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Friday, April 27, 2018

Big Guy In The Sky & Free Wil

The ‘big guy in the sky’ gave us ‘free will’ aka the power of ‘freedom of choice’. The knowledge of the difference between good and evil helps us to make those choices. 

If we choose to honor God's will, then our choices will bear fruit. If they do not, then we garner a pocketful of brambles. Judge the tree by the fruit it bears. The choice is ours. You can, if you desire, choose to go your own merry way without considering possible consequences (Cosmic Law of Cause and Effect), but you will reap what you sow.

Problem: 
If the only way a person can believe in God the Creator is to take the Bible literally, then I suppose that's better than no faith at all. However, once you begin to understand the deeper meanings of Jesus' parables, then you're ready to begin to understand the allegory about the Garden of Eden and the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil”.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Top 5 Strategies for Protecting Your Money from Medicaid

“Too few older adults know and understand their rights and options regarding long-term care (LTC), which is ruinously expensive.”

“Many people simply do not want to face this issue or somehow have faith that they will avoid needing such care when they get older. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Someone turning age 65 today has almost a 70 percent chance of needing some type of long-term care services and supports in their remaining years.”

“It’s important to understand that the sources of payment for long-term care are limited to one’s own money, long-term care insurance (if one purchased a policy and kept up with the premium payments) and Medicaid. Both saving for LTC and purchasing a specialized policy to cover these services require forethought and involve either setting aside or paying a significant amount of money in advance. Because so many people do not plan accordingly for this expense, many find themselves looking to Medicaid for assistance. The catch here is that most people do not want to spend the savings they do have on their care. Unfortunately, even if they did, those funds would not last long.”

How Medicaid Works:
“Unlike Medicare (which does not cover long-term care), Medicaid is a means-tested program. In other words, you can only own a small amount of money or property, have a low income, or both to qualify.....”

Top 5 Strategies for Protecting Your Money from Medicaid:
https://www.agingcare.com/Articles/strategies-to-protect-money-from-medicaid-175434.htm?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%20-%20March%2031,%202018&acst=7d6a3712-3f51-48da-a6d5-d3702d89706e&key=A9717B9A-C40F-4CEB-B8D6-02ABE782EADA&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTW1NNE5qWTBOR0UwWlRneCIsInQiOiJZYU04NHNvSVRuSlE3V1llbEhaSlRHTVJxWVFsRUxRbkJ2VHJ6ek5SdERrZkJvcXAzR1UyNWpXS0hUTERraUxKckxRUGJrODJzZ1NxM3M3SGgzbHNBRXZ6MW44RE9OZ0JaTTVwRWNHSmRVMG5oZDhOaVZOakhQbEh6c0YxTm9VQiJ9

Any strategy needs the assistance of an Elder Law attorney. You’ll save far more than you spend on their absolutely essential services. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Were The Ten Plagues of Egypt Associated With The Santorini Eruption?


The huge volcanic eruption that destroyed the Aegean island of Santorini/Thera in 1627 B.C. caused the mega-tsunami that devastated much of the eastern Mediterranean coastal life, including the Minoans. Though different dates have been offered, this is the most reliable date because of tree-ring dating. Tree-ring data has shown that a large event interfering with normal tree growth in North America occurred during 1629–1628 (±65 years) BCE. 
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoan_eruption#Chinese_records

Some had linked the biblical ten plagues of Egypt to this historical event; however, the ten plagues event occurred during the reign of Pharaoh Rameses the Second, who ruled between 1279BC and 1213BC.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/7530678/Biblical-plagues-really-happened-say-scientists.html

We need to remember that the Old Testament wasn’t recorded until most of the events described were past historical events that were largely oral history passed on from generation to generation. 
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Friday, April 6, 2018

Vicious Dog Breeds and Their Owners

“The six breeds or types of dogs most commonly identified as high risk for aggression are the Akita, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Pit Bull (usually includes Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, and American Staffordshire Terriers), Rottweiler, and Wolf-hybrids. 

Most animal control ordinances define a dog as “vicious” when the dog, without provocation, has bitten a human being or killed or maimed a domestic animal or if the dog is believed to be of a breed that has a high probability of such aggression. In addition, some breeds, namely Pit Bulls, may qualify as “vicious dogs” simply by reputation, not because a specific dog has behaved in a harmful manner.”

Note: the tendency of a higher percentage of their owners’ personalities towards risky behaviors is noted:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/canine-corner/200903/psychological-characteristics-owners-aggressivedog-breeds

Note: The only time I’ve been bitten by a dog was by a childhood friend’s Chow Chow. He and I were sitting on the floor playing Monopoly and the dog suddenly attacked me. 

My sister was recently attacked without cause by their part Pit Bull. She simply stood up to get a glass of ice tea when it attacked without cause. Only her grown son’s quick intervention minimized the damage. The dog was put down.

Both of these dogs had never shown any signs of aggression prior to these attacks. Neither set of owners were inclined towards risky behaviors and were responsible and knowledgeable pet owners. This shows how unpredictable vicious breeds can be.

I have, however, over the years witnessed a series of dog owners carelessly putting their Pit Bulls into public situations where it was quite ill advised. And each of these owners’ body language clearly indicated that they dared anyone to say anything. 

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