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  1. 9 points
    My school in the Netherlands (The American School of the Hauge) was used by the Germans as a prison during the occupation. I had music class in the room that was once the cell Corrie and her sister were held in at first. They were still finding bodies in the dunes when I lived there 30 yrs ago. The Dutch had never forgotten and would make all sorts of interesting yet disturbing comments like, "You could hide 2 people in there." It was an amazing 3 yrs for my family growing up. Jean, that is so cool about her coming to stay with your family all those years ago. And funny that she knew so little of babies.
  2. 8 points
    Keep that in mind next time we decide to go on a road trip and toilet paper Jeannie's house.
  3. 8 points
    Mom and 6yo get in Matt's car. Matt: You guys having a good day? Mom: Yes, we're visiting from New Orleans. Matt: That's cool. (to6) What do you think about San Antonio? 6: It's ok, but we're missing someone. Mom: He doesn't need to know who we're missing. 6: Josh got arrested. Binge watching videos on Cluster B personality disorders, not wearing my fitbit while I nurse an injury, killing literally hundreds of millipedes, trying not to murder my eldest. Geography spine gets here Wednesday!
  4. 7 points
    ...not to drive a stick shift? I keep seeing memes making fun of youngish people because they can’t drive stick shifts. One shows a picture of a stick shift car and reads, “Millennial anti-theft device.” Or the one I saw today, “Everyone’s talking about hijacking UFOs, but can’t even drive a stick shift.” And there’s an undercurrent of, “Stoopid Millenials! Can’t drive a stick! What a bunch of morons!” Why is not driving a stick treated as if it’s some sort of moral failing? Why do people who drive sticks act superior because they can and make mean-spirited fun of people who can’t? Sticks have some advantages, but automatics have advantages, too, so it’s not like the stick is universally superior—it’s a tradeoff. We don’t need to debate that. And it’s not like there are few automatics, so that people are languishing at home unable to drive themselves places because they're too incompetent to learn to drive a stick. The overwhelming majority of us will never have any true *need* to ever drive a stick in our entire lives. I’m just wondering why people who drive sticks treat people who don’t like they’re a bunch of blundering incompetents.
  5. 7 points
    How would it look creepy for you to go back and peek in the window at your own child having a tutoring session? And why do you care if it does? (And I'm sure more people go into that corner than you think. Perhaps all the folks who need to read those foreign books. There is a reason your library keeps them in stock, after all.)
  6. 6 points
    As long as you give a sufficient EdPo warning, you are fine. Writing has always been a bugaboo for me. I’ve half-heartedly tried a few different programs, but they end up being a lot of trouble. This is what I did this year, and while I wouldn’t say my kids are good writers, I can honestly say I have seen definite improvement. 1) Writing assignment of some sort every week. I remember Jeannie said once that the important thing is that they just write something on a regular basis. One thing my kids have particularly enjoyed is when I’d just Google “writing prompt pictures” and I’d print it up and tell them to “tell the story”. They got a kick out of that. Sometimes I’d challenge them and they’d have to tell the story using only dialogue. I’d allow a bit of explanatory narrative, but the bulk of the writing had to be dialogue. So, they had to turn that in every week. Sometimes I’d go over it and edit it and they’d have to rewrite it. 2) Formal reports occasionally. We have a 1978 set of World Book encyclopedia. It is ideal for elementary children to learn to write reports. The writing is simple, interesting, the layout really lends itself to teaching outlining. So, that was my writing program this year, and while my kids all struggle with the mechanics of writing, their content and flow and creativity all really improved this year.
  7. 6 points
    VBS day one done! Court tomorrow.
  8. 4 points
    Neutering always changes the game, too.
  9. 4 points
    DS15 is playing the drums now, so the house is quiet no longer. Guess he is feeling better.
  10. 3 points
    Except that it does qualify you for just about every random J.O.B that requires a degree on paper. And there are a LOT of them out there beyond just HR.
  11. 3 points
    Bacon and Kale Skillet 1 pound bacon 1 whole red onion (you can use white too), chopped 12 ounces by weight kale, chopped 2/3 c white wine or dry sherry (I use cooking wine) salt and pepper to taste cooked rice Chop bacon and cook until crowned and crispy. Drain most of the fat, add onions. Cook until desired softness (I often add mushrooms and/or chopped red peppers as well). Add kale a bit at a time until wilted. Add wine. Cook about 10 minutes until liquid is mostly absorbed. Serve over rice. Several of my kids are green veggie adverse and none of them have a problem eating this. Bacon makes everything taste better!
  12. 3 points
    I’m reading about teaching teens to drive...
  13. 3 points
    Parents are always welcome in my tutoring sessions/music lessons, and in fact, I really prefer that they be there if possible so they can follow through at home, especially my homeschoolers. Just using consistent language between instructors is a big help. I have tutored at Starbucks, at the library, on a bench at the park, in a waiting room at the cheer gym, while a sibling is taking a gymnastics class, in a church lobby, at the community center and occasionally in a student's home or in my home-but the last two only happen when I know the family pretty well and they know me. I will say that the library here does not like tutors to do so in the middle of the room because tutoring requires talking, but there should be no problem with a parent sitting in on the session or leaving the door open and the parent right outside of it (if a child is really distracted by the parents' presence, or if the parent has other children to watch.
  14. 2 points
    Sounds like fun after you finish the move at least. I know I enjoy having my kids around still. I will admit to hating moving and promised myself never again..........pretty confident it’s in my future. 😉. I hope all goes smoothly and you love your new home. I finished Friday the Rabbi Slept Late and totally loved this month’s detective. This book was one of those mysteries that just comfortably rolls along. Personally I would class it as a cozy and am wondering if @aggieamy has tried these. There are definitely more of these books in my future. I have started listening to audiobooks again and have to admit to being relieved to be able to sit without too much discomfort again. I haven’t finished any but checked a couple more out in my enthusiasm 😂 so have a couple new ideas for @Liz CA...........The Miss Julia series I linked book one and think it’s probably foundational to really appreciate the relationship between the main characters. I have no idea about the narrator as my library just bought the audio version............I also discovered that the third book in the Nils Shapiro series was out. The first book in the series w one of my best books of the year a couple of years ago because I found the murder evidence to be very clever. I listened to about half of The Shallows yesterday and am enjoying it.
  15. 2 points
    Oh, what a sweetie! I wish you and Mac the absolute best!
  16. 2 points
    I just realized I have to reschedule my hair appointment! Thanks, Krissi!
  17. 2 points
    My dh had a wake and sleep EEG. I think they had him not sleep the night before and come in very early the next morning, or something like that. I'm sure your doctor will want to do an MRI too. Also, just so you know, not all diagnosis of epilepsy are permanent. My dad was diagnosed with epilepsy in his teens, but had his last seizure in his 20's and has never had one since. My sister has epilepsy (diagnosed around 10 or 11 I think?), but ever since the doctor figured out the right meds for her, she has never had a seizure.
  18. 2 points
    The recommendatios to see your PCP and start over seem spot on to me. I would recommend you take what you've said in this thread, bullet point your history and symptoms and take that with you. I think it's hard for doctors to treat people (not symptoms) in the time insurance allots so everything you can do you be clear and specific would help. Your descriptions are so clear here. I know I get so flustered in the little room that handing them a clear specific list would help me a ton. I'm sorry you're going through this. It sounds terrifying. Please keep us updated.
  19. 2 points
    I’m content with my Hoover, and would be content to replace it with another Hoover if it died. I do feel like more than content requires a lot more money. I did my living room yesterday afternoon and it was basically dry by last night. Every tank came back. My model has small tanks, so it was lots of changing, but the effectiveness was worth it. We have a <4lb intact dog, so we don’t always notice a tiny piddle right away. (My 100lb dogs almost never had any accidents, but you couldn’t miss them!) The Hoover still does a great job (with pet formula cleaner, on low pile carpet) by the time a discovery is made. And the smallish tanks make it easier to tackle spot cleaning. I also find the Hoover dirty tank easier to clean than any other machine I’ve had. I’ll admit to replacing machines before they really died because I couldn’t get the tank clean enough and it grossed me out.
  20. 2 points
    Late to this. Sorry you've had such a worrying (and frustrating) time with your mum. I hope she improves quickly. My kids' dad only gave up because he was in the ICU. It's a cow of a drug. I can't imagine having COPD and smoking, and am just glad that I never started. I'm a non-smoker (never-smoked) with a chronic lung disease. Exacerbations are scary, and need prompt management, and in the middle of one, you aren't in the best position to do anything about it, unfortunately. Effective management will reduce the number of exacerbations, but it's to be expected (especially as a disease progresses) that they will occur, even with good management. They are not always a sign that someone isn't trying to be well, or cope with or manage their illness. I hope your mum's team can help her manage better. Does she have a plan in place specifically for exacerbations ? If not, she needs one - and she needs for your Dad to have a copy too. It should be an if-then style plan - if I am too breathless to eat, I use treatment X. If no change after 5 min, call Dr's office for advice. Out of hours, head to the ER. That sort of thing.
  21. 2 points
    I wouldn't tutor in the middle of the library (banned at my library), in a donut shop (oh, the noise!), but I am entirely comfortable with being observed, whether that is in a student's home, in my home, or mom peeking in through the library room window every now and then. I also have a working with children check, which parents can view. Female tutors like me are lower risk, statistically speaking...I have employed a male tutor; he came to my home, and was known to me. I would be absolutely fine with a room in the library with a window if the male tutor was unknown to me - the only thing that gives me pause is you saying that 'nobody goes there'. With a neurotypical 12 yr old, who was appropriately empowered to recognise and respond to behaviours that made him uncomfortable, I'd probably say yes.
  22. 2 points
    I guess you say that won't work for you, if it won't. I'm a tutor and I get that not everyone will care for the way I do things. I don't tutor in the middle of libraries and I don't let parents sit in on sessions. I find both distracting, I'm too loud for open libraries, and I have never had a kid who didn't act differently if a parent is observing a class or tutoring session. They are often self-conscious or resistant when a parent is present, and it makes my job harder and less pleasant. Of course, I am rarely tutoring complete and utter strangers, we usually have at least mutual friends who have known me for a long time. I get that someone might be concerned with a complete stranger, but I think the vast majority of 12-yr-olds should be fine in a room with a window. It's an age where they are starting to get out in the world, after all, so I'd probably concentrate on coaching him on how to get out of an uncomfortable situation. Self-advocacy is great but I also taught my kids that it was A-OK to use excuses or to simply be rude and abruptly walk away. I don't at all see why it would look creepy if you walk by. Let the tutor know you will be nearby and not to worry if they see you at the door, you're just peeking in and they don't have to stop. He could be unwilling to meet on her terms without 'giving her lip,' though. People have different ways of doing things, different things they find acceptable, and that's fine. If you don't agree on terms, shake hands and move on. I choose not to tutor under certain terms, and that's just as much my privilege as the parent choosing not to use me.
  23. 2 points
    I haven't held a poll, but I can assure you that I've heard enough first-hand versions of this from people I trust to think that that particular bit of ignorance is surprisingly persistent and well-spread. My suspicion is that it's a bit less common than "you can't get pregnant the first time" but more common than "you can't get pregnant if you're standing up, because gravity". Somewhere in between those two for adults. And I don't like to blame people for their own ignorance. If nobody tells them, and they don't look it up, why would they know? But my not blaming people who are ignorant today doesn't mean I want to perpetuate it in future generations 🙂 My parents didn't keep us in ignorance regarding the human body either, but they still had a hard time convincing young me that when I saw my cat's internal private parts it was NOT some weird growth that had appeared out of nowhere. I knew he'd been fixed, I knew he didn't have those - I just didn't realize that a. there's more and b. they keep it inside. And yeah, I would say you're uneducated in the minutiae of male feline physiology. Unless you're a vet or a breeder, that's not a terribly bad thing. (If you are a vet, it is a very very bad thing and you should go brush up.)
  24. 2 points
    2001 Space Odyssey? The Martian?
  25. 2 points
    I think police like to keep track of these things. Even if they can't do anything about it it can help them see a pattern and identify the criminal if there are multiple incidents. I would report it just so they know.
  26. 2 points
    Thanks so much for this. I feel like I have been validated. I'm a Ladybug. It was fun watching the Ladybug video and thinking "I've been doing that for years" But, it always felt like the lazy person's way to organize. Now I know it's just my style. I feel so much better now.
  27. 2 points
    He means that if women want to fight against "discrimination," they need to acknowledge that choosing their sexual partner is, in his words, "the ultimate act of discrimination," so they either need to give that up or admit that they are hypocrites who think discrimination is OK as long as they are the ones doing it. He thinks equating systemic racism and sexism with individual choice of a mate is some kind of brilliant intellectual "gotcha."
  28. 1 point
    I'm still thinking through ds's astronomy course and thought it would be fun to add in a few films. All I can think of are October Sky and Apollo 13. Any other ideas for good astronomy-based films?
  29. 1 point
    where's my post? I had a nice response for all the writing suggestions and cyber space ate it!
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    A herniated disc sometimes effects nerves of the legs and feet without any pain in the back. I would definitely try to get a referral to a different doctor.
  32. 1 point
    Sure; women don't tend to be incels though. It's not a female specific problem, incelness.
  33. 1 point
    I've been taking beta blockers for 16 years. No side effects that I can detect.
  34. 1 point
    Glad that you have a new job that you like. I know how frustrating this can be. It's so hard to navigate the systems they have now. I think if I were in your shoes I would go back to the PCP and ask for analysis of the older exam results, because it sounds like you never really got them looked at comprehensively by anyone. And I would then ask whether this is likely to be treatable, to progress worse without treatment, to be a precursor (warning) of something very serious. And then I would decide for myself, based on those answers, whether to adopt a position of watchful waiting or continue to seek medical advice and treatment aggressively. If I did decide to continue to seek help, I'd try to go to a big comprehensive type place like the Mayo clinic.
  35. 1 point
    I have a new Bissell Big Green that I have used a handful of times. It has pros and cons, but I will say it does get the carpet pretty dry. I cleaned one room late last night and by early this afternoon it feels dry to the touch (I don't trust that it is fully dry, but it feels like it). I do go over the carpet quite a few times to remove water, but I did that with previous machines with worse results. It is heavy, bulky, and not very maneuverable, but it is a better cleaner than a Rug Doctor that I used previously, which made the rooms smell like a wet dog for days! It seems well-made and durable, but it's too soon to be sure about that.
  36. 1 point
    uh, no. That is not the case if you are talking about TN. But I think I have an idea where the confusion could be. I think you may have glanced passed the words "or membership" in the Tn code definition. Church related schools "required to meet the standards of accreditation or membership" of the various organizations. Many church related schools (aka umbrella aka cover schools) qualify as such by being "members". This HLA that has been mentioned has not sought accreditation, yet it is a Cat IV approved church related school. Original Poster: if you transfer to high school after starting grade 9, expect testing for placement and all of that if you don't do accredited options. And it could happen even for accredited. For college admissions, in recent years (like the last decade that I've lived in TN), it has not mattered. The only thing I have heard locally that mattered was about one aspect of the Hope scholarship for those homeschoolers who don't score a 21 on ACT. But if you score 21 or higher on ACT then accredited vs non accredited does not matter. Accredited vs non accredited didn't matter for my oldest for college. Her scholarships were based on ACT. Middle kiddo is in community college. it didn't matter. Also if you are in TN, I seem to recall legislative that homeschool diplomas are seen as valid. I can't find the link right now and it's my supper time.
  37. 1 point
    I elected to do the ablation rather than meds for my afib. I couldn’t see being on meds for the rest of my life and I figured I’d eventually need the ablation so might as well do it while I was young. It worked and I’m glad I did it. I still do get occasional premature beats (like the skipping you are describing). Mostly connected with food triggers (alcohol is my biggie).
  38. 1 point
    My parents never did and I never would. I have no idea how my parents had 6 kids. As far as I know they never did anything but sleep in their bedroom. 😛
  39. 1 point
    Thinking Logs were a favorite here. Print them on cardstock for more sturdiness. We also played a lot of war. Remove the J, Q, Ks from the deck. The first person to shout out the product of the two cards put down won the round.
  40. 1 point
    Would you believe I finally heard from my housekeeper? It's been 28 days. She said she was in the hospital but didn't say anything else. The problem is that just 2 days ago I left a mixed review for her on I said she did great work when she was here but she stopped communicating with me and didn't show up on her work day. So I went back to to delete the review and it's not on her profile. The caregiver cannot delete a review. Maybe it takes a while to get there? I can delete it when I see it, or so says the site. I couldn't figure out how to fix it and there is no link for me to write another review to clarify my first one. She said she'd be here on Thursday. So I said okay and told her we have done very little housework so if she has the time, she may be here longer than 2 hours. I might do the kitchen and dining area so she doesn't have to do that and can focus on the other areas of concern. So now the two expenses I've decided on are going to be added expenses. I found a Christian faith box subscription where I get a box every month filled with goodies and I've gotten one and love it. I told DH since we didn't have to pay the housekeeper anymore, I'd like to get the faith box. So now I'm wondering if I should stop getting the faith boxes. It would make me sad so I'll have to ask DH if we really need to save the money.
  41. 1 point
    I agree with you regarding Horowitz characterizing him self as far more stupid than anyone that successful should be. I actually found him irritating while reading the first part of both books. Somehow he makes me like him in the end.......maybe that explains his success. I have been listening to these books which I also think makes a difference. I am so glad you like Leviathan Wakes. 😉 I listened to most of the series too! I have one more in the series to read before I allow myself to watch the show. I actually downloaded the first season unto my iPad when I had access and am looking forward to it when Tiamat’s Wrath is completed! My library recently bought more Overdrive copies and my wait is now 3 weeks....I was months away.
  42. 1 point
    Ok, I had a black bin, shorter, but the same style as my white bins. I put it under the stove top, in the cabinet with the pans, and I put all my lids in there. They fit great! And they get them more organized. At least that cupboard is looking good and all in place. As long as I don't get more pots and pans I guess! But I fear there are a few more coming in the next set of boxes.
  43. 1 point
    I guess I don't know a lot of euphemisms myself. Never have hung around much with people who used them, or read or watched things that would have taught me. I guess I'm a bit naive in that way, but that's okay. Besides, new ones come out all the time, and I don't want to be continually trying to learn the new ones, other than to keep from embarrassing myself. Since I don't hang with people who use them though, chances of that are not too big. However, when we moved back to the U.S. from overseas, we did sit down with our boys and talk through some typical curse words and a few other words and phrases. It wasn't to giggle over them, but rather to educate them so they wouldn't embarrass themselves or use words they shouldn't be using. We didn't want them thinking they were regular vocabulary, which can happen when you haven't been raised in a certain culture. ETA: They were older than 10.
  44. 1 point
    I decided I was going to piece together a 2 year general science(gr 6-7) Ds will do EE for 8th. Take a look at Guest Hollow's schedules. Lit based. Very nicely done. I am using a modified GH Jr Anatomy with books I have/library books/bought a few fun ones. I will use HO Medicine-Tiner also. If we get bored, we will do EM Rocks and Dirt and I have some life science videos ready. We are also working our way through the Story of Science books in middle school. It's a lot of just reading.
  45. 1 point
    The woman on the radio who was complaining about wildlife crossings. She wanted to know why they didn't just have the animals cross where there were traffic lights and stop signs for cars. Uh, elk and deer can't read signs, mkay lady?
  46. 1 point
    I suggest working a 'bridge course'. This type of course will review middle school math (filling in holes and cementing arithemetic) and at the same time it will introduce Algebra into the picture so forward progress is also made. Many 7-8th grade students need a 2nd year of Pre-Algebra. I would not label it as a 'laziness' issue-- although it really can look like that-- in reality it is a brain/body maturity thing. The logic part of the brain actually slows down (brain fog) during puberty-- especially during growth spurts. Many students will experience a noticeable difference in how they think-- new concepts might take longer to process. This can feel DEFEATING. The best bridge course I've found is Pre-Algebra by Margaret Lial. It is NOT a first-time through Pre-Algebra course (unless you have an exceptionally strong student). It starts out with negatives and the order of operations then moves into basic algebraic equation solving. Next it loops back through middle school math with base topics like fractions, decimals and percents. What makes this course different is the 'bridge' into Algebra. For example-- after a standard review on reducing fractions the student will learn how to reduce fractions containing variables and then use this concept in more advanced algebraic equation solving. This text is written with clear lessons-- and it is helpful to remember that it was also written for block scheduling-- so each lesson is about 2 days of 'work' (odds). The student text is all that is needed (answers to odds and all answers to mid chapter reviews, reviews, tests and cumulative reviews are in back of text).
  47. 1 point
    See I would have gone the other way. Copywork is a low level handwriting exercise with nominal benefits, something quickly outgrown as the child bores of it. Dictation is closer to real life, as they have to pull the spelling, etc. from their head, hold it, motor plan, get it out. My dd dumped copywork in 1st grade and continued dictation through about 7th. Dictation made a noticeable difference in her mastery of spelling and copywork was just busywork. If you want to internalize high quality writing, there are plenty more ways, including reading quality literature, doing reader/writing workshops where you discuss the writer's craft, etc. I think maybe figure out why you're even doing either one (dictation or copywork). Maybe your kids are outgrowing both.
  48. 1 point
    We use and love The Book of the Middle Ages by Dorothy Mills. Her books are detailed but interesting and since they draw from primary sources it's easy for me to add more. Sometimes I just include a fuller version of the primary source referenced in the book. I actually created guides that coordinate with all of her main books-we liked them that much! ?
  49. 1 point
    I like the MP Dorothy Mills book, used along with bits and bobs from other things... lots of great books set in the time period, documentaries abound, and K-12 Human Odyssey.
  50. 1 point
    I don't know where the idea comes from, either, but I have seen that sentiment expressed quite often over the years. I have only gone through the process twice, but my kids' straight A's were also never questioned anywhere, either. I am thankful for the families over the years who have taken the time to inform the rest of us of the negative ramifications they experienced in the crazy world of college admissions because they did not assign grades.
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