Monday, September 19, 2016

My Back Yard

Nothing clever

I didn't do much because I didn't have too. It seems to take care of  itself. These Morning Glory's were planted around the cemetery over thirty years ago. It was easy to collect the seeds at the end of the season. I planted them in my back yard and they've been there ever since.

I don't know what's everything growing. It's nice to look at. The back yard can change your point of view. I'm not too sure what's happening right now but it's ok. Deb hangs clothing out on the line. It all works together.  

It all works together.

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Last Week

In the trash.

It struck  me kind of funny to find this painting standing in the trash. It's not bad because it's interesting. It's big. It reflects what we hope remains.

words and pictures by roman blazic__all rights reserved

Monday, September 5, 2016

Health Insurance Coverage

I'm looking for some.

It's Cool,  It's  like...It's cool man. Mid-sixties and really good weed. Yes. I'm talking about a fine batch of marijuana.
My insurance company wanted  re-authorization from my neurologist for the continued use and subsequent coverage of my medication. This action was triggered  because I entered an older age group. I entered that group about ten years ago.
The best I can figure is this. I was changing my prescription from one pharmacy to an another. Their computer received and entered new and different data. This change may have reviewed my data and updated my age group status. Foiled by safeguards.
I was told that my age group needs to be cautious if using this medication which requires authorization from the prescribing doctor (along with a history of two prior unsuccessful prescriptions or non-prescriptions over a 30 -day, at least, trial period). It kind of seems that they're stacking, regardless of the cause, all  head aches in one pile.
My insurance company never sent me a prior letter that my medication needs to be re-authorized for continued insurance coverage. They denied the payment request at the point of purchase.
Surprise! Surprise! I was denied purchasing the medication that I've been taking over the years. Six prior different prescribed medications and two non-prescribed medications didn't come close to helping. I was cut off from re-filling my pills just when I needed them. No thirty day warning letter no instruction's. Cut off just when I needed them.
It was May 2003 when I broke my neck in two places. Dodged a bullet. Still a mess. Monty Python's sketch "Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge": "It's Deb's fault."  "She caused it ." Girl's tend to high-five me.
Over two weeks pasted and still no medication. It cost, out of pocket, ninety some dollars.
Marijuana also never fails. All it takes is a bud or two to take all the secondary pain away. It's nice to relax and not be overly concerned with the position of my neck.
Free market price dictates.

Edit: The medication appeal was successful thanks to my doctor's report. The capsules were authorized for insurance payment. This didn't stop the pharmacy from still getting an unauthorized medication code.
The insurance representative (she was lovely and helpful) assured me that the technician updated, thus correcting, the authorization code for the capsules. An alarm sounded being a member of the Fishtown Intellectual Ghetto (FIG). My prescription is for tablets and not for capsules. The technician remained aloof after he was able to review my medication history. He re-checked after I told him my prescription would in essences become invalid due to the capsule designation. He then thankfully changed the designation from capsule to tablet. Authorization approved.

If they can straighten out this subtle mess, they should have no trouble straightening out the not so subtle mess of not notifying their customers thirty days before their medication will no-longer be authorized.  

words by Roman Blazic

Monday, August 29, 2016

Nature's Heroes

For the young and young at heart.

The Friends of Penn Treaty Park presented By My Side Nature Heroes introduction of nature's interesting insects, arachnids and reptiles that call our neighborhood home and beyond. This presentation has been carefully crafted to inform and educated the youngest of children and the young at heart.
"Safari" Sandi Vincenti charms the interest of the very young and their parents with "critters" in a  knowledgeable and an easy to understand approach. She fosters the children's hands-on participation and also with singing and dancing and crafts.
It is free to attend while utilizing Penn Treaty Park and Arcadia Commons.
There are plans for a rescheduled event due to the past heat wave. Check with their Facebook site for the time and place. The children and parents will love it. Just look at the pictures.

 Make Them Beautiful
 More pictures can be found Here.
words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Artist Marie Ulmer Turns 99 Years

Happy Birthday Marie

Marie will celebrate her 99th birthday on August 31. Marie is Philadelphia, Kensington's most notable artist. Her house and home was on Howard St just around the corner from Berks St, in which, she resided mostly all her life. It was only a few years ago that she needed to move into a senior citizen assisted living home.
She, at age 97, finally had to give up driving. Marie was a strong independent women who had many friends who would assist her upon her request. Friends who also promoted her art work in art galleries and in the press, most notable, theartblog.
Marie was a fixture during the hay days of Kensington/Fishtown's First Friday Art on The Avenue. She was known as that "charming little old lady" who visited all the galleries.
I am requesting that the people of the world, Philadelphia, Greater Kensington and the artist near and far to send Marie a birthday greetings to make this and mark this as a special occasion for a great artist.

p.s. Marie loves receiving letters too. Chances are she'll write back to you.

Send to:
Marie Ulmer
(Unites States of America)
Brittany Pointe Estates
1001 Valley Forge Road
Lansdale PA 19446
Room 202-B
Seaside Heights Building

Read about Marie: theartblog and Northeast Times

words and picture by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Movie Night in the Park

Hotel Transylvania 2

The Dog Day's of Summer softly slipped into the evening to the night. A welcomed steady cooling breeze swept through the park from the expanse of the river. It was a perfect time for sailboats to catch the wind, while on land, people were enjoying all the park could offer. Sirius was like a diamond in the shy.
The crowd began to swell while awaiting nature's lights to dim. Blankets and lawn chairs were spread across the comfort of the grove. Everyone (twice I lost count after 80) had a clear view. The movie then began.

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved 

A New Olympic Sport

Is it possible?

The entire world would watch if urine testing is turned into a sport.

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