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Writers' $ense: Use Your Experiences

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When I'm asked about my occupation. I answer I'm a writer. The question that follows is: "Where do you get your ideas?" The conversation stops and everyone waits for the answer.
It feels like I'm revealing a secret recipe or a patent for a nuclear product. When I say, "My ideas germinate from what I read, see, taste, hear, feel, want, lack, in other words - my experiences." There is a pause.  The conversation changes no one dares to ask me anymore about my ideas. The word experiences conjure various visions in the listeners' mind. For many, it's a hot button topic. Experiences are personal, not always welcomed in polite company.
Writers use experiences as the fodder. They stir their observations, encounters, and interactions to conjure a character, a point of view, a setting, an antagonist, not to mention new worlds. Every human being contains a treasure trove of experiences waiting to burst forth into a story.
Our seven senses are entrances allowi…

Healthcare is a Constitutional Right

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Healthcare is a right of every American citizen as guaranteed in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution:
We, the people of these United States in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfar
e, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
It is not an added on or a luxury. It is an inalienable right for the general welfare of the countryto secure the blessings of liberty. Don't waste this opportunity. Be a historical hero. Promote the general welfare. Work to make this bill better. Let it live while a group of legislators, healthcare professions, healthcare users, and insurance representatives hash out a renovated ACA. 
Stop calling our healthcare program Obamacare. Address our healthcare program as it was originally called the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. Affordable is the operative word, not attain…