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What It is All About

This is another article dedicated to firefighters everywhere and inspired by my cousin Mike B.  Thank you once again for all that you do. (more…)

Tater Tot Casserole

Let’s face it:  a good meal in a hurry is a good thing, especially if it can cook while you’re spending some time with the family.  Then you can feed your hungry bunch with something better than fast food or delivery.  Not only do you save on the family budget, but you get that “comfort” food that you really want.  This is great recipe for one of those times. (more…)

Midnighters and Sunsetters

Image courtesy of Jeremy Little via Flikr.

Image courtesy of Jeremy Little via Flikr.

I’m sure there are a lot of people that are wondering what that title means.  Here’s the short of it:  One lives in the dark while the other one lives only in the daylight.  They are both medical conditions that affect people that have worked different shifts throughout their working lives. (more…)

The Curse Within

This post is dedicated to the many victims of cancer, their families and the survivors that give us the inspiration to find a cure.  Most notably to a survivor that has given me the inspiration to share this story:  Mike L.  Thank  you, Mike.

A physical is just a physical, right?  Nothing to worry about.  You get some blood work done, possibly an EKG for your heart and you might get an x-ray for your chest or even some scope testing for your colon or your stomach.  That’s totally routine.  So you go through all of that unpleasantness and then wait for your doctor to give you your clean bill of health.  You did all that is recommended in taking care of yourself. (more…)

Loss is Inevitable

Image courtesy of Sara Biljana via Flikr.Recently, a dear friend of mine lost her mother.  Although loss is inevitable, it does not make it any easier to deal with.  There are seven stages in a grieving process and some people go through them faster than others.  But it isn’t easy for anyone.  If you know someone that simply says, “Oh, well……it happens” maybe you should rethink your choice in the people you let into your life.  Even for someone that you didn’t know all that well, there is still a grieving process when you realize that you will never see them again on this earth. (more…)

The Debate over the New Health Law

Image courtesy of Mark Evans via Flikr.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of impoverished Americans rose to 15.1% in 2011.  The number in 2010 was 14.6%.  The current poverty level set for 2012 is $23, 050 per year gross income (about $1921 per month) for a family of four ($11,170 for an individual).  That leaves a lot of families living at or under that level unable to afford health care coverage.  The sagging economy and growing unemployment has put a huge burden on those families.  When their income does not pay the bills and buy the groceries, usually the first thing that is dropped is the cost of health insurance. (more…)

The Challenge of Special Needs Children

Image courtesy of the U.S. Army via Flikr.It is estimated that there are five million children under the age of five that are at risk for such conditions as autism, physical disability or slow physical and mental growth.  These conditions are considered “special needs.”  The problem is that there are only 20% of them that get the early intervention and care that they need.  Why?  It’s because of the financial strains that are placed on many families due to economic woes.  Job loss, work cut-backs and a lack of medical insurance hampers the care that the families need and want to give. (more…)