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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 ar

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  i nalienable right for the general welfare of the country   to 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