Time: Seasons, Clocks, and Years.


Right.  Time.  We’ve been talking about it a lot on magicalwords.net.  And, I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, likely because I have so little time in each day. Not enough time to meditate, rest, clean house, make jewelry, write (especially write).  The deadlines imposed by life and editors, family and friends – not one of which I would change, mind you – make me nuts.  Sometimes a bit depressed.  Which reminds me that I need time to exercise – to keep the depression demons at bay.  I just need more time.   There are lots of ways to get more time.  I know.  I’ve been considering most of them.  I could give up sleep.  Write fewer books.  (Not gonna happen.)  Spend less time with family and friends.  (But I spend too little time with them as it is.)  Eat less.  Okay – that’s a good one.  It stays on the list.  Give up my day job….ahhh.  Yes.  Now why do I have a day job?  Oh.  Right.  Health insurance. I promised myself not to talk politics here, on the list.  Yet, I have to say this one thing. If the US had affordable health insurance for its citizens, we self-employed types would have more time and could get more done.  We would be more productive, less stressed, and the country would see huge increase in productivity.   More productive people pay more in taxes because they make money, making the country better off financially. I could go on, naming the ways health insurance would make us all better off, and countering any disagreements that might get posted here, but I’ll just wait until after the election.  Then, maybe, I’ll have more … time.



7 comments to Time: Seasons, Clocks, and Years.

  • Great post. So often political/social issues in this country are talked about in a vacuum. (And by the way, I am never one to shy away from a political discussion — this is a democracy. Talking about politics is what informed citizens are supposed to do.) Televised debates will carve out fifteen minutes for foreign policy and fifteen minutes for health care reform, and fifteen minutes… You get the idea. But it’s all connected, and all of it impacts our lives. Universal health coverage would improve the lives of so many people, particularly if it were to take the seemingly simple step of offering financial incentives for preventative care. And this improvements, in turn would redound in positive ways to the national economy, to our fiscal morass, to the educational issues we face as a country (healthy children have an easier time of it in school).

    As I say, great post.

  • Pardon the typos and the use of “preventative” for “preventive” in the last comment. I hit the wrong button and it won’t let me edit….

  • I am not a political beast. But I see needs not being met and it saddens me. People say we don’t need universal health care. But we already have that in its least productive form. When someone without insurance comes to a hospital they are treated. By law. And the bill is never paid. So it we, the taxpayers or the insured, pay it for them in higher taxes or higher insurance premiums. It stinks.

  • Michele Conti

    I’ve been pondering over whether I should type this in or not since yesterday.
    Now I think I will.

    Just do what I tell all of my Oregon boys (they may kill me if they see me calling them that.)

    Move to Canada.

    You’ll have freakin’ cold winters, overpriced housing, and/or rental properties, be paying extra money for any books you’re buying (just had to throw it in there…) and if you’re a woman and not a stick figure you’ll have to shop at the clothing stores your mother shops at…but you’ll have a fairly good health care program.

    And Blue Cross costs like 200/m for the whole family and covers 80% of everything except root canals and wisdom teeth removal. They’re even starting to cover naturopaths and herbalists. Not the remedies yet, unfortunately, but at least the 85$ consult can be written off. And that’s only if you’re unfortunate enough to work for a company that doesn’t have an even better plan.

    Though I have to admit, I was considering giving it all up when it was -47….

  • Brian

    I like Ireland, they have universal health care (if you dont mind sharing a room), and an option for private insurance if you want to pay for it, and guess what, no income tax on intellectual property like books or art, or music. This is all from a website I found, but it sounds authentic to me.

    Healthcare in the US stinks. You pay 200/mo thats 2400 per year and still have to pay an extra 2000-3000 out of pocket for major stuff and any copays on recheck visits that can add up. I broke mt leg recently, and I didnt use my medical insurance I used my automobile insurance becasue they pay anything up to your maximum coverage. it was extremely helpful.

  • If the US had affordable health insurance for its citizens, we self-employed types would have more time and could get more done.

    This is part of why I moved to Ireland.

    Brian, you have to be an Irish citizen (which takes 5+ years) to be eligible for the no-income-tax thing, but it is in fact true. Artists can earn up to 250,000 euros annually without paying taxes on the proceeds from their artistic endeavours.


  • Brian

    5+ years is a long time, but its probably worth it, and besides you’d be in Ireland.