It was considered two days ago to write about a political subject – about the Universal Health Care Bill that the Obama administration is presenting to the Senate. The title of that post would have been


from which is becomes clear the opinion this article would have expressed.

The decision has been made not to write about that topic however. For several reasons.

First off, it would be necessary to do a lot of research to write such a blog with great accuracy. Accuracy is imperative when expressing a political view. And frankly, this blog can not eat up the necessary time, as there are other writing projects that call for the attention. Furthermore, the topic is highly contentious, making the readers upset regardless of their opinion. If they are for the proposed bill, then the blog would have made them angry at the author for the contrary opinion. If they are against the bill, then the very mention of the subject would raise their ire. Only a small fraction of the population would have a neutral opinion and read such a blog with an open and inquiring mind.

So it was decided not to write a blog that would just upset the majority of readers.

Instead a recent happenstance crossing of two paths that occurred and the results of this chance encounter will be related to the reader.

On Sunday, Alaska Airlines Flight 224 was taken from San Francisco to San Jose del Cabo. Check-in was a harried experience when it was realized that the flight registry had closed one minute earlier due to the line moving at a slug’s pace. It was reported that departure would have to take place the following day. Ack! Quick thinking and it was pointed out to the airline rep that there were several other people behind in the line that were also scheduled to take the flight, so there was clearly a problem with the check in process. The large man who’s opinion was sought by the nice check in lady took this into consideration for a moment and then allowed her to override the restriction. Phew!

And so the security line, which was much longer than the check in line, was approached with some trepidation. Fortunately, it moved much quicker than the check in line.

Approaching the actual security check, it was noticed that the lady in front had a lap top computer and had not taken it out of its bag. In the interest of efficiency and making the own flight, it was politely shared with this lady that the lap top had to be removed from its case. A sincere expression of gratitude followed and then a conversation ensued. Where one was going, what to do?

“A writer’s retreat” was the reply, to which great surprise and admiration was expressed. It was determined that the retreat was not expensive because work was exchanged for mentoring. And the idea that a writer’s retreat might be within the grasp was born.

So back in front of the computer a search was enthusiastically made for “writer’s retreat.”

Enthusiasm quashed.

“These retreats are all so expensive!” came the thought. One must either already be an established writer and be accepted to an exclusive program or one must be well-heeled. Thousands of dollars were requested to attend a retreat run by an academic institution or unknown author. The accommodations are lovely, but the real substance and purpose of the retreat seems undermined and secondary.

Then a thought came. Perhaps in the home and native land of Canada there will be a retreat that is affordable. And can be combined with a trip to visit the family, thereby saving on airfare (killing the proverbial two birds, as it were). And sure enough, a lovely retreat in Quebec was found located only 2.5 hours from the family home. With mentors that are well-known and respected authors. Cheap, no, but at least the money will be well spent.

I wonder if the same can be said of Obama’s Universal Health Care?

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