I will never forget where I was that morning in 2001 - and I am sure it is the same for every American. I am remembering all of the victims and their families today, and I always will.
That same selflessness that was evoked under such terrible circumstances seems to have faded away. so sad.
How did we go from that moment to things like shouting at Town Halls and actually heckling a sitting president within the halls of congress? How many of those same folks are flying their flags proudly today?
went to the raleigh farmer's market today. Man oh man - so many stalls, all have the same thing. What is a wolvie to do? buy cukes here, peppers there, eggplant over that a way, etc. and Le sigh.
Did get some great peaches for the peach salsa tho. and if you like german johnson tomatoes, i suggest you come on down (or up) to raleigh - they are LOADED with them.
On another note - watching my doggie get older by the day - at least sometimes it seems that way. poor old boy. no hip dysplasia , pain, or even detectable arthiritis, so I am pretty well certain we are experiencing Degenerative Myelopathy, or something very like it. I had a shep go down with this a few years back, and Grady's symptoms are awfully similar, especially with all his blood work being spot on, and good x rays. I am hoping it's just general weakness, but we will just have to see. He stumbles a lot, and absolutely can no longer pivot on either rear leg. makes for some interesting (but scary) interactions on the stairs with the kitties. I think I am going to have to gate the stairs soon. He fell pretty damn hard the other nite, scared the S**T out of me. Grady of course, just got up and gave the floor a dirty look. ;-0
so I am wondering what to make for the holiday weekend. My eyes and thoughts are always huge - but I do need to scale back, as I will most likley only be feeding 3 people. How does one train oneself not to go bonkers? Or is it too late for me?
On another note, I will be making a big batch of peach salsa today. :-)
So - if the reform we get is just a first step - I think I can handle that. Especially if these ingredients are in the recipe:
1. Insurance co's can not deny anyone coverage for a preexisting condition
2. Insurance co's can not deny coverage for folks who already have a policy and get sick and need immediate care - and they must cover preventative procedures and the like, and mental health needs. No more insurance company "death panels".
3. Medical records must be modernized so that crucial information about a person's medical history is available within minutes or hours, not days.
4. Doctors should be paid for care, not by procedure. The biggest piece to reform on this right now is Medicare.
5. People who can not afford care must be able to receive it. No one should be denied access to health care, especially in an emergency, nor turned away because of lack of insurance
6. Families should not be penalized and bankrupted when their insurance companies refuse to pay for treatments. As the new regs are rolled out, something must be put in place immediately to assure that this happens until #'s 1 & 2 are in place. Too many people have lost their homes , etc., trying to pay outrageous balances that ought to have been covered.