When Sleep and Dreams Affect RL

I have prided myself on always trying hard to keep, at least, my computer info safe.  I try to never allow my private info to be infringed upon by online people.  I share info with people on Facebook, dating sites, and such, but have always kept my secret identity info just that…a secret.

A few days ago, I was asleep and dreaming. In that dream I was calling for help against some unknown force.  I just know I felt rather helpless.  When I shook awake, I was still a bit caught up in the dreamworld.  I had been awoken by the phone ringing.  I picked it up and began talking, still not quite in rl.  The person on the other line said, “I want to help you,” feeding right into the dream.  I said I wanted help and so, I answered a series of questions…without having even gotten the name or company of who was on the other end.   What were these questions, you ask? Glad you asked.

Are you on Social Security?  Medicare?

Are you in any pain?  Are you interested in getting that pain to stop?

Verify your address.  Deliveries to front door or back door?

Verify the last 4 digits of your Medicare number.  1st two.

What is your birth date? 

I remember saying, “Man, I don’t usually give that out on the phone.  Oh well, heck, here it is…”

And just like that, I shared 1/2 the info needed to take over my identity.

I hung up and just put my hands on my eyes and said, “Shit!” I got pale and dizzy.  Then I decided I needed to do something. So, I called Medicare, I called that Attorney General of Indiana, and I called the FBI.

I ended up getting the same basic story. If they wanted my birthday, but didn’t seem concerned about my Social Security number and talked Medicare, then they were, very likely, going to send me several packages and charge me thousands of dollars because Medicare would not cover them.  I was told to return unopened any strange packages I receive.  By law, then, they could not charge me or Medicare and I would avoid almost all the pain associated with this type of fraud.  I got lucky.  God watches over me always.

Guarding your private info is difficult, especially when asleep.  However, here are a few important guidelines:

  1.  Medicare and Social Security and most other places like banks and such, will NOT ask for that kind of info over the phone.  NEVER give your account numbers, birth date, and/or Social Security or Medicare number to anyone unless YOU have contacted them.
  2. Never click on the links in an email that says you can change your password or connect to the site.  That site can go anywhere.
  3. Ignore those emails that say your accounts have been frozen, your credit cards have been compromised, or your critical info has been leaked.  Those proper places will NOT contact you this way or even on the phone.  They will tell you to look up their sites and call them or email them.  Links can go anywhere.
  4. Don’t even listen to phone messages or calls telling you to call back.
  5. If you don’t have caller ID and pick up a call and no one is on it, just hang up.  The caller may just be trying to find out when you ARE home to recall or, perhaps, to visit when you are NOT home (ie. robbery).
  6. Get a GOOD virus protection program (I love Norton 365, myself, and it comes free with Comcast as your provider).  Then USE it!
  7. Set up good passwords (general rules are don’t reuse a password, change them, at least, every few months, and make them random and 12-15 characters each). That all may sound like a big pain in the butt, however, so is losing your bank account or your identity.  So, is having all kinds of stuff delivered to you that you did not order.

Just a general warning to everyone. I care for you all and want you safe from these online creeps and fakes.

Namaste,

Scott

 

Change comes along Everywhere!

Earlier today I read  Susie’s post on Changes.  It was filled with her changes and what they may mean down the road.  Read it and see.  It, certainly, helped to focus me.

I also just read my blog-friend, Jules’, post about her changing her entire life.  Good for her!!! Read it here –> Jules and changes

These two posts have made me realize how much changing I have done and will be doing.

For example, about 2 1/2 years ago, I lost my father.  Last month, I lost my Sister. Life has been rough, but has been teaching me.  I am now more susceptible to learning (I am listening).

I have had plans all my life and have, until recently, been planning ahead to a future that never occurs (at least, as I plan it!).  I spent most of my life learning, working, raising a family – going through deaths, births, job changes, divorces, moving, replanning, changing careers, a stroke, and a plethora of other things.  I have survived it all; in fact, in many ways I have thrived.  I am still learning to manage my symptoms of Diabetes.  My attitude and life direction have changed.  I  put God and “The Law of Attraction” (Pam Grout, “E Squared”) at the center of it all.  That has changed everything completely.

Now, I look at how “everything works out in the end”, “it is all perfect” and, when I do, life amazes me.

If you wish please ask any questions here and/or look at my new FB page ->God, Quantum Physics, and The LoA 

I hope your day is blessed, but whether we like it or not, each day is perfect just as it is. (and, no, this is not a “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” story).

Namaste,

Scott

How I Wonder

Darci and Dad

How I Wonder

By Scott L Vannatter

A Pic, A Vid, A Thought, A Voice

Flicks through my mind and I know

That although through life we have much Choice,

At the end, we all must go.

 

My Dad, a good man, stayed here for a long, long time.

But it seems now that it was short, not long,

That I never got the time to say all I was fine.

I think he knew and that I am not wrong.

 

Now, Sis is gone. Taken after a short while.

Her two grand babies she loved so much.

She spent time with daughter and two mile after mile.

She held them all; they all felt her touch.

 

Mom and I left to care for each other.

So glad that others are around us, too.

I lost my Sis; she was loved by her brother.

But that hole that exists, what shall we do?

 

But, how I wonder at the sights they see,

Not held back by Earthly living are they.

They know it all now, much more than me,

Until this body ceases to be some day.

  • Richard L Vannatter – July 25,2016
  • Darci D Hill – January 24, 2019

 

Life is perfect, but sometimes, it Sucks

Last Thursday my Sister, Darci, died from cancer.  It had been a couple years of battle, since just before Dad passed 2 years ago last July.  Mom, at 83, has had a rough time taking care of both of them, I had my stroke almost 9 years ago, now – finding out that the funeral for Sis will come on a high of 0 Degrees with significant windchill has made it even rougher.  Topping it off, I fell yesterday, hit my right brow, took 19 stitches, I look like Frankenstein, and today it hurts like … well…it hurts.

I don’t write all of the above for pity or condolences, rather I write the above to perform some catharsis and come to grips with it all.

This is not a bitching post or hateful one or even a particularly sad one.  I write this because all of you out there (and the numbers keep growing) are my friends, people I share my life with and turn to when things get rough.

Well, I am turning.  I know and believe with all my heart that life is perfect, that it all works out in the end, even if we don’t see it.  Yep, I am one of those…

But even so, sometimes, life just sucks – this week is one of those weeks, topping off a no-so-great month and past couple of months.

So, call this what you will,  I had to share it with you all.  Thanks for being there.

Namaste,

Scott

Really?

*This article was online at one of the local paper sites.  I was going to summarize it, but it’s just too….well, I don’t know…the word “stupid” comes to mind, but especially at Christmas!  Read for yourself. I wouldn’t want to “spoil” it.

MUNCIE, Ind. – 2018 will go down as a turbulent year for members of a Muncie family and the law enforcement officers who were sent to disturbances at their home.

On May 15, Jacob Russell Shields, then 25, was arrested on allegations he had thrown a door – earlier torn from its hinges – at his twin brother, beaten him with a broom and repeatedly bit him.

Jacob Shields is set to stand trial, on a related charge of domestic battery, in Delaware Circuit Court 1 on March 4.

A little more than two months after that, the reported victim in the May incident, Justin Everett Shields, was arrested after being accused of attacking Jacob with a samurai sword, then holding the bleeding, nude victim against his will in a bathroom.

Four related charges stemming from the July incident – domestic battery with a deadly weapon, criminal confinement, attempted strangulation and interference with the reporting of a crime – are pending against Justin Shields in Delaware Circuit Court 1.

The Shields observed their 26th birthdays on Nov. 8.

On the morning of Dec. 19, city police were sent to an apartment in the 1500 block of West Jackson Street no less than three times in a little more than two hours.

At 7:36 a.m., 911 dispatchers were told Jacob Shields was back. He was gone, however, when officers arrived.

A third call reporting trouble with Jacob Shields was placed at 8:48 a.m. This time, police found the target of the complaint outside the apartment in a vehicle.

Polices aid Shields at first refused to get out of the vehicle, then began screaming and kicking when taken into custody, spitting at authorities and kicking one officer during the struggle.

Justin Shields, at the scene, told authorities “all of the problems today started because their mom drank Jacob’s pop.”

Delivered to the Delaware County jail, Jacob Shields alleged kicked one corrections officer and tried to kiss another, according to an affidavit.

Shields remained in the jail Wednesday under a $12,500 bond. He was charged Friday in Delaware Circuit Court 2 with battery against a public safety official, resisting law enforcement, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

A member of the Shields family called The Star Press last week and said she was desperately trying to find ways to help Jacob Shields cope with emotional problems.

She also claimed when authorities are called to the family’s disputes, “they find ways to provoke (Jacob’s anger).”

Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851

I didn’t write the above.  It was cut and pasted from the Star Press site.

Namaste,

Scott

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