Non Health Care, Real Estate Woes, and Death

NEWS FLASH is basically news or thoughts that may be changing over time - an update or an evolution of thought that covers a multiple of topics. It is what makes a blogger tick and it is the reason why we read. So, with that in mind, I came up with NEWS FLASH as an acronym that stands for what is going on in life:

News (or current events)
Entertainment (movies, TV, celebrity, etc.)
Writing (thoughts on the blog(s) or other writing projects)
Spirit (thoughts on God and/or the supernatural)
Family (or friends)
Anxiety (a rant or a trouble)
Sports (also considered should be contests, reality TV, recreation, cards, games), and
Home (house, yard, or even another family type of thought.

NEWS - I heard a despicable ad about health care reform recently. It was so twisted and deceptive. Insurance companies will do anything to scare people away from their profits. Why so many protect the interest of companies that depend on finding ways to deny folks health care in order to maximize profits, I will never know. I guess we get what we deserve. Now, this latest health care bill is useless. The Republicans do not want any bill at all, and mainstream Democrats just want SOMETHING at this point. However, the SOMETHING will cause more harm than good. Without a public option or a medicare buy-in, this bill will require everyone to buy insurance from insurance companies without controlling the cost. Instead of holding insurance companies accountable, this bill will give it a boon! Everyone hear deserves blame. Republican Congress for not caring about the health care of its constituents and poisoning their weak-minded, puppet followers, the Democratic Congress for compromising everything this reform was suppose to accomplish just so they can say they did something, and the president for not showing the leadership to see something good through!

ENTERTAINMENT - Dexter on Showtime is one of the most original and well written television programs that I have ever seen. It is more than a show about a serial killer. It is about the darkness of the human spirit and the search for normalcy among the shrieking cries of the soul. It is scary to think about, but there is a Dexter in all of us.

WRITING - As you can see, I am trying to resurrect this blog. It is hard because everyone in my blog community (save a couple) are no longer blogging. It appears that I am a man in the wilderness again.

SPIRIT - I have mixed feelings about this today. I am glad that I am not alone, yet I feel alone. I have had a tide of bad luck lately. I don't believe God is a genie that bombards us with material gifts and good fortune. I also know that hard times is a gift of sorts, because it improves the spirit and character. However, even "good things" such as these lessons are bad in excess.

FAMILY - My family has been getting more distant from each other. Individual problems and interests have broken off contact. I hate it. We used to have the best holiday get togethers. This year, for Thanksgiving, I took my mom and sister out to eat. Pathetic. Now, they want me to host Christmas. I don't want to for a ton of reasons, but I bet I will. Someone has to do something!

LOVE - Love takes a holiday - and leaves me behind. It is weird to approach the holidays without someone. Last year was my first Christmas season without my wife. My emotions were still such a train wreck that I couldn't even think about it much, just react - negatively. This year is different. I can meditate on how much it sucks!

ANGUISH - Is this part even necessary this time? See the rest of this post for this part.

SPORTS - My Bengals are in first place. That would be good, if A) they weren't playing so poorly as the playoffs approach; and B) one of their good young players hadn't died yesterday in an incident involving falling out of a moving truck. Sheesh! RIP, Chris Henry.

HOME - as per our agreement, I am getting nearer to closing on the house my ex-wife and I lived in. I am buying it from her. In the meantime, the person living at my other house has apparently stolen power from the utility company and now I am facing THAT bill in addition to not having power during the winter months there!

So, how are you?


Anonymous said...

A pox on the personal property of the tenant stealing electricity! Hope things turn around for the better -- and SOON!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there! Who knows, maybe you'll have an amazing Christmas. Find happiness within and not with others around you.


Jodi said...

Okay, here we go:

News - I'm getting really sick of anything to do with Obama and health care reform. And Britney Spears.

Entertainment - I'm really into NCIS these days. And Christmas movies, both old and new.

Writing - Hey! EVERYONE in your blog community has not quit blogging. I'M still blogging, and so is Sayre! And we're the best. So there.

Spirit - I'm kind of in a weird place these days. Sometimes I'm happy with things, sometimes I'm feeling not so good. I'm praying about it.

Family - All of my kids are doing well. Aaron was going through a rough time first of the school year but that seems to be getting better. My sister is really getting to me - Thanksgiving was a test of my patience. But my parents are good.

Love - I'm good in this department. Steven and I have been together 2 years. Some ups and downs, but mostly good. I AM getting tired of people asking me when we're getting married. Obviously we're not at this time. That should be enough, in my opinion.

Anguish - Long story. Too much for a comment, even a LONG comment. Let's just say I'm working through some stuff.

Sports - Daniel is wrestling, just had his first pin. Aaron is playing intramural basketball. I'm walking, but not enough. We need to rejoin the YMCA.

Home - I like my home. I'm working on cleaning out the years of clutter. But it still needs a lot of work.

So there's my abbreviated NEWSFLASH. Arent' you glad you asked?


Anonymous said...

SPIRIT - I think I am having a crisis of spirit - not to be confused with a crisis of faith. My faith is fine. I really don't think it is possible to break my faith. God has revealed Himself to me in such a tangible way, that it would be insane to deny His reality on the basis of personal circumstance. I may not understand His ways, but that doesn't disqualify His genuiness. The reality of God is not on a sliding scale no more than the reality of my biological father is. He just is.
My crisis of spirit stems from the stress that I have been under the last year or so. I shudder to think where I would be without my faith, but for others to see me, they may not be saying, "Hey, I want what he is drinking." It should be more that way in my life. It used to be.

Jeff said...

Yes Robine, I recoginize my own words. Do you think that those two spiritual observations are mutually exclusive?

bzascanb said...

Although anoymous is a lovely writer. I can not take credit for their work.
Unlike anoymous, I have yet to experienced a crisis of spirit. Only crises of an earthly nature.

Praying that we all experience many blessings in the new year.

Oh btw,
When I have something to say. You will know it's from me ;)

Michelle said...


How are we? oyyy... you got an hour? A year? Last year was the year from hell. I mean, in some ways it was better, in others worse. WAAAYYY worse.

Health - same old, one op that worked, a few new afflictions found
Financial - WAY worse. Hubby was retrenched Feb 2009 and by August we were drowning. Now we get through each month by teeth, claws... whatever. No savings left. All the money we'd been saving for a mortgage... gone.
Family - mixed. Some family have (emotionally) left the building. Some old feuds, some new cold wars, one or two relationships strengthened or enduring.
love - whacked hard by stress and health issues, but limping along.
Faith - ok, strangely enough. Some days I drown in self-pity, but I'm on medication that causes mood swings so I don't take myself seriously when I'm down in the black hole.
And in all that mess I had a book published last year, which is also limping along since I can't afford to do advertising.

And that's the short short version!

You have been MISSED! Come over and read my blog more. I still do Newsflashes, except I've changed a few words over time. Sport never worked for me. LOL