Friday, March 29, 2013

Child's Play

photo of sidewalk hopscotch by Nancy Zavada

I would like to thank the small children and angels 
who put this childhood game 
on the path of my morning walk.  
It was good to play again!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Seeking Answers

photo of Nehalem Falls Trail in Oregon by Nancy Zavada

They say...

All who wander are not lost.

I know they are right.

They say...

Those who seek, shall find.

I know they are right.

They say...

Everything in The Universe is within you.

I'm counting on it!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

You Are Authorized to Help Each Other

When did people stop helping other people?  When did policies, identity security and "the corporate script" make it all right to disregard our fellow human's needs?  What happened to flexibility and customer service?

A series of recent encounters while trying to close accounts for my father, have me concerned for our world.  It started with the power company and went something like this...

"Hello, I am calling to turn of the power at my father's house, it was sold today?"

Power company rep: "Are you Mr. Johnston?"

"No, he passed away. I am the executor of the estate."

"You are not authorized on the account and the Privacy Act states I cannot talk to you."

"But I have a letter of testamentary, his death certificate, and his checking account if you need proof."

"I am sorry, I cannot talk to you about this account without Mr. Johnston's approval."

"He's dead. I have been paying your bills. How can I turn off his power?"

"There is nothing I can do until the next homeowners call to start an account.  It will trigger a Death Closure Ticket and the account will be closed.  I must end this call with you right now as I am not authorized to discuss the account with you."

The lack of customer service continued with the hospital...

"Hello, I am calling about the late notice on my father's hospital bill and strong language about being sent to collections.  I had to go through legal paperwork to set up an estate checking account to pay his bills.  It took several months and now I can pay it.  I would appreciate not being sent to collections."

Hospital rep: "We didn't know Mr. Johnston had died.  There is no record of that on my screen."

"He died in your hospital."

"It was your responsibility to inform us.  The computer automatically sends the bills to Mr. Johnston, I have no control over that."

"I thought because he died in Room 484 and this bill includes charges for final procedures on the body, the hospital might have an clue."

"No, you should have called us to inform us of his death and tell us who would be responsible for paying the bill.  If that is you, I will need your credit history now."

These actual conversations are just two of the eleven, I have had in the past several months.

They serve as an awakening and a reminder to me.  Even among all of the rules and regulations of life in 2013, let's remember that we are all human.  Let's help each other along the way and not be so strident in enforcing the "rules."  Let's not forget that a little understanding goes a long way.

It is alright that the person in front of me in the checkout line has 15 items instead of 12, they are probably fighting a battle I will never know about. 

At Last!

There is something infinitely healing in
the assurance that dawn comes after night
and spring after winter.

--Rachel Carson

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Celebrating Green

photo of fern in the Oregon Coast by Nancy Zavada

Go ahead and drink green beer.  
This is the green I am celebrating today!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Humble Beginnings

Photos of apple blossoms by Nancy Zavada

Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.

- Ute Prayer

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Colorful Words

photo of a rainbow on a vintage typewriter

It appears as though my great-grandfather's Underwood No. 5 Typewriter thinks it is a perfect day to capture my thoughts on paper.  You just can't argue with a sign like that!