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Figuring Out The Cost Of Emergency Care

Question: My mother fell and broke her hip. She was admitted to the hospital and her bill is $360 per day. I thought Medicare paid it all? Answer: I hope your mother is recovering from her recent fall. This can be a very scary time for all of you. After the anxiety settles down from the ...

Walking With Ghouls Is A Grave Situation

“’Tis a very grave situation.” That is what my Uncle John used to say every time he drove his kids past a cemetery. My cousin, Nancy, told me that they NEVER passed a cemetery without her father shaking his head, dropping his voice an octave, and proclaiming s-l-o-w-l-y. “Tis a very ...

Just Another Adventure

I consider books my friends. Once I open one, I think of it as another adventure. A few weeks ago, while some friends and I ate lunch we discussed our reading schedules. It seems like we all have been reading more. Several years ago, I invested in a Kindle. I had held off thinking that I ...

Man Eases Way Back Into Social Relationships

We met Frank, a man who was referred by his friend, Jimmy, for counseling. Frank met Jimmy on a rare outing to the grocery store. Frank essentially was isolating at home except for occasional grocery shopping. Jimmy asserted himself to reach out to Frank at the store. We learned that Frank ...

Observing Chaos In The Congress

Chaos in politics in never a good thing. It leads nowhere, and it usually accomplishes nothing. But, we had a big dose of it recently watching, over several days, the 15 votes that it took to elect Kevin McCarthy Speaker of the House of Representatives. You may find this hard to believe, ...

City Should Fund Rest Of Senior Citizen Grant Requests

Something very unpleasant is taking place in City Hall right now. If you haven’t been paying attention, and I imagine many of you are busy and have not, the City was given $28 million in ARPA federal funding to spend. They have been doling it out over the past year. What is ARPA Funding? ...