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Health Benefit Primer

I am not sure that this is a “real” letter, but it has REAL information!

imageHey everyone,

Following up on [N]’s email, I wanted to give to give some more background as to why we are considering a switch. In fact, I will take this as an opportunity to dive deeper into the health insurance world. Unfortunately, given the times we live in, we can no longer afford to be in the dark on this stuff. We have some tough choices ahead of us, if not now, then likely in a year or two. First, the short answer…

Burden A Little Less on Parents

college tuitionThe front page of my paper offered a story this morning.  It was, again, front page, above the fold.  I was relieved to learn that;

College bill burden falls a little less on parents, Sallie Mae says

Whew.  As a father of two in college I feel a lot better as I would like to retire in seven years, but probably cannot for anther ten at least as of right now.  Of course Sallie Mae is not a parent, but the comments were made on behalf of the student lender through Sarah Ducich, Sallie Mae’s senior vice president for public policy.  Sallie Mae makes an interesting argument, but I don’t agree with the way the concept is framed, hence this post.  As I do in “Phraseology” here are some key phrases from the original article which is linked if you click on the article title;

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

perks of being a wallflowerJuly 24, 2013

Dear friend,

I am writing about this wonderful book that I just read.  I know you’ll think it unlike me to read such a book, but my daughter compelled me to first watch the movie and then read the novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Written by Pittsburgher, Stephen Chbosky, Wallflower is a series of letters written by wallflower, Charlie, as he enters his first year of high school.  You probably won’t be surprised that it didn’t go well for Charlie until he met some unusual and unassuming classmates.  With over 1.5 million copies in print Charlie’s letters are all at once sad, tragic, inspiring, happy, shocking, and devastating and I wanted more.

Separated At Birth – Fudd/McCain

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Elmer J. Fudd:  Egghead is a fictional cartoon character and one of the most famous Looney Tunes characters, and the de facto archenemy of Bugs Bunny. He has one of the more disputed origins in the Warner Bros. cartoon pantheon (second only to Bugs himself).  His aim is to hunt Bugs, but he usually ends up seriously injuring himself and other antagonizing characters. He speaks in an unusual way, replacing his Rs and Ls with Ws, so “Watch the road, Rabbit,” is replaced with “Watch the woad, wabbit!” Elmer’s signature catchphrase is, “Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits”, as well as his trademark laughter, “huh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh”.  Elmer was usually cast as a hapless big-game hunter, armed with a double-barreled shotgun (albeit one which could be fired much more than twice without being reloaded) and creeping through the woods “hunting wabbits”.  [Wikipedia]

The English Girl

image“Whatever it is, it had better be something big.’ I’m Gabriel Allon. I only do big.”

In The English Girl Gabriel Allon does big.  It is interesting “watching” Gabriel Allon grow and grow older as the master spy for Israel.  As he takes on less of an operational role others take on a bigger part.  In this Daniel Silva best seller the world may not hinge completely on Allon’s actions so this novel is a little different.  It is no less action packed or thrilling just a little different.  The English Girl is almost two novels as one story seems to end as you’ll notice as you get about halfway and it seems to be winding down.  It powers back up in the City of Heretics.

Drop Shot

drop shotI went back to the past to read an early Myron Bolitar novel by author Harlan Coben.  If you are not familiar with the series, Myron is a former athlete and current sports agent and he likes to solve murders in his spare time.  In Drop Shot he tries to solve the murder of a tennis star and the trail leads him a little too close to home and puts him at odds with some unsavory characters and some bad guys.  Oh and the lead detective doesn’t think much of him either.