compassion, confession, faith

Month: March, 2017

Depending upon the kindness of strangers

Black coffee and cigarettes

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Noah and I made it to Cairo from London safely last night.

I travelled the world by myself some years ago. I went whitewater rafting down the Zambezi below Victoria Falls – with a lifejacket since I couldn’t swim. We also bush safaried on the Zambezi with lions and crocs and hippos around us and I was ok. I abseiled on some insane boot camp in Scotland a few years later, crying all the way – note to self, death-defying stunts rarely change your life or suddenly imbue you with the courage to fulfill your dreams – and I made it through somehow.

But travelling alone with an infant for the first time is, without doubt, the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done. The sheer logistics of it – packing for a five-month old, negotiating Heathrow’s complex liquids rules (how much milk?), going through security with your baby in a…

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The Luck of the Irish

George J. Galloway

I was fast asleep. It was late on a billowing March night on the eve of the feast of St. Patrick when I heard my father urgently whisper up the steps to my bedroom “Jiggs!”

I was sixteen and it was 1973. There was a lot going on. The War in Vietnam still waged on even though Nixon and Kissinger would soon skillfully manage a tactical withdraw that was anything but “honorable.” Watergate would soon predominate the headlines. Roe v Wade changed everything in January of that year and Catholics went to war with each other over the sanctity of life. No small things.

I say this because my dad sometimes woke me up in the middle of the night to bounce some ideas off me that disturbed, impressed or excited him. Sometimes he would wake me up to listen to the end of a ball game on the radio…

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In the twilight zone

Back before I retired there was an employee based health insurance that covered my wife and I. The cost was near one third of my monthly income. We managed to squeak by every month after meeting a deductible required by the insurance provider.

Being qualified for Medicare coverage it went smooth for me. Sure there were not as many doctors to choose from but, I found one that met my needs. Out of pocket expenses with my supplemental insurance are reasonable.

Today my wife searched for a new physician with her health insurance provider online. Here in Oklahoma health insurance providers are slim. Two actually offer health insurance since the ACA went into effect. The cost for her coverage is the same as I paid for family coverage while employed.

Fifteen physicians were listed online by her health insurance provider. Of those fifteen listed the majority do not exist by location and phone number. The three that were available had a wait time of two to three weeks. Eventually she will finally find one to care for her health.

We have been through this same kind of search when I was employed, to find physicians located in the twilight zone. They are listed yet they don’t exist. You would think that an insurance provider would keep a record of physicians up to date. Apparently not a high priority for them.

With the talk of the ACA being repealed and replaced we can only hope that the health insurance providers will get their priorities focusing on the customer first. It is a sad country we live in where the cost of health care and greed of the same overlook the needs of their citizens.