I had enough, I’m done, and I turned and walked away.
“What the.. ? Oh this is real good”, as I looked at the dark hallway, “now they’re sure going to think you’ve lost it.”
“Now I know I didn’t imagine that”, as my eyes searched the hallway, I realized there was a big, heavy door, that was locked and chained only a few feet from me on my right. I moved as quietly as possible and leaned closer to the door… something touched me on the right shoulder and as I jerked around, a hand was reaching for my throat!
My eyes bugged out of my head like binoculars and my jaw hurt from trying to scream; all the while water was flying all over the bathroom as I was attempting to back-paddle away from the cut-off hand.
Just as I saw the broomstick holding the glove up, I heard Frank’s laughter.
I was sitting straight-up in bed, looking around and wanting to cry, but I couldn’t help but bust out laughing, and shaking my head, “That Frank is in for it when I see him.”
When we were young boys, we never missed an opportunity to scare or surprise the other, or even our friends. We never missed “Thriller”, “The Twilight Zone”, or any of the long list of scary movies, and the above good memory was after we watched “The Hand”, and Frank caught me in the bathtub.
Needless to say, Frank got my attention and reminded me that I still had an unfinished job to do: To make this world a better place for all the Children!
So with that said, I dedicate this to Frank.
The Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which the Rules are simple as follows:
Dog, because they are so loyal and great companions.
3. Do you work . . if so, where (being a full-time mommy counts as work btw)?
I am retired, although I work very close to full time or even more at times as a Child Advocate, supporting Veterans, and senior citizens.
4. If you could go exploring anywhere where would that be?
The Great Barrier Reef
5. Your biggest regret?
6. How many siblings do you have? What are your thoughts on that number?
Two, and it is as good a number as any, I had an Uncle and Aunt that had 15 Children.
7. What decade do you really belong in?
Right where I am at. I started out with The Killer-Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Buddy Holley, Otis Redding, B.B. King, lived through The Beatles, lived with The Rolling Stones(Since they still make music), Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Ozzy, Ritchie Blackmore, Charlie Daniels, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Social Distortion, Bon Jovi, Rammstein, Slipknot, Brooks and Dunn, Toby Keith, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakum, Volbeat, etc..
8. Would you rather live in the Arctic or Antarctic Circle?
If I had to, I would pick the warmer climate, and the one with land to walk on so I could get back to Texas, so The Arctic.
9. What is your favorite artistic medium?
Tools, Paint, original parts, and custom parts to build War Horses(Ford Mustangs) and HOGs(Harley-Davidsons). But also woodworking tools, and good wood.
10. Camping or hotels?
Both, I’m a farm boy and love the out-of-doors, but I also love being around people and the big city at times also.
I want everyone to know that after I got into the first part of this, I felt like it was the perfect answer to all the stress and depression that has built-up inside of me, with each really bad case of what Our Children are forced to endure.
Today, I came face to face with the one person that I am lucky that Our meeting wasn’t a good many years ago. You see I spent the day with my Best Friend and ones I love. I was enjoying time away from my flaky internet, and when my Best Friend gave me that look, which no one would realize was a smile, I suddenly saw what no Child should ever see….
Organized child protection emerged from the rescue in 1874 of nine-year-old Mary Ellen Wilson, who lived with her guardians in one of NewYork City’s worst tenements, Hell’s Kitchen. Mary Ellen was routinelybeaten and neglected. A religious missionary to the poor named EttaWheeler learned of the child’s plight and determined to rescue her.
Wheeler consulted the police, but they declined to investigate. Next,Wheeler sought assistance from child helping charities, but they lackedauthority to intervene in the family. At that time, of course, there was nosuch thing as child protective services, and the juvenile court did not comeinto existence for a quarter century. Eventually, Wheeler sought advicefrom Henry Bergh, the influential founder of the American Society for thePrevention of Cruelty to Animals. Bergh asked his lawyer, ElbridgeGerry, to find a legal mechanism to rescue the child. Gerry employed avariant of the writ of habeas corpus to remove Mary Ellen from her guardians.
Following the rescue of Mary Ellen, animal protection advocate Henry Bergh and his attorney Elbridge Gerry lamented the fact that no government agency or nongovernmental organization was responsible for child protection. Bergh and Gerry decided to create a nongovernmental charitable society devoted to child protection, and thus was born the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world’s first entity devoted entirely to child protection. Gerry became president of NYSPCC and served in that capacity into the twentieth century.
News of the NYSPCC spread and by 1922, some 300 nongovernmentalchild protection societies were scattered across America. Although 300is an impressive number, for much of the twentieth century, many citiesand nearly all rural areas had little or no access to formal child-protectiveservices. For most abused and neglected children help came—if it came—fromfamily and neighbors willing to get involved, from police, and fromcourts.
As nongovernmental child-protection societies popped up across thecountry, another important innovation appeared: the juvenile court. Theworld’s first juvenile court was established at Chicago in 1899. Juvenilecourts spread quickly, and by 1919, all states but three had juvenilecourts. Before long, the remaining states fell in line. Although thereformers who created the juvenile court were concerned primarily withdelinquent children, juvenile courts from the outset had jurisdiction tointervene in cases of abuse and neglect. Today, of course, the juvenile court is a central player in the child protection system.
As noted above, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, childprotection agencies were nongovernmental. The first few decades of thetwentieth century witnessed increasing calls to shift child protection fromnongovernmental Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SPCCs) to government agencies. Douglas Falconer wrote in 1935:
“For many years responsibility for child protection was left almost entirely to private agencies …. Great sections of child population were untouched by them and in many other places the service rendered was perfunctory and of poor standard …. The belief has become increasingly accepted that if children are to be protected from neglect the service must be performed by public agencies.”
The call for government child protection coincided with the increasingrole of state and federal governments in social services. Prior to the twentiethcentury, there were relatively few state-level departments of socialservices. What government services there were the province of localgovernment. During the early twentieth century, states created or strengthenedstate departments of welfare, social services, health, and labor.
As for the federal government, prior to 1935, Washington, D.C., played an insignificant role in child welfare policy and funding. Creation of the federal Children’s Bureau in 1912 broke the ice, followed by the Sheppard-Towner Act, which provided federal money from 1921 to 1929 for health services for mothers and babies. It was the Great Depression of the 1930s, however, that stimulated the sea change in the federal government’s role in social welfare. In 1935, as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal to save the nation from economic ruin, Congress passed the
Social Security Act. In addition to old-age pensions, unemployment insurance, and vocational services, the Social Security Act created Aid to Dependent Children, which provided millions of dollars to states to support poor families. Tucked away in the Social Security Act was an obscure provision that authorized the Children’s Bureau “to cooperate with state public-welfare agencies in establishing, extending, and strengthening, especially in predominantly rural areas, [child welfare services] for the protection and care of homeless, dependent, and neglected
children, and children in danger of becoming delinquent.”‘ This
provision was an important shot in the arm for the nascent social work specialty of child welfare, and a modest step toward what in the 1970s became a central role for the federal government in efforts to protect children from abuse and neglect.
The Great Depression of the 1930s hastened the demise of nongovernmentalSPCCs. The charitable contributions that were the lifeblood ofSPCCs withered with the economy, and only the heartiest SPCCs weatheredthe economic drought. In the 1930s and 1940s, many SPCCs mergedwith other organizations or closed. In some communities, child protectionwas assumed by the juvenile court or the police, whereas in other communities, organized protective work ceased.
In 1956, Vincent De Francis, director of the Children’s Division of theAmerican Humane Association, conducted a national inventory of childprotective services.’ De Francis found eighty-four nongovernmentalSPCCs, down from the high of 300 early in the century. Thirty-two stateshad no nongovernmental child-protective services. In these states, and instates with SPCCs, government agencies were slowly assuming responsibility.At midcentury, many communities had no agency clearly in charge of this vital service.
A decade after his 1956 survey, De Francis again took the pulse of child protection. By 1967, the number of nongovernmental SPCCs was down to ten. De Francis wrote, “Responsibility for provision of Child Protective Services under voluntary auspices, like the old soldier it is, is slowly fading away. By 1967, nearly all states had laws placing responsibility for child protection in government hands. Yet, De Francis complained, “No state and no community has developed a Child Protective Service program adequate in size to meet the service needs of all reported cases of child neglect, abuse and exploitation.”‘ A few years earlier, Elizabeth Glover and Joseph Reid wrote in a similar vein: “In hundreds of
counties in the United States, there is no protective service for children, other than police services, and in many of the nation’s largest cities, the only protective service is provided by voluntary agencies that are not sufficiently financed to give total community coverage.
In 1965, California had no county system of child protective services. In most states, protective services were not available statewide. Most communities lacked twenty-four hour coverage. Thus, for the first six decades of the twentieth century, protective services in most communities were inadequate and in some places nonexistent.
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is an individual mandate that requires all eligible Americans to have some form of basic health coverage by 2014. Those without insurance will receive a penalty when they file their tax returns – that is, unless they have an exemption. TurboTax’s Exemption Check can help you find out whether or not you qualify for an exemption.
If your income is so low that you aren’t required to file a tax return, then you’re automatically exempt from the penalty. For example, if a single taxpayer’s income in 2014 was less than $10,150, there typically was no need to file a return; for married couples, the cutoff was $20,300. Even if you do file a return — to claim a refund, for example, or because you are self-employed and earned enough money to require it — you’re still exempt from the insurance requirement if your income is below the cutoff.
You’re also exempt from the requirement if the most inexpensive coverage you can find would cost you more than 8% of your household income.
Membership in certain groups qualifies you for an exemption from the coverage requirement. The law specifically exempts:
Members of federally recognized Indian tribes. The Interior Department currently recognizes 566 Native American and Alaska Native groups.
People eligible to receive care from the federal Indian Health Service
Members of health care sharing ministries. These are religious-based organizations whose members pledge to pay one another’s medical bills.
Members of recognized religious groups that object to insurance for religious reasons. The objection must be to all forms of insurance, including social insurance programs such as Social Security and Medicare, not just health insurance or Obamacare.
Exemptions based on legal status
You’re exempt from the requirement if you are not “lawfully present” in the United States or if you are incarcerated. U.S. tax laws apply to everyone who earns income in the United States, regardless of whether they’re here legally. Illegal or undocumented immigrants are required to file tax returns if their income is high enough, but they are exempt from the coverage requirement. They are also barred from obtaining health insurance through the online insurance marketplaces set up under the Affordable Care Act.
People who are incarcerated — in jail or prison — are exempt. This applies whether you have been convicted and are serving a sentence or are being held awaiting trial.
The law makes hardship exemptions available for people whose current situation makes it too difficult to afford health insurance. These are not permanent exemptions — they last until you can get “back on your feet.” Common situations that may qualify you for a hardship exemption include:
Eviction or foreclosure
Fire, flood or other disaster that caused major damage to your home
Receiving a notice that your electricity, water or other utility service will be shut off
Death of a close family member
Being a victim of domestic violence
Losing health insurance and being unable to find affordable coverage
High debt from medical bills
High expenses for caring for a sick, disabled or aging family member
Note that these are not the only hardships that may qualify you for an exemption. The government will make a decision on each application for a hardship exemption based on the specific information in the application.
Over the weekend, a 5-year-old boy named Branson Riley Carlisle of Albertsville, Alabama passed away after being bitten by a brown recluse spider that is often found in the Southeast and in Alabama. The boy’s parents, Jessica Carlisle and A.J. Mays, rapidly took him to the Marshall Medical Center. But throughout the night, his condition worsened and he was transferred to Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, where he died.
Carlisle and Mays also brought the spider to the hospital, where it was identified as a brown recluse spider, according to Claudette DeMuth, director of marketing at Marshall Medical Center. DeMuth said in a statement:hat the cold weather has caused spiders to come inside.
Ann Slattery, who is the director of Regional Poison Control Center Children’s of Alabama, said that it was a good thing that Branson Riley Carlisle’s parents brought the spider to the hospital, so they could determine the specie.
According to the University of California Riverside researcher, Rick Vetter, the brown recluse that killed little Carlisle, doesn’t spin a web, its defense is to bite.
The author of “Spiders of the Eastern United States: A Photographic Guide,” shared: “They come out at night after all the lights are off and creep around.They live in houses, especially old ones.They come out at night after all the lights are off and creep around. They also like hiding in piles of old clothes or newspapers or old woodpiles.” He explained that the brown recluse spider venom is called a cytotoxin and it causes the skin and what’s beneath to erode. The venom can also cause the breakdown of red blood cells. Vetter added: “Usually what happens the skin becomes dead and the tissue around the bite blisters up.Sometimes the doctors will have to
Brown Recluse Spider
Branson Riley Carlisle
the area leaving a cavity. Normally it’s a highly localized thing. The symptoms often start with itching 15 to 20 minutes after the bite. Sometimes the site looks like a bullseye with a blister and a bruise around it.”
Slattery said that last year, there were 89 calls about suspected brown recluse bites, but in the majority of cases, it was some other condition. She also revealed that after 32 years on the job, this is the first death caused by a brown recluse bite to her knowledge. In 2004, a family of 4, living in Lenexa, Kansas found 2,055 brown recluse spiders in their house in 6 months. While the spiders crawled on the walls, the carpet, in the sinks, and bathtubs, none of the family members or pets were bitten.
Branson Riley Carlisle was laid to rest on Wednesday.