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VA incompetence creates $6,324 bill for dying veteran who got married


Debbie Shafer cares for her husband, Rob ArthurSteve Ringman/The Seattle TIMES

Snohomish County, Washington — When Rob Arthur was diagnosed with brain cancer back in January, the gaunt, gray-haired Vietnam veteran decided to wed his longtime girlfriend, Debbie Shafer, in a hospital room.

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First thoughts on the coming holiday

This coming week, let us celebrate the birth of Our Lord and Savior – He Who came to this world to redeem us from the sinfulness of our worldly flesh. 363 more words

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It is a Good Day to Die!

I write this as an act of catharsis, or perhaps in vain hope-a concept that I generally skewer in others-that someday someone will read this and truly grasp the pathos of my life as a Trans person. 403 more words

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I prefer real magic

A few nights ago, my girlfriend and I started the seasonal discussion about Santa and which of the kids still believed in it. At some point she asked me at what age I would have liked my own children not to believe anymore in Santa. 186 more words

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Stewp, Veggie Fiesta, and Looking Forward to 3am Meditation

This week wasn’t particularly eventful, especially after the exciting adventures of cookie making last Sunday. That said, our minor endeavours included making chicken soup that included no chicken (we waited a day too long to cook it and it went off) and very little broth (the pasta sponged it all up) so it resembled stew more than soup, thus being rechristened “stewp” by me. 149 more words

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WALE Is Officially in ALBUM MODE; Releases New Material

WALE – Miracle on U Street

Along with this loose drop, not to mention coming right after he graces the cover of the latest edition of Complex Magazine with known friend and anticipated collaborator Jerry Seinfeld; I think its safe to say that Wale is in album mode. 32 more words

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