THOMAS BRANIGAN Memorial Library joins libraries across the country this month to help the general public navigate new health insurance options under the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
BRANIGAN LIBRARY will begin by hosting two free workshops for the community. On Thursday, September 12 from 2pm until 4 pm there will be two speakers. AARP volunteer, Jerry Gunderson, will cover who needs to enroll in the ACA, instructions on the enrollment process, and when open enrollment starts. The second presenter, Stephanie Lazarin, from NM Aging & Long-Term Services Dep't., will focus on Medicare 2014. She'll also discuss qualifying for Medicaid Expansion, and how changes could affect participants. For those unable to attend, a repeat workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 24 from 2 pm to 4 pm.
LATIN IS BORING! Right? Wrong! At least not as you learn it in Latin for all Occasions: (Lingua Latina Occasionibus Omnibus): Become the Life of the Party With Everyone's Favorite Dead Language! by Henry Beard, it's not!
WHERE ELSE CAN you learn how to sound brilliant to most people while you're just being silly? My favorite example of this is "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice scream!" Just walk up to a stranger and say that, and chances are they'll think your at least daft. But CLAMO, CLAMATIS, OMNES CLAMAMOS PRO GLACE LACTIS rolls off your tongue with a rich, magisterial sound.
AND EVEN IF it doesn't, this is a fun book to read. But you don't need to take my word for it. Check it out yourself and see! You'll find it on the shelf at Branigan Library at Call Number 478.2421 Bea.
SHIFTING GEARS HERE, I want to pay tribute to two outstanding people. The world is a bit poorer place now for the deaths of two good friends in the past couple of months or so.
KEN AND ARLENE Guyer died at Mesilla Valley Hospice within weeks of each other. She first, and he just over a week ago on Thursday the 23rd of May. It would have been difficult to find two more gracious individuals. I had the privilege of knowing them for over two decades and my life was enriched by their laughter, thoughtfulness, unpretentious intelligence and common sense and above all by their friendship. I count it an honor to have been able to call them friends.
ARLENE AND I
MEMENTO MORI (remember that you will die) is good advice. It keeps us humble. And, when two such great folks as Ken and Arlene died with the dignity and composure that they did, then when my time comes, I guess I can too.