28. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Living

Got a new camera – though with mixed feelings about it.  My Dad died this spring and my mother has given it to me for my birthday.  My father could figure out pretty much any new gadget or digital device, and while I did not inherit his alacrity with machines and computers, today for the first time I fumbled my way through the instructions and then just launched on a picture-taking session.  I may be the last of a breed to actually read the directions to things.

So, Dad, here’s to you!  I’ll keep snapping away to see what I can discover – I know you would want me to do just that.

20. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Living

In Belgium during the late fall and early winter, the crowds come out to watch the cyclocross races, drink delicoius Belgian beer, and munch on “frites” (fries).  In New England, we seem to have our own thing to eat at outdoor events – fried dough.  I’m not a fan of the latter, if only because the only time I ever see it offered is during the warmer weather months.  I’m sure that it would have more appeal on a cold January day.  Then again……maybe not.

...in July...

Fried dough...in July?

H.B. 1297 says that its purpose is to “preserve the state’s status as the prmary regulator of the business of insurance within New Hampshire,” and that no NH state agency shall plan, create or enable a state-based exchange for health insurance under the Affordable Care (health reform) Act.  At the same time, however, the new law does allow state officials, the NH DOI, to interact with the federal government concerning the creation of a federally facilitied exchange for New Hampshire. 

We will see how this turns out, because the Commissioner of the Department of Insurance still has authority to regulate all insurance products sold in the state.