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  1. 74 points
    UPDATE 5/22 WE ARE HOME! ALL THREE OF MY CHILDREN ARE WHERE THEY BELONG!!!! He joined us for dinner, sitting up in his chair at the table, ate actual food, and participated a little in the conversation! For the past few weeks he's been feeling crappy and miserable from some medical stuff, plus he's been enormously sleep deprived due to nightmares. But we met with his team, made some changes in how his meds are timed and administered, hoping for at least a little improvement, and it worked so well. He slept like 13 hours in his own bed, with one wake up, and one relatively mild nightmare. Today it was like I got my child back. Plus my husband, who was really struggling with watching his son struggle, slept for about 8 of those 13 hours, and got in a run in the middle of the night. So, he's looking a lot better too. Anyway, I know some of you have been praying for my little guy, so I thought I'd share the good news. Thanks Everyone!
  2. 59 points
    After a few days in the hospital, DD went into labor at 28 weeks and 2days. I hopped on a plane but they didn’t wait for Grandma and arrived via c-section before I did weighing 2lbs 10 oz each. Both started on a ventilator, but have since been moved to a NIPP-V, which is less invasive. No one can hold them yet and thanks to COVID protocols I don’t even get to see them in the NICU, but my Dd has been FaceTiming me so I can see them. One hates to be swaddled and wriggles herself free and then pulls her tiny hat off. She also removed her umbilical line so they had to put a tiny PICC line in her tiny arm. The other baby is more chill but doesn’t like the nasal cannula that comes with the NIPP-V and soon discovered if she repeatedly opens her mouth wide in a fake yawn she can work the little poky things out of her nose. photos are: Freya the Wiggly, Eliza the Calm and Eliza holding her Momma’s finger It is going to be a loooong Summer. Hopefully I will get to meet them sooner rather than later Amber in SJ
  3. 44 points
    My first homeschooler, who is now 23, just graduated from college! She was homeschooled start to finish, from learning to read at age 4, though high school. The only times she was in a "regular" class room were her 2 morning a week preschool when she was 2 (adorable) and then when she headed off to college. She's now a graduate from the University of Alabama College of Engineering, with a BS in Computer Science and a second major in mathematics with an emphasis in computational mathematics and also completed a year's worth of work experience through their co-op program. She has a job lined up with an excellent computer science employer which has a major office in our home town, so she is going to have a great job here in our home town, which is NOT an easy thing to achieve as we live in Appalachia where really good computer science jobs are few and far between. (She really wanted to come home after college.) Anyway, I'm super proud.
  4. 43 points
    This was taken from a Pastor in Cadillac, MI with permission. Murder. Riots. Racism. 💔 #GeorgeFloyd What can I do? What can I say? I copied these thoughts from a fellow pastor and his wife - I think they are helpful. 1) Be slow to speak and quick to listen. 2) The cry of injustice is to be taken seriously, even if you might not initially believe or understand that person's reality. 3) You will want to hear a simple narrative that explains everything. The true story is always more complex. So are the solutions. 4) Everyone is predisposed to react to news events one way or another. Hold your initial judgments loosely and be willing to be corrected. 5) Never assume you know what it's like living in someone else's shoes just because you watch the news or read a few articles. You will never truly know what it's like while watching from afar. 6) The media tends to show you the most dramatic images and videos. They are real, but they do not represent the entire situation. 7) The loudest and most polarizing voices will get all the attention in the coming days. Never forget that there are countless perspectives in between the two extremes. Be intentionally curious and have ears to hear the quieter and more nuanced voices. 😎 Some voices will make you feel like you must choose between two sides. They will tell you that you must back your chosen side to no end, and that self-critique of your chosen side is a sign of disloyalty. They will also tell you that you must demonize the other side and that there's nothing they can or will ever do that is right. If you follow these voices, you will be led down a path of fear and hate that you may never return from. 9) You don't need to voice an opinion, and there are many other ways to care and respond to tragedy than a post on social media. 10) If and when you voice an opinion, consider how to speak in such a way that respectfully interacts with those who might disagree with you. Ask not, "How can I put down my opponent?" but rather, "How can I understand and converse with people who think differently than me in a winsome way?" If you're just preaching to people who agree with you, you've accomplished nothing of value and have only driven the wedge deeper between you and the other side.
  5. 43 points
    They have new flowers attached to it. But the interesting thing....a Putin look alike was mowing the lawn without a shirt on. It was 55 degrees. Not kidding about looking like Putin. My kids commented on it.
  6. 39 points
  7. 38 points
    I wanted to see pictures of hamsters with masks.
  8. 37 points
    If I hear "we need to live in faith and not in fear" one more time in reference to the coronavirus, my head is going to explode. This is what people at my church keep repeating like a mantra. Although no one says so directly, we are seen as the ones who are fearful and paranoid and lacking in faith. I guess it's okay to take a revolver, spin the chamber, point it at someone's head, and "have faith" they won't die, yes? They are the ones who are fearful. They are fearful church attendance will go down, giving will go down, fellowship will be lacking, and on and on. No. Do the right thing. Protect people's health. Obey the law. And leave the consequences to God. And as a side note--because these people haven't been taking this seriously, my husband isn't going to want my DD to hang out with her friends--who no doubt will all be getting together soon. Arggh. And as another side note--trusting politicians / news anchors / bloggers who have *no* idea what they're talking about instead of trusting good science and qualified experts not only puts people's lives at risk, but makes us look like idiots. PLEASE DON'T QUOTE, I am irritated and way too judgy. 🤯
  9. 34 points
    I won't comment on this situation. I do though know of families that have had to relinquish custody of their child adopted from foster care in order to get them the help and services they needed. It is heartbreaking and not something the families wanted to do in most cases. In the cases I know the child had severe behavioral issues and was putting the other children in the home at great risk. The way the system is set up, if the parents keep the child in the home they are charged with failure to protect and risk losing their other children to foster care.......but the only way to get the struggling child help is to place them back into state custody. They don't give the families the services they need to stay together as a family. It is a very complex situation.
  10. 34 points
    Update: This week has been a vast improvement over last week. First, her cat had 6 kittens yesterday, all fat and healthy. Second, she heard from the tea shop and they want her back next week. They're going to try an open the dining room up in a limited way. Apparently there was some kind of brouhaha at the shop and they'll give her as many hours as she wants. Who knows what happened and my dd doesn't care, she stays completely out of workplace drama and apparently management appreciates that. Third, she found out that her college gave her a $1000 a year scholarship for the Fall! It's absolutely amazing how fast things turned around. Last night she cried herself to sleep because she was so at a loss for what to do over the next 2-3 months, and now the path seems clear. YAY!
  11. 34 points
    I think that whenever you see them you should just yell "Unclean! Unclean!" and run away.
  12. 33 points
    Maybe I've missed the worst of it recently, but I remember times when posters reported each other to moderators left and right and threads were shut down and people were banned. So this doesn't seem too bad to me. 😉 I'm glad we have the chat board to talk about all kinds of issues. The world is crazy right now, and the intelligent commentary and variety of perspectives here helps me make sense of things in my own mind. That said, I'm sorry you are sad.
  13. 31 points
    I’ve never been rattled by a bear’s visit, but this one had no fear, and refused to run when we tried shooing him off. We rang a bell, yelled, banged on pots. He can hear, just didn’t care. Normally they run away immediately after merely seeing us. He licked sunflower seeds, wandered away, then came back an hour later to nap. We think he may have been a nuisance bear in some town that was hauled out here and released in the boonies. Now the dog and cat are sad that they can’t be outside alone. It’s been 2 days, and all the feeders are packed away, so hopefully he’s moved on.
  14. 31 points
    I honestly think as time goes on, this is going to be more and more prevalent. I know very few people IRL who are actually social distancing of any kind at this point though masks are mandatory in stores and such here, so people are wearing them. People are starting to have bonfires and meet for picnics and hike together. As time goes on, until we have a vaccine or good treatments, I think this is going to be a more common problem between those who are continuing to socially distance and those who care but are simply done distancing themselves. We can’t control what other people do. There are inherent risks in anything; we’ve just normalized risk in a lot of cases(such as driving a car) and don’t think about it. You and your DH have to make choices you can live with, with your own risk vs benefit analysis, even if those choices are different than others. I also would talk to your in laws. I have elderly family members who view the risk and potential of catching Covid as less concerning than spending a good chunk of their time left on earth isolated from family and friends. I respect that(though I am not seeing my grandmother until my cough is completely gone; my husband has taken my kids a few times). I also know that I am picking up a lot more elderly people at home and in nursing homes who are suddenly failure to thrive-not eating, not drinking, dehydrated, sad, lonely, and are being sent to the hospital raising their Covid exposure risk. Everything we do has an element of risk and an element of benefit; you have to decide for yourselves what that is for you.
  15. 31 points
    The idea that spacing desks a few extra feet apart and not doing group projects is going to matter when a group of people are in an enclosed space for hours is, IMO, a serious misunderstanding of what we know about how this thing spreads. The six foot rule is for brief contact. It’s not a protective moat.
  16. 31 points
    After homeschooling for a lot of years, I hadn't really found my 'thing'. I needed a bit of income, I have poor health, but I needed something to do that was mine. After several years of dreaming, I finally did it. I opened an Etsy shop. It makes me happy, and right now, that's important! If you feel like checking it out: and... my daughter put her social media love to good use and helped me set up an instagram. I love that my kids are now helping ME! Check out the story behind the name! Thanks for being an awesome community, I still come to see what's up in this world.
  17. 30 points
    My heart goes out to all of them. I am raising my niece (DD13) with severe behavior issues. I have been to the brink of sanity dealing with her. I am not being flippant. My bio-kids are 8 and 12 years older than her. I can't imagine life if I had young kids in the home when she was at her worst. Having a child like my niece, is like living with an abusive spouse. If the child was an adult, not one single person, would say to 'work it out' when therapy and interventions have failed. DD would scream for hours, hit/bite/headbutt people, smash furniture, punch holes in walls, destroy anything she could get her hands on, rip her own clothes off her body etc. My niece has had excellent therapists, treatments, therapeutic schools, meds, consistent parenting and house etc. She is the poster child for intervention. Sometimes, it isn't enough. My older kids have significant trauma from having my niece in our home. At one point in time, when my bio-kids were teens, we had alternate names and homes that they could go live under in case we got to the point that were felt she might try to kill them. Why did she keep him so long before surrendering him? I know with my daughter we had ups and downs. Times when therapy/meds seemed to be working and then something would change and she would spiral down again. This is more common with kids due to changing bodies/metabolisms/puberty etc. It isn't like they brought him home and dumped him the next week. It sounds like they tried. Hopefully the home he is in, is free of other kids, which will make it safer for everyone. The new family was hopefully told of the child's issues and they can get significant support through the Foster/Adoption programs in their state. If anyone here remembers, Denisemomof4 had a child with severe RAD and the horror she went through. There are at least 2 other posters here who have adopted kids with RAD. Their stories are also harrowing to say the least. I won't post their names, they can chime in they want to. I have no idea who this person is, or what her story is. I have no idea how severe the issues were. But just know that there are sometimes, when you have to protect the other humans living in your house too.
  18. 29 points
    I guess this is kind of obvious, but I'll throw it out -- I think it means requiring that everyone who can must wear a mask as much as possible while around other people. It's very odd to me that the people who are pushing the hardest for re-opening also seem to be the ones who are the most adamantly against mask wearing. I think it's the one easiest things we can do to get back to something that resembles normal w/o overwhelming hospitals.
  19. 29 points
    So here's the story. We don't put an emphasis on Mother's Day. It gets acknowledged as in everyone says 'Happy Mother's Day' to me. Some kids make cards but don't feel like they need to. Dh already always makes breakfast so that is a non issue. The most he'll do is ask me what I want to do that day and if I want to we do it. But really I generally just want it to be like every other day. Well this year I was fully planning on mowing the lawn this weekend. I love mowing the lawn and am the one to do it 70% of the time. I was originally going to do it yesterday buy it was too cold for my liking so I decided to wait until this morning. When I told dh I was going to mow the lawn after I finished my coffee he said, 'I can't let you do that. What will all the neighbors think seeing you mowing the lawn on Mother's Day. They'll think I'm the worst." We laughed and I jokingly pouted because I really wanted too. Then he jokingly said, "No, you are not allowed to do exactly what you want to do on Mother's Day!" It just never occurred to me until his comment that anyone would think anything about seeing someone mow. But thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm pretty sure our neighbor across the street feels sorry for me every time she sees me mow.
  20. 29 points
  21. 28 points
    Apparently, Amazon feels my browsing history means I'm in the market for these bad boys: I haven't the foggiest WHAT I've looked at that translates to "needs these pants" but there ya go. (They're men's skinny jeans, lol. DH and I have separate Amazon accts so he wasn't looking...and even if not, he is most definitely not a skinny jean type of dude...)
  22. 27 points
    I am a singer. My husband is a singer. We literally met in college choir. We love singing in church. Singing in church in the midst of this pandemic is as safe as random unprotected sex in the 80's. There are a lot of confusing things about this virus, but that evidence is crystal clear. If church is singing, we will not be attending. I cannot answer the question as asked, because the literal answer is political.
  23. 27 points
    I agree with xahm. My more-general response to this would be this: it behooves us to make our decisions about what risks we are willing to accept for ourselves based on our own investigation and our own interpretation of risk. As I am listening to The Great Influenza on Audible, there were (according to author John Barry) numerous incidents throughout the pandemic where the public was mislead or totally lied to by their local, state and/or federal government and/or complicit media. I am not naive enough to think the same thing is no longer true now; the one thing in our favor now is that the public has access to information now and can assess our own risks based on that information. Nobody is making me go to church in person and accept singing corporately, so I’m not going to do so until I feel that risk has fallen to an acceptable level.
  24. 27 points
    It's absolutely a systemic racist issue. Claiming to the contrary, no matter how you try to provide context for your understanding, does not make your understanding of race relations remotely accurate. You need more facts. Try taking your open minded stance in that direction. Nobody as intelligent as you should be spouting head-in-the-sand flat-earth-level absurd claims like this murder 'not being a systemic racist issue'. Police brutality towards people of colour is an issue that basically epitomizes systemic racism. It needs more of your attention.
  25. 27 points
    When this all started, I think (know?) that I was more informed than most of the people in my rural area, thanks to you all here and my husband's Reddit habit. So for the first half of March, we spent this eeire period feeling like we were overreacting. Buying staple groceries items, planning for our respective schools to close (we're both teachers), working through a schedule for how we would work from home and care for our preschooler. All the while, trying to fight the doubt we felt but couldn't fully explain. March 13th was our last day of school and our internet happened to be out (pretty rare for our school), so I spent the class period passing out consumable workbooks from the dusty corners of the bookroom and explaining to the kids, "Hey, if we don't come back to school on Monday, do this this and this until we get a plan in place." Then I spent the second half of class drawing flattened curves on the board and trying to explain epidemiology to 12 year olds. I had them take all their stuff home - notebooks, books, gave out extra pencils 'just in case'. My co-workers (who are very intelligent and who I love) literally told me I was crazy. And then Saturday we found out we weren't coming back to school. And finally we felt like we'd made the right call. My mother, who took a decent amount of convincing to stop.going.out. called and said "How did you know it was going to get this bad?!" My coworkers scrambled to get materials together for kids. And since then, all has been calm. Our friends and families were respecting the orders. We were banding together to support local businesses. Parks and Rec made a quarantine reunion episode! We made a routine of going out on Friday mornings as a family to do any needed shopping (just DH going into the store) and visiting a local walking trail and creek that were always deserted. The last few weeks have felt like March again. I'm once again feeling like I'm being overly protective while I watch others just not understand. And once again I find myself second guessing all of my decisions. And I feel like it's only going to get worse. I think what frustrates me most, without getting too political, is it shouldn't have been this hard. We should be able to reopen safely by now. We should have the things in place we need to get back to normal life. But we don't. And that's a direct failure of our leadership - at all levels - for physically not preparing, for spreading misinformation, for downplaying the importance of facts and science and experts, and for creating a culture where every decision you make can be seen as politically motivated.
  26. 27 points
    I was laying on the couch with a headache, and wanted to get my DH's attention without getting up (he was sitting across the room). I said his name several times, but he was watching a video and didn't hear. Finally I resorted to throwing a pillow at him. Success! A few minutes later, my youngest DS brought a nerf gun and laid it beside me. Only after I shot DH accidentally in the leg did I realize why D'S brought it to me - so if I needed to get DH's attention again I could shoot him instead of throwing a pillow. I find it both hilarious and touching at the same time.
  27. 27 points
  28. 27 points
    We live in metro New Orleans, which does not have mandated closing hours for bars. So we're watching a TV show where they're trying to establish someone's alibi for a murder. Someone states the character in question 'closed down' a certain bar, so they didn't leave until 2 am. dd goes, "The whole bar closed at 2 am? That's awfully early, isn't it?" 😂😂
  29. 26 points
    I agree. I have been here 8 years, and to me the chat board actually seems a smidge tamer than in the past. I like that this is a board where a group of intelligent, invested people, who believe in things strongly come together to discuss them (sometimes heatedly). Yes, sometimes it is uncomfortable, sometimes feelings get hurt, sometimes the discussion edges on uncivil. I prefer that to the alternative. Women have long been indoctrinated to use indirect, pacifying, self-effacing language. To me it feels like here we have a group of mostly women, some of whom are taking back their strong voices and not softening their ideas and opinions to fit society's image of the "nice girl". I find it refreshing. And even when it borders on harsh, I find it much more authentic than discussions steeped in deferential buffering to soften disagreement.
  30. 26 points
    I'm frustrated with how many people seem to think that this is something they can just *decide* to be done with.
  31. 25 points
    Colin Kaepernick tried. "They" told him he shouldn't protest like that. 'Cause you know -- peacefully, respectfully kneeling to bring attention to an issue is (somehow) wrong and unpatriotic and all sorts of other stuff. (Sigh)
  32. 25 points
    Our VA hospital is using it, so I don't think there's a conspiracy to keep it for the elite. How about an alternative conspiracy theory in which a different "they" want Trump to be wrong more than they want to share the truth about the drug? The proclamations about it not working never seem to mention if it was tested it in conjunction with azithromycin, like the French doctors used when they brought it to everyone's attention, or with zinc, like Trump uses; supposedly, it helps zinc get into the cells to do something useful. Instead, the focus seems to be only on the possible dangerous side effects, as proven by the people foolish enough to take it without medical supervision after hearing Trump praise it. I wish this weren't an election year, so the various media could at least pretend to be more impartial in relating important info. The best medical info I've seen comes from a source people on this board have proclaimed as quackery.
  33. 25 points
  34. 25 points
    Every time my husband coughs I'll yell from across the apartment "His dwelling is outside the camp!" and now the kids do it too and it's so funny but he doesn't think so.
  35. 24 points
    So a couple of months back someone here (forgive me for not remembering who) said she'd acquired a wheat allergy after antibiotics and after taking Elixa probiotics her allergy was gone. I googled and found a few similar reviews in different places like reddit... Well about 15 years ago I had pneumonia, went on an antibiotic I didn't know I was allergic to, had a bite of whole wheat sandwich, and my throat started closing up. I went to the hospital, got some shots (benadryl, prednisone, maybe a different antibiotic too), and ever since I haven't been able to have a trace amount of white flour without hives and my throat swelling. I talked to DH and he reasoned that the expensive probiotics were still a lot cheaper than feeding the whole family gluten free foods, so I ordered the probiotics. 4 courses of 6 days worth, I think it was $130. A few days ago I had something with a trace amount... no reaction. Today I had a couple of bites of cookie. No reaction! My plan is to wait a few more days then try maybe half a serving of cookie or maybe a breakfast biscuit, wait a few more days and try a whole serving. But guys, this is such a huge breakthrough for me I couldn't help but share now! If you have acquired a food allergy after antibiotics it's worth a try.
  36. 24 points
    Yes, it's political. Extremely so at this point, which is most unfortunate & sadly not surprising given how polarized this country is. You could not pay me enough to attend or be anywhere near any form of choir. The WA choir had 60 members attend a rehearsal where at least one person was obviously highly infectious (but apparently completely asymptomatic, based on accounts of those interviewed). Of those 60 members, 45 fell ill (of the 28 who got a test, all were + for Covid; the remaining 17, for a variety of reasons, didn't get tested, but were assumed + based on symptoms), and 2 died of it. And I'm sad & sorry that this is the state of affairs. Music is one of the things that allows people to lift their spirits and join with their fellow humans in a joyful activity. I'm the "excess deaths" have any explanation attached to them at all? Or is just a shoulder shrug as to why so many more people are dying? As a side note & a PSA, I have an infectious disease specialist and long-time public health researcher in my contacts. He recently gave a friends-only webinar (due to the "highly charged environment" that speaking publicly involves). During that, two of his main points were that: 1) scientists' understanding of this virus is evolving at a rapid rate, but this virus has some "fantastically interesting random variability" that they can't pin down - e.g. why do some otherwise healthy people get *extremely* sick/die, why do some people have seemingly long-lasting effects, etc, and 2) scientists now believe the main means of transmission is airborne (this is probably not news to many of you), as the virus is able to encapsulate itself almost perfectly in microscopic "droplets" that emerge from talking/speaking (vs. surface transmission...yes, it can live on surfaces, but starts weakening as soon as it lands..and even though it can remain viable for up to a few days on various surfaces, he said it really is not much of a risk of transmission that way). Singing expresses more droplets with more force, so more risk of infection (that's my takeaway, he didn't expressly say that). Anyway, he’s predicting a huge 2nd spike of serious illnesses and death, much worse than the first has been, come late summer / early fall. I sincerely hope he's wrong, but **please** for the sake of your families (& others) don't get complacent about this bug. Yes, we have to keep the economy going, but masks and social distancing really can (apparently) make a difference.
  37. 24 points
    Agreed with Xahm. The answer is literally politics. There's no way around it. We should all be very suspicious of the CDC's official guidance at this point. There is always a political element to official government health guidelines, but these are new levels. Because the issue has been made political, I worry that some churches will feel compelled to disregard scientific thinking on this question and feel like they have to sing because it aligns with their political leanings. And I think that would be really unfortunate.
  38. 24 points
    Since I think the literal answer to this is highly political, I don't think it's going to be possible to answer this following the rules.
  39. 24 points
    I think what particularly rankles about the individual named above is that she fairly well exploited the child on her youtube channel. She went from having a fairly modest following to being able to live in a luxurious house, having both her and her spouse quit their jobs, and wearing Cartier jewelry and luxurious vacations...and did so on the back of the story of what a good person she is for adopting a SN child while not treating that same child well at all. She is nowhere in the same league as heroes like Tap, Ottakee, Katy, and others who have loved kids who act in profoundly difficult ways. Disrupted adoptions happen....sometimes even for the needs of the child involved. (They feel more secure in an institutional setting than in a home-based care one.) I absolutely, however, have problems with the exploitation of children on YouTube and with some of the particular ways in which she treated her son.
  40. 24 points
    My uncle is being released from the 'care home' he was discharged to after a week of inpatient care. He was admitted to the hospital on 3/28 and was only released last week. It's a freakin' miracle and we're all SOOOOO stinking excited. He's lost a lot of weight but his sarcastic (family characteristic) humor is intact. LOL.
  41. 24 points
  42. 24 points
    Well, I spent 5 hours in post-COVID classrooms and it was...OK. Half the students there in each room (around 13), windows wide open, adequate hand sanitiser, soap and paper towel, kids sitting 1.5m apart, no shared pencils, pens, rulers, or other supplies. Reasonable hand wash routines. I felt that 90% of the adults on site were worse at social distancing than the kids. Staff room was crazy; I didn't go in there but peeked in - I thought every second chair might have been removed or something? but no, just people sitting and chatting as normal. I ate lunch outside in the playground. Two other teachers are eating in their classrooms. There was a bit of peer pressure to eat with everyone else on the same break. Only one parent came on site to drop off a child who was late, but she stayed at a distance. Nobody who previously knew how to read and write had forgotten how to do so! but all the kids were complaining about the early start to their day, as most of them have been sleeping in. And frankly, they looked a little stunned to be back in the world with so many other people. Every stage is doing a unit on emotions, mental health and wellbeing to help equip students with the language to discuss their experiences if they want to. It was less stressful than in March, because I felt fairly confident that community spread is very low, and that children are not the super spreaders they might be for other illnesses. So I wasn't too worried about not being able to keep 1.5m from individual students at all times. General vibe was that most teachers were extremely grateful to be back in front of a class. Classes were very calm (see halved classroom numbers!! They should always be like this!) I think the things that were done well today are not sustainable once more children return, especially as we head into winter.
  43. 24 points
  44. 23 points
  45. 23 points
    Similar. Friends are seeing me through new eyes. All are surprised by how much parental time and effort it takes to get their kids through their schoolwork. I do remind them that what I'm doing is actually easier than what they're doing - I get to choose what and how we learn, I was able to ease into it from preschool on, I've had years of practice, and I didn't get someone else's slap-dash hastily thrown together on-line program/curriculum expectations dumped into my lap on short notice while I'm still trying to manage a full-time job.
  46. 23 points
    Seems appropriate meme :
  47. 23 points
    Today I changed my signature. Another senior graduated. She is moving out this fall to be closer to her nursing program / college & work. This year was our 19th year homeschooling and we had nine kiddos at home schooling. I love seeing them fly! I do, but it's a little sad. Our relationship will change and, generally speaking, I've loved how it changes as they morph into full fledged adulthood. But it also means we won't have those same late night talks about ideas and leisure time together in the same way as we did as she grew up. This coming year? Yet another senior - one we chose to "jump" a grade. (I admit I have regrets over that.) Nine is the most we've ever had schooling at the same time. Each graduation now will mean one less. I love this period of my life. I loved my babies and toddlers, but not nearly the same enjoyment that I get out of school aged kiddos and teens. It's still a little bittersweet. These past three years represent years of homeschooling I shouldn't have had and so I'm beyond grateful for each one of them! But I am feeling a little sadness. She just finished up her final final and her single math course for me. It's done. She's off! Feeling all the feels today.... ❤️
  48. 22 points
    Quoting you just because I agree and at any point if my argument doesn't make sense, just come back and read what Joy wrote. No one here has said that all police are out to kill black people. Strawman. Pointing out that people kill people does not negate that blacks are at more risk to be killed by police. You can qualify that with "in certain regions" if you like, but that is just being argumentative to seem open-minded and fair, if I'm going to give my opinion. It is systemic racism: "Systemic Racism includes the policies and practices entrenched in established institutions, which result in the exclusion or promotion of designated groups. " Source for more indepth definition if you are confused. This is not saying that ALL police departments suffer from systemic racism. I would argue that many departments do have this problem, yes. But there are definite practices if not in-ink policies that promote racial profiling and automatically escalating the situation when the suspect is black. "But, but that's just, like, your opinion, Moonhawk!" I'll save us a step in this chain and just reply to this now. This is not just "news cycle! Whipping up race issues once again! Cherry picked!" Blacks are at more risk. This website has great data broken down into nice pictures. I took 4 or 5 screenshots that would be super great but don't want to derail all of this too much. Here is where you go to learn more: edited for clarity. took out 3 words.
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    in one of the monolith threads I mentioned that a neighbor out on the main street had a unicorn couch (bench) in their front yard. I was finally able to get a photo while I drove by.... It's hard to tell in the photo but I would say it is the size of 3 person sofa.
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