Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Cure: The Cure

Some groups’ albums are not that great, and this is one by The Cure that fits this description. Too bad; what a shame.

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The Cure: Mixed Up

A good album of rehashed tunes by one of my favorite musical groups, The Cure.

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Irish Tenors: Heritage

A nice album, but a bit annoying. Not as nice as I had wished. I enjoy this type of music at this time of year, but I was disappointed, overall.

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Difference of Phones for EBT

I don’t know if certain cellphones do not allow access to state automated systems, or whether the reverse is true! Recently, the cell phone with which I’d been accessing my food stamp records had fallen on the floor, and had also been plugged into the wall during a fierce lightning storm. After these incidents and over a weekend, I eventually noticed that the battery of this phone had not charged, although the light on the charger had been on during this entire time. So, I was unsure whether the phone could be fixed by purchasing a new battery or charger, etc.

First, I went to one phone store, whose representative told me that the charger had become obsolete. This is what had happened to my previous phone, and was the reason that I had purchased this newest phone, which was now (perhaps) broken. While it does represent a good reason to upgrade myself and my technology, personal finances lead me to hang onto and try to fix whatever I have.

The representative at the second phone store I visited was able to provide a charger to fit, and which also showed its light operating when plugged into my phone, but I wasn’t entirely convinced that the problem with the battery was solved.

I went to a third store and found a fantastic, time-limited deal on cheap phone service and an inexpensive phone, which would be a far better proposal in the long run than even the one I had been using, so I purchased the whole shebang.

When I utilized my old phone, which turns out to have no problems that the new charger couldn’t fix, to call the food stamps telephone number, I was eventually able to get through.

When I tried to use my newest phone, I received a completely different telephone menu, and the state system would not recognize this latest technology and phone number I used.

This caused me to wonder whether the system is able to further discriminate among the callers it receives, the order they will take these callers, whether they will take these callers, etc.

Has anyone else had these same problems with this system?

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Reparations

It has been a long fight for the Jewish people to receive acknowledgment from the world of its plight during the Holocaust. Eventually, Germany has been made to make financial reparations in recompense for the genocide perpetrated upon the Jewish people during the Nazi reign.

Other groups have also unfairly been attacked by others, even in the United States. These have included wars against the Native Americans and slavery imposed upon the Black population.

While many efforts have been undertaken to offset the deleterious effects this has had upon the afflicted populace, such remedial programs as affirmative action and the outlawing of slavery have only had a small, gradual, positive effect, to date.

None of the above measures truly comprise an act of contrition and remorse; they only represent the measures which should have always been followed by the American people in providing for the treatment of all individuals alike. The discrimination of the one against the other, however, negates the precepts of the Constitution.

Therefore, I feel that financial reparations to the above-mentioned groups are indeed in order. Although I have heard on some radio shows that it would be very difficult to determine to whom they should be paid (and, indeed– once some thought is put into it, the difficulties inherent in its implications would indeed be a feat of herculean proportions), I feel that the time has been way overdue to begin this process, and to right the wrongs that have been perpetrated upon these wonderful people that are all a portion of the fabric of this country.

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What Animals Tell Me: True Stories of an Animal Communicator – by Dr. Monica Diedrich

I wish more people were tuned in to the animals and pets that live on the planet with us. If we were, there would be less abuse and more love to go around for all. Meanwhile, I can’t help but cry when I see the ASPCA (I think) ads on television. Each time they come on, I know that they’re going to feature poor little puppy dogs looking dejected, and sad little kitties, and I try my best to say to myself that I will not cry this time. But, it doesn’t work. I really try not to cry and make a full-out effort not to do so, but no…..

So, anyways, this book is about a person who believes they can receive telepathic communications from people’s pets. Dr. Diedrich writes her stories about the stories of the pets which she has visited, and seems to have helped them with their people parents.

I do believe this ability is possible, and I do believe, for the most part, that she does so. I wonder why more people can’t?

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The Complete Book of Home Crafts: Projects for Adventurous Beginners – Edited by Carine Tracanelli

Top quality projects are featured in this highly advisable, easily readable book. From jewelry-making to mosaics, stencilling to batiking, each craft is presented in a professional, artistic manner.

I would love to do each and every project listed, and I would appear to be quite the proud folk artist if I did!

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