Google’s Doodle today is about Grace Hopper. Grace was a computer scientist and U.S. Rear Admiral. She was also one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mach I Computer.
This interview of Admiral Hopper by David Letterman is as hilarious as it is informative.
That was the question a frustrated friend shared with me yesterday. I was driving in our car speeding along at about , ahem, 60mph. I was thinking, should I call RH and ask him or should I just look it up? I opted instead to drive safely to work and THEN I looked it up for my friend.
The answer was surprisingly easy. Anyone can click the following link and be brought to a helpful one page guide, A One Page Guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace. It is chock full of helpful information including:
- How to tell if you qualify for private plans or public ones (Medicaid)
- About the Children’s Health Insurance Program
- Health Insurance Marketplaces by State
- A hotline to call or live chat should you have questions.
And if you have a few free minutes on your hands and want to understand what the facts (and fantasies) of The Affordable Care act are, Beck’s Cafe recommends checking out Fact Check.org for some balanced and non hype reporting.
The company is called, 2 by 2 Music, and it is made up of a classically trained cellist and violinist. Their specialty is creating custom music sets for your specific event. They are available for weddings, dinner parties, social or business functions. They play a wide range of classical music and are happy to serve throughout Greater Boston. Please visit their FB page for more information at 2 by 2 Music or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
So the Sequester is here. But what does it mean to us personally, state by state? ProPublica has done what I think is a good job outlining the state by state breakdown in an easy to use graphical format. Here’s a brief summary for MA and a link:
- Massachusetts will lose approximately $13.9 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 190 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 20,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 60 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, Massachusetts will lose approximately $13.4 million in funds for about 160 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
- Massachusetts would lose about $4 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.
- Massachusetts could lose up to $140,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 500 fewer victims being served.
- In Massachusetts, approximately 7,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $43.4 million in total
Click the link and find Massachusetts or your state for more…. http://www.propublica.org/article/a-graphic-guide-to-the-sequester
I love reading the bible, studying the bible, and trying to live by it. By far, I am not nearly as successful at it as I’d like to be, but I take solice in the fact that I believe the Bible really is alive and full of power and relevant for today. So what have I got to lose? I figure eventually something will impact me for the good.
I read a couple of ways. One is just straight through a particular book or books, I’m sauntering through Luke right now in fact. The other way is with a Bible study guide, if you will. I’m using Joyce Myers, Promises for Your Everyday Life, right now. It is great. She’s a wonderful teacher for men or women but for us gals, she’s especially on topic. She covers topics like our baggage (“drop it”), our pettiness at times (“stop it”) and more. Good advice woman to woman. I’ll share more about my bible study methods in future posts in case it helps anyone but today I want to cover “Do It Afrad”.
I don’t have a sermon for this, that’s Joyce’s department, but today she shared from 1 John 4:18 “Do It Afraid”.
New International Version (NIV)
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
The basic thought she shared is this:
- Even when we screw up, don’t be afraid of Him. His love is perfect, ours is not. He loves us period, so, don’t be afraid to come back
- When we feel afraid of doing something that we are convicted God is telling us to do, keep your focus on Him. Sure take a breath, “gird your loins” an so on but keep your eyes on God
- Do it afraid
Do it afraid means do it anyway even though you are scared out of your Victoria Secrets. Do it afraid even when the tunnel looks dark and scarrey. Do it afraid means you swallow, and move forward; sometimes slow, sometimes fast. But always moving forward to the goal He’s called you too. To the mission He’s called you too.
I used to thing fear was really God telling me to stop and take a different path. And you know, you do have to listen to your gut, your intuition. Don’t slough off those “hunches” those “small straws in soft winds”. But those are different from fear I think. In my case fear kept me from fufilling God’s purpose for me, and from me doing some cool things for Him. The cool thing about doing cool things for God is that it blesses the other person and it blesses you. It’s a great combination.
I’ll leave everyone with this picture, it is related. It is something that randomly popped up today in my boyfriend’s Facebook feed and he was nice enough to share it with me:
When my friend Traci posted on her Facebook timeline that she was starting a “Thankful Jar” for 2013, I thought, “what a great idea! It turns out it is not just a great idea, it is good for you in many ways too! But first, what about the jar then what about the good for you-ed-ness of it?
The Thankful Jar
While the thankful jar is a great idea, you could also keep a thankful journal too, either on paper or in your favorite text editor or word processor. You could even set up a WordPress blog for it! For the verbal, how about a thankful mp3 journal? You can record MP3′s on your PC and upload them to Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive, Dropbox or Evernote.
The Science of Being Thankful
Being thankful or grateful about your wonderful relationship with your partner is not trying to butter them up but it literally helps with how the two of you interact and feel close. As reported in the University of California, Berkley, newsletter, “Greater Good”:
When we cultivate feelings of gratitude towards our sweethearts…we feel more satisfied with our relationship, and—amazingly—our partners feel more connected to us and more satisfied with the relationship, too.
This doesn’t mean we should skip telling our partner how much we appreciate him or her: Research also suggests that expressing gratitude to a romantic partner (or close friend) can make us feel more satisfied with the relationship and increase our sense of responsibility for our partner’s well being.
Being thankful and grateful is such a simple act. So many times it is the simple things in life that have the most impact.
It turns out that an attitude of gratitude can help us physically as well. Here is a quick run down of where it does this, as seen in Women’s WebMD:
- Stress: “Gratitude research is beginning to suggest that feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress,”
- Immune Booster: “researchers comparing the immune systems of healthy, first-year law students under stress found that, by midterm, students characterized as optimistic (based on survey responses) maintained higher numbers of blood cells that protect the immune system, compared with their more pessimistic classmates.”
- Those with Compromised Health: “Optimism also has a positive health impact on people with compromised health. In separate studies, patients confronting AIDS, as well as those preparing to undergo surgery, had better health outcomes when they maintained attitudes of optimism.”
A Wide Set of Other Personal Attributes
Gratitude is a topic of study these days and researchers McCollough and Emmons conducted a large-scale research program on the topic. The results should help us all take notice as to why being grateful is so important. From The Emmons Lab at the University of California at Davis
- A daily gratitude intervention (self-guided exercises) with young adults resulted in higher reported levels of the positive states of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy compared to a focus on hassles or a downward social comparison (ways in which participants thought they were better off than others).
- A related benefit was observed in the realm of personal goal attainment: Participants who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, interpersonal and health-based) over a two-month period compared to subjects in the other experimental conditions.
I’m so in the mood for Christmas right now! All that is missing is the snow! So, if you are not in the mood for Christmas, I give to you, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”……how can you not smile hearing this :-) (and a hat tip to Raymond through FB for reminding all of his friends of this great piece of seasonal music!)