"I am writing," says Peri Jude Radecic, of Arizona Center for Disability Law, "to urge you to make sure the CLASS Act remains in the final health reform bill. I urge you to oppose any amendment to strip the CLASS Act from the bill. The CLASS Act will help persons with disabilities to remain independent in their home. There is a misperception that persons with disabilities belong in the Medicaid program and cannot work. While Medicaid is an essential safety net, millions of persons who now have or later develop disabilities work and want to take personal responsibility for their long term care needs. Persons with disabilities should not be forced into poverty to get the support they need to remain in their homes." If you advocate for people with disabilities, please read the entire story by Radecic at this URL.
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I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Seattle to spend Thanksgiving with my son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Kerrie Simpson, and their four pets: Nellie, Gracie, Nuggett, and Sneakers. We had ideal weather...light rain and moderate temperatures. My first full day I was raring to go, and had a nice little nature walk while Kerrie was cleaning up the yard. I got a few good shots of Nellie and Nuggett and Gracie. Then we wandered down to the woodsy section of the property, and I became enchanted with the beautiful patterns of fallen leaves and the raindrops/moisture that covered everything. I had some work assignments awaiting me on my return to the Phoenix area, and just yesterday was able to look at the pictures I took. Here's one of my favorites, which is edited in Virtual Painter (Gothic Oil Painting mode): And here's a picture of their woods on a bleakly beautiful Pacific Northwest day:
Have you ever wanted to become an expert on alliteration? If nothing else, it's such a beautiful word! Seriously, when one uses alliteration properly--especially in publications--it is subtly effective. If you work on Web sites, e-zines, or print newsletters, this may be a good time for you to brush up on the amazing world of alliteration. DEFINITION*: Main Entry: al·lit·er·a·tion (pronounced uh-lit-tuh-RA-shun) Function: noun - Date: circa 1656 Etymology: ad- + Latin littera letter : the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables (as wild and woolly, threatening throngs) -- called also head rhyme, initial rhyme Generally one can use alliteration in business: in headings, headlines, and (very carefully) in letters, proposals, reports, etc. Here's some alliteration used recently by my local newspaper, The Arizona Republic, in one day's main section: 1. Gaming talks a big gamble (better than ...Gaming talks a big risk.) 2. Fisher hunt feeds tales for campfire (better than ...hunt generates tales...) 3. Pope asks president to spare McVeigh (better than ...Pope asks Bush to...) 4. Death spurs Ecstasy debate (better than ...spurs Ecstasy wrangle...) 5. Tiny tribe in Conn... (better than ...Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in Conn...) 6. Mexican Congress changes (better than ...Mexican Congress shifts...) 7. ...threatens power and popularity (better than ...threatens strength and popularity... or ...threatens power and reputation.) In alliteration, the rhyming words don't need to be next to each other; they just need to be in the same grouping of words. And the words used don't need to begin with the same letter: they need to have a similar initial sound. Examples: night / knight ... no / know ... cede / seed ... cell / sell. *By permission. From Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary at www.m-w.com by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.
Today was my birthday, and I couldn't think of anything more fun than to invite some very special people and have one of them cater the lunch. Anne Caldwell, who is a human resources guru, is also a terrific caterer, and she came into my home this morning and took over while I went back to the office and worked. She produced lunch, and I produced Web pages and did bookwork. Then it was time for my guests to arrive, including my brother and his camera, and we sat down to a delightful lunch. Anne is fairly new to our group, as is Julie Moran, but the rest of us, including Jen Muench and Elsbeth Oggert (who couldn't join us today), have been part of the group for over a year. In the picture above, from left, are Anne Caldwell, Lois Epps, Julie Moran, Janet Crook, Ruthann Clemens, Roseann Ritterby, and me. What do we do? Brainstorm. Help each other out with business ideas. Help with organizational ideas for small businesses and nonprofits. (One of our members is starting up a nonprofit, and another is a social worker.) Analyze projects brought in by one or another of us. Analyze and critique as needed. Learn how to use new technology. Learn how to navigate in the world of social networking. We're a group of authentic people who have a great deal of life experience, enthusiasm, and energy. While we certainly look back at what we've learned, we tend to look forward as we discover way to make our businesses work in this new age. Marketing and communication are two of our main focus points. A diverse group, which makes things very refreshing, we try to think outside the taco. Back to Anne Caldwell. Her catering business is called "In Good Taste," and she specializes in healthy, wholesome cuisine. The main dish and salad were delicious and colorful, and the Zero Sugar Dessert was to die for. She knows what she's doing, and I recommend her highly. Give her a call at (602) 228-9191 to discuss how she can enhance your holiday experience. Her rates are very competitive, and she's totally reliable.