Author Archives: Torrey Shannon

Meeting with Senator Mark Udall today: On my soapbox and spilling my beans again!

I had the privilege of meeting Senator Mark Udall today and spoke about some key veteran care issues. I think it went very well. Two (or was it three?) reporters grabbed me to ask for more info to do upcoming interviews. I discussed: Access to healthcare in our region vs. the backlog The budget cutbacks…

Continue Reading →

Did you know? Disabled veterans may apply for student loan discharge and forgiveness.

If you are a 100% total and permanently disabled veteran (100% T&P)  rated by the Veteran’s Administration, or rated as individually unemployable (IU) by the VA for a service-connected condition, you are qualified to apply for forgiveness of any outstanding balances on your FEDERAL student loans, basically wiping the balances clean. You will also be…

Continue Reading →

Holiday fireworks and gunshots are a real danger for combat veterans

Now with the Fourth of July looming near (or any other holiday involving fireworks), I need to bring this issue up once again. I love a good fireworks show, I really do.  But I haven’t seen one in years for a very special reason. Last month I posted a casual plea via Facebook titled, “Fireworks…

Continue Reading →

The 6 Life Lessons I learned — just from bowling.

In 2002, Dan was on a sponsored bowling league and placed 2nd in the city.  I had stayed home with the baby while he took the older boys with him.  I never seemed to get a chance to do something together with him, let alone learn how to bowl.  I could have stood in the…

Continue Reading →

Free is powerful Karma but it doesn't pay the bills

I believe in Karma, but I can’t rely on it. Karma doesn’t help me earn anything toward my own retirement.  It doesn’t pay my unexpected bills or improve my quality of life.  It doesn’t allow me to modify our home to accommodate my husband’s disabilities, nor does it care for my family and their immediate…

Continue Reading →

Drake the salesman…"What’s your number?"

Originally created by Torrey Shannon on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 6:10am <—- (Please note the time before reading this entry) My youngest son, Drake, is fascinated by infomercials. He recites them verbatim all the time, even getting the inflection of his voice and hand movements incorporated for full effect. It’s…hysterical. Well this morning I…

Continue Reading →

Padiddle, assmosis, and where did you say that Chinese restaurant was?

Originally created by Torrey Shannon on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 8:24pm We drive a LOT now that we live in the middle of nowhere. Dan’s VA appointments generally require 170-350 miles of driving for each one, and we typically go once a week to some form of appointment. Obviously, we have to entertain ourselves…

Continue Reading →

Oh, my aching tentacles!

I was just reminiscing about some of the darndest things my kids have said over the years, and this one in particular still makes me laugh out loud when I conjure the memory. Shortly after we moved to Colorado we drove up to the Colorado Springs Airport to pick up our oldest son, Nick. He…

Continue Reading →

The frog in a blender…another true story.

This is a true story dating back to 8/19/2008. I thought I would impart some humor and let everyone have a laugh at my expense. 🙂 08-19-2008, 07:36 PM I have a little story about what happened to me tonight. It involves a frog, my boys, my husband and a blender. Read on! First, let…

Continue Reading →

Support groups can be bad for your health.

The other day I brought up an issue about a group of my peers being particularly hurtful (and often hateful) to other people, including me, when they should be the very people that we should count on for support. I said, in part: I’ve tried to dismiss comments made by caregivers who are also in…

Continue Reading →

Newsflash! Crying happens, and it’s okay.

We’ve all heard it: “…and if you are traveling with small children, please be sure to firmly secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others.”  All pre-flight instructions are important, but none are quite as profound as this one. I grew up in an environment that basically instilled a belief that if you hire a…

Continue Reading →

Page 5 of 5