Elizabeth S. Hansen

Go on over to Google+ to read about my mother’s granddaughter, Elizabeth S. Hansen – the daughter of my mother’s fifth born offspring, Garry.

Just in case the above embedded link does not open or gets broken, the information from G+ as captured on March 15, 2015 is as follows:

Tagline
Student Editor-in-Chief, Student VP for Phi Kappa Phi, Mentor, Writer/Poet, Intern
Introduction
Elizabeth S. Hansen is a student at Barrett the Honors College at Arizona State University. She is currently earning bachelor’s degrees in creative writing and communication, as well as a writing certificate, in order to further her career in the publishing industry. She was recently a communication intern with the new Center for Political Thought and Leadership under the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU. While there, she focused on learning AP Style and how to navigate community calendars, among other things.

This semester she is participating in several organizations, including the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi as a recent initiate and current student vice president, the Barrett Mentoring Program as a mentor, and two of ASU’s literary magazines, Superstition Review and Marooned as an intern. She is also completing her honors thesis in poetry, which focuses on reviewing poetry books by established poets, writing a response poem, and writing articles regarding her experiences and research surrounding poetry.

After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school in order to pursue an MA or MMC in communication (journalism).
Bragging rights
International Baccalaureate diploma, Phi Kappa Phi student vice president, Phi Beta Kappa member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars member, Golden Key International Honour Society member.
Education
Arizona State University
Communication (BA), 2011 – present
Arizona State University
Creative Writing (BA), 2011 – present
Arizona State University
Writing (Certificate), 2011 – present
Basic Information
Gender Female
Looking for Networking
Birthday December 5, 1992

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J. K. Simmons said it! – and I agree. Call Your Parents (and Grandparents).

This year, actor J. K. Simmons won his first Oscar for his role in the movie “Whiplash.”

In an unusually moving personal moment at the Oscar ceremonies, during his acceptance speech, Mr. Simmons encouraged viewers to call their parents if they have any living ones remaining (“Don’t text, don’t email, call”).

Check it out over thisaway:
J.K. Simmons Uses Oscar Win To Promote Calling Your Parents

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Agape Love

The Wikipedia article on Agape, begins with this:

Agape (/ˈæɡəpiː/[1] or /ˈæɡəpɪ/;[2] Classical Greek: ἀγάπη, agápē; Modern Greek: αγάπη IPA: [aˈɣapi]), which means “love: esp. brotherly love, charity; the love of God for man and of man for God.”[3] The noun form first occurs in the Septuagint, but the verb form goes as far back as Homer, translated literally as affection, as in “greet with affection” and “show affection for the dead.”[4] Other ancient authors have used forms of the word to denote love of a spouse or family, or affection for a particular activity, in contrast to philia (an affection that could denote friendship, brotherhood or generally non-sexual affection) and eros, an affection of a sexual nature.

Agape developed in Christian theology as the love of God or Christ for humankind. In the New Testament, it refers to the covenant love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God; the term necessarily extends to the love of one’s fellow man.[5]

Read the entire article by clicking over to Agape, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

From The Free Dictionary By Farlex, we read the following in regards to agape love:

Noun 1. agape love – selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)agape love – selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)

Got Questions Ministries starts one of its wep pages with:

Question: “What is agape love?”

Answer: The Greek word agape is often translated “love” in the New Testament. How is “agape love” different from other types of love? The essence of agape love is self-sacrifice. Unlike our English word “love,” agape is not used in the Bible to refer to romantic or sexual love. Nor does it refer to close friendship or brotherly love, for which the Greek word philia is used. Nor does agape mean “charity,” a term which the King James translators carried over from the Latin. Agape love is unique and is distinguished by its nature and character.

Open another browser by clicking here to read the rest of that web page.

And then there is the web page from http://christianity.about.com “About Religion” that starts out with:

Definition: Agape is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible.

This Greek word and variations of it are found throughout the New Testament. Agape perfectly describes the kind of love Jesus Christ has for his Father and for his followers ….

Read the whole thing by clinking on the following embedded link:

What Is Agape?
Agape Love in the Bible
By Jack Zavada
Christianity Expert

Over thisaway, you may view agape love images.

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Learn about Valentine’s Day.

I bet you do not know that “Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.”

Go on over to get Valentine’s Day – Facts, Origin, Meaning & Videos – History courtesy of History.com.

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My Best Buddy, Boo.

Boo is a rescue dog, turned certified (via Therapy Dogs International) therapy dog. He is my best buddy. Here is a photo of little Boo, a 4-year old 10 pound fox face Pomeranian, sporting his Fox haircut: Here is another photo of Boo sporting a new blue sweater for your viewing pleasure:

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Richard James Hansen, USMC Retired, Gone But Not Forgotten.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of my brother, Richard James Hansen, USMC Retired. Had Rich not died 17 months ago, today he would have been 70 years old. And again as I have before, I renew my pledge in my efforts at continuing to strive to become a better person.

In remembrance of and in respect to my brother and Marine veteran, Richard James Hansen, USMC Retired, I ask that you please read my previous Roland’s Ramblings entry, In Honor of my brother Richard James Hansen (January 10, 1945 – August 16, 2013), along with its embedded links.

It is my sincere desire that people remember Rich and his time here in this world. May he always be remembered!

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Sit in Judgement. Sitting in Judgment.

Some people thrive by sitting in judgement of other people and in their own personal distinction between good and bad.

I say, “Let he who is without sin be the one to cast judgement.”

From The Free Dictionary By Farlex in regards to the idiomatic phrase “sit in judgemnent” we may read:

sit in judgment (of somebody)
1. to decide whether someone is guilty or not guilty of something The men and women who sit in judgment of the bomber can decide whether or not he is put to death for his crime.
2. to decide whether someone is good or bad There is a committee that sits in judgment of every job applicant, and they can be very harsh.
Usage notes: sometimes used to suggest that someone sitting in judgment should not be: How can they sit in judgment of anyone when they have so little experience?
See also: judgment, sit
sit in judgment (of something)
to decide whether something is good or bad I should probably not be allowed to sit in judgment of movies made for teens.
See also: judgment, sit

Bible Hub has some interestings things on this topic in Romans 2:1. Click on over to it in order to read all of it!

English Language & Usage Stack Exchange also has some very interesting reading; go on over to read words and idioms for someone who loves to sit in judgement of others.

It was Francois Marie Arouet, whose pen name was Voltaire, who said, “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”

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Just Who Is Carole Hujber Sanek? Is She a Florida Realtor, a Friend, or What?

In order to read about this, you will need to click over to Roland Hansen Commentary, my other blog, and read Who Is Carole Hujber Sanek? Florida Realtor, Social Butterfly Media, Friend, or Who Knows What?

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Do Not Ruin Your Life!

I am opening this Roland’s Ramblings with the following excerpted quote:

“You ruin your life by tolerating it. At the end of the day you should be excited to be alive.”

Want more? Head over to read this.

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​November 26: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

There are some years that my birthday falls on Thanksgiving, but not so this year.

This year of 2014, the fourth Thursday of November, the United States of America Thanksgiving, falls on November 27, which means that my birthday is the day before Thanksgiving.

That means that this year, my birthday falls on Wednesday, the same day of the week as it did in the year in which I was born.

Next year, my birthday will fall on Thanksgiving. Hopefully, I will live another year to observe that special day.

Check out the web page holidays/us/thanksgiving-day of the website of Time and Date in order to see the various dates for American Thanksgiving.

And, while, you are at it, check out other Roland’s Ramblings that mention November 26.

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I HATE DIABETES!!!

In another week, I will be observing my 67th birthday. For my birthday wish, I would like to be free of my Type 2 Diabetes.

I HATE DIABETES!!!

I have written several Roland’s Ramblings on the topic of diabetes. If you are interested in what I have written on the topic, click this right here to open another browser from which you may see and read each of those blog entries.

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Political Dichotomy. Politics. Public Administration.

I have a varied background; but this Roland’s Ramblings entry concerns just part of my background. Ready? Here goes.

As a retired professional public administrator, as a former elected official, as a former instructor of American Government in my capacity of adjunct faculty at both The University of Toledo and at Owens Community College, as a former president of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, as an inductee into both Pi Alpha Alpha and Pi Sigma Alpha, and as a life-long political operative, I have always found the dichotomy between politics and public administration to be extremely interesting. Try as one might, neither politics nor public administration can be truly isolated from the other; nor can politics be removed from the administration of public policy or public programs.

Read this sentence:

The Politics-Administration Dichotomy is a theory that constructs the boundaries of public administration and asserts the normative relationship between elected officials and administrators in a democratic society.[1]

That is the first sentence from an article in Wikipedia. Go on over to read the entire article:
Politics-Administration Dichotomy.

And, from the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS), the worldwide representation of students of political science and related studies, I suggest you read:
The dichotomy of politics and public administration: Lessons from the perennial debate, by John Raymond Jison

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Testimony

From Dictionary.com, we may read this definition of testimony:

testimony
noun, plural testimonies.

1. Law. the statement or declaration of a witness under oath or affirmation, usually in court.
2. evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof.
3. open declaration or profession, as of faith.
4. Usually, testimonies. the precepts of God.
5. the Decalogue as inscribed on the two tables of the law, or the ark in which the tables were kept. Ex. 16:34; 25:16.
6. Archaic. a declaration of disapproval; protest.

Go on over to read more about testimony from Dictionary.com.

While doing an internet search on the term testimony, I read this phrase, “You may learn how to write a Christian testimony with these easy steps, for both long and short, written and spoken testimonies.”
That, then, took me to:
How to Write Your Christian Testimony, 6 Easy Steps for Putting Together Your Christian Testimony, By Mary Fairchild, Christianity Expert

I know several people who provide Christian testimony, both in the real living world of people with whom I associate and in the cyberworld where I have been known to roam.

Today, in reading a Google+ entry by my cyberfriend CW Martin, I was taken to the blog of Shirley, THINKING OUT LOUD about the absolute truth of Jesus Christ! While exploring that blog I came across her October 3, 2014 entry, What is My Testimony Today? that you may read by following the embedded link contained within its title.

Incidently, CW Martin writes the blog Tilting at Windmills, Thoughts on every subject, pc be hanged that I frequent. He writes on a wide variety of topics with Christian testimony being among that of which he writes.

Now, you may wonder how did I come up with this Roland’s Rambling entry. Well, I will tell you. It all came about as a result of seeing a meme on Facebook this morning. I am placing the meme here now, so you can see what sparked my interest.

Your Most Powerful Testimony

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TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers

I have a personal story to tell about my experience with TLC Eyecare and Laser Centers.

In August of 2013, I went to the TLC Eyecare & Laser Center located at 3000 Regency Court in Toledo, Ohio for my annual exam. In addition to the regular annual comprehensive ophthalmologic eye exam, dilated retinal exam, dilated macular or fundus exam, I also underwent fundus photography I&R. The fundus photography procedure for diabetics such as me is not uncommon; and, there are special billing codes and documentation needed for that and other eye exam procedures. (REF: Coding for Diabetes Procedures)

In September 2013, I received a bill from TLC Eyecare And Laser Centers, 857 W. North Street, Suite 104, Jackson, Michigan 49202-3196. I also had received a “Claim Receipt, Explanation of benefits and payments” from my medical insurance company stating, A coding error was detected. This diagnosis code is not valid when billed as a primary diagnosis. Consequently, I made a personal visit to the TLC Eyecare & Laser Center located at 3000 Regency Court in Toledo, Ohio.
[As a side note: I have had some experience in my career life in the area of medical billing. At one time I served almost three years as the administrator of a private, nonprofit ambulatory health care clinic and the billing office was part of my administrative responsibilities. I also served five years as a Medicaid Supervisor for Lucas County and a few years in supervisory and managerial capacities for several preventive health care programs.]
Well, let me tell you, I got nowhere fast! I was greeted at the front desk where I explained why I was there. I was directed to speak with an employee in the back office area. I spoke with the employee, showed her the billing notice from TLC and the EOB from my insurance company, and because the TLC employee failed to comprehend the object of my consternation, I had to explain and point out the line items and specific sentences in those communications – not once, not twice, but three times.
The employee told me that she could do nothing for me, that I owed the amount billed,  and I could pay her right then and there. She also stated that I could telephone the main TLC offices in Jackson, Michigan. I paid the amount and left in total disbelief at the lack of courtesy, lack of helpfulness, apparent lack of knowledge on the part of the employee, substandard professional demeanor, and lackluster (to say the least) customer relations.

After quite some time had passed, I wrote a letter to the TLC main office in Jackson, Michigan. In that letter, I relayed what had happened, provided copies of all correspondence along with the billing and payment receipt, and stated, “I expect a proper and adequate resolution of having my payment being reimbursed to me and your office may resubmit a corrected billing to my insurance company.”
I NEVER RECEIVED A RESPONSE OF ANY KIND FROM TLC EYECARE AND LASER CENTERS!!!

In July 2014, I received a letter from TLC Eyecare Laser Centers Corporate Office, 857 W. North Street, Suite 104, Jackson, Michigan 49202 dated “Tuesday, July 08, 2014″ that stated in large bold type, center-justified:

It’s Time to Schedule Your Next Appointment!

and then, on the next line in smaller regular type, left-justified:
Please call our office at (877) 852-8463 to schedule your appointment.

I responded to that letter by sending an electronic message via the Contact page of the TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers website. The following is a copy of that electronic communication:

Your name *
Roland L. Hansen

Your e-mail address *
rolhansen@ (redacted)

Subject *
Very Unhappy Patient Acct# (redacted)

Message *
On January 4, 2014, I sent your main office a written letter expressing my displeasure and disappointment with your billing and business practices. My letter went into detail and specifics about my concerns. I stated that I expected a proper and adequate resolution to my concerns; and along with my letter, I provided copies of the billing statement, insurance EOB, and receipt of my payment.
YOU NEVER RESPONDED TO MY JANUARY 4 LETTER AND NOW YOU HAVE THE AUDCITY TO HAVE SENT ME A NOTIFICATION DATED JULY 8, 2014 THAT IT IS TIME TO SCHEDULE MY NEXT APPOINTMENT. HOW DARE YOU!!!!
You failed to respond to my concerns; and, you expect me to continue a professional relationship with you. What chutzpah!! Why on earth would I want to continue a relationship with a company that ignores its patients/consumers/customers?

AGAIN – I NEVER RECEIVED A RESPONSE OF ANY KIND FROM TLC EYECARE AND LASER CENTERS!!!

Then on August 27, 2014, there was a message on my home telephone answering machine. The message was from a woman by the name of Kate from TLC stating it was time for my regular annual appointment with the doctor and she requested that I telephone 877-852-8463 to make an appointment.
Uff da! What chutzpah! I could not believe it!!!

I conclude and proclaim the same now as I did in my my concluding sentence of January 4, 2014 written correspondence to TLC Eyecare and Laser Centers:
I am a retiree with diabetes. I do not need this aggravation.

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