Thursday, January 31, 2013


Dear Readers:

This weeks recipe not only taste great, but is gluten free and for those of you who are vegan, you too can enjoy this recipe with a few changes to the recipe.  If you prefer something with meat then I would recommend using chicken in this soup.  So check out the current recipe page for Tomato Basil Vegetable Soup.  
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Sunday, January 27, 2013


President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), which ironically is unaffordable, is also bad medicine for America. According to the Senate Joint Economic Committee, the president predicted that after passing the ACA premiums would be cut by $2,500, and instead the average premium has increased by more than $2,000. You’ve probably read about the 21 new taxes the law imposes and how the law cuts more than $700 billion out of Medicare to fund a new entitlement. But one of the worst parts of the ACA is one you may not know about—the creation of an entity called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

The IPAB is an unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy that has been granted sweeping powers to reduce Medicare spending. This denial-of-care board will become operational on April 30 of this year when Medicare’s Chief Actuary will make a determination as to whether Medicare spending will exceed an arbitrary target set by formula. In the event that spending grows faster than permitted, the IPAB will propose a series of Medicare cuts. Given that Medicare only pays physicians only 80% of what private insurers do, any additional cuts could severely limit patients’ access to care. This is because proposed cuts will likely reduce payments to physicians and other health care providers.
IPAB proposals are to be considered using “fast track” procedures and—absent a three-fifths vote of the Senate—Congress can only modify the type of cuts, not the amount. Should Congress fail to act on the board’s recommendations, they automatically go into effect. To make matters worse, the IPAB is exempt from administrative or judicial review.

If the president does not nominate individuals to serve on the IPAB—or if the IPAB fails to recommend cuts—the law gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services the power to make changes unilaterally. We all should be able to agree that the power to affect seniors’ health care should not be concentrated in one person.

Supporters of the board like to claim that IPAB is prevented from rationing care, and as far as the language of the law reads, that’s true.  But dig a little deeper and you find out what’s prevented depends on how you define the word “rationing.”  The IPAB is not allowed to say that a person should be denied a particular treatment or type of care, but the IPAB is allowed to cut payments to the physicians that perform these treatments low enough that the effect is no physician is willing to provide the treatment.  In my view, the board is rationing care if the effect of their decisions is reduced access to needed care. 

As a physician with more than 30 years of experience, I find the ability of this board to intervene in the patient-doctor relationship particularly troubling. Because of these concerns, I reintroduced the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, my legislation to repeal the IPAB. This bipartisan bill passed the House last Congress and had the support of members on both sides of the aisle. I believe my bill is a testament to the fact that members of Congress can put party politics aside, come together and do what’s right for our seniors. I will continue to push for a full repeal of the IPAB, and I look forward to working with my colleagues—both Republicans and Democrats—to protect and preserve Medicare.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


By Capt. Steven  Ellison, MD

I am a doctor specializing in the Emergency Departments of the only two military Level One-Trauma Centers, both in San  Antonio , TX, and they care for civilian Emergencies as well as military  personnel.  San Antonio has the largest military retiree population in the world living here.  As a military doctor, I work long hours and the pay is less than glamorous.  One tends to become jaded by the long hours, lack of sleep, food, family contact and the endless parade of human suffering passing before you.  The arrival of another ambulance does not mean more pay, only more work.  Most often, it is a victim from a motor vehicle crash.

Often it is a person of dubious character who has been shot or stabbed.  With our large military retiree population, it is often a nursing home patient.  Even with my enlisted service and minimal combat experience in Panama, I have caught myself groaning when the ambulance brought in yet another sick, elderly person from one of the local retirement centers that cater to military retirees.  I had not stopped to think of what citizens of this age group represented.

I saw 'Saving Private Ryan.' I was touched deeply.  Not so much by the carnage, but by the sacrifices of so many.  I was touched most by the scene of the elderly survivor at the graveside, asking his wife if he'd been a good man.  I realized that I had seen these same men and women coming through my Emergency Dept… and had not realized what magnificent sacrifices they had made.  The things they did for me and everyone else that has lived on this planet since the end of that conflict are priceless.

Situation permitting, I now try to ask my patients about their experiences.  They would never bring up the subject without the inquiry.  I have been privileged to an amazing array of experiences, recounted in the brief minutes allowed in an Emergency Dept. encounter.  These experiences have revealed the incredible individuals I have had the honor of serving in a medical capacity, many on their last admission to the hospital. 

There was a frail, elderly woman who reassured my young enlisted medic, trying to start an IV line in her arm.  She remained calm and poised, despite her illness and the multiple needle-sticks into her fragile veins.  She was what we call a 'hard stick.'  As the medic made another attempt, I noticed a number tattooed across her forearm.  I touched it with one finger and looked into her eyes.  She simply said, ' Auschwitz.'  Many of later generations would have loudly and openly berated the young medic in his many attempts.  How different was the response from this person who'd seen unspeakable suffering.

Also, there was this long retired Colonel, who as a young officer had parachuted from his burning plane over a Pacific Island held by the Japanese.  Now an octogenarian, he had a minor cut on his head from a fall at his home where he lived alone.  His CT scan and suturing had been delayed until after midnight by the usual parade of high priority ambulance patients.  Still spry for his age, he asked to use the phone to call a taxi, to take him home, when he realized his ambulance had brought him without his wallet.  He asked if he could use the phone to make a long distance call to his daughter who lived 7 miles away.  With great pride we told him that he could not, as he'd done enough for his country and the least we could do was get him a taxi home, even if we had to pay for it ourselves.  My only regret was that my shift wouldn't end for several hours, and I couldn't drive him myself.

I was there the night M/Sgt Roy Benavidez came through the Emergency Dept. for the last time.  He was very sick.  I was not the doctor taking care of him, but I walked to his bedside and took his hand.  I said nothing.  He was so sick he didn't know I was there.  I'd read his Congressional Medal of Honor citation and wanted to shake his hand.  He died a few days later.

I may still groan when yet another ambulance comes in, but now I am much more aware of what an honor it is to serve these particular men and women. 

I have seen a Congress who would turn their back on these individuals who've sacrificed so much to protect our liberty.  I see later generations that seem to be totally engrossed in abusing these same liberties, won with such sacrifice

It has become my personal endeavor to make the nurses and young enlisted medics aware of these amazing individuals when I encounter them in our Emergency Dept.  Their response to these particular citizens has made me think that perhaps all is not lost in the next generation.

My experiences have solidified my belief that we are losing an incredible generation, and this nation knows not what it is losing.  We should all remember that we must 'Earn this.'

Written By CAPT. Stephen R. Ellison, M.D. US Army

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Dear Readers:

This week's recipe is great to serve on a cold night and will go with about any main course.  I love to serve it with baked ham or pork chops.  This week we are making - Bacon-Topped Curried Potatoes. 
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Saturday, January 19, 2013


View details Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was? 

Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses.

Psychologist at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what is known as an "Event Boundary" in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next.

View detailsYour brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale. 

It's not aging, it's the damn door!  Thank goodness for studies like this.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Dear Readers:

As I sit tonight doing my weekly recipe, it is quietly snowing outside.  We have had about 5 to 6 inches since it started snowing at 3:00 pm this afternoon.  It is now almost 8:00 PM.   With that in mind, there is nothing like COOKIES baking in the oven on a cold evening.  The downside is that these have to be refrigerated overnight, however, it is supposed to be colder tomorrow night, so I can bake them then.  This week we are making Pinwheel Cookies.
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These are the Laws of 2013

Law of Mechanical Repair After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

Law of Gravity Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.

Law of Probability The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of Random Numbers If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.

Variation Law If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Close Encounters The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

Law of the Result When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, IT WILL!!!

Law of Biomechanics The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of the Theater and Hockey Arena At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

The Coffee Law As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy's Law of Lockers If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor, are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

Law of Logical Argument Anything is possible IF you don't know what you are talking about.

Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly.

Law of Public Speaking A CLOSED MOUTH GATHERS NO FEET!!!

Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it, OR the store will stop selling it!!

The Doctors' Law If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better…  But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.

If you don't share this with your friends within the next 5 minutes your belly button will unscrew - and your butt will fall off.   Really.... It's true.  I heard it on the internet.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013



This is true and funny!!!!

When you have to visit a public bathroom, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place.  Once it's your turn, you check for feet under the stall doors.  Every stall is occupied. 

Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the stall. You get in to find the door won't latch.  It doesn't matter, the wait has been so long you are about to wet your pants!  The dispenser for the modern 'seat covers' (invented by someone's Mom, no doubt) is handy, but empty.  You would hang your purse on the door hook, if there was one, but there isn't - so you carefully, but quickly drape it around your neck, (Mom would turn over in her grave if you put it on the FLOOR!),  yank down your pants, and assume ' The Stance.'

In this position your aging, toneless thigh muscles begin to shake. You'd love to sit down, but you certainly hadn't taken time to wipe the seat or lay toilet paper on it, so you hold 'The Stance.' 

To take your mind off your trembling thighs, you reach for what you discover to be the empty toilet paper dispenser. In your mind, you can hear your mother's voice saying, 'Honey, if you had tried to clean the seat, you would have KNOWN there was no toilet paper!' Your thighs shake more.

You remember the tiny tissue that you blew your nose on yesterday - the one that's still in your purse. (Oh yeah, the purse around your neck, that now, you have to hold up trying not to strangle yourself at the same time).  That would have to do.  You crumple it in the puffiest way possible.  It's still smaller than your thumbnail.

Someone pushes your door open because the latch doesn't work.  The door hits your purse, which is hanging around your neck in front of your chest, and you and your purse topple backward against the tank of the toilet.  'Occupied!' you scream, as you reach for the door, dropping your precious, tiny, crumpled tissue in a puddle on the floor, lose your footing altogether, and slide down directly onto the TOILET SEAT.  It is wet of course. You bolt up, knowing all too well that it's too late.  Your bare bottom has made contact with every imaginable germ and life form on the uncovered seat because YOU never laid down toilet paper - not that there was any, even if you had taken time to try.  You know that your mother would be utterly appalled if she knew, because, you're certain her bare bottom never touched a public toilet seat because, frankly, dear, 'You just don't KNOW what kind of diseases you could get.'

By this time, the automatic sensor on the back of the toilet is so confused that it flushes, propelling a stream of water like a fire hose against the inside of the bowl that sprays a fine mist of water that covers your butt and runs down your legs and into your shoes.  The flush somehow sucks everything down with such force that you grab onto the empty toilet paper dispenser for fear of being dragged in too. 

At this point, you give up.  You're soaked by the spewing water and the wet toilet seat. You're exhausted.  You try to wipe with a gum wrapper you found in your pocket and then slink out inconspicuously to the sinks. 

You can't figure out how to operate the faucets with the automatic sensors, so you wipe your hands with spit and a dry paper towel and walk past the line of women still waiting. 

You are no longer able to smile politely to them.  A kind soul at the very end of the line points out a piece of toilet paper trailing from your shoe.  (Where was that when you NEEDED it??)  You yank the paper from your shoe, plunk it in the woman's hand and tell her warmly, 'Here, you just might need this.' 

As you exit, you spot your hubby, who has long since entered, used, and left the men's restroom.  Annoyed, he asks, 'What took you so long, and why is your purse hanging around your neck?' 

This is dedicated to women everywhere who deal with a public restroom (rest??? you've GOT to be kidding!!).  It finally explains to the men what really does take us so long.  It also answers their other commonly asked questions about why women go to the restroom in pairs.  It's so the other gal can hold the door, hang onto your purse and hand you Kleenex under the door! 

This HAD to be written by a woman! No one else could describe it so accurately!

Share this with all women (and men) that need a good laugh AND, don' t forget to have a mammogram!!!!!!  It could save your life!


Dear Readers:

Once again, an interesting email to share with you: 

Good idea... one light bulb at a time.... I can verify this because I was in Lowes the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments... they were all made in China.  The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there.  They were made in USA.  Start looking....
In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do
affects someone else - even their job ... 

My grandson likes Hershey's candy.  I noticed, though, that it is
marked made in Mexico now.  I do not buy it any more.

My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico .... now I have
switched to Crest.  You have to read the labels on everything...

This past weekend I was at Kroger... I needed 60 W light bulbs and
Bounce dryer sheets.  I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to
the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday
Value."  I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same except for the priceThe GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand, but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA in a company in Cleveland , Ohio .

So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here...

So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets.... yep, you guessed
it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada ... The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA!  I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop
for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!

If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time!  Stop buying from overseas companies!

(We should have awakened a decade ago...)

Let's get with the program and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the USA .

I passed this on... will you???????Good idea... one light bulb at a time...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


This video is from all the way back to the Reagan Presidency.  He is sitting along side of Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neil, enjoying an evening together at the Ford theater.  A very funny act takes place on stage.  With all the security that take place around any of our Presidents today, nothing the performer does could ever take place.  We sure could use a little levity in D.C today!

Very Funny !! Make sure you go to full screen..


Dear Readers:

Received another email that explained the Debt Ceiling:

Here's another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:

Let's say, you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood....and your home has sewage all the way up to your basement ceilings.

What do you think you should do ......

Raise the ceilings, or remove the s---?

What do you think they are going to do?

Let me repeat myself.  They are idiots and we deserve them because we continue to elect them.

It’s like a dance band on the deck of the Titanic!

Monday, January 14, 2013


Coca-cola recommended as 'medical cure' for stomach blockages.

The bubbles and chemical make-up of coca-cola makes the beverage an effective cure for getting rid of stomach blockages, a medical study has revealed, with doctors recommending the drink as an alternative to surgery. (to read more CLICK HERE )

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Dear Readers:

This was sent to me via email and wanted to share.  I, too, am retired and get social security, but I am also still working and paying into the system and have been for 53 years:

Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security " to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats.

Here's a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana ... I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!

"Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight!!!!!

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FIFTY YEARS.

2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).

3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme
that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and "your ilk" pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age, 67.  NOW, you and your "shill commission" are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.

5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now "you morons" propose to change the rules of the game.  Why?  Because "you idiots" mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.

6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again.  Why?  Because you "incompetent bastards" spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money.   Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.

To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "B……t" to your incompetence. Well, Captain B……t, I have a few questions for YOU:

1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?

2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?

3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

It is you, Captain B……t, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the "greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow nutcase thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.

And for what? Votes and your job and retirement security at our expense, you lunk-headed, leech.

That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic, political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.

And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a b____.  NO, I did not stutter.


If you like the way things are in America ignore this.

If you agree with what a Montana citizen, Patty Myers, says, please PASS IT ON!!!!

P.S. And stop calling Social Security benefits "entitlements". WHAT AN INSULT!!!!

I have been paying in to the SS system for 45 years “It's my money”-give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Dear Readers:

If you count calories, or tear your hair out over making pie crust, then this is a recipe for you - Crustless Apple Pie.  The hardest part of this recipe is peeling the apples.   Of course, anything with apples, plus a hot cup of tea or coffee on a cold winter's night, makes everything look better.  
Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
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