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As a means of expressing my gratitude and joy that THE BETTER SIDE WON, in spite of Citizens United et al, I wanted to post an update.  I thought I owed this to the universe, after all my negative diaries.
I had pretty much given up on piano teaching and was considering jobs that provide health insurance: driving a school bus, serving coffee (Starbucks has pretty good benefits) and various others.
I will let my students express what a musical education means to them, and why private music instruction should not be allowed to die, or relegated to the hobbyist:

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She died on Wednesday. Because she was not a close friend of mine, I think I should not use her real name here. I have no idea whether she or her family would approve of her story being used as evidence that our health care system causes so much needless suffering. After all, we are in Virginia; they may well be Tea Party members. So I will ask you to take this on faith. More after the fold---

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Sun Jul 18, 2010 at 10:01 AM PDT

Pass it and throw pies?

by kareylou

  The health care issue is what brought me to this site. I spent countless hours, not commenting in diaries, but on the phone, writing letters, going to vigils and other actions, including a memorable Town Hall in Virginia where Randall Terry was dragged out by the police and I saw, to my great dismay, one of my god-daughter's high school teachers marching around with a "Don't Tread on Me" flag.
   I came here to get information and find out what action I could take. Now, every time I open a health care diary I cringe.....
     

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The latest chapter in the True Life Adventures of the piano teacher who hit a big bump in the road a few years back: A secret recipe of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and luck has beaten back the cancer, but the worthiest foe remains: Assurant Health! Assurant deals what they believe is a fatal blow, but Kareylou decides to make one last stand against the Goliath company. Read below the fold to see how you can help. It doesn't even cost any money.  

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Should kareylou have to sell her piano and go out of business so that Don Hamm can install a gold faucet in the third bathroom of the east wing of the second yacht?

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Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 06:06 AM PDT

Et tu C-Span? here's my letter

by kareylou

I never ever write these sorts of letters. I'm sort of a "if you don't like it, turn the dial" type. Or better yet, if you don't like it, there's a great chance to get outdoors. But this morning I was listening to Washington Journal in the car and was astounded that they gave Jason Mattera 45 minutes of uninterrupted time.
My letter is below the fold, not that anyone is going to read it. It would be nice if they knew some of us noticed that their Overton Window is moving right.

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Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 06:57 PM PST

of faith and facts

by kareylou

My book club just finished reading Ken Wilber's "A Brief History of Everything", a philosophical tome that attempts to examine and incorporate into a single system "important truths from as many disciplines as possible--East, West, modern, postmodern, ...from physics to spirituality." It is a 523 page book, but there is a passage I couldn't get past on page 31:  

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Learn from my mistakes! If the Republicans get their way, just follow these easy step-by-step instructions for navigating the new, "choice-driven" insurance market:

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Also known as the true life adventures of a pianist and piano teacher who hit a big bump in the road a few years back:

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I started to post this as a comment in NBBooker's diary about rescission, but it grew and grew. I guess I needed to rant. Because I'm not the ranting type, I included an interesting, inspiring and uplifting p.s. at the end for presidential press conference junkies.

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    I was so looking forward to the Race for the Cure on the National Mall this morning. Sure, it's a lot of work getting a team together, and getting up at 4am and portapotties and all, but I remember my first race, when I was still in treatment, and felt fragile and so so scared. Just being in the presence of all those women (and a few men) who had been through the tunnel, out the other side, and were not just walking, but laughing and dancing...I wear a sign on my back that says "not diagnosed early....still OK!! You can do it too" to counteract the terror in other's hearts that I remember feeling in my own every time I saw the motto "Early detection is the best prevention". I have plenty of political views about cancer research and health care in general, but I leave them at home that day.
   

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