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Jan.14.2014
Time passes and change can be difficult. But why is it so hard for American women to mature with grace and finesse? In France, there is a gentle, respectful term for a woman in her middle years. She is “une femme d’un certain age.” A woman of a certain age. She respects herself and therefore...
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Dec.11.2013
  This would be part of my solution to what we’ll do if and when Obamacare fails. Financially, it looks as if the numbers will not work as Obamacare gets implemented.   Most people want to be able to go to the doctor of their choice and get treatment when they want it. They also don’t...
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Dec.11.2013
I promised you a plan for what do to when … or if … Obamacare fails. I can’t deliver it in a short blog, so I am dividing it up into several blogs of ideas for your consideration.   The things we do should be simple. Complexity eats resources and allows for fraud. So, here are some ideas...
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Dec.04.2013
  There’s an old country saying that something too good to be true is “too much sugar for a dime.” Get suspicious, because when someone is “helping” you too much, or “giving” you too much, you are likely to get fleeced in the process.   My first job in health care was in Boston and I...
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Dec.02.2013
Today, (Tuesday – 11/19) we have two scenes to shoot and then it is back to reality. This past Saturday, I finally had a chance to get a picture of me with the core cast in the Oval Office. You can only imagine how crowded it was in my head, with all of them and more, rattling around trying to...
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Dec.02.2013
I remain on location for “The Accidental President” pilot shoot. Watching things up close and personal is very interesting. For example, in pre-production there is the planning for everything: getting a finalized script (that will yield the desired running time), nailing down locations,...
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Dec.02.2013
Wow! Sometimes I’m so stupid I scare myself…   I’ve done television before, but it was health news. I know it looks fun, but it is work. An army of people labor mightily –- not just the cast, but the crew. I learned long ago that the crew makes you or breaks you.   I wrote the books,...
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Dec.02.2013
When I wrote “The Accidental President Trilogy,” I wanted to entertain. But I also wanted Americans to see our power to change how government runs, regardless of party. We are not doomed to be a nation in decline. With a little gumption, we can hand this nation to our children and...
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Dec.02.2013
If you are mystified by the goings-on for everyday people trying to cope with the Taliban in various places, “I am Malala: The Girl who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban” is a riveting read.   Although written with a co-author, Christina Lamb, the simple voice of a very...
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Dec.02.2013
  In the recorded history of smoke alarms, a low battery alert has never gone off during the day in our home. Ever. And, being human, we forget to change the batteries when the time changes — which is coming November 3.   We have several smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The low...
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Dec.02.2013
  There are many adults who are computer illiterate. You obviously are not one of them. But you may be stuck in your computer growth. You know how to do a couple of things on a computer, but you don’t learn new things and keep up with new technologies.   That’s like having the...
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Dec.02.2013
  My self-image is good — too good.   In fact, I look like the Michelin Man in Drag. I sort of knew this, but it was slammed home to me when a five-year-old boy asked if I was having a baby. Ouch. I also got a wake-up call when I tried on clothes, and there was a tubby woman in the...
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Oct.01.2013
Congress has been behaving like a bunch of toddlers: throwing sand, throwing talking tantrums, and shutting down the government because they will not put the interests of the nation ahead of their own petty political fetishes. Ted Cruz says Americans are overwhelmingly against Obamacare. That...
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Oct.01.2013
Why is it that if you eat with your hands and your mouth, your bottom and thighs get fat instead of your fingers and lips?   Why is there a split in the front of some toilet seats and not in others?   Why do different communities have different recycling rules? Can’t we all just agree...
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Sep.24.2013
  As someone who has a handful of medical problems, I do not believe that bodily infirmities belong in polite group conversations. Perhaps it is my history as a physician or my desire to focus on the positive. Or perhaps it is just a quirk. But quirks can make for good blogs, so here...
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