Posts Tagged ‘life’

Not Wedding

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

It’s Road Trip Weekend! Chris and I are hitting the open road tomorrow morning. We’ll be staying in Tupelo tomorrow night, Atlanta Saturday and Birmingham on Sunday. It’s the Carter Family Deep South Tour ‘09! If you need us, we’ll be on Highway 78, rockin’to the Carolina Chocolate Drops while drinking Peach Nehi till our teeth rot out. Here’s hoping we’ll have time to stop off at The World’s Largest Office Chair!

The ultimate goal of our road trip will be to arrive, safe and sound, at The Not Wedding in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday night. There I will be hocking my buttony wares & doing my best to convince the gathered brides that bartering cash for buttons is the way to go in these tough economic times. I don’t know if you’ve read The Economist lately but “Purchasing 1 Inch Buttons” is right between “Grow your own Victory Garden” and “Put All Your Money in a Mattress” in their list of ways to ride out the recession. My dads favorite tip, “Shut the Refrigerator Door,” is a distant fourth.

When I get back from Atlanta I might have time for things other than button making… like blogging… and also doing the dishes.

Health Insurance….bah!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

I hate to be all “Poor little Insured Girl” while the self-employed of the world play a Shostakovich concerto on teeny tiny violins… but MAN, no one told me that health insurance would be such a gigantically painful hassle! I would almost prefer to sit for hours on end at a public health clinic. Sure snotty kids got their sticky sick fingers all over me… and the screaming… ohgodthescreaming… but I’d pay my 15 bucks, and as soon as I stepped out the door I could begin forgetting the whole awful experience.

Having health insurance is like a PTSD flashback of hassle. Three months after my initial visit with my internist, the claim rejection letters start rolling in. Then the phone calls… and the hours of hold time with customer care. After spending 47 years of my life that I’ll never get back, it all turned out to be a simple misunderstanding. My doctor’s office had erroneously attached me to my husband’s policy . . . also Pacificare thought I was a man.

“Not a big deal,” said Ms. Customer Care. “At least not till you try filing a claim at a gynecologist, or try to receive prenatal care.” Just the same, I’d kind of like my pharmacist to stop looking at me funny.

When it’s all said and done, Pacificare . . . I love you baby. I didn’t mean to say all those hateful things about you. I really love how, out of all my prescriptions, it was the $450 2oz bottle of lotion that you decided to cover instead of all those cheap generics… and I love you for that. Don’t ever go.

Mt Zion Baptist Church

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Mt Zion Baptist Church
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Election Day

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Election Day
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Willis Has a Story

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008


My friend Aaron Willis became radio famous today as a guest on The Story with Dick Gordon. Aaron is a Child Welfare Specialist with OKDHS, and his interview was recorded as part of The Story’s “Tough Jobs” series.

I am very impressed with young Aaron, and about as proud of him as one can be without being his mama. I am especially proud of the way he portrayed those of us who work for OKDHS. It’s a nice change for rural Oklahoma to be represented by someone intelligent and well-spoken– who doesn’t bring to mind visions of undereducated, nouveau dust-bowl victims named Cletus.

If you’re curious about finding out more about DHS– and those who choose to work for the welfare of our children– you need to listen to this interview. You don’t even have to subscribe to The Story’s podcast (Although, you should. It’s a pretty good little program), you can download the show right here. Aaron’s story starts at 31:05.

Aaron: The job’s not for everybody.. it’s not something that everybody can do. And, I’ll go as far as to say that it’s a job that few people can do. But, I can. And by virtue of that feeling, I have a responsibility to do so…
Dick Gordon: You could go back and get a PHD in philosophy and spend the rest of your days in a soft leather chair…
Aaron: …Yeah…Philosophy professor. That was something I considered… doing my philosophy degree, obviously… and something I really enjoy. But, challenging rich kids to change the way they think, versus being in a rural impoverished community… it’s just a better life. The way I look at it anyway. It may not be as comfortable– and I may be grossly underpaid– but… it’s worth it. It’s just worth it.”