Sunday, 26 April 2009
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Thursday, 23 April 2009
Posted by Bluebirdy at 11:26
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Can't Afford Your Prescription Medication?
Free Prescription Medicine is Available to those who qualify.
http://covering kids and families.org/
Every one of America's uninsured, regardless of age or income, can call toll
free to 1-866-776-3700
or log onto the Internet at http://www.pfizerhe
to find out how to get Pfizer medicines for free or at significant savings.
Direct links to the food stamp site -- officially the USDA Food & Nutrition
Frequently asked questions --
Applicants and recipients
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal
program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child
care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches
to children each school day.
Modest Needs is a non-profit, tax-exempt philanthropic organization that
began as one man's personal project in March of 2002. Since that time, Modest
Needs has become a community of unlikely philanthropists dedicated to helping
others as best we can with what we have.
Find a National Depression Screening Day site near you
(for members of the public wanting to take a free anonymous screening)
A national free eye care program for low-income working Americans that is
now open year round. See web site or call 1-800-766-4466.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a Federal agency
within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Programs for which CMS is
responsible include Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance
Links to help with Disabilities.
Sources of Free or Low-Cost Food and Nutrition Materials
A list of directories of grantmakers by state/region/
Volunteers in Health Care staff have prepared the following list of links
useful to those serving the uninsured.
Insurance for kids
Insure Kids Now.gov
Patient assistance programs
Prescription medications are an important part of total patient care
Free Medicine For Low Income People http://www.mhsanctu
Merck Patient Assistance Program
Habitat for Humanity
Food Banks in the United States
Administration for Children and Families and Domestic Violence
Energy Assistance: Home Heating and Cooling
Free or Low-cost Medical/Dental Care
Financial Help to Pay for Home Heating and Cooling
Head Start (Administration for Children & Families
Job Opportunities for Low-income People
Medicaid - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Resources to Help Children and Families
State TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Links
Touched Twice provides free clinics and more to the less fortunate.
many of the clinics provide free food, clothing, dental and medical
care, free haircuts, free legal, financial and spiritual advice. free
clinics located in the US.
a leading resource for senior related information
Get Connected: Afford-A-Phone
The Lifeline telephone discount program, also known as "Lifeline
Assistance", gives people with low incomes a discount on the basic monthly service for
either their wireline or wireless phone. The Link-Up America program pays for
a portion of your wireline or wireless installation or activation fee
excluding the handset.
Listing Of Free Clinics
Posted by Bluebirdy at 16:34
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Last year I posted these articles I wrote. I just looked back, and it was 1 week before this date last year. Every year, around the last week of March and the first week of October, my lupus gets really tough. This week I feel like I've been hit by a car and beat up. I am covered with bruises and they come from the inside, (broken blood vessels and inflammation inside) so the inside hurts more than the outside. So I started thinking of feeling like I was being punched around like a piece of clay, and remembered my magazine articles, which won a couple of awards. I hope you will enjoy them!
(c) Sheila Wall
(please use my name when passing on)
Once I was a bank of clay along a wetted marsh. I was content and silent, enjoying the natural sensations. One day an artist came, and with a strong, forceful knife, he cut me, again and again, until I was a lump of my former self. He took me to a strange place and with torturous strength he kneaded me. He threw me on a potter's wheel. He squeezed me. He punched me. He poked me. It seemed to never end. He bent me and thinned me out. I was no longer anything like I once was. Then the wheel stopped! He held me up to a mirror. I was beautiful! The pain had made me beautiful and useful. Now I could rest, I thought. I had become what I was meant to be. But wait! Where am I going now? To a firing kiln? Fire? More pain? Why, artist, why? "My little pot, you are the shape you'll always be, the design I planned for you, but unless I fire and glaze you, you will not endure. I hope you understand, it will not be for long, and then you will be the model for my other student's pots." And so I endured the fire, with anticipation of what I might someday inspire.
ENJOY THE FALL (c) Sheila Wall
(please use my name when passing on)
Well, you did it. You just jumped off the plane for the first time, but not onto solid ground, into thin air! You quickly assess the situation and think, "Now I can panic, or I can savor the experience. Wow. Up here, I feel no pressure, I feel no pain. I can do flips and somersaults that I couldn't do before. I can fly! I can see my town with a different perspective. I don't worry about hitting the ground, because I know my parachute will hold me."
Many years later you find yourself on solid ground, where everything seems heavier and harder. You feel that you are falling in life. After a long series of small stresses, the one catastrophe that you thought you could never bear just occurred. The weight pushes you to your knees in tears, then in prayer, and you hear a soft, quiet voice whisper to your heart, "Well, you did it. You just jumped off the ledge of security for the first time. Now you can panic or you can savor the experience. Down on your knees I can take the load from you. You will be able to do things you couldn't do before, with my strength. You can see things with a different perspective, through my eyes. Don't you worry about hitting the ground. I will be your parachute. I will carry you to safety. Enjoy the fall." Falling doesn't always mean destruction.
Posted by Bluebirdy at 00:30
Friday, 10 April 2009
THE STORY ABOUT THE PAINTING
How fitting that one of His most devout disciples was the first to see him after He had risen. Mary Magdalene knew Him well. She had followed Him throughout His ministry and loved Him deeply, yet in her grief she didn’t recognize Him. Was it her tears that blurred her recognition? Perhaps it took a moment to recognize Him because of the glory of his resurrected body. We don’t know.Aren’t we all a bit like Mary? When we struggle the most, we are reluctant to look up and see His face and let Him bring us peace and comfort and direction. Possibly one of the greatest lessons we can learn in life is to know He is there and to go to Him immediately.
To me, this is the most Holy week of the year, even more than Christmas.
May this easter season bring you new wisdom and peace;
and may the answers to your spiritual questions
be resurrected within your spirit,
as our Lord was resurrected, so that we all may be someday.
Posted by Bluebirdy at 15:20
Saturday, 4 April 2009
1. If you decide to meet someone, meet in a neutral place, preferably with someone to travel with you if you are a woman. Leave contact information with family, and take enough money with you so that if you need to get out of the situation quickly, you can.
Posted by Bluebirdy at 16:16
Because I have been sheltered, fed by thy good care
Because I have been blessed by thy great love dear Lord,
Posted by Bluebirdy at 15:47
Posted by Bluebirdy at 11:43
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
visits to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year,
providing tests and routine treatment for minor ailments through its
walk-in clinics though patients will still pay for precriptions [sic].
Walgreen said patients who lose their job and health insurance after
March 31 will be able to get free treatment at its in-store Take Care
clinics for respiratory problems, allergies, infections and skin
conditions, among other ailments. Typically those treatments cost $59 or
more for patients with no insurance...
To read the entire article click here:
Posted by Bluebirdy at 13:25