Her perspective is that right now doctors aren't doing very well. Specialists are suffering, but GPs are doing even worse. Regarding Medicare, she states that it is very cumbersome and pays out at a relatively low rate, since anyone at retirement age can… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 30, 2010 at 8:30am —
Something not particularly well known about Social Security Disability is that after two years, a disabled person, regardless of age, is eligible for Medicare. An eligible person isn't just given the option, he or she is automatically moved to the program unless he or she specifically declines it. Until that point, a disabled person usually has to make do with Medicaid and all of its maddening restrictions and budget shortfalls. One would think… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 30, 2010 at 5:00am —
With the recent unsuccessful effort towards the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell paired with a minister of an Atlanta megachurch being accused of sexually assaulting much younger men, we are once again confronting just how we feel about openly LGBT people in our midst. And with that, we're also having a dialogue about how we feel about all that is not heterosexual. When so much, even in this day where we are constantly warned about oversharing is… Continue
What follows is something that has been weighing on me heavily this morning. Discussing the act of vocal ministry, a Friend noted that, while in the act of sharing a message, we aren't just God's mouthpiece, we are God. This makes me uncomfortable to contemplate. I would never wish to even come close to hinting that my mortal self was anything near to the Divine. While I do seek that which is God in others, I am far more comfortable… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 23, 2010 at 6:45am —
I thought I'd never find myself even halfway agreeing with Charles Barkley. Much of what he says is so self-serving and childish that it doesn't merit a response. However, after admitting that he took money from agents in college, he then proposed that college athletes be given small stipends to prevent being unduly influenced. Barkley's argument… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 21, 2010 at 3:09pm —
The World According to Garp is a 1982 film adaptation of the original novel by John Irving. Even thirty years after filming, it still retains the ability to shock and provoke. By questioning many gendered assumptions, the movie raises questions regarding whether certain conduct and learned behaviors can truly be assigned only to one gender or another. To cite one example, both men and women are inclined… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 20, 2010 at 10:30am —
It's easy to be skeptical of those who find faith in times of crisis. For eons it's been a convenient excuse for the guilty to limit time in jail and for charlatans to swindle the trusting. When times get tough for everyone, faith gatherings swell to record proportions. I myself have returned to religion when feeling overwhelmed and troubled. Still, beyond the selfish and the immediate, I have always believed in the importance of faith in one's… Continue
Vince Gray's election on Tuesday night as mayor of Washington, DC, was met with a curiously nonchalant response among city residents. No one seemed much inclined to celebrate. A city that is famously buttoned-up and all business, all the time, was precisely that. The prior mayor, Adrian Fenty, was widely seen as a temperamental prima donna, but this election was less a vote about specific District issues as it was a referendum on his leadership.… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 16, 2010 at 9:30am —
Since I moved to Washington, DC, I have obtained piece by piece of a massive jigsaw puzzle. No one bothered to explain the rules, or what the picture is supposed to look like when you're finished with it, but that's just not how things work here. Because I don't believe that truth ought to be granted on a need-to-know basis, I have written about what I've uncovered. Perhaps enough of us will chip away at the Sphinx long enough to find the answers to the riddles it holds close to the vest. What… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 14, 2010 at 11:11am —
I've been recently pondering why I write and create. If I was to be completely honest, I'd say that it's a means of attaining attention, love, and validation I can't easily produce in myself. As I may have talked about before, I was born with an anxiety disorder that was not diagnosed until my mid-teens. Until I was around fourteen or so, I had only one real friend. Though I had a handful of acquaintances, I didn't have much in the way of… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 13, 2010 at 7:00am —
Across the board frustration at Washington, DC, will characterize this November's elections. The question on the minds of many is why, despite the promises to the contrary, nothing gets done and the situation gets worse and worse with every passing year. To answer this question, one first needs to examine Washington culture in detail. To begin, it is insular, frequently secretive, and suspicious of outsiders. Capitol Hill dictates a more or less… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 11, 2010 at 12:30pm —
One of the most famous passages in the entire biblical canon begins this way.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
And yet, wanting more, desiring more, being fearful that what we have will soon leave us, these anxieties are responsible for so much evil in the world. The myth of scarcity influences our decisions in so many ways. The reality is that we live in a world packed full of abundance, both for… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 9, 2010 at 6:45am —
On this Labor Day, the fullest definition of economic equality and fair wages is on my mind. While on the subject, I'd like to pursue a related issue that has lately been front and center. While we continue to debate the role of marriage and what it means to us today, I thought I'd contribute a different strain of discourse to the already deeply rutted road. Most prevailing trains of thought opposing same-sex marriage tend to see it in only one of its many incarnations over the eons. Opponents… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 6, 2010 at 9:30am —
I woke up with this song in my head. I intend no uniform interpretation inasmuch as I enjoy italicizing certain lines that stick out to me. I've been both the protagonist and the intended target. Since I live in the District of Columbia, I take public transportation everywhere and can easily imagine people passing by me on the street wearing roller skates. Routinely they jog or bike past me.
The song is well known for its sly sexual innuendo, though the author has always played coy… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 4, 2010 at 8:00am —
Other writers have started discussions regarding the active process of inspiration. So in that spirit, I've been inspired to tell a bit about where I get my ideas.
Not everything I write is about me. Well, that's something of an untruth. Everything I write about is about me on some level, I suppose. I mean I'm in there somewhere, if you dig hard enough. But isn't that true with everyone? Still, as an introvert, I find myself more interested in the edges than the middles… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on September 3, 2010 at 5:30am —
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