What makes you think they care about your health? It's full of ways to make the ultra rich richer by charging YOU more. I thought you were against it because you didn't want to pay for insurance for people who are sicker then you? You do realize it was cheaper to you personally to pay for sicker people then it will be to pay for this insurance, right?

3. Pre-existing conditions, The list is so long almost every living human in the country has at least one. Some argue "they leave it in, it's the states that can decide to opt out". True, but, there are thousands of people in scarlet red states. These are the governors that will back out. These are the states receiving the most government assistance. The states with citizens living in poor health because of the Republican governing style of anti labor protects and anti environment protections. The states with the highest rates of people with issues falling under pre-existing conditions.

Pre-existing conditions from the following website (in red)

The new health care bill, the American Health Care Act, could weaken protections for those with pre-existing conditions (aka a "health problem you had before the date that new health coverage starts") That's an estimated 52 million adults under 65. Please see the list below:

  • Acid Reflux
  • Acne
  • Acromegaly
  • Alcohol or drug abuse with recent treatment
  • Alzheimer’s/dementia
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Anemia (Aplastic, Cooley's, Hemolytic, Mediterranean or Sickle Cell)
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Aortic or Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • ARC
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Asbestosis
  • Asthma
  • Bipolar disease
  • Bulimia
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy (infantile)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver
  • Coagulation Defects
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgery
  • Crohn’s disease
  • C-Section
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Demyelinating Disease
  • Depression
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Epilepsy
  • Esophageal Varicosities
  • Friedreich's Ataxia
  • Heart burn
  • Hemophilia
  • Hepatitis (Type B, C or Chronic)
  • High cholesterol
  • Hysterectomy
  • Kidney disease, renal failure
  • Kidney Stones
  • Knee surgery
  • Lupus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Mental disorders (including Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia)
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Narcolepsy
  • Obesity
  • Organ transplants
  • Pacemaker
  • Paralysis
  • Paraplegia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pending surgery or hospitalization
  • Pneumocystic pneumonia
  • Polycythemia Vera
  • Postpartum depression
  • Pregnancy or expectant parent (includes men)
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Renal Failure
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Seizures
  • Sex reassignment
  • Sexual deviation or disorder
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Transsexualism
  • Tuberculosis
  • Ulcers
Normally, I do a ton of digging and load my blog posts with stats and articles proving everything. But, it's notoriously known that most Republicans don't read facts unless it's the "alternative facts" from fox news, Breitbart, or anything else in that category. It's also information most Democrats have likely seen already. It doesn't seem worth the effort.

I'm not stressing about the AHCA yet. Because it's in the more moderate Senate. What I have read is that the Senate is going to review it for reconciliation. But, that it is likely they will be using it as a frame for writing their own healthcare law. Which will be more moderate and we'll see how the house responds to what they come up with. As it stands, this is unlikely to be the completed version.

I read in an article a quote from a GOP representative. I think it was in Politico. He said basically, "it was a mistake to call this repeal and replace. We should have just said "repair the ACA all along." I think he was correct. Now, the Senate is going to have to get Democrat feedback. Finally, they will be working together.

I agree the ACA needs to be fixed. There needs to be MORE taxing of the ultra rich so MORE money can go to Medicaid and tax subsidies. The government needs their own insurance company. Not one run by a rich greedy bully. But, one run to provide quality plans for the people. It creates competition so the big name insurers are less likely to leave the marketplaces.

The red house didn't even ask the blue house for input. This isn't a football game. You're not cheering for the ACA as is or the AHCA as is. It's creating legislation. Laws of the land. That requires compromise. Making sure both sides get what they want. Something that the poorest of the poor can get and the richest of the rich would like too. Time for the red house to start listening to the blue house. When the Senate is done, they won't have a choice.

A New York Times article on how the house's votes might effect 2018:

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Pray For Me

I have recently joined a couple of Episcopalian groups on facebook. One is for Liberal Episcopalians and the other is for any Episcopalian. That second group asks us to leave politics out of the conversation. They are full of prayer requests.

1. medical
2. emotional
3. promotions
4. finding a job
5. selling a house
6. guidance through a life challenge

Most of these posts are vague. But, the tone is always urgent. Some are for something small, others are for something big. It doesn't matter what the request is. The responses are always fill of supportive prayers and words.

This is the prayer I use when I pray:

God, I pray for everyone. We all need healing, hope, guidance, and support. Any prayer needed, I am saying it now. I also want to thank you for all of the blessings in everyone's life. Amen.

That was a very popular post. A few days later, I posted a prayer request. I felt bad because it was something small. I was in strong physical pain and wanted it to stop. Sure enough, not long after the prayers started coming, the pain went away!

One person said "There is someone on here who prays for everyone." I responded "LOL that was ME!!!" Giving and receiving that much support is good for the soul.

It's been fun seeing pictures of all of these beautiful churches and hearing from so many different people. I also am stumbling across others from my diocese.

Liberal Episcopalians on facebook was created after Trump's election. I'm not the only one that needed spiritual guidance after that. It's always comforting to be around people who feel the same way you do. It's a nice and safe place.

I like the idea of faith based facebook pages. I am learning how things are done differently across the country. Communion was an interesting topic with a lot of variety to the discussion.

For me, these pages help keep me focused on my spirituality every day. Something I love!!! It helps me get through the hard things. Seeing what's going on.

Pray for me? I'll pray for you. I pray for everyone. It might not seem like a lot, but it's all the help I can provide. If you ask me for a prayer, I've already given it. If you need a prayer, a religious based facebook group is a fantastic place to start.

Pray for you? Always. I know you will pray for me too.