Sweet as Nectarines – Wordle

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1. Blood

2. Despair

3. Woman

4. Seek

5. Seclusion

6. Willowy (adj.) Lithe, graceful, slender)

7. Beaten

8. Aware

9. Nectarine

10. Scaffold

11. Wolf

12. Mimeomia ((n.) the frustration of knowing how easily you fit into a stereotype, even if you never intended to, even if it’s unfair, even if everyone else feels the same way—each of us trick-or-treating for money and respect and attention, wearing a safe and predictable costume because we’re tired of answering the question, “What are you supposed to be?”)

Use at least 10 of the words to create a story or poem

The words can appear in an alternate form

Use the words in any order that you like.

Tag: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and Wordle

Moon beaten, a willow woman leaves her seclusion. Inside her blood beaten by despair induces a walk to the scaffold. Self aware of the will es surrounding her.  They see her mimeomia as sweet as nectarines.

Writtenas part of a challenge called Wordle, detailsavailable at https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/19271780/posts/1475648297

Decoration Day

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Officially it’s Memorial Day in the US. But it was once Decoration Day.  The origins of this run deep.  The Union troops first celebrated the holiday on May 30, 1868.  But their were ones before that.

April 26,1866 was the first offical celebration of the Civil War dead in the south.  The gravesodd the Confederate troops were decorated with ribbons and buttons.  It was a symbol of homespun touches.  The south want left with much. Most of the people in the south eye fast from rich before the war.

There small marking on Anniversary of major battles were common for both Northern and Southern graves.  This was a war that no one thought would ever come.  It’s a war that started with only a Northern Army and  Northern Navy.   The South were farmers with little industry.   Every able bodied man who wasn’t a plantain owner fought in the South.

The Northern Armies were full of troops that well to do people paid others to take their place.  In the North, a grand horse race track called Saratoga opened in the height of the war.  The Southern people raced to Richmond to riot for bread.  The honor of the fighters for the South was not lost that all but Gettysburg was fought in their homes, their fields, over their crops.

Both sides died in a war to force the country back together. From the beginning when families watch on the side lines outside Alexandria.  To the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.  These men lead to a celebration to honor all those lost in battle under Stars and Stripes

Time Shadows

Time left me still 

Details have subtly faded 

The cold light of then, now shines

Like rid yourself of ghosts 

What if it’s you there’s no belief in

Memories are gilded cages 

Feelings cling Like cobwebs 

Their sticky threads still have teeth 

To purge the light is the only cure 

Creating shadows that obscure sundials 

Time uses distance against me 

I’m robbed of judgement 

Memories fill feelings into missing parts

Was the you, you back then? 

Or has me changed whom I was too?

Postcard – FFAW

I stand at the roadside. 

The sea slides so softly against the sand.  Bisbee Bay, a mecca of gentle summer days that last forever.  Whose touch on the memory vanish like morning dew. 

I state into a postcard.

Gone are the floats of plastic trash.  No Styrofoam cups or grocery bags. The place is smaller now.  My eyes aren’t the same.  The smell is different.  The people aren’t families.  Their faces carry weight of misery.
I get back in my car. Going back is not always a good idea.

Written as part ofa challenge called Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writersttps://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/fffaw-challenge-week-of-may-23-2017/

Impression

What impression have I made?

Have I left a mold for precious metals?

Footprint squished into a riverbank?

Did I choose wax or steel to cast from?

Will I be lucky enough to be a fossil?

Will the next storm wash me away?

Time is no test man passes 

Is an anonymous legacy, a legacy at all

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Letter From My Congressman

There’s a movement in Healthcare here in the US. Congress has tried to kill one system and replace it with another. The ACA (Obamacare) used an income tax on the Top 2% incomes to pay for a significant chunk. The ACHA (Trumpcare) cuts that tax and uses $880 billion taken from Medicare expanded coverage.  The biggest issue with the new system is there is no way to control what you may be charged based on age and history.  If you believe your health is all lifestyle and rich people need an average of $24,000,000 in tax cuts more than people who worked their whole life to afford retirement than this might make sense.  The young people living on $30,000 a year actually weren’t paying more after ACA.  Which is a claim made that healthy people subsidized unhealthy people (it works this way for all insurance Life, Auto, Homeowners….) Insurance is a risk based industry. A hurricane hits Florida, your home owners insurance goes up in Maine, Kansas, Montana… For profit companies will make money.  Healthcare is being called a privilege. And without a 3% growth in domestic Gross National Product, Congress can’t balance this tax cut. We are looking at 1.9% in a very positive year.

PAUL A. GOSAR, D.D.S.
Fourth District, Arizona

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May 23, 2017

 

 

Mr. Mark Reynolds


Star Valley, AZ 85541-3983

 

Dear Mr. Reynolds,

 

Thank you for contacting me regarding the American Health Care Act (AHCA). I appreciate your thoughts on this issue and welcome the opportunity to respond.

 

Before coming to Washington to be your member of Congress, I owned and operated a dental practice in Northern Arizona for more than 25 years. Serving the community as a health care provider, both by practicing dentistry as well as engaging in charitable and non-profit activities with other Arizona doctors and physicians, I know the best health care not only focuses on preventative services and wellness but also empowers the doctor-patient relationship by getting government and insurance regulation out of the way.

 

America needs health care reform to lower costs, increase access, and enhance patient choice. As your Congressman, I am committed to reform that is both patient-centered and market-based.  That is why I strongly oppose the burdensome and costly regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. Former President Obama’s colossal overhaul of the American health care system delivered 20,000 pages of regulations which have restricted choice, driven up insurance premiums and put bureaucrats between you and your doctor. The mandates and regulations included in this law have driven insurance companies out of the market and put millions of Americans at risk of losing their private, individual health insurance. Public opposition to Obamacare helped deliver victories to Republicans across the country with a mandate to repeal the law and replace it with common-sense policies that lower costs and improve access to care for average Americans.

 

On May 4th, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – a measure to begin the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare – with my supportI am going to tell Arizonans the truth about the updated version of the American Health Care Act: This bill is not a full repeal and replace of Obamacare. However, after working alongside my colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus, we have been able to secure Conservative changes to the bill that will immediately eliminate Obamacare taxes, lower health care premiums and offer more choices for Arizonans. Additionally, my support for AHCA was contingent upon not giving Members of Congress special treatment. Elected leaders must be subject to the same rules governing all Americans, and this important measure explicitly applies to this bill.

 

Conservatives worked tirelessly in the weeks preceding the House vote to make the AHCA better for the American people. In particular, the Freedom Caucus – following up on our earlier offer of a full repeal and replace plan – immediately got to work to mitigate problems within the original bill text. The new plan has updated language to immediately roll back stifling requirements while also protecting individuals with preexisting conditions. While this revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, my conservative colleagues and I support it as part of our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs and make a down-payment on a full repeal. Millions of Americans are drowning right now under the tidal wave of Obamacare regulations and mandates that have destroyed our entire healthcare system. The American Health Care Act is a life raft to those suffering and represents real movement toward a true market-based solution.

 

One important policy change in this bill is the increase in state authority to drive down costs and tailor specific plans to the unique needs of their citizens. The MacArthur amendment will grant individual states the ability to effectively repeal cost-driving aspects of Obamacare not already addressed by the AHCA. Especially in the interim period before Obamacare can be fully repealed, this increased authority will empower states to free individuals, families and businesses from the most burdensome Obamacare regulations that drive up the cost of their premiums. The healthcare needs of Arizonans are often different from those of Alaskans, Californians or New Yorkers. This amendment respects those differences and allows individual state governments, not a disconnected federal bureaucracy, to make the critical decisions that impact healthcare.

 

It is important to set the record straight on two myths being perpetuated by special interest groups about the AHCA, specifically the updated age rating  the so-called “age tax”  and how patients with preexisting conditions receive insurance coverage. First, the age rating. The American Health Care Act restores market balance to the premiums charged for each age group. It stops the generational theft that Obamacare imposed upon the nations young adults in an effort to disguise the price increases wreaking havoc on older Americans premiums. Instead of utilizing reforms that would actually lower the price of health care, Obamacare tried to hide the massive costs of regulation by requiring young, healthy adults to subsidize the health care costs of older Americans at a rate well above what a well-functioning market would prescribe. Kicking the can down the road and shifting costs onto our children and grandchildren is not only unfair, it is wrong. The AHCA brings fairness back to the age pricing structure for premiums and lowers costs for all ages by instituting reforms that fundamentally lower costs of care, not mask them with funny money gimmicks. In fact, according to the Foundation for Government Accountability, seniors over 60 could see up to 45 percent lower premiums under the AHCA while young adults and other age groups would see savings of up to 50 percent.

 

The AHCA maintains the federal standard that no individual may be denied insurance coverage due to a preexisting condition. Period. Despite fear mongering from the Democrats and special interest groups hell-bent on maintaining a failing system, the AHCA maintains protections for our sickest and most vulnerable patients – and it does so in a more effective, cost efficient manner than Obamacare. Similar to the cost-shifting hijinks of the age rating,Obamacare did nothing to lower the cost of care for the very sick; it just attempted to cover up that cost by charging everyone moreIn Obamacare, everyone was priced as if they were sick. In the AHCA, everyone is priced as if they are healthy and those with known high risks are subsidized behind the scenes by “invisible” high risk pools. This is much smarter, cost efficient way to control costs for those with expensive medical needs and prevent premiums for healthier patients from spiraling out of control. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department, 50% of the nation’s health care costs come from just 5% of the population. The AHCA will provide these patients with a variety of affordable health insurance options and safety nets while keeping premiums low for the general population. These are the facts, without the emotional hysteria the Left is whipping up to cloud the policy debate.

 

Combined with my bipartisan legislation, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, which passed the House by a vote of 416-7, the AHCA takes the necessary first step to rebuilding America’s healthcare market. While I still support full repeal and replacement of Obamacare, the revised AHCA finally opens the door to free-market solutions that empowers states and individuals to have more control over health care decisions. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress as well as President Trump to deliver the health care reform we were sent to Washington to deliver.

 

Again, I appreciate your thoughts and concerns.  It is an honor to serve Arizona as part of its congressional delegation. Your suggestions are always welcome, and if ever I may be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.  To receive the latest legislative updates and news you can sign up for my e-newsletter at gosar.house.gov.

Sincerely,
(signed)
Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
Member of Congress
PG/DH

Demeter’s Tears ComplimentaryPo.em

While orange taloms of dawn scratch at fading moonscape

Demeter’s tears fall like shooting stars

Each droplet a new life founded 

Each droplet new visions seen

Widening landscape of inherrent possibilities 

Probability washes among rainbow beaches

Another commentary po.em from  Lorraine and myself.  Her words are italicIzed.  More of her words are located at http://myfrillyfreudianslip.wordpress.com and http://25wordsmoreorless.wordpress.com

Future Pasts Complimentary Po.em

Days of reckoning, days of glory?

Finish lines in moving sand

Vaulting into hyperspace

Passing future pasts 

Foot race to reason

Across ribbon candy fantasy land

Another commentary po.em from  Lorraine and myself.  Her words are italicIzed.  More of her words are located at http://myfrillyfreudianslip.wordpress.com and http://25wordsmoreorless.wordpress.com

What If – Encounters

I poke at the fire. Deep red and orange embers spit flames skyward.  As the flames grow thinner, the realization of more wood needs found. 

“Damn it! I should have did this before it got dark.” I see my heat source dwindling before my eyes.  

Dawn is several hours away.  My camp hid well with a pine grove.  I must venture forth to where the wild things roam.  My way guided by the worst flashlight ever and the pale glow of Eris. 

The Moon has long turned in for the night. The false silver light of Moon2 as it was called during its building.  Mankind’s solution to energy build a second Moon.  The crazy light show on its surface was beautiful until they told us it was pieces breaking off and streaming back to Earth.

My third spark has sailed overhead.  They tell us it’s just normal. No one has ever been hit by one of these pieces.  

“Who the hell would know I was hit it here?” I keep eyes open for anything out here.   We used to worry about coyotes and bears.  

This is the last crumb of avoiding civilization. The government will covert this to receiving station for that damn Eris. The greater good.  So we at told.

I leave my little corner for an arm full of wood.  Just enough to keep warm.  Just enough to give me the peace of wilderness. The woods have been cleaned of anything bigger than a twig. 

A light flashes in green behind me. A wave of heat. A sound like an exploding building.  My legs feel the ground shudder.

My vantage point is sparse trees in an island against open darkness.  I can see light from something below a ridge I was unaware of before.  Mechanical sounds whirl.  Static and broke words burst forth. None are clear.  I search for a path to get me closer.

A lonely motor winds.  I hear treads click and blacking. Voices rise but never clear the commotion. 

I walk through scrub oaks. I snap an occasional branch. I was walking by rolling feet to not annouce my presence.  A half mile hike takes less time when you stop breathing from fear of being heard.

“Billy!  The cage.  We need the cage out here now! They’re coming in from North in 130 seconds.” The deep voice crawls through the still night. 

My eyes reach the edge.   A pit that collapsed to reveal gated under ground.  Two cages ten feet tall with twice the length and width gleem in low light.  In one corner, a small grey man tends to something inside. 

A green glow blinds me. Whispers of wind spill on to me.  

“They’re real! Oh shit….They are real!” I try to stay quiet.  The scaly hand on my shoulder tells me I wasn’t quiet enough. 

“Billy! We got a peeper!” The thing attached yells out.

The small grey man looks up suddenly. He walks over to see my body hanging in the air.  His tall friend keeping me off the ground by hanging me like a towel.

“Put him on with the others. We need to get these humans off our planet.  I told you they hid like rats. They know it’s illegal but they still come out here.”

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