Preschool and First Grade School Pod Formation in South Boulder

We are considering forming a school pod including our first grader Maya and four year old Aria. We are looking for families with children around the same ages that are interested in pooling resources.

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Open Letter to BVSD regarding preschool reopening

The BVSD ECE reopening plan will not work for our preschooler

Dear Superintendent Anderson & BVSD board members,

I appreciate all the effort done in reopening. For the most part I think BVSD is doing a fantastic job. However, I am very concerned that ECE is only getting one day a week in person instruction, half of what all the other kids are getting. Meanwhile, we were invoiced last month for 75% of the normal cost of preschool. 

This is one of the children you are planning to let down, Aria Koren, age 4:

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Aria is masking up to prevent the spread of COVID-19
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My battle against spinal stenosis

I’ve had back problems for the last decade. Sometimes I would wake up to horrible muscle spasms in my upper back. Doctors initially tried to addressed this with anti-inflammatories & muscle relaxers. They barely masked the symptoms and did nothing to address the root cause.

Moderate scoliosis (curvature of the spine) was suspected as the source of the problem. Physical therapy offered some relief, but the problems always seemed to come back a few months later.

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SpaceX Falcon9 First Stage Landing

I really should update my blog more often. So much is going on in my life, unfortunately this space has gone stale.

In other news, SpaceX just landed the first stage of a rocket they used to launch a satellite into orbit, a monumental  milestone in space exploration:

Those are some happy rocket scientists!

Thankful

Some people are doing 30 days of thanks, but I’m doing this one post.

I’m thankful for science and math which have given me so many gifts, I am thankful for higher education, for my university, and for all those who advance reason and knowledge.

I’m thankful to have found a path where am able to dream big, to have lofty dreams and to work my ass off to achieve those dreams.

I’m thankful for the Chinese who are so great at helping to make amazing things with us, I’m happy to collaborate in working with them inside this global village.

I’m thankful for the freedom that I have to speak my mind without being censored.

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Overpriced Prescription Drugs: Completing The Circle Of Blame – @ExpressScripts @AnthemHealth

I still don’t fully understand why my insurance caused my prescription drug costs to go up 83%.

Today I talked with a representative from express scripts, the company that services drugs for Anthem Health Care.  The representative repeated ad infinitum that their pricing agreements with specific pharmacies were “proprietary information”, but seemed to state that that if the rates from the pharmacy were lower than the insurance company dictated rates, that I should end up paying the lesser of the two prices, not the greater.  That makes sense to me, but that isn’t what ended up happening. Continue reading Overpriced Prescription Drugs: Completing The Circle Of Blame – @ExpressScripts @AnthemHealth