Auto Insurance

I wrote an article about auto insurance and the relationship with an insurance agent.  Anybody who is intimidated or dreads calling her agent to ask questions about insurance may benefit from the article.

Insurance:  Fear and Loathing, discusses some of the elements used to determine the premium for drivers and provides a few pointers for making the call or visit with your insurance agent more productive and pleasant.



Your agent should treat you with respect and building a relationship with her/him is a good way to make sure you feel comfortable discussing your insurance. If you feel uncomfortable discussing your questions and concerns with your agent, find a new agent.







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Just a quick shout-out

To my husband’s sisters-in-law

Stop by any time.



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America’s Children

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The FBI in Kansas City revealed on Monday the results of a nationwide crackdown on sex trafficking which resulted in the rescue of 168 child prostitutes—the youngest 11 years-old–and the arrest of 281 pimps.

At least 230 Federal, State and local agencies assisted the FBI in the eighth Operation Cross Country, rescuing the largest number of children in the operation’s history.

People often think of sex trafficking as something that only happens in foreign countries but experts say it often happens closer to home. “These are not faraway kids in faraway lands,” FBI Director James Corney said.

One of the girls picked up in the sweep was in Kansas City, Mo., another victim in Wichita, Ks., where seven pimps were also arrested.  Children in Topeka, Manhattan,  Springfield and Columbia are also involved in the operation.

The Justice Project, a peer based nonprofit human rights organization, assisted with operation.

There are no available figures for the number of children who are still in trapped in the sex trafficking industry in the US and worldwide.

“These are America’s children,” said FBI director James Comey.


Resources for help:

Indicators of Human Trafficking

Identify and Assist a Trafficking Victim

Help in Kansas City


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Just Another Introduction

In various online classes and forums,  there is often a requirement for new members to introduce themselves using a paragraph or two of blah, blah, blah information.   Regular intros are pretty flat and boring.  At least in my opinion.  About me, anyway.   Here’s a recent one of mine:


I find it impossible to introduce myself in writing to strangers, telling them a little bit about me in a way that helps them understand who I am.  I worry about the visual image my self-description creates.

I’m certainly not a gray-haired granny knitting booties from a rocker but I do have eight grandchildren.  I don’t knit, though.  I try it every couple of years.  My fingers are too fat.  The work is mindless.  The instructions are the stuff of metaphysical science and I can’t understand them.


I do have a rocker on my screened front porch and I love to sit in it.  Since I’ve had it, a pair of them actually, I’ve assumed they were poorly made and that the chair part is placed too far forward on the rockers, causing the chair to lean forward and the rocking back action to be a task, not a relaxing endeavor which is the job of the chairs, to relax me while I stare into the abyss.

I like the chairs anyway because they look good on the porch, evoking just the mood I set out to create.

Last fall, in preparation for a hard, cold, dark, prison-like winter, I went to move the chairs into the barn for storage.  During this once yearly exercise, one of the chairs happened to be turned chair1backwards, facing the house.  I plopped into it for a quick rest and to lament the coming months of hateful hell in the middle of the U.S. (aka winter).  I nearly rocked feet-over-arse backwards and realized at once that the chairs are constructed exactly right.  My porch is sloped.  Also, my hair is not gray.  I’m a Boomer.  Full of vain pride and trying desperately to be relevant in my old age.

Nice to meet you.

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Can We Talk?

specialA wise friend recently told me that Republicans are circling the wagons now – but are shooting towards the center.  Hard to disagree.

Even so, it is evident that things are going horrendously wrong in Washington.  Our elected officials are accountable to the electorate for one costly legislative disaster after another.  We want answers.  We want solutions.  We want it now.  Or, they’re fired.  ASAP.

The Second Coming in ’08 and ’12 changed the national dialog for Republicans.  Dramatically.  Witnessing miracles of that magnitude twice in a row has set us back on our asses, to say the least.  Indeed, it created a deafening backlash in all factions of the party – rippling from the middle to the outer fringes.  We are all upset.  Unsettled.  Cynical. And creeping towards a sort of tone-deaf, self-defeating mindset of finger-pointing and blaming.  The proverbial and all too casual under-the-bus disposal of any representative or potential new savior of the Party of Hysteria is pandemic.  They are racing towards an ugly end.  It will be terminal.  If  Republicans are not careful with the health of the party, the POTUS will have done more than just win two elections.  He will have beaten them.  There is much at stake.

1-capitolWhat might be a national moment (96 months) of party reflection, regrouping and re-examining –  not the message but the messenger – has morphed into a nasty battle of who is more right, less compromising, and ultimately,  who is ballsy enough to clean house in Washington, much like we did in Kansas in 2012.


What we did here was no accident.   Well funded, well-managed and enthusiastically publicized candidates stormed Topeka and wrested power from the hands of progressive democrats and Rinos.  The majority of us could not be happier.  It was a grass-roots effort.  We won. The question remains, can we do it again and on a national level after two painful and party-shattering defeats in a row?

In the confusion of promised salvation from all that is liberal and evil, we seem to forget that the people we elect are our neighbors and friends, our doctors and business owners and members of our church.  We believe in the message and campaign and give them our money and dig deep into our passionate selves to drag them across the finish line. We hire them to represent us.  We must let them do the work, trust them to make the changes we want and stop demanding that legislation be a drive-thru, fast-food-like proposition.  It is not.  It cannot be.  Republicans are not the only party in this state, or this country.  Those other people hired some folks too.

Nonetheless, accountability, answering to the boss, has never been more important than now.  Some of the neighbors and friends we elected to do the job are failing on so many levels.  Miserably.  It’s embarrassing.  There is no question that McCain and Boehner and a slew of weak-kneed Rinos need to go–back to the private sector.  Suffer with the rest of us.  What have we done, electing and then keeping these people in office?  At what point did we realize they weren’t doing the job and then re-elected them anyway?  Apparently, we had no choices. It’s our guy, warts and all, or the liberals win another seat.  While we are frustrated and desperate, we are smart to keep that from happening.

And what of these  new young GOP candidates who offer the promise of salvation from a growing cancer of progressive-liberal deception, which now happily feasts on a party in complete disarray?  Will those new voices keep the promise?  How many times will we allow them to stumble and foul up before we throw them out?  Which faction in the party draws the red line?

No doubt about it, there is a national sense of defeat in the GOP.  We feel Cheated.  Deceived. Frustrated. Angry.  Obama is winning.  He has poisoned a nation.  We can’t seem to quiet the hysteria long enough to organize a defense.

The questions that have the party circling the drain are these:  Who in the GOP 537355_107549012755478_2138482892_nis conservative enough to stop this aggressive disease from destroying our nation, or, will the Tea Party eventually save us?  Will we find it in our own selves to quiet the rhetoric long enough to figure out an answer?  How long will each promising new candidate be balanced on the head of a pin before stumbling off into a compromise, for which, we immediately throw him under the bus and begin the hunt for a more agile and poised, newer, shinier, more promising candidate?  How long before we run out of legitimate, quality people who are willing to stand there on one leg, on one issue, on the head of one tiny pin?

Shame.  We need to talk.  We need to change the dialog.  Who goes first?





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