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‘Obamacare’ (i.e., ACA) Struck Down In Texas — Sure Glad I Just Got Out.

by Anura Guruge


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Well ACA, i.e., ObamaCare, still stands because this is sure to go the Supreme Court. But, IF I still relied on ObamaCare for our insurance I would be panicked. But, just last week the last of us got off the ACA system. WOW. What a relief.

I got Medicare in September. The wife already was on Medicare. Third daughter turned 18 in October and as such could apply for coverage on her own. That just left the 12-year old. Since both parents are on Medicare the State is going to cover both these two kids. So, for now, I am DONE with healthcare.gov. What a relief.

But, I feel for those that still have to rely on ACA. For all its faults it was better than anything we had previously.

I really hope ‘they’, i.e., Trump, doesn’t kill it.


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Teischan Playing Her Trademark Pink Flute At The ‘ACS’ Holiday Concert — December 5, 2018.

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I would be an untruth if I said she does this by choice or with grace. From these pictures and from what we could see she seems to enjoy it and was quite ebullient after it (though that could have been just a sense of relief and adrenaline). But, it was a struggle, quite a struggle, to get her to perform at this concert. I took grief from her nearly everyday. Claimed she hated it. Well, I got her to it and that was an achievement. Now, as she has already pointed out a number of times, we all get a break from band till next year. And trust me, I could do with that. Did I say it had been a struggle. This homeschooling lark is no easy — or at least not for I.

But, it was good. Always a joy to see the kids perform and all the relatives there to see them.

Happy Holidays. It is in full swing around here.


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Turkey Tracks On Fresh Snow — New Hampshire.

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We have a lot of turkeys around here — the feathered variety and the not-so. These tracks, obviously, from a feathered one. This morning. We had a light coating of snow, perfect for tracks. This was right on our drive. Had both turkey and deer tracks. I knew about the deer. We have had deer in the yard the last few mornings. That is neat. Just wanted to share with those that might not get to see fresk turkey tracks in virgin snow.


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“Soweto Gospel Choir” At The “Capitol Center For The Arts”, Concord, NH — November 25, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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This was truly a High Dynamic Range (HDR)
performance — musically & visually.

Non-stop celebration of HOPE & JOY.

What a delight.

And it was FREE!

Thank YOU (again) to the amazing “William H. Gile” Trust
that put on these FREE concerts in Concord, NH.
The “Summer of Love Concert” in June 2018
was brilliant — this was equally good.

THANK YOU!


This time I knew it was going to be good. I am a BIG “Ladysmith Black Mambazo” fan (and I have seen them live at least twice) and I kind of knew, intuitively, that this Choir would be in that mould. They were and they did NOT disappoint.

The ‘jubilation‘ mentioned on their Website (above) is a real good description. I also saw, in the concert program, that the U.K. ‘The Scotsman’ had called their performance: ‘riot of exuberance‘. Yes, that is a great description too.

High energy & ultra dynamic. Hence, why HDR — High Dynamic Range — came to my mind as I watched them, entranced and enthralled.

This concert was a part of their tribute to the GREAT MAN, Nelson Mandela’s 100th anniversary year.

As such right through the concert they set out to pay tribute to:

And in each instance they succeeded brilliantly.

An inspired, celebratory performance that was uplifting & motivational but at the same time a reminder of where we have all been (in terms of oppression) and where we might still head! It made you think. It made you realize that people will prevail. We need great leaders like Nelson Mandela.

Their CDs are available at Amazon. They will make great Christmas presents.


All pictures with my Google Pixel 2.


Thank YOU, “William H. Gile” Trust.

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“Sawyers Holiday Open House” Craft Fair, 2018, in Barnstead, N.H., Nov. 24 – 25.

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Visiting “Sawyers Holiday Open House” in Barnstead, NH (next to the White Church) has now become an entrenched Thanksgiving weekend tradition — and I think we have been going to it, without fail, for the last four to five years, if not longer.

So, it was on our lists of things to do after Thanksgiving. Last year we could not get there until Sunday. To make up for that, this year we went around noon on Friday, before most of the nice stuff got snapped out. We were, of course, not disappointed. It is always a treat. Wonderful congenial atmosphere and as much pictures show a array of eye-catching creative products — all by local artisans. They also always have a selection of food for sale and free treats for the visitors. This year we bought some cheese.

A wonderful, rewarding tradition. Such a tranquil and picturesque setting. I love wandering around snapping pictures.

Their 15th annual Fair from what I gather.

They will be open Saturday & Sunday, November 24 & 25, 2018.

Thank YOU the Sawyer family and their vendors.


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Winter Storm Names For 2018 — 2019, Starting With ‘Avery’ Later Today.

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Pretty eclectic — though one could even say ‘exotic’ — list. There is no way you could blame ‘them’ of bias. You can see that they have tried hard to be equitable. Some pretty fancy names — Quiana. Wow. 26 names — corresponding to the alphabet. I hope we don’t see all of them.

But, we start with ‘Avery’ later today.

Well, you know the names. You have been warned.

Yes, we have a Golden named ‘Maya‘.


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