Rest in Peace Aunt Marie

Marie at Ninety-fourBack in July, I wrote a post regarding my Aunt Marie. It was her ninety fourth birthday. We celebrated at her home in Franciscan Village in Lemont, Illinois. She was somewhat pensive that day, but she did the best she could to enjoy the moment. Last week she took a turn for the worse. In all the many times she was hospitalized, she bounced back readily. This time she was different. The problem that put her there was serious, and required some major body interventions. As her DPOA (Durable Power of Attorney), I made a the decision for her. I stopped all further treatments, and signed her up for hospice. It was time to let nature takes its normal course. 

It isn’t easy watching someone die. In fact it can be downright ugly. Yet, it can be beautiful at the same time. Witnessing a person’s pain, and discomfort is ugly. Knowing that the pain and discomfort is short lived, and that spiritual reward is near, is beautiful.  

She had many visitors last Friday, luckily, I was one of them. I sat next to her bed talking with Mary and John, a couple of friends who grew up with her. We watched her breathing while she slept. Then, I suddenly realized that she was not moving any more. She had passed quietly, painlessly, peacefully right in front of the three of us.

My Barbara never let me have that experience. She knew I was on the way to her side, and she let go before I got there. I missed her last breath by ten minutes. We had said goodbye to each other the day before while she was still conscious. Six years later it is still painful to remember.

After everyone left Marie’s room, and I was alone with her, I cried. I told her I would miss her, and I thanked her for letting me take care of her.  She was was my last connection to Barbara. Days before Barb died, she gave me an order to take care of Marie. I did my best, and now the job is nearly completed.

Yesterday, we gave Marie a great send off with a Mass of Christian Burial, and then entombed her next to husband Henry at the mausoleum In Resurrection Cemetery. By her direction, the luncheon afterward was at the Landmark. She insisted on an open bar with a family style Polish meal, and special order dumplings. 

Aunty Marie Golema

Born:         July 16, 1915

Died:         September 25, 2009

She is at heavenly peace.

Let’s Have Some Competition

One of the arguments, I have heard about why we need big government run health care reform is that the evil insurance companies need some competition. Why is it that the insurance companies are restricted to practice in a specific state? Wouldn’t it make sense that the private sector would compete vigorously if they were allowed to?

My guess is that there have been problems with insurance claims in each state. Our law makers, in their infinite wisdom, and their drive to get re-elected, proposed new rules to protect us from those evil insurers. The result, fifty states with fifty different sets of rules about  how to run an insurance company. There went the competition between states.

If  uncle is really serious about health care reform, he would set up some simple standards for heath care insurance, similar to those used by Medicare supplements.  Why is it necessary to set up a totally unfair government run insurance company to compete against the private sector, when a simple set of standards would be enough?

Let's Play By My Rules

The Mood of the Country

Wow!  a new target to pick on. David Axelrod, genius advisor to Obama is being thrown to the media as a front man for Obama. If he does as well as the president’s press secretary Robert Gibbs, the liberals will shine brightly into the universe as a new beacon of change and hopium. Maybe an alien nation will come to our rescue. While we are waiting to be rescued, Axelrod, Gibbs, and Obama will have to deal with the current mood of the nation.

His Head in the Sand in Complete Denial

Intelligent Design?

Is it just me, or am I wrong in thinking that Congress is supposed to author the bills? The content of bills they have recently passed without any understanding of them  wouldn’t be so foreign if they had authored the bills in the first place. So, who is writing the bills for them? Have we reached the point in our economy where it is cheaper to oursource  law writing to India, China, or Venezuela? I have tried to read HR 3200, but I am too illiterate to understand it. I think the supposition that they were written by a foreign entity is a plausible reason.

Here is another version of what might have happened:

Intelligent Design

A Hypocrisy I Don’t Understand

I don’t feel like writing today, so I’ll keep this short. I couldn’t stand being screwed into the couch any longer. I had to become an activist. Why? I see my country being decimated by a bunch of people who want to make the world a better place. How can anyone make the world a better place by destroying the greatest country in the history of the universe? It is a hypocrisy I don’t understand.

Grumpa Joe Proud Of His Flag

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