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Social Security (SSA) Child Benefits — Allow At Least 4 Months (If NOT Longer).

by Anura Guruge


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I wanted (make that ‘needed’) my Social Security (SSA) retirement as soon as I turned 62 in September 2015.

I had been waiting/planning for that for years. Per the SSA recommendation (of doing so 3 months ahead of time) I applied, in person, for my September 2015 retirement in early June 2015. I made an appointment at the local Concord, NH office and went and met with them. It was very smooth and pleasant (and I sang their praises). There were a couple of small wrinkles and I was very glad that I could deal with these in person rather than online. The two ‘wrinkles’ having to do with a minute monthly pension I get from the U.K. and the fact that I am divorced (and as such have an ex-wife). The Concord office dealt with these real well. They also told us, though we already knew, that the two kids, 9 & 14 at the time, were entitled to MORE benefits. Deanna has been disabled for years and the kids were receiving benefits through her. The Concord office, however, was very clever in not saying ANYTHING as to how much the kids would get when my retirement kicked in. To be fair they were also vague about how much my retirement would be because it had to be offset by that minute pension from the U.K. But it was all good …

I knew I would not get my first payment until November. I had seen that online and I am GLAD that I had because it did not come as a surprise when I was officially told that though I turn 62 in September my first payment would be in November. I think unless your birthday is on the 1st of the month there is always this ‘2 month’ delay BECAUSE you are only entitled AFTER the first FULL month after you turn 62 (65 or whatever age you elect after 62).

So I applied, in person, in June and within 2 weeks we had sorted out the two ‘wrinkles’. Around August I got a letter stating that I would start receiving my benefits as of the 2nd TUESDAY of November 2015. That was cute. Yes, SSA normally pays benefits on Wednesday. But the 2nd Wednesday of 2015 was November 11, Veteran’s Day, and a Federal Holiday. No mention of the child benefits. I also set up my SSA online account BUT neither I nor Deanna can access the kid’s benefits because they have their own SS numbers. Around September 11 I called Concord to see IF they could give me an update on the Child Benefits. They would only talk to me if Deanna was on the call since the kids, at that point, were linked to her account. Not a problem. In September they had NO news. Told us to call back in a month. So we called again in October, November and December. Always mid-month, around the 11th. No news BUT they continued to get the benefits they were getting through Deanna in October & December.

Deanna’s December payment, as always was on the 4th Wednesday — December 23, 2015. NO PAYMENTS FOR THE KIDS! No letter. Nothing. Boom. 2 days before Christmas. No payment. Bit of a blow, but luckily we could weather it. Called Concord again. As ever VERY NICE. Very helpful. But they had no idea. They, like us, were amazed that we had not had a letter.

The only news mid-January was that they were STILL calculating the new kids benefits! No payment January.

Called again mid-February. Ahhh! They had an update. They even had a tentative number! Said that payments would resume in March — 4th week.

Well on the 4th THURSDAY of February two payments arrived — back pay going back to November.

I just thought I should chronicle this in case any of YOU are waiting for Child benefits. The patience of Job helps.

It is crazy. I also came to realize that maybe they don’t get this that often with retirement — as opposed to disability, i.e., folks with kids under 18. Yes, it is not uncommon, of course, but we are definitely not in the majority. Hope this helps.

The Concord, NH SSA office is MAGIC. Very, very, very helpful BUT they can only report on what is taking place in Baltimore or in our case Philadelphia. 


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by Anura Guruge

‘Revels North’ Kids Program On ‘Silk Road’ A Welcome Opportunity In The Northeast.

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Click to access the ‘Revels North’ Webpage for this program, with dates etc.


I was taken back and delighted when I saw this, in the form of an e-mail, this morning. Kids in the Northeast, particularly in NH, could do with ALL the EXPOSURE they can to the wide world beyond the borders of their state (or in some cases their town). This is why I am such a big advocate of the Laconia ‘Multicultural Day‘.

Learning about the ‘Silk Road‘ could sure inspire kids to explore their wonderlust. The ‘Silk Road’ has it all: adventure, history, culture, art, music, romance. Yes, I have a soft spot in my heart of the ‘Silk Road’ — other than the fact that the ‘Silk Road’ also traversed through Ceylon, by birthplace. In 1983 when UNESCO started its grand ‘Silk Road’ program, my adoptive father, by then a 15 year old and Director-level official with UNESCO, was part of the team. As it happened the Ceylon (by then Sri Lanka) part of the UNESCO kick-off was scheduled for August 1983. I happened to be in Sri Lanka at the time. So given that my adoptive father and mother were also there, from Paris, as was the Director General (who I had met many times in Paris), we attended many of the events. Somewhere in this house there is also a lavishly produced UNESCO book, published in 1983, for the ‘Silk Road’. So ..

This GRAND. I am happy. Bravo.


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UNESCO ‘Silk Road’ Home page with the ‘Sri Lanka’ flag highlighted. Click to access.


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Newcastle University Boat Club (UK) Competes With Oxford Women’s Rugby With Male & Female Nude Calendars.

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nude Rugby calender.

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Click here for the ‘Newcastle University Boat Club
Nude Calendar Webpage
— where you can order the calendars you desire.

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All I can tell YOU is that there has been a HUGE, DAILY interest in my November 20, 2015 post about the “Oxford University Women’s Rugby Team” nude calendar. No, I have yet to receive any of the 4 (yes, 4) calendars I ordered.

I happened to hear about the Newcastle initiative and felt compelled to SHARE it with YOU given that they are doing both men and female versions and I do NOT want you ladies to feel in any way deprived.

As I said with my “Oxford” post neither Deanna or I have any problems with tasteful calendars such as this — for CHARITY. Neither of us would have any qualms if our kids posed for such an initiative. Nudity is natural. Enjoy.

Merry Christmas.


Kids Dentists To Avoid Controversy Now Referring To “Fluoride” Just As A Vitamin.

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>> “Children’s Dentistry”, Gilford.
>> $140 for baby tooth extraction.
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Had it with my dentist …
>> Dental crisis in NH.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. This, though from another dentist, was basically the same spiel I heard today. No mention of fluoride. Just talk of a vitamin application.


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Took both kids, together, to our dentist for their scheduled 6-month cleaning and checkup. As is the new wont the hygienist made a big deal of telling you, and the kids, as to what they will be doing during the visit. I heard twice, given that their were two kids, that they would finish the visit with a “vitamin application”. I was intrigued. I had never heard of that procedure before — “vitamin application”.

Given that I go in with Teischan I got to see what they were doing. At the very end, she peels the cover off a small packet of liquid and start applying the liquid to Teischan’s teeth with a Q-tip. Well that did NOT look like the application of a ‘conventional’ vitamin, say ‘D’ or ‘E’.

So I asked her how the vitamin was going to get ingested by the body through the tooth enamel. She started to blush and stammer. She admitted that it was not a vitamin. To be fair to her IT WAS. Fluoride is a vitamin. So they were NOT lying to us. Just, at best, being ‘cute’ — at worst being deceptive. She admitted that it was a fluoride varnish. In the past they used to be all ga-ga about applying this fluoride finish. They never called it a vitamin. It was always fluoride this and fluoride that.

Now it is a vitamin — and NO mention of fluoride.

This is NOT right.

Parents should be TOLD what it is that they are applying and given the option to OPT out.

I am not sure whether I would have opted out. I am NOT convinced about fluoride. I have better teeth than most with nary a cavity and there was no fluoride when I was growing up.

So a HEADS UP. Ask your dentist what exactly they are putting in YOUR KID’S mouth.


Three Video Clips On YouTube Of The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey “Built To Amaze” Circus In Manchester, NH.

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>> Feeding bunny to python 
Oct. 3, 2014.
>> Selling cigarettes at circus … 
Oct. 3, 2014.
>> No elephant parade 
 Sep. 30, 2014.
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$10 tickets for opening night — Sep. 26, 2014.
>> “Built to Amaze”
 
July 23, 2014.
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‘Dragons’, Oct. 2013 — Oct. 7, 2013.

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The “Built to Amaze” circus, by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, at the Verizon Arena in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday night, October 2, 2014.

Deanna, with her Panasonic shot all three of these short video clips. I couldn’t take my Canon T3i because the Verizon Wireless Arena bans, categorically, all cameras with detachable lenses! That is so arbitrary and meaningless that it borders on insanity. I could get a fixed lens camera that takes better quality images, stills and videos, that my cheap Canon T3i.

The human cannonball act by Elliana Grace is good — though we have seen other human cannonball acts before. Deanna captures it to perfection. You can see her coming out. WATCH. Definitely rewarding.

The other two clips very nicely capture the spirit and tone of this circus.

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Trying To Feed Live Bunny To A Python At The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus In Manchester, NH — Is NOT Appropriate.

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>> Selling cigarettes
>> at circus … 
Oct. 3, 2014.
>> No elephant parade
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 Sep. 30, 2014.
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$10 tickets for opening
>> night — Sep. 26, 2014.

>> “Built to Amaze”
>>July 23, 2014.
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‘Dragons’, Oct. 2013

>> — Oct. 7, 2013.
>> The circus elephants have 

>> arrived — Oct. 2, 2013.
>> Oct.  2013 circus/elephants

>> in Manchester — Sep. 29, 2013.
>> Circus will play down
>> elephant parade
 Aug. 15, 2013.
>> ‘Dragons’ circus is coming to town — July 6, 2013.

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The “Built to Amaze” circus, by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, at the Verizon Arena in Manchester, N.H., yesterday, started off with a supposed CLOWN ACT that distressed us greatly and we were not alone judging from the screams of anguish that ran out around the arena.

These two Russian clowns, who really were not that good,
went through the motions of feeding a live bunny to a python.

I do not care if it was the circus. The whole depiction was wrong and very disturbing.

I called Manchester Police and complained!

It was like a parody. There are animal protesters outside the arena, about nine or ten (if not more), holding signs about cruelty to animals and they start with this act.

The whole act which involved 3 or 4 bunnies and one large python was NOT funny. It was downright disgusting. It might play well in Moscow but not in Manchester, N.H.

We have 3 bunnies. Our kids like bunnies.

They manhandled these bunnies and threw one around in an enactment of hiking a ball in football. That is not right. We don’t let our kids throw bunnies around.

Then the python thing was not just right.

I believe that animals experience FEAR. You are scaring a poor bunny.

This act should be stopped.

We have done quite a bit this morning. I called up bloody Barnum & Bailey. They laughed. They think everything is funny.

Plus lets not forget the SELLING CIGARETTES incident!

Deanna took to Facebook. This guy from 105.5 JYY was there. So Deanna, at my behest, post on their Facebook too (bottom). She started with Barnum & Bailey. They took down her post. So she posted again. Click to ENLARGE.

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