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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


Policy Makers and Grandma

I just read an article in the WSJ about a study that "found a 55% greater risk fo heart disease among grandmothers who care for their grandchildren." Okay, that sucks. Later in the article, we find the following,

"This is a dramatic and important finding," says scientist Meredith Minkler, of the University of California at Berkeley's School of Public Health. "These grandparents might constitute a vulnerable group of hidden patients whose healthcare needs to be attended to by physicians and policy makers alike."
Now hold on here, Scientist Minkler. What exactly do policy makers have to do with this? Do we need a law that makes sure my mom goes to the doctor more often if she babysits my kids? Maybe my employer should have to chip in for my mom's health insurance. Or maybe we need to put a tracking bracelet on grandma so she doesn't spend more than the safe amount of hours near her grandchildren. "Sorry Gran, you can't come over today. You've exceeded your kiddie care allotment for the fourth straight week. Not safe, you know. Better cancel Christmas. That'll overdo it for sure." Or better yet, it'll be my fault. Granny's just the victim, you see. What sort of policy could possibly add anything good to this situation? I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation for the last four words of that quote. I'm just not familiar enough with policy-making to understand what it might be.

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