New Introduction

Surprise! I’m still here and yesterday I had to fill out a contact page in an attemptto meet a companion.  I took most of the day to fill out the form.  One of her questions was, “What is your favorite fruit?”  So I wrote mine, which is pineapple. Then I started to wonder: Is pineapple really a fruit? Here I am riding the train to seniorhood and I had no idea if pineapple is a true fruit.

Next question I asked myself, Why is it so difficult to write a personal introduction? I am who I am.

Since I have not written here in so long I’m going to share “Tell me a little about yourself” I wrote to this new companion I would enjoy meeting. I want to restart my blog with an introduction:

Good evening,.
I’m female and I am a native Californian, born xxxx and bred in the Bay Area.
I honestly didn’t know if pineapple was a fruit so I looked it up and read; The (Pineapple)  ovaries develop into berries which coalesce into a large, compact, multiple accessory fruit.” LOL
I am an Urban Beekeeper and belong to an iris society.
I enjoy drinking alcohol on vacation from the time I get on the plane to the time I get on the plane for return. I went to Cuba, last November, on a regulated Havana Jazz Tour where every morning started with being offered either Mojitos or a Cuba Libre. These welcomes continued through the day and we all were drinking. The Jazz, the Cuban people, my travel companion and tour buddies were memorable. I want to return in 2017.
I have learned to walk through life with no expectations. By living while using this philosophy I am allowed to enjoy who I’m with, at any time of day whether I know them or not.
I am a seeker of new knowledge, friends and connections for my selfishness search of pleasure.
I would be honored to meet you and spend an hour of respectful reciprocity conversation.

Do come back to find out if my intro got me my meeting or not. I would enjoy hearing from you as well.

 

 

WOMEN WAKE UP CALL

What an eye opener on what is happening regarding Planned Parenthood http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ ! I remember marching in the streets for free choice. It looks like the sisterhood might be marching to get health care services.

Anyway, I wanted to be able to direct others to an important article in The New Yorker, this week (November 14 issue – http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/11/14/111114fa_fact_lepore ) as well as Jill Lepore’s interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross ( http://www.npr.org/2011/11/09/142097521/how-birth-control-and-abortion-became-politicized ). I am also including my letter to The Editor of The New Yorker.

However way I can assist to get this information out to others then I have found out the way of my blog.

Oh by the way, I did finally pick up a book called WordPress for Dummies. Wish me luck as I might finally have time to learn on how to get my blog to look.

~ Sunshine Laughing

To the Editor, The New Yorker –

Am I the only one who saw the irony with Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, article on BIRTHRIGHT in the November 14 issue, publishing within the same week as the U.S. Census Bureau released poverty numbers, about 46.2 million people are now considered in poverty, 2.6 million more than last year?

Numbers come into a lot of meaning for me, regarding the BIRTHRIGHT article, such as; There are 435 House of Representatives (76 women, 362 men, & 3 vacancies), or the breakdown of 100 Senators (17 women & 83 men).

I can even look at Age and Sex Composition: 2010 ( source http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/cb11-cn147.html ), the median age of Americans is now 37.2, with seven states recording a median age of 40 or older. The brief also shows the male population grew 9.9 percent between 2000 and 2010, while the female population grew 9.5 percent. Of the total 2010 Census population, 157.0 million people were female (50.8 percent) and 151.8 million were male (49.2 percent). Women are becoming the majority. So let us women get more vocal!

Currently, I see 362 possible men who feel an overriding need to interfere and step into my uterus. If, heaven forbid, I have a growing cancerous tumor in my uterus or any part of my reproductive organs, then it is my responsibility to figure out how to get it medically removed. Which chances were I was at the poverty level and had no medical insurance, I would go to Planned Parenthood for diagnosis, assistance, and a female support group to help me cope with such a life threatening disease.

Who are these persons following the lead of Republicans trying to take down Planned Parenthood, anyways? Why should their envy override my right to privacy and reproductive organs? Yes, I said envy. Due to men being the majority in Congress and not having what I have, eggs, ovaries and a uterus to carry a baby, who gave them the right to interfere in the decisions I make with my organs? I don’t walk around telling them where not to stick their reproductive organs. Only where they are sticking their nose and that is to keep it out of my organ decisions.

Plus, as long as there are stingy Americans who do not want health coverage to be affordable for not just women, but everyone, then it is like a statement my father told me growing up, “When you start paying your own rent, you can make any rules you want under your own roof. Meanwhile, I’m paying and I make the rules.” Well, my body is my house. I pay the bills to cover it, insure it and feed it. Leave me and my health service provider alone.

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Stay in touch and keep Laughing at the Sun 🙂

Palo Alto VA – In the beginning

I’m going to start on the VA class, beginning, December 5, 2010. This is the day my Dad, Korean War Veteran (he still calls it the Korean Conflict) had his stroke. My first call to VAPAHCS was December 7, 2010 when I asked for the Transfer Department.

Sidebar – The main line at VAPAHCS is as follows: “Welcome to the Palo Alto VA. Where we put the Vet first.” Considering the times I have called over the last 90 days, this phone voice greeting is so so funny! It also is the most hypocritical statement anyone could possibly hear on a daily basis.

As for my informal education of the Veterans Administration, started close to 90 days ago, it has now reached formal education.   I welcome all who take the time to read what I write about my major learning curve.   The energy needed to gather information and knowledge in communicating with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS for short), headed by Director Lisa Freeman, could be considered Herculean.  I have nothing but compassion and understanding for families of other Vets who run out of energy and/or patience when dealing with the Veterans Administration.