Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for August, 2009

Tim Foley at Change.org has picked up on the post I wrote about the Bridgeville shooting victim whose friends and family sponsored a car wash to help her pay her medical bills (with a link to a news story about the car wash). His take on the story is well worth reading. Meanwhile, on my…

I have a friend. She has a daughter. While in college, the daughter was covered on the parents’ health insurance policy. Well, sorta. As part of her college program, the daughter had to do an internship. Hey, that’s great! Great experience, maybe a great chance to get a permanent job! Except, as it turns out,…

In the contentious health care reform debate that has raged on lo these many months, one of the cries of protest we’ve heard has centered around how we might be infringing upon the rights of young, healthy American citizens. Young healthy people don’t need to access the health care system the way old folks [who,…

The other night I made a chive sauce from a recipe off the internet (I regret that I did not keep track of the source) that was just beautiful. One cup minced chives. Saute in some olive oil. I sauteed them until they were starting to get just on the verge of crispy, almost like…

Perhaps you might have wondered why I don’t blog so much lately. That would be because my full-time job these days is navigating the The Best Health Insurance System In The World!TM on behalf of my elderly mother. You may recall that a few weeks back, her wallet was stolen, necessitating cancellation of her existing…

One of my daily pleasures is to spend some time reading the Philadelphia Inquirer with a nice cup of coffee. Some days I read thoroughly, other days I skim, but no matter what I always read the comics. I just can’t get through a day without reading the comics. (And let me here digress to…

I am a fan of Oliver Sacks, and will read just about anything he has written – though, interestingly enough, I find myself so far unable to make my way through Migraine. Perhaps this has something to do with the cover illustration of a mosaic aura, which twice induced an aura (scintillating fortification) and subsequent…

Let Me Re-direct Your Perspective On That

Via Female Science Professor, ‘Study: Women create ‘their own glass ceiling’: A new study shows female managers are more than three times as likely as their male counterparts to underrate their bosses’ opinions of their job performance. The discrepancy increases with women older than 50, the study states. “Women have imposed their own glass ceiling,…

As I recently reported, my mother’s wallet was stolen last week, containing her bank card, driver’s license, and insurance and Medicare cards. This has resulted in hours and hours of work for me to deal with replacing the cards, working with the bank to contest the fraudulent charges on her account, etc. I’m going to…

Regular readers may know that my mother has been living in an assisted living home since January of 2008. Making the move to the AL home was agonizing for her and everyone in our family. Previously, my mother had been living still in the same house that she had been born and raised in, the…