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Saturday, August 11, 2012

My ‘Happy Day’ Plant

Rose plant 2A couple of months ago, near the beginning of the summer, I decided to buy myself a little treat. That’s not too unusual; it’s something I like to do every now and then. It’s always something that makes me particularly happy like flowers, plants, candles, air fresheners, perfumes, skin care products… something small and inexpensive (or for a fabulous deal).

This time I bought my cute little petite rose plant that you see here. I love it… well, mostly love it. It’s a little high maintenance because it needs to be watered daily. If I miss a watering when I finally come back there are yellow leaves staring back at me and then I feel guilty Eventually some new little leaves sprout again and all is right with the world. I can’t wait to see if the roses will bloom again next year. They have since wilted away and died.

Rose plate 1

Such a small thing can bring big smiles and lots of happiness. What little things give you pleasure?


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What does Health Insurance Reform 2012 mean to you?

Americans everywhere are concerned about health care insurance, and for good reason: It’s necessary and it’s costly. Unfortunately, I know many people who are doing without healthcare for themselves, and sometimes for their children, and hoping everyday that a medical emergency or serious sickness doesn’t visit them.

How can healthcare and healthcare insurance be made available and affordable for Americans? First, let’s define what healthcare reform means. According to, healthcare reform is “a general rubric used for discussing major health policy creation or changes — for the most part, governmental policy that affects health care delivery in a given place. Health care reform typically attempts to:

  • Broaden the population that receives health care coverage through either public sector insurance programs or private sector insurance companies
  • Expand the array of health care providers consumers may choose among
  • Improve the access to health care specialists
  • Improve the quality of health care
  • Give more care to citizens
  • Decrease the cost of health care”

With those things in mind it’s no wonder President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. That law puts comprehensive reforms into place that improves access to affordable health coverage for everyone as well as protect consumers from abusive insurance company practices. The law is supposed to allow Americans the freedom to make health insurance choices that work for them, guarantee care for the most vulnerable and provide ways to lower costs and improve care quality. According to, the law gives more than 3 million young people health insurance on their parents’ plan, 3 million senior citizens will have 50 percent discounts on their prescriptions and millions of Americans have access to zero-cost preventative services to maintain their health.

Those, my friends, are the Health Care Reform Facts. So, what does the reform mean for you? If everything works according to plan then there shouldn’t be one person who doesn’t have access to quality healthcare insurance and healthcare. Whether you need individual health insurance or a plan that covers an entire family, it’s supposed to be there for you.

Feel free to share your experiences and opinions regarding the subject of health insurance reform.

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