All posts by Gail Allen

A Lesson Learned

As people age and grow, they are suppose to learn from their mistakes. Maybe as we become seniors, we are a little slower to learn than in our youth.

Today I learned a lesson which I will remember – and not repeat, hopefully.

I may have a different perspective on “friendship” than others, but when someone I know dies, it saddens me for the loss. Death is inevitable in this life on earth, but I always FEEL for the family of the deceased. The family goes through a grieving process for the Continue reading A Lesson Learned

It’s Only Frozen Water

Saturday afternoon, the doorway to my laundry room knew how I felt. And I felt much better afterwards! Next month, I hope I feel even better.

A little over a year ago, my ice maker stopped working because the plastic line that feeds the water to it, broke. The copper tubing runs from the kitchen sink to the plastic tubing at the bottom of the refrigerator. Then the clear plastic tubing runs up the back of the freezer section into the ice maker. It broke at that connection and I have not been able to afford to get it fixed. The refrigerator is out of warranty and the Sears repairman bill was just out of the question.

I have been buying a small bag of ice every two or three weeks to manually fill the ice bin when I run out of ice tray ice. I like ice in my glass of water, and in my various drinks like Sunny D, apple juice, or pop (which I only have on occasion now).  Continue reading It’s Only Frozen Water

Ohio is Hurting the Poor

After reading some news about Ohio, I realized that Ohio does not treat the poor with fairness or respect. We really need a new Governor. Oh, Ted where are you??

The State of Ohio is ninth out of the ten states that tax the poor the most.

  • Income tax on working-poor: $162/yr.
  • Lowest taxable income: $16,600 (72 percent of poverty line)
  • Poverty rate: 14.8 percent (17th highest)
  • Median household income: $45,090 (17th lowest)

Ohio is one of only five states in the country that taxes the income of two-parent families of four that make less than three-quarters of the poverty line. That is, families earning $16,637 a year or more are taxed. Additionally, Ohio is one of only a few states where a family of three in which the employed person works a full-time minimum job wage must pay income tax.  Continue reading Ohio is Hurting the Poor

A Puzzle from Our Past

Thinking back to my childhood, I remember having a “15 Puzzle” and loved to play it in my spare time. It was small, could be carried in a pocket or purse, and was addictive.

Recently, I was going through a stack of old catalogs to throw away and found a 15 Puzzle for sale, but expensive. In the old days, the puzzles were made of little wood pieces. The one in the catalog was a metal holder with plastic pieces.

The puzzle was “invented” by Noyes Palmer Chapman, a postmaster in Canastota, NY, who is said to have shown friends, as early as 1874, a precursor puzzle consisting of 16 numbered blocks that were to be put together in rows of four, each summing to 34. Copies Continue reading A Puzzle from Our Past

What’s it Like to Get Old?

I would never trade my friends, my life, or my family for less grey hair or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly goose that I didn’t need, but looks so avant garde on my porch. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, and to be extravagant. I have seen too many friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with ageing. Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60&70’s, and if I wish to weep over a lost love … I will. Continue reading What’s it Like to Get Old?

Introduction to Consumer Economics 101

Seniors are said to have wisdom and experience. The older generation tries to teach the younger generation to pass along their “smarts.”

I have recently learned that the younger generation can teach us old folks some “smarts” too.

I used to be a “brand” person some of the time, like Heinz ketchup, or Kraft cheese and Lay’s potato chips. But I have learned that sometimes brands don’t matter. Continue reading Introduction to Consumer Economics 101

The Old Ohio

I read a story on the Huffington Post stating Ohio ranks 24 out of 50 in the list of the best and worst run states. As you can see below, it starts out referring to the year 2009 when Ted Strickland was Governor. I knew for sure they couldn’t be talking about the state in the last 11 months, since the current Governor is trying to run the state further down the list of the worst states in America! We can look back at history and see where we used to be and band together as we did with the Repeal of SB5 and hope for a recall law to be passed early in 2012.

What 24th means:

  • State debt per capita: $2,423 (17th lowest)
  • Pct. without health insurance: 12.3% (17th lowest)
  • Pct. below poverty line: 14.8% (17th highest)
  • Unemployment: 9.1% (17th highest)

Ohio’s state revenue in the fiscal year of 2009 was the fourth-lowest in the country. In the same time period, the state spent $71 billion, nearly three times that amount per resident. Despite that fact, Ohio still has an AA+ credit rating and a below-average debt per capita. Ohio scores worse than average on unemployment, median income, foreclosures and poverty. The state does slightly better on graduation rates. Ohio also spends a higher portion of its budget on education than most states.

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Memory Tree

I was raised in a family that did not put their tree up until the week before Christmas and took it down on New Year’s Day. Last year I put my little Charlie Brown tree up the week before, per my preference. However, this year I might get all my decorating done by this coming weekend instead. I just feel like doing it this week.

Last year my little Charlie Brown tree (I’m a big Charlie Brown/Snoopy fan) was decorated with all the handmade ornaments my aunt made and gave me over the years. I’m just not a big tree person any more. I took pictures of my little tree and sent them to her, along with her gift, over the holidays. I don’t know exactly what made me decide to use all her ornament items on the tree, but I later learned why I might have subconsciously done that.

On New Year’s Day this year I learned that my aunt was in the hospital critically ill and Continue reading Memory Tree

Asses and Elephants, What a Difference

I read this tonight and it was so good I wanted to share:

Republicans fear that the government has too much control over corporations. Democrats fear that corporations have too much control over our government.

Democrats believe it benefits all of us to help the weakest and the poorest among us. Republicans believe it benefits all of us to help the wealthiest and most powerful among us.

Republicans believe large corporations will always do what is best for the American people if the government stays out of the way. Democrats believe large corporations would disembowel you and sell your organs to the highest bidder if the government didn’t stop them.

Democrats believe everyone is entitled to health care regardless Continue reading Asses and Elephants, What a Difference

Our Current Status

Our current president is Democrat Barack H. Obama, born in Hawaii, a Harvard graduate, and first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. After college, he moved to Chicago and taught constitutional law.

A United Church of Christ member, he made political strides in the Illinois Senate by passing health reform for children, cutting taxes for working families of Illinois, passed lobbying reform, and put federal spending online.

Currently he wants to invest in the country’s infrastructure to repair our roads, bridges, and transportation systems to put people back to work; he wants to streamline and reform the patent process for entrepreneurs; he wants to extend the payroll tax cuts, and pass more trade agreements to sell our products overseas.

Obama inherited an economy deep in debt, ravaged by wars, and high Continue reading Our Current Status

Past History – Present Reality

Trivia fact: did you know that most presidents were lawyers? (27 out of 44)

Of the 10 presidents I have seen since high school, five were Republican, five were Democrats (who seemed to a better job).

When I was in high school, Democrat John F. Kennedy was president. Kennedy was born in Massachusetts, of Irish descent, a Harvard graduate, a Navy veteran, and the first Roman Catholic president. Continue reading Past History – Present Reality

Kosher Congress

Kosher is generally defined as (1) pure (in food), (2) proper, genuine, authentic, or legitimate.

As a senior citizen and in my opinion, we do not have a Kosher Congress in Washington right now. We have almost total gridlock in our national legislative body, strangling debt, and America is fast going into a sinkhole. Continue reading Kosher Congress

Again – Just One

Did you know that there are several other declared candidates for president in 2012? Have you heard a lot about these candidates?

1. Gary Johnson – Lutheran, Pro-Choice (for the woman), who wants controlled immigration, construction business owner, and former governor of New Mexico, former Libertarian Republican, who wants to legalize marijuana. Continue reading Again – Just One

One Choice


The pernicious GOP has recently reeked havoc on our great country. They have shown themselves to be very anti-immigration and anti-compromise. The rating agency Standard & Poors reportedly blamed the GOP and their non-compromising standoff and obstructionism in the debt ceiling debate for the recent ratings downgrade.

The next election is, so far, like high school – no perfect prom date yet. Continue reading One Choice