Calm the fuck down!

26 Feb

Mother Nature is in control. Seriously, she is. She always is.

As unshocking as this revelation may be, people need to understand it. Also, not breaking news, I am an amateur weather nerd. I love it and I find it absolutely fascinating. I am fortunate enough (most days I think fortunate is the appropriate adjective) to live in a part of the world where the weather experiences actual, defined seasons. Usually four of them per year.

This winter has been full of average temperature days, mild temperature days, and frigid temperature days. In the Midwest, this N-O-R-M-A-L. This is not a pattern we have never experienced before. This is okay. The world isn’t ending yet.

If you have lived my area for any length of time, you know this. You know that extremes are possible and not uncommon. I understand that you don’t like the frigid temperatures, and few people really do, but if you make them the bane of your existence, you have two options to change that.
1. Suck it up and put on a sweater.
2. Move away.
Before you say, “It isn’t that easy to just move away,” I will tell you to shut the hell up. If weather is truly making your life miserable every year, and you bitch about it and make those around you into thoughts of your homicide, then yes it is. Boxes aren’t hard to pack. Admittedly, unpacking sucks though.
As we descend into our 13th or 14th Polar Vortex, calm your tits, light a fire and quit your bitching. If you can’t do those things, I’ll bring you some packing boxes.

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Greetings from afar!

12 Feb

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This photo is completely irrelevant to this post, I just think it’s funny.
Oh, and the title is irrelevant too. It’s not that I’ve gone anywhere physically, I’ve just taken a mental hiatus from blogging here. I’ve been spending too much time with work stuff and swimming I’m the sea of magic that is Tumblr.

I’ve really decided to pour myself into my writing. Now, most of this writing has been done offline, and it’s really working for me. I have been working with some professional organizations to potentially get my musings to the masses and get paid for it.

This was basically a nothing post, but I’m going to try to put my feet back in the wordpress pool. I’ll still likely be swimming over on Tumblr.

My lover

18 Sep

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I love to cook, but baking is my true lover.
These are my famous chewy chocolate chip cookies.
They are the best in the universe and anyone who’s ever had them can attest to that fact. These cookies are soft, buttery, and silky on your tongue.
This is my own special recipe that no one knows and I am going to share it with you!

Just kidding.

Mean Girls

5 Sep

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This is a great movie and I adore it. Of course it’s satirical and that means there is a heavy dose of truth in it.

Girls in high school can be mean. Some are total bitches, especially if you don’t wear the right clothes or don’t have a boyfriend on the football team, or don’t drive the right kind of car.

Working in a high school, I see a lot of this. Girls are mean to other girls just because they can be. Girls form cliques whose total function becomes to exclude other girls.

Now, you may think, “Elle, was a total mean girl.” And you’d be wrong. So very, very wrong.

I was not cool in high school. My parents were strict and I didn’t have much freedom. I didn’t live in the cool neighborhoods. My parents weren’t native to our town. I wasn’t in the “in crowd”.
What I did (do) have is confidence.

Even in a small school, like where I teach, girls are cliquish and most of it is purely based on how cute your clothes are and how many sports you play.

Girls are mean, and while it’s not fun if you’re on the wrong end of the mean, I really believe it’s the nature of the teenage girl. Aaaand it often carries over to adult women. Now, the only way to prevent the mean girls from having any power is to let the “uncool” girls know that they are just as good.
Instilling self-esteem in young girls is the only answer.

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Word

13 Aug

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So applicable to me

13 Aug

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An open letter to the United States Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs

11 Aug

An open letter to the United States Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs

Feel free to share this anywhere and everywhere you deem appropriate. 

11 August 2013

To All It Concerns:

This morning I was met with the news that President Obama has warned the disabled veterans in our country that if the Sequester continues, their benefits may be reduced or at the very least, in jeopardy. This is completely UNACCEPTABLE!

The courageous men and women, who put their lives on the line, presenting themselves selflessly for the good of the nation, are being forced to shoulder the burden of the financial stupidity that has deadlocked our lawmakers.  Lawmakers who, by and large, have never served in our military are too stubborn and seemingly stupid to understand the incredible sacrifices our disabled veterans have to make every day in order to survive.

Using veterans as pawns is nothing new, but it is always shameful.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is also fighting an incredible backlog to process disability claims, and while they are making progress, there is much inconsistency and inefficiency in the organization. Again, because of these two issues, disabled veterans and their families are needlessly suffering.

When it takes more than 500 days to process a claim for disability and receive a disability rating from the VA, and another 200 days to appeal and get the correct rating, there is an enormous problem. Because there is no consistency in the rating process, two veterans with similarly severe injuries in two parts of the country, or VA regions, will often receive two different ratings. Does the severely brain damaged veteran in Florida deserve fewer resources than the severely brain damaged veteran in Idaho?

Furthermore, there are many policies in place at the VA that make sense on paper, but are flat out ridiculous and detrimental in execution. For example, when a veteran runs out of pain medication and their provider doesn’t respond to a refill request in a timely manner and the veteran is required a drug test. When the drug test reveals no measurable level of the pain medicine in the veteran’s system, the veteran is cutoff from the pain medication for breaking the pain management contract. I understand the reasoning behind the contract, but the unintended consequences are that a veteran writhes in pain due to someone else’s laziness or disorganization.

We have veterans killing themselves at the rate of 18-22 a day in this country. They are fighting unimaginable physical, emotional, financial, and psychological agony while they wait for disability claims to be processed and ratings to be issued. There comes a point where the constant anguish becomes too much to continue to carry.

The United States was once the greatest nation in the world. However based on the current treatment of those who have given so much, more than their fair share and would do it all again in without hesitation, The United States of America has lost its “#1 Nation” coffee mug.

So, Congress and Department of Veterans Affairs if it is clear your policies for supporting and caring for only real national treasure are ineffective and contributing to the loss of lives, don’t you think political differences and bureaucratic differences should be disregarded so that our wounded veterans are properly cared for and comfortable?

Act now before the loss of a generation heroes is your legacy and the gaping scar they leave becomes our national symbol.

Elizabeth Hershley

Weston, MO

Angered citizen and wife of a disabled veteran