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  1. 10 points
    We hit a milestone at our house yesterday. Dd8 is finally able to buckle and unbuckle herself without assistance. Hooray!
  2. 7 points
    Snuggle with boys in bed ✅ coffee ✅ order dd13 ballet slippers for play costume ✅ read ✅ shower✅ Supper in crockpot (porkchops)✅ laundry (ongoing) school boys ✅ lunch✅ work on supper ✅ Girls one-on-one (with one; ran out of time for both, though I did help her through some sticky geometry) out and about: dd13 to play practice; dd14 to get her dress hemmed for the upcoming co op formal; ds8 to soccer practice ✅ home to supper ✅ figure out SAT stuff (I’m the co op testing admin this year 🥴) and send emails whatever else I manage to do
  3. 7 points
    Good morning! Nice to see you here, Kelly and Amy! Well my goal is to clear out some of the junk mishmash of plantings done on one side of my property. I told DH what I planned to do and he thinks it is too much for one person. Hmmmm. Plus, DS14 saw a snake outside the other day (I am deathly, irrationally pertrified of them - doesn't matter if it is the size of a worm or an anaconda). DS17 and DH have no doubt seen others but know better than to tell me about it. 🤣 Maybe I should stick to indoor projects. But if I wait around for DH to do something about it I'll be here forever. -coffee -DS17 off to school -school with DS14 -laundry DONE: 1 -continue my quest to find an eye doctor that takes our insurance (for both DS17 and DS14) -either do outside or inside work (no shortage of either, unfortunately) -bake a quiche around 2 pm -run to subway to get DS17 a sandwich for between games -double header baseball for DS17 today - games at 4:30 and 7:30 (supposed to rain tomorrow so the games were put back to back today)
  4. 6 points
    Selkie, I'm glad your DH was able to get guardianship of FIL. What a load off your minds that must be. Worked outside for about 2.5 hours and you can hardly tell I did anything, LOL. Now to get a handle on laundry, shower, get ready, make quiche, etc.
  5. 6 points
  6. 6 points
    Isn't the long shower thing just part of them being teens? LOL Seriously, my dd totally does this in spades and I remember doing it as a kid. Now I have stuff to get done, so I set a timer. On the intervention-y side, meds can up processing speed. Having more to do, somewhere she wants to go can motivate her. If she wants/needs to go faster, some people will do like a sound track where she knows wash hair through this song, detangle through this song, shave through this song, out. I set timers because otherwise I have no clue. On the shaving, is there anything sensory going on? Took me a lotta years to realize they make razors with lots of blades that don't hurt so much. You have to go to like 4-5 blades for that. Another tip I read recently was to change the routine to showering every day. Sometimes it's the transition, the lack of habit. Given that she's 13, it's probably time for that. So she can shower every day but alternate which days she shaves and which days she washes her hair, something like that. And I'd definitely use some kind of timer. The other thing you could do, if the wet hair bothers her, is get her one of those hair turbans. Or I will go to bed with a hand towel on my pillow. Or I'll pat my hair with a towel and then let it air dry 30 minutes will doing my final reading or whatever. She may not realize she has other options. As far as the hair length, I mean how long are we talking? Waist or mid-back?
  7. 6 points
    R is said with an open mouth and no closing, and is a consonant. Why are there no R-as-vowel arguments? #rhaters
  8. 5 points
    I am on the board of a mega co-op in SD of 110 families. My suggestion is that you start small with 2-3 like-minded families. Build a small core and get a feel if you really enjoy doing this. Keep the commitment window to a year. Halfway through, you will know if you like it or not. There's a graceful way to end it, but there's also the option of agreeing as a group to go on and to form a vision and direction for this group if the desire is to grow as a community. Co-ops rise and fall on leadership. Whoever is the core leadership is who defines how the group functions and operates. Also if the core group is strong, then the leadership load and work is spread out and less chance of burnout.
  9. 4 points
    Right I was wondering if exhausted just means he is feeling overwhelmed. I would not school him through the summer. Well, not much anyway....if he is terribly behind I might do a little. But he needs the break probably. Unless he literally is just goofing off all day.
  10. 4 points
    Golly, my kids would stink if they only bathed 1-2x a week! Nightly showers are the norm in my house. I like the idea of a shower cap, so hair doesn't have to get wet each shower.
  11. 4 points
    Good morning! HULA!! Today is dd16's last day of tutorial for the year! Their high school formal dinner/Roaring 20's party is in 3 weeks. I need to get gas in the car. I will go visit The Wizard again tonight. Coffee!
  12. 4 points
    No, but I'm standing by my 3 arguments as a reason to question it. I like these sorts of things. If you don't you can ignore me. I can get pretty obnoxious. Obnoxious Slache Booya! Is there any other kind, honestly?
  13. 4 points
  14. 4 points
    I think about what I want them to get out of the books. Some are classics that every child should be exposed to. Some are modern best-sellers that I think they would love. Some tie into history to make an event or person more than a blurb, but something that was real. Some are ones I loved as a kid and want to share with my own. I don't give my kid a say in his book lists. He gets a say in his free reads. Books that go on the list are there because I want to expose him to more than what he gravitates to.
  15. 4 points
    Happy Wednesday. I can't believe I actually had to read two pages to catch up. It's been a while since that happened. I slept in this morning, until 8:30am. I went by the science center to do some cleaning and reorganizing and meet up with a couple of new students/new parent, then we had a game day that nobody but us and the family hosting showed up for. It was a very nice Spring day so maybe everyone just wanted to be outside. Tomorrow I'm hosting a curriculum show/sale/swap at the science center so I have to get up a little earlier but it should be a fairly easy day. Nothing Friday until D&D at 2pm but then I have a possible Kids night out event from 6pm to 9pm. Not sure anyone will show, nobody is registered right now but I have a few that drop-in regularly. I really need to be working on classes for next session. Get a jump on them so I'm not finalizing the night before like I usually do. I'd like to at least have things done a week ahead. I have an outline for classes but I like to go through finalizing closer so I can adjust based on the class size, any quirks of the kids, etc. Some classes I plan activities based on weather and what I have available but those are mostly classes I don't need to do presentations for.
  16. 4 points
    Stop prioritizing the homework over her mental and physical needs. You’re sending the message to her that she needs to do this pointless homework and wasting both your time. I feel like a lot of people in a previous thread about this - once we realized how young she is - urged you to stop doing it at all. If you cannot bring yourself to, then, yes, I’d pull her now.
  17. 4 points
    With a child who seems completely without motivation, is withdrawing from activities, socially unengaged, and expresses lots of negativity I would worry about mental health. Those are all classic signs of depression.
  18. 3 points
    The catfish done got thrown, but the Preds still lost. PETA was out in full force at the game.
  19. 3 points
    Thanks for that. I'm willing to give anything a try. Ds's hairdresser recommended tea tree shampoo and conditioner and that has helped. The problem is he has amazingly thick straight oily hair and I just don't think he gets all the way down to the scalp. I want his hair. I have super thin hair that has limited my styles. 😭 We had a timer going for awhile to make sure they weren't wasting water. It backfired with one of them began testing to see how fast he could take a shower. At least now they have a sense of time while in there because they can easily lose track of time. Ikea has a great little clock for $5 that we keep in the bathroom. It has a timer, alarm, date, and temp. The alarm was loud enough for them to hear it.
  20. 3 points
    Dear Heart, if I were you, I would call that Parent Hotline to your state department of education. This is the question you should ask at this point: "My child's school denied that they would evaluate my son last October. The MET team never wrote this in Prior Written Notice but just told me verbally. Now the school has agreed to reconsider evaluations, based on new documents that I gave them. I submitted a new request for evaluations on March 29. The school is not planning to have a MET meeting but is just going to decide on their own what testing to run. I have been told that I cannot give them my parent input at this point. Should the school be holding a MET meeting? I believe they are not following the law and are denying me an opportunity to give my full input." Just print this out. Call. Read it to them, either personally or over voicemail if you need to leave a message. See what they say. Follow up question: "How do I get the school to comply, when they won't listen to me?" If the state says they must hold a MET meeting and listen to your additional parent concerns, the school is not going to ignore that.
  21. 3 points
    Well, AU is pretty irreligious. Which is different to having no religion. We don't have a state religion. And indigenous spiritualities are not religions in the way I understand religions to be defined. The countries mentioned as having no religion (Communist Russia, China) are more accurately described as having repressed, or repressing religion. Where religions are weak, other belief structures seem to emerge, other articles of faith, which may be godless, but function like religions, with heresies, dogma, practices etc.
  22. 3 points
    Really? Strange. Can't say I've ever seen that assertion before. If Calc doesn't excite her, Diff Eq is not likely to, either. I would try linear algebra from a MOOC (trying to find a good prof) as she might like that. Dh & I would recommend some matrix theory. 😉
  23. 3 points
    Well then that raises the question of how you define "higher power" — invoking the "power" of a plant to heal a wound, or thanking an animal spirit for a successful hunt, or asking a dead ancestor for help with something, doesn't mean the person thinks the plant, animal, or the dead relative have "higher powers" than living humans — they just have different powers. And sometimes its the living human who is seen as having special powers to invoke or manipulate the plant/animal/ancestor/whatever. That's why I said it really depends on where you draw the line between superstition, magic, and religion, because there are tribal groups where human beliefs and interactions with "the supernatural" are more along the lines of what we could consider magic rather than religion. If someone avoids walking under ladders or patting black cats or always wears the same "lucky" jersey in every game, do those beliefs count as "religion"? You can define religion in a way that includes the belief that black cats are bad luck, in which case all cultures have it. Or you could define it to mean an organized and codified set of beliefs in the existence of one or more specific, named higher powers. Or anywhere in between.
  24. 2 points
    Thanks again! I showed her all the options and it sounds like she’s interested in either taking a discrete math class or statistics II at the cc.
  25. 2 points
    One of my kids has a history as a shower faker. Same teen also has been know to shower multiple times per day for the purpose of restyling hair. Showering is discussed much more at my house than I ever would have predicted.
  26. 2 points
  27. 2 points
    Can not say how helpful an aesthetician can be ............and my son listened. He was older than 13 but I wish we had done it then. The gal who does DS’s hair is an aesthetician also. She used to do birthday parties and apparently tween girls loved it. I thought she was incredibly blunt but Ds soaked it all up and before she talked to him I didn’t think he cared at all. She moved out of the birthday party market and now does hair and free advice.....I make sure she is tipped well.😉 A couple of other great tips from her that ds actually does is Cetaphil face wash followed by Oil of Olay or the yellow Clinique mosterizer (ds uses this because I already had it). and 5 days of good dandruff shampoo as needed.....it must have some ingredient that the Biolage one has and some cheaper ones don’t. We bought the Biolage and he has stuck with it. He alternates with a different Biolage product. His acme is so much better and he looks so handsome with his clean scrubbed with the good silicone scrubber hair. 😉
  28. 2 points
    Oh, and if they tell you that they won't test something, because it was not in your referral letter, show them this document, where they agree to test for everything. And also the MET information I quoted where is says they are not allowed to claim that they can only test what is on the referral. I'm glad you took a photo of that form. They should have given you a copy. Print it out and put it in your binder, if you have one. If you don't, make one before the meeting and collect all of your documentation and test results and communication with the school in there, so you can have all that with you at the meeting if you need to refer to something.
  29. 2 points
    Seems like an is-ought fallacy. IMO, parents should care. Obviously, Janeway does. I would. Attention likely won't stay on the topic for long, but IMO, it is important to highlight things that are wrong and at least try to fix them. But, to each his/her own.
  30. 2 points
  31. 2 points
    You will NOT get audited. (hopefully) This is the first time I've done taxes this late. They are usually done in February. I guess it makes a difference this year since we owe...
  32. 2 points
    I used LToW with one child. It went very well, but I found that its primary strength is in the invention stage. This wasn't clear to me just from looking at the curriculum itself, It wasn't until I listened to the CD (yes, I bought it in ancient times, long before the videos came out). The CD had a long segment about going to "the well of invention" and "doing an inventory" before writing in order to have concrete and well-thought out evidence and ideas before writing, The curriculum introduces some of these Common Topics of classical writing: Definition (Genus, Division), Comparison (Similarity, Difference, Degree), Relationship (Cause & Effect, Antecedent & Consequence, Contraries, Contradictions), Circumstances (Possible & Impossible, Past Fact & Future Fact), and Testimony (Authority, Testimonial, Statistics, Maxims, Law, Precedent (Example). [Note: this list is not from LToW. It is from Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student 4th ed. Edward P. J. Corbett]. Being able to precisely define your terms and clarify the nature of your argument, using comparisons, determining cause and effect, things that came before and things that came afterward, circumstances, and listing "proofs", quotes from authorities, testimonials, stats, quotes, law (natural or otherwise), and examples are vital to writing a solid essay. But because it doesn't include the mechanics or style necessary for a polished, beautiful essay, I would say that it would be an honest use of LToW to use it to teach the invention stage and then drop it to use other resources to teach the molding of the essay in terms of style (word choice, flow, transitions, order, grammar, etc.). In terms of the Corbett book I mentioned above. It is not a curriculum and the language is solidly college level. However, the chapter " The Topics" (the common topics) has a fantastic explanation of each one. It would be illustrative reading for the parent/teacher to draw from when teaching the common topics of invention or could be useful for a very literate high school student to refer to. It also has a handy chart listing the common topics as well as other classical writing elements right inside its cover. SWB's writing series, Writing with Skill, also teaches the common topics very well, but while LToW does it from a whole to parts approach, WWS does it from parts to whole. Some kids take to one approach better than the other.
  33. 2 points
    The English R originally had a slight trill so you had to slightly close your mouth. The English H was a silent vowel from what I can best figure out. This is why it acts like a consonant in most situations.
  34. 2 points
    I also think this is a good time to think about your goals. What do you want? What are your highest priorities? What is your biggest problem area or concern? It can be really hard to think of this, decide it, and put it into words. But if you do, it is really powerful for communicating. Are you familiar with basic ADHD stuff that you might want or expect? There are books or web articles with info about this. This can let you think about some different options. It is very hard to get in a meeting and feel like it’s all new information and you don’t have any idea what feedback to give. Ask me how I know 😉
  35. 2 points
    Sorry, BTW, Lisa. Didn't mean to run off on a tangent in your thread. @square_25 I added another book link in my previous post. That particular college lists the texts in the course descriptions, but you have to look up textbooks separately at the others. I think there is a naming & coverage difference at different schools. So, what are we looking for now -- a Discrete Math course?
  36. 2 points
    Him's bad at pantz.
  37. 2 points
    Also, kids in the spectrum who are so-called "high functioning" can have that don't ever want to do anything attitude simply because social interaction is unbelievably exhausting and frankly, they are tired and leery of not doing it right. Telling them that's why they don't have friends is not going to be news to them. I would go with my kid and coach them through it. They may be oblivious to the need to step up or overwhelmed by the many steps involved in doing so in a socially appropriate manner, or feel like its better to just not engage with people who they think don't like them. Especially boys, they are not going to admit any of that. They'd rather cut their tongue out. They'd rather say they don't care or act like they are smarter because other people do it for them. Adults should know this is likely machismo talking. It sound like someone needs to help him work in one focus and branch from that. Also. Maybe the kid hates camping. If so, let him go home.
  38. 2 points
    This is a good article about why we procrastinate and effective ways of reducing procrastination: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/smarter-living/why-you-procrastinate-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-self-control.html
  39. 2 points
    This very much depends on your gender, the sport, and your talent level. And your decisions in recruiting. Girls in swimming with sectional times and above can find serious money. But they have to look around for it and work for it and make compromises on schools. Major conferences have many people swimming for a pittance or "books" (think under $500)- but they made that trade-off. Of the girls we know personally, scholarships have ranged from 100% to 0% at major conferences, 100% to 40% at mid-major conferences, and 100% to 75% at D2 schools. Academic money goes on top of those percentages if available. We never thought of a return on investment- merely following children's talents and passions. But frankly, it has paid off. One child with a serious scholarship helps everyone in the family. And she is graduating without any debt. The next swimmer coming up has taken note.
  40. 2 points
    I stopped by last week but never long enough to write an update. The Library Book by Susan Orleans is simply fabulous and I highly recommend it to all of you. It sounds like a dry non-fiction -- a history of the Los Angeles Public Library with stops along the way to consider the massive 1986 fire that almost destroyed the main branch, and to consider the job of the modern librarian. But in truth it is a page turner with beautiful writing, fascinating anecdotes, and a heartfelt passion about the subject. Best of all, the hardback edition feels good in your hands, with its cloth hardcover and the rough cut edges, even a photograph of a library due date card pocket on the last end page. Thin Air by Richard K Morgan was entertaining, but I wholeheartedly do NOT recommend it for this group!! Oh my, no! It is a testosterone laden, expletive riddled, cyberpunk-noir thriller mash up set on Mars. It was handed to me by a friend who had just finished it because it was the sci-fi/fantasy book of the month from our favorite indie bookstore. She and I were cracking up over it. I don't think the author intended it to be serious, but was just having too much fun writing over the top weaponry, tech, violent fights and well, graphic scenes of s*x. I was thinking I need to find some Georgette Heyer to rebalance my soul! I'm in the middle of another sci-fi epic, this one much smarter and original. It is Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I almost gave up on it, but our own Penguin reassured me that it remains a smart and original story, that it doesn't regress into standard horror despite the giant sentient arachnids that feature in the book. I kid you not. Giant sentient arachnids!!! Really, I need to reread Heyer or something else gentle! I also thoroughly enjoyed the 7th River of London book, Lies Sleeping. And @Kareni, I know exactly what you mean about the grating grammar of "me and Leslie". Peter Grant at one point talks about how he KNOWS it is incorrect but he does it anyway just to annoy Nightingale. I didn't notice that construct popping up in the 7th book, or if it did it wasn't as often.
  41. 1 point
    By the way, I grew up VERY conservative Christian. I wasn't allowed to dance, and my parents didn't let me listen to much secular music at home, but I did listen to it at my Christian boarding school (still not allowed to dance though.) We danced some on the sly but I didn't really love dancing and feel free to do it until I went to college. The cheerleaders (I was not one) always did a routine during half time at rugby games to Eye of the Tiger. Our student center had only a few cassettes from the States and one of them was Christopher Cross. Pretty sure Sailing was played 9,503 times during my high school years. Toto's Africa is my ring tone even today. It came out while I was in high school and was everyone's favorite song (I lived in Africa at the time.) Anything Lionel Richie.....Hello Anything Abba And I can still sing anything from the Foreigner 4 album......and maybe the Kansas Greatest Hits album. Chicago was the first secular concert I had ever been to (college.) Before that I had been to Twila Paris, Ken Medema, Larry Norman, and Amy Grant concerts! (I may remember more, but that is what I can think of right now.)
  42. 1 point
    You are definitely in a good place now, in the middle of the whole process! It just takes forever and is so complicated. But good for you 🙂. You are doing it 🙂
  43. 1 point
    To complete the evaluation, the MET must gather information about the childusing a variety of assessment tools and strategies, which must include, but are not limited to: The Teacher Narrative(Appendix EE.I) and/or DevelopmentalHistory (Ages 3 to 9) (Appendix EE.H-A)or Developmental History (Ages 10 to 21)(Appendix EE.H-B)Documentation of the child’s functioning in the home, classroom and/or in an early childhood setting through interview, observation, assessment, or other means;Information contained in the child’s cumulative record, including results of Statewide assessments; Information about the child’s physical condition, including fine and gross motor skills, general physical condition, hearing, vision, and if necessary, orofacial examination; Information about the child’s social, behavioral, emotional, and adaptive functioning; Information about pre-academic and/or academic performance; Information about how the child communicates; Indicators of cognitive abilities; Evaluations and other information provided by the parent from page 17 of the original document (pg 38 of the web document) If you look on that page, you will see it in a bullet point format, but the formatting did not come through here. There is more to the list, but it goes onto page 18, and I couldn't get it to add on to my copy/paste.
  44. 1 point
    Madonna's Crazy for You always takes me back to one of the earlier dates between DH & I; our church youth group all went out to play miniature golf, and DH & I were just in that early flirty beginning to date phase and that song came on the speakers at the putt-putt golf place. We did a lot of smiling and flirting and singing along and being embarrassed as only 2 teenagers too shy to admit real feelings can be...... lots more, as well, but that one's the most vivid. Some had different memories attached at one point, but most songs have morphed to having a DH memory at this point; there's one song that makes me think of the one main ex before DH (Under the Bridge, by......I have no idea....)(that may or may not even be the actual name of the song); not that it was playing at any point during a memory, but the ex loved that song and it just always reminds me of a conversation he & I had about it. The Moulin Rouge version of Your Song takes me back to my youngest as a newborn; that line "how wonderful life is, now you're in the world" was sort of my theme for him, and it's the one song that would calm him if he was screaming in the car. Which, if we were in the car, he was screaming. We had to play this song, loudly, on repeat. Ring of Fire always calls to mind an image of my middle son, then aged 5 or so, "playing" it on guitar and singing along. He *adored* Johnny Cash and this song in particular. Oh my word, cutest.thing.ever. We have it on video and I just absolutely adore it. the Spider Man theme song....same DS would play it on repeat at home. Over and over and over and over again. Oh my. Later he graduated to Final Countdown. Oye. He has better taste in music now, thank goodness. Oldest doesn't really have any songs associated....he's not a music lover/listener. Which is very odd to me. DH & I, on the other hand....I made an entire playlist to celebrate our anniversary one year and tell our story in music. So, yea, lots of songs with very specific memories for me.
  45. 1 point
    Now this would be great! No LAX though. 😞 I wonder if they will have that sale soon. Ack. I could get there from SFO for $900 for two. I like that better that $1300 but we'd still have to get to SFO. By the time I book separate tickets, etc., I'm not sure it is worth the cost difference. BUT, thanks for the heads up. I signed up for notifications from LAX. So far no Germany. :P
  46. 1 point
    Well, it's all in terms of vectors and matrices. You ought to know what those are and how to multiply them before you can do multivariable calculus in a serious way. I mean, I guess you could take them out of order, but I don't see why you would want to be introduced to vectors and matrices in an already difficult context.
  47. 1 point
    Casillero Del Diablo cabernet. It's not crazy expensive (about $15-20), but it's one of our favorites. Our other favorite is a small reserve that won the Venetian wine festival a few years back. That's about $300 if you get it shipped. 😄 Very good, but it would make more sense for me to give you directions to the winery after you flew over.
  48. 1 point
    I read this question differently than PP, maybe because I read something on here recently that indicated that it does matter for jobs. I do not have a nursing student, but a good number of my friends have daughters in nursing. One graduated high school and went to OOS college with my oldest. She was not admitted into nursing on the first go around, but was on the next term she was eligible, so she graduated after summer term. She was engaged to a classmate, who was hired for a national program that didn't place new hires into a city until after the trainee program was completed. Her new husband was placed 1,000s of miles from their school. She had no problem finding a nursing job there. The next friend has a daughter who majored at a regionally ranked directional school. She also was not admitted the first go around into her school's nursing program. She graduated in December. She was able to get an in-person interview at the Cleveland clinic, which is not in her state. She decided she didn't want to live in Cleveland, so I'm not sure if she received an offer or not. She also interviewed with hospital in Florida, where her parents moved after she was in college. In the end, she decided to work local to where she went to school. The freshman admit program for nursing is very enticing. That is what the daughters of two other friends have done at diffferent OOS schools. Another had a daughter who was admitted to both of those programs, but decided to go to her dream OOS school, where her parents went, without direct admit. She decided not to let fear of not getting into the program make her decision. She got into nursing on first try. All made the decision that is right for them. None of these 3 plan to work in the state where they go to school and they know many graduates from their OOS colleges get jobs in our state after graduation. Of course, their plans could change. Someone who graduated college with my oldest came 1000s of miles to go to school there and ended up staying in-state after graduation, due to a relationship. Having watched these girls make their decisions or go through college, I can't imagine what advantage the BS to RN programs would have for a student who knew she/he wanted to be a nurse entering college. Maybe if it was a BS to MsN program. Good luck to your daughter.
  49. 1 point
    I enjoyed Lucy Knisley's latest memoir. [What do you call a non-fiction work that is visual? We say graphic novel for a pictorial work of fiction, but graphic memoir sounds like a memoir filled with sex and/or violence!] Incidentally, this has a lot of blue on the cover. Lucy Knisley's Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos "If you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if you’re smart and talented and “good enough,” you can do anything. Except get pregnant. Her whole life, Lucy Knisley wanted to be a mother. But when it was finally the perfect time, conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she’d ever attempted. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual successful pregnancy plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-death experience during labor and delivery. This moving, hilarious, and surprisingly informative memoir, Kid Gloves, not only follows Lucy’s personal transition into motherhood but also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health from all angles, including curious facts and inspiring (and notorious) figures in medicine and midwifery. Whether you’ve got kids, want them, or want nothing to do with them, there’s something in this graphic memoir to open your mind and heart. " ** I also continued reading Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series and finished the fourth book. This ended on a surprising note. I enjoyed it (save for the continuing incorrect use of "Me and so-and-so"). Broken Homes (PC Peter Grant Book 4) by Ben Aaronovitch From Booklist *Starred Review* It’s hard to understand why Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, of which this is the fourth installment, is not more well known in the U.S. It’s quite popular in Britain, and rightly so because it has everything: a plucky hero, London Metropolitan Police constable Peter Grant; clever mysteries; entertaining villains; and, just for fun, wizardry. Yes, wizardry. It seems Peter Grant, an ordinary police officer, has been recruited into a special branch of the police department, known as the Folly, which deals with matters of witchcraft, sorcery, and the supernatural. He’s an apprentice wizard, too, which comes in handy when dealing with cases that are decidedly weird. Take the murdered man who might be the latest victim of the Faceless Man, a powerful rogue magician; or take the old German textbook of magic—well, you can’t take that because someone already did, took it from its rightful home in Germany to England, where it turned up in the London police department’s recovered-goods repository (but was never reported stolen in the first place). Oh, and let’s not forget the weird goings-on at a housing estate with an odd past and, apparently, an even odder present. Honestly, this series is so much fun it really deserves an enormous audience on both sides of the pond. It’s a natural for grown-up Harry Potter devotees but also for urban-fantasy fans in general. --David Pitt Regards, Kareni
  50. 1 point
    Yes - she’s fabulous. My son has her for biology and bio lab. I’ll type out a longer response from my laptop.
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