Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Political Opportunists

Two school shootings in Kentucky in two days.

After the massacre in Las Vegas, Kentucky's Governor, Matt Bevin, posted on Twitter, labeling those concerned about strengthening and enforcing our gun laws as "political opportunists."

Today, Gov. Bevin and the state of Kentucky are dealing with back to back school shootings that occurred Monday and Tuesday.

One can only hope that Governor Bevin does some deep soul searching. It is unconscionable to me, that he can call those of us who are alarmed, disheartened, and heartbroken over school shootings as "political opportunists."

Our stance on tightening the gun laws has nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with protecting our children.

Our state and local governments need to understand this. After all, isn't that one of the functions of government, to protect our citizens?

Image from Sonoma County, California, website.



To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs...You can't regulate evil...
https://twitter.com/GovMattBevin/status/914862057614344193


Excuse me, Gov. Bevin, but regulating evil is exactly the purpose of creating and enforcing laws. We may not be able to eradicate evil, but we can certainly attempt to minimize the effects of evil doers. 



(CNN) Another high school has turned into a scene of carnage, this time in western Kentucky. Sixteen people were wounded, two of them fatally, after a shooter opened fire Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School, authorities said. Four others sustained various injuries.




Sunday, January 14, 2018

Practice turning people into trees

Taking a lesson from nature as food for thought this Sunday.

I love this lesson from Ram Dass...

When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are. 


Regarding judging others... and even ourselves (in my own words).



I shall "practice turning people into trees."

Meaning I will have appreciation for them as they are...

Understanding and acknowledging that we are ALL victims of circumstances at times.

Remembering that circumstances can create an environment that is nurturing - or destructive.

Everyone gets through their circumstances the best way they know how. 

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No one is perfect.

No one truly wants to be a "problem."

We are all just walking each other home.

It's time for a little empathy, compassion, and love.



Now from Ram Dass...


turning people into trees


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Monday, January 08, 2018

Medicare Caps on Therapy for 2018

There are new Medicare caps on therapy for 2018.

Medicare 2018 Caps -  

Outpatient therapy caps:

For occupational therapy, the cap is $2,010.

For physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined, it's also $2,010.


Details: Medicare.gov...

You can apply for extensions in some circumstances.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Living Blue in a Red State

If you're a Democrat living in the south, your are most likely living Blue in a Red state. If you speak out about issues, values, and equality, you are quite often met with scowls, slurs, and vile insults - even from your family and friends.

I salute all of you who join me in this struggle to keep equal rights, justice, and acceptable moral values alive in this country.

Today, I especially want to thank the majority of voters in Alabama for voting their conscience and not their party.


you did the right thing



Values matter.  


Integrity matters.



Honesty matters.



Equality matters.


Thank you Alabama!


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