Archive for February 28, 2019

The Most Excellent Action

Today’s Thursday Thought is a very tall order. Yet, if each of us accomplished even one of these things with at least one person every month…what a world this would be!

“What action is most excellent?  To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured.” — Mohammed

Free House-Cleaning for Cancer Patients

One of the many frustrations of a woman fighting cancer is her home that needs a good cleaning. It may seem like an unimportant thing, but it’s a reminder of her physical weakness and lack of energy. And a clean house is healthier for her.

That’s why the organization Cleaning for a Reason was formed. They will clean the home of a cancer patient at no cost to her, thus brightening her life a bit. They have served 33,000 women through the 1200 maid services working with them.

If you are or know a woman who could benefit from this service, look into it and apply. Find information at https://cleaningforareason.org/.

Human Contradiction

Humans are such strange beings……

Protect Our Veterans

Life is hard for veterans, who may come back to face loss of jobs, family, friends, life-focus, homes, physical disability, emotional hurdles. So much so that many resort to suicide. It’s up to us, the people they defended, to protect them. Keep this phone number handy to pass on to a vulnerable vet. In fact, loan the vet your cell phone and be with them while they make the call. It’s the least we can do.

Simple Wishes, Willing Girl

Kids can often teach adults some important lessons. For example, 11-year-old Ruby teaches compassion, consideration, and generosity of spirit. She saw residents of a nursing home who were sad, missing the little pleasures in life, and she did something about it. Read about what she did, why, and the results at 11-Year-old Girl Has Been Granting the Simple Wishes of Nursing Home Patients.

Why Presidents’ Day?

Presidents’ Day–What is it, how did it grow out of Washington’s Birthday, why do we celebrate it, and was George Washington really who the legends say he was? Find out at https://www.almanac.com/content/when-presidents-day.

Cut Your Heating Bill

45% of the total energy used in U.S. homes goes toward heating.  So it pays to let the sun in, seal drafts, use insulated window coverings, and replace your old furnace, which is probably only 65% efficient (or less) and might burn 400 more therms of natural gas than a new model that’s 95% efficient. It’s good for you AND for the Earth.

[For more easy, money-saving, Earth-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/view/7000 or your favorite e-book seller and download to your computer or e-book device. Totally free, with no strings attached.]

“Funny” TV Ads

Gotta love those funny TV commercials!  How about the ad where one guy hits another in the head with a cell phone, twice, or where a woman bounces a cue ball off the forehead of an obnoxious man?  Then there’s the guy who breaks down a wall to be allowed to answer a quiz question.  We’re supposed to laugh, of course.  If we do, though, what we’re telling our kids is that violence is both an acceptable response to minor irritants and funny.  It’s time to change this way of thinking.  We start not by laughing at the aggressive scene but by using the ads as a chance to talk to our kids about violence against our fellow humans.  Our discussion will likely bring out stories of similar antagonism on the playground or among their friends and give us a chance to offer guidance in how to handle such situations. 

Tee-Shirt Truth

Sometimes I see a tee-shirt that resonates truth.  Like this one, which I offer as today’s Thursday Thought.

Women Pay $500 More than Men for Insurance

It’s a widespread belief that men pay more for automobile insurance than women. But that’s only true for young adults.

Several studies in 2018 and 2017 revealed that women over 25, particularly those between 40 and 60, often pay more than men — not less — for auto insurance, all other rating criteria being equal. Now, California has become the latest in a handful of states that have outlawed setting rates for automobile insurance based on gender.

This is the start of an informative article  from Huff Post, titled Car Insurance Companies Charge Women Higher Rates Than Men Because They Can.

Read  about this inequality, what California has done about it, and insurance companies’ answer.