Affordable Health Care Act 2010, Health

Why Complaining is Useless and Protest is Useful

Injustice and Protest -quote by Elie Wiesel
Injustice and Protest -quote by Elie Wiesel, cc


Life between the sheets (of paper) can be busy and distract especially in the post-election and pre-inauguration days.

Many people are frustrated and frightened with the PEOTUS rhetoric and impending changes. I know I am.

I haven’t written about my disappointment with the election except for a November post on hope and social activism. I don’t intend to re-hash why our president-elect is one scary person. You read Twitter and watch/read the news. You know.

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act will impact me and my family the most. I have a pre-existing condition and a kid under 26 years of age. I’ve witnessed what happened to people without insurance before the ACA came into existence; they lost everything and suffered significant health issues.

Complaining about the PEOTUS is futile. Hope and faith without action are fruitless.

My belief is if we want to make changes in our country we need to take peaceful action.

We need to get involved and go past the complaining.


 Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. Thomas Jefferson


Actions don’t take a lot of time.

If you have two seconds, click and sign a petition. Retweet or post a positive message on change, healthcare, social justice or whatever issues are dear to your heart.

If you have one minute, dash off an email to your senator. Tell her/him to stand up for the issue.

If you have five minutes, call your senator. Google their name and you’ll get their phone number, email, and local office.

Writers, write about the issue. Tweeters, tweet about the issue. Facebooker’s post news on the issue. Use social media for social good.

To find out what writers can do, go over to Writers Resist #WriteOurDemocracy. They list events, author readings and will soon list writing prompts and opportunities for you to use the power of your pen to good influence.

Take a look at Maud Newton’s post on 2017 Resistance Actions: Week One for the specific actions she’s taking about issues.

Indivisible: A Practical Gude for Resisting the Trump Agenda is another site with resources for individuals and groups to utilize. This guide was written by former congressional staffers who reveal best practices for making Congress listen.

If you have a few hours you might attend one of the several protests around the country on January 21, 2017. A retiree was spurred to action after the election and organized the “Women’s March on Washington.”

These are only a few things on my mind as I head into the blogging year and I’m glad I wrote this off my chest.

Thanks for listening.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Dolores Huerta, a social justice activist:

“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”

See you next week.





Affordable Health Care Act 2010, better mental health, Exercise, Health, Healthy eating, National Women's Health Week, Preventative care, Women's Health

5 Things You Can Do for Women’s Health Week

Did you celebrate Mother’s Day with a big  brunch? Take in a little too much vino, BBQ ribs, Mimosa’s, chocolate candy? I will admit that I certainly did and ate leftovers for lunch today too. Then I took the dog on a 3 mile walk.

Big celebrations and the special meals that accompanying them are all right-some of the time, but unless we stick to ‘sometimes,’ we may be headed for some health problems. 

I know we don’t like to talk about women’s health, much less hear about it-especially if we’re still full from yesterday’s celebration. But we’re going to talk about it especially today because this is the start of National Women’s Health Week. The theme for 2012 is “It’s Our Time.”  

Women often serve as caregivers for their families, putting the needs of their spouses, partners, children, and parents before their own. It’s our time to remind our friends, sisters, aunts, mother, daughters-every woman-that we have the power to improve our physical and mental health.   I know I heard an “Amen” from one of you. If not, say it now.

As a result, women’s health and well-being becomes secondary. As a community, we have a 
responsibility to support the important women we know and do everything we can to help them take steps for longer, healthier, and happier lives.

I know that sometimes we just don’t want to hear it,
 or we hear it and don’t stop to do anything about it, or 
we jot down a reminder to schedule an exam and lose the paper we jotted the reminder on, in our ever growing To Do list. 

So for the next 7 days commit to yourself. That’s right, it’s all about you.

This is what we can do to get physically and mentally healthier and lower our risks of certain diseases: 

  1.  Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings:

Pick up the phone to make an appointment for your annual preventive services. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act of 2010 we have a greater choice and better control over our own health care. New plans cover vital preventive services, including mammograms, colon cancer screenings, and well-woman visits with no out-of-pocket costs. It also ensures women can see an OB-GYN without a referral.*

       2. Get active:
Find your tennis shoes, put on comfortable pants, grab the dog and/or your iPod, and walk around the block for 15 minutes. Stop and return home. While you walk take in the scenery, clear your mind, breath and relax. You can do this during lunch break too. 

       3. Eat healthy:
Try vegetarian meals three times this week. Eat more berries, apples, oranges. Drink a couple of glasses of water or green tea in place of your second or third cup of coffee.See here  or visit here for cheap and easy ways to eat better.

      4. Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress:
Number #2 is worth another look for this area. Watch a comedy for some laughs. Look into low cost Yoga or mediation dvd’s. If you need professional help, talk to someone. Improve your sleep by listening to mellow music half hour before bed, or light a scented candle and shower before you sink into bed. Visit here for more information.

       5. Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seat belt or bicycle helmet. 
Add, “NO TEXTING” in your car, to this list. 

Now, go out for a walk, have a healthy dinner or snack, phone a friend, and have a great sleep.

If you have any ideas to share, please use the comment section. 
I’m committed to post my own progress on Twitter, under the hashtag #NWHW 

*To learn more about the law, your health insurance options, and what services are listed as ‘preventive,’ visit this site.