How Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare) Save You Time, Money, and Effort in the Long Run

We all have relatives and close friends who are independent for the most part because they work.   However, there are relatives, close friends, and even strangers who won’t make it without Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

In other words, you individually don’t have to foot the entire bill for your individual:

  • Grandmother
  • Grandfather
  • Spouse
  • Aunt
  • Uncle
  • Sister
  • Brother
  • Niece/Nephew/Child/Grandchild
  • Friend
  • Neighbor

Most people on those programs are able to live independently without you—whether in their own homes, apartments, assisted living, nursing homes, disability centers, etc.

Do you individually want to start footing the entire bill as a caretaker you never had to be before?    Right now, maybe you visit, email, Skype, or call your relatives and close friends who are covered by the programs above.

What is the alternative?   Do you really want the people in the list above to have to move in with you, add to the homeless population, or die needlessly?

“Social Security has provided financial protection for our nation’s people for over 80 years…With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation’s history.”  https://www.ssa.gov/agency

The bottom line is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is Obamacare is The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is Obamacare.   The act is officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.    “The purpose of the ACA is to lower health care costs over time.”  https://www.thebalance.com/benefits-of-obamacare-advantages-of-the-aca-3306066 (this site also suggests areas for improvement)

But, ask your loved ones, friends, and even strangers how they are being helped by these benefits; and, whether they would be able to make it without the benefits that MOST of them have EARNED from working most of their lives.

Submitted by Rosa L. Griffin

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Did you know? Pocahontas

There are so many stories of Pocahontas, mostly romanticized as in Disney’s Pocahontas movie.

Supposedly, Pocahontas was kidnapped at 17 from the Powhatan tribe and paraded around England.   She is said to have died at 21.   John Smith is said to have started the rumor of her helping him.    www.looper.com/10289/

This Native American woman, Pocahontas, was born Matoaka, known as Amonute, circa 1596-1617. She was notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia.   Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tributary tribal nations in the Tsenacommacah, encompassing the Tidewater region of Virginia.  Wikipedia also agrees that the John Smith tale was probably untrue.

In 1613, Pocahontas was captured by the English during Anglo-Indian hostilities, and held for ransom.   During her captivity, she converted to Christianity and took the name Rebecca.  She chose to remain with the English.

In April 1614, she married tobacco planter John Rolfe, and bore him a son, Thomas.

In 1616, the Rolfe’s traveled to London where Pocahontas was presented to English society as the “civilized savage” in hopes of stimulating investment in the Jamestown settlement.

In 1617, Pocahontas died of unknown causes in transit to Virginia and was buried in St. George’s Church, Gravesend.

For more information, check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas.

Submitted by Rosa L. Griffin

Can’t Close My Eyes—It’s no longer the little dirty Secret (Announcement)

Semiannual

CANTCLOSEMYEYES.NET

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 2-5 p.m.

Free

Location:   Enoch Pratt Free Library, 3601 Eastern Avenue

Contact:  410-209-9560, Director Barbara Moore

Topics:  Stranger Danger and the Danger Within; Child Safety Workshop; Stop Child Sexual Abuse; Child Sexual Abuse Awareness; Anti-Bullying Resolutions; Social Media Precautions; Abduction/Loss Prevention; and so much more.

First 10 adults who bring 2 or more children, get a Walmart gift card

Light snacks and drinks will be served

The weak, the powerless, the abused are my heart.    Director Barbara Moore announced this event at the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland meeting on October 7.   Submitted by Rosa L. Griffin

 

Woodlawn Page Turners Book Club

I recently joined the Woodlawn Page Turners’ Book Club at the Woodlawn branch of the Baltimore County library.    For the annual Maryland Humanities One Maryland One Book program, the book Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was selected for the October 2017 state reading.   Because of that, a free copy of the book was hard to find.   I had to wait a few weeks for a copy to become available.   Although I haven’t finished reading the book, it was well worth the wait.    I’ve stopped watching television so I can finish the book.

I will participate in a discussion of the book at the Woodlawn branch on the third Thursday night, October 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.    If you’ve read the book, why not come and participate in the discussion?   All are welcome to participate.  There will be light refreshments.

Baltimore County Library Woodlawn; 1811 Woodlawn Drive; Woodlawn, MD  21207; 410-887-1336

Submitted by Rosa L. Griffin

Why I don’t hate commercials–one 

When I watch movies or television shows, I get hypnotized.  I have to see every character, every detail–lighting, special effects, costume, weapons, plots, words, facial expressions, etc.

If I’m eating, my food gets cold and a meal might take a couple of hours to eat if there aren’t any commercials.   If a human being is talking to me, I’m not listening and I’m looking very annoyed at the interruption.   If the phone rings, I let it go to voicemail.  Or if I do answer the phone, the person on the other end senses that they don’t have my undivided attention unless it’s a life-or-death situation.    I have witnesses to those things.

So, if not for commercials, I wouldn’t re-heat my food, talk or listen to a human being, or return a phone call.    I also use these station breaks to fold and put away or hang up clean clothes.   Don’t forget bathroom breaks, snack breaks, coffee breaks, checking on meals I might be preparing, and writing.   Turning up the television set helps me know when my program resumes because the commercials are usually louder than the television program.   Some shows have anywhere from 3-10 commercials between each smidgeon of story.

Next time, I will be talking about specific commercials.   There are some prize-winners out there.

Rosa L. Griffin

 

 

Did You Know?   Job Trend Sources

Most business journals or magazines have articles on job trends that are developing now or in the next 5-10 years.    Are you afraid to get out of your field?    Study everything on the subject first so you will know what to expect if and when you change fields.

Websites

www.WorldWideLearn.com

“Understanding some of the trends that shape the job market can help narrow your search.  If you are looking for job security and growth, you’ll want to focus on the industries that are adding the most new jobs in the next decade.”

www.Salary.com

https://www.bls.gov/ces/           The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Magazines/Journals

  • Entrepreneur
  • Forbes
  • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Fast Company
  • Inc.
  • USA Today
  • Fortune
  • The Atlantic

Books

Your local library has thousands of books on topics such as becoming:

  • Molecular biologists
  • Sports medicine doctors
  • Software developers
  • Chefs
  • Life guards
  • Midwives
  • Actors
  • Singers
  • Dancers

You name it—the library has a book for that!   What one library branch doesn’t have—another branch does and your library can order it!   I love libraries! My first job was as a page in the Enoch Pratt Free Library in my East Baltimore neighborhood.  The library is where I became fascinated with books and journals.   I ended up working in libraries for most of my life.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and was one of my favorite books to look at when I worked in a college library.  It gave career information on duties, education, training, pay, and job outlook for a multitude of careers.

Here’s another interesting book:

Top 100 Careers Without A Four-Year Degree:  Your Complete Guidebook to Good Jobs in Many Fields, by Laurence Shatkin

Submitted by Rosa L. Griffin

 

 

Gone with the Wind, book and movie

Posted 9/4/17  to http://www.chicagonow.com/friendly-curmudgeon/2017/09/gone-with-the-wind-banned-in-memphis-actually-indicts-the-confederacy/

friendlycurmudgeon@yahoo.com

I also enjoyed Gone With the Wind because I like movies that are historical, showing how people lived back then–the housing, costumes, songs, etc.

As a Black woman, I agree that things have gone too far when we are trying to ban or get rid of everything historical.   I also agree that no confederate flags should be flying over any municipal or federal buildings anywhere in the U.S.

But I don’t have a problem with white peoples’ showing pride for their own history on their personal belongings.  Remember, the Dukes of Hazzard–a popular tv show–had their General Lee car.  And, remember, the statues were dedicated during a different era.

Museums are the places for the statues, etc. dedicated to slavery and prejudice.  Like I saw engraved on a monument to the Jewish holocaust, “If we forget the past, we may fall prey to these evil things again” (paraphrased).   But, I suspect that U.S. President No. 45 missed the whole point of protesters being able to protest the statues without getting shot or bludgeoned.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayana, 20th century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism.

https://en.m.wikiquote.org/wiki/George_Santayana

Rosa L. Griffin

 

 

Technology aids

http://techboomers.com

Teaches about websites, applications, and social media.

www.greenergadgets.org

Where to get rid of old electronics.

www.yesterdayusa.com

Internet radio broadcasts of songs and shows from the 1920’s to the 1950’s.   Live streamed for free.  Available in the Apple app store.  On Android, Old Time Radio and Shows app free at Google Play.

https://www.goodreads.com

World’s largest network of readers and book recommendations.     Free in the Apple App and Google Play stores.    Share your love of reading.

Source:   Baltimore Beacon, September 2017, v.14, no.9, free, “Beacon Links and Apps”, p.5, TheBeaconNewspapers.com

Rosa L. Griffin

 

Review of Diary of a Nymphomaniac

By Rosa L. Griffin

In the French movie with subtitles, Diary of a Nymphomaniac (2008), a young woman, Valerie (Belen Fabra),  “discovered” sex with a young single man.  And, with any new experience you enjoy, you want to keep partaking of it.  She thought she would stay with him forever, but he refused to keep up with her demands for sex.  Her second man was married and also refused to keep up with her needs.  So, she was labeled as a sex addict or nymphomaniac.

So, with her next man, she attempted marriage and discovered that he was a cruel drug addict, so the marriage was off.   Feeling that she may as well be what she was being labeled, Valerie turned to prostitution so that she could enjoy sex often.  However, she made the mistake of falling in love with a customer who was not in love with her.  She was definitely looking for love in the wrong place.

The most poignant scene in the brothel was her making love with a paraplegic who only had feelings in his hands.   However, she was treated very badly by another customer—her first anal rape by a scraggly old drunk—and her female madam tried to get her to take a dead female lover’s place.

Valerie had a great rapport with her grandmother to whom she could talk with any time about anything, played by Geraldine Chaplin, who spoke French fluently.

The bottom line is that Valerie was looking for love, not just sex.   She was not a nymphomaniac and did not have sex with anyone and everyone she met with no thought for the consequences—which is a loose definition of nymphomania.     I believe that you should pursue sex on your own terms, instead of settling for the first man or woman to come along.    But, how will you know unless you can experiment safely?

I disagree with IMDb (Internet Movie Database) that Valerie eventually found redemption in the version that I saw.    There was no need for redemption as she was, like men, experimenting with sex.   However, what she found was that she was responsible for her own decisions and could handle that responsibility.

P.S. Give foreign films a chance.   Yes, you have to read the subtitles, but most of them are worth taking the time.

Some interesting resources:

https://m.fictionpress.com/s/2034269/Memoirs-of-a-Nymphomaniac.   Delightful poem

www.xojane.com/it-happened-to-me/sex-addiction-more-than-just-a-bad-habit

https://theconversation.com/what-makes-a-woman-a-nymphomaniac-20306

http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-facts-about-nymphomaniacs.php

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/may/07/confessions-of-a-menopausal-nymphmaniac-sex-dating-apps

Review of American Gods, Starz TV show

By Rosa Griffin

War is declared—old gods versus the new gods in April 2017!    What a climax for the finale of the first season of Starz’s American Gods cable television show.   Mr. Wednesday shows who he really is in the finale.  And, he gets Easter (or Ostero), female god of spring to reveal her true power that she held dormant for a long time, taking a back seat to new gods being worshipped.   So many gods, so little time.

Old gods were waning because they were no longer being worshipped.  New gods like technology, food, gambling, drug and sex addiction, etc., were moving into their territory and being worshipped.   Mr. World is a new god who sees no necessity for a war if the old gods join the new gods.   The cast is a delicious mix of diverse veterans as well as actors lesser known to me.

Dealing with the fickleness of the gods had always been violent.  And, if a few thousand humans were killed along the way on many occasions, it was to be expected.  Human survival has never worried the gods.

Old gods

Ian McShane plays Mr. Wednesday, who you know is either a powerful or crazy “man” from the beginning.

Rickie Whittle plays Shadow Moon, Mr. Wednesday’s human sidekick.

Emilie Browning plays Shadow’s wife, Laura, who died and came back mysteriously.

There is a “man” that leads you after death and also dresses dead bodies like a mortician.

Another “man” who dips his pen in “ink”, writes the stories told in a book, and helps the dead body dresser.

Pablo Schreiber, the tall handsome red-headed/bearded leprechaun, Mad Sweeney, is used as a pawn working for Mr. Wednesday and shares in the guilt of Laura’s death.  He explains to Laura that good people suffer sometimes more than bad because of the whim of the gods.

Yetide Batake plays Bilquis the goddess of love who swallows her worshippers whole.

Peter Stomare (one of my favorite actors) as the old Slavic god who kills with a hammer.

Corbin Bernsen as the Vulcan god of guns, based on the Roman god of weaponry and fire.  He snitches to the new gods.

Orlando Jones, Mr. Nancy, convinced me that he could tailor suits for Mr. Wednesday and Shadow Moon, although the spiders hanging around his threads were creepy.

Adult themes only.   All are pawns in Mr. Wednesday’s game of the combat to come.

The histories of the characters are wonderfully and painstakingly developed.   The cinematography and special effects held me spell bound.  The writing is flawless.  I can’t wait until next season.