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  1. As many of you might remember, my granddaughter has Down Syndrome and had open heart surgery at the age of five months. She had her two year "heartiversary" last week. Although many of her therapies had to either stop or go virtual, she's an amazing little girl and is making great progress. So, for your viewing pleasure, here is Emma giggling on the day of her heartiversary. That's her aunt (ddil's sister) you hear blowing big kisses. ETA: OMG I'm sorry it's so big! emma giggling.mp4
    26 points
  2. I agree with you and I am not too young to remember Nixon. Politics has always been "politics" and has always attracted people who want power and at times have misused it. It is, after all, why we have checks and balances built into our system. But until now everyone followed those checks and balances. They might have challenged them to some degree but even Nixon resigned rather than try to overthrow those checks and balances. That's the dangerous difference that I see with Trump.
    15 points
  3. I think there's also the group that would support more funding if they thought it would be used for something that actually helps. I do not support increased funding so that smartboards can be installed in classrooms. They may be great, but they aren't necessary. I'm also not a fan of funding to put an ipad in the hands of elementary schoolers. But, if funding would be used to put reading and math specialists into elementary schools so that they get help before they get passed along or give up, I'd be on board with bells on. If they needed funding so that kids could have a workbook-based
    13 points
  4. Good news here. My son recovered from his illness after 12 hours, and his COVID test just came back negative. I’m glad we can go back to the pool on Tuesday.
    13 points
  5. If I don’t say this I will explode so... DISENCHANTED/DISSATISFIED IS NOT DISENFRANCHISED! Phew, ok, that’s out.🤣
    13 points
  6. If we have learned nothing else these last four years it’s that the president sets a tone that is replicated/followed locally by his/her party members. The last four years has been characterized by the nationalization of local races/positions in an unprecedented way. We have witnessed state and local officials abuse their authority to champion the cause of federal officials.
    11 points
  7. Molly Ivins has another quote I like. “When politicians start talking about large groups of their fellow Americans as 'enemies,' it's time for a quiet stir of alertness. Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country.”
    11 points
  8. Not right now. Not so much because of the property itself - if it was empty for a couple of days on either end, I wouldn't be worried. I don't want to be travelling though, having to deal with unfamiliar places and therefore having contact with more people. For now, I stay home, see my immediate family (those I live with). I don't even go for walks with friends. I only get deliveries/click and collect. The vaccine is coming and I don't want to screw up. I don't want to get ill and I don't want to have possibly life-long side effects. Nine more months without a holiday is fine.
    9 points
  9. I was comfortable with the concept, with certain risk-mitigating strategies, back in September, and had made plans. Sadly, because my kids' return-to-school schedule got juggled at the last minute, we didn't end up doing it. Between 1) much higher cases throughout New England; 2) increased evidence of airborne transmission; and 3) the emergence of the new much more easily transmissible strain, I'm no longer comfortable. That said, these are the risk-mitigating strategies we'd sorted: standalone properties (like a house) rather than shared HVAC (like an apartment) planned
    9 points
  10. I read The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955) - 5 Stars - I’ve always loved the Queen. This book is a perfect go-along for the Netflix series, “The Crown”. It covers all of Season One, the years from 1947 until 1955. The photos and layout are a delight, although I was disappointed that most of the photos are black-and-white. Every chapter, which covers each episode is chock-full of in-depth information. I appreciated that the author separated fact from fiction, pointing out the parts where the producers us
    9 points
  11. I think the decision to be spoken to on a first name basis is a calculated one. Strong women in politics are often seen as ^*#{s and unapproachable. Granting permission to use your first name is disarming and an attempt, I think, to charm people who don’t recognize these biases. We can look at what happened when Dr. Biden chose to use her well-earned title and the hullabaloo that caused for insight too.
    9 points
  12. One of the many reasons my family no longer donates to Samaritan's Purse, including no longer filling Operation Christmas Child boxes. 😞 It's not that we don't want to give gifts to children; it's that we don't trust them with our money any longer. Total side note, for those who like to pack boxes for others--here are some alternatives: School kits Infant care kits Relief kits Also, homeless shelters often welcome backpacks packed with snacks, hygiene items, hats, socks, etc. for those who live on the street. (Back to your regular programming....)
    9 points
  13. I also got: Melpomene: The Muse of Tragedy! I am having problems today choosing a book that is also available to read. So, since I have to be up in six hours for work, I will continue with the ones I have, and continue my search tomorrow!
    8 points
  14. I took the quiz and got the same as @marbel You got: Polyhymnia: The Muse of Song When it comes to romance novels, you like them sweet and pure. The simplicity of the traditional stories, the comfort of a happy ending, and the silly but swoon-worthy tropes are what you live for. I do love a happy ending! Fun quiz! I finished The Searcher by Tana French last week. I figured out who was the mastermind in the village fairly quickly but I still enjoyed the story. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman has been highly recommend by my sister so I used my Audible credit an
    8 points
  15. This is great! 😄 https://twitter.com/acapellascience/status/1350782855564111875?s=20
    8 points
  16. I don’t think so. I’m very willing to put up with crud but we’ve seen a level of antagonism toward female leadership, nationally, that’s off the charts in the last few years. That comes from people who believe, based on biblical teaching, that women shouldn’t be the head of any men, and people who believe, based on cultural experience, that women are incapable/inferior vs. men. I do think that spills over into commercial (advertorial) treatment of women. In my professional life, I only permitted people to call me by my first name when we were colleagues/equals.
    8 points
  17. They have rejected following God to instead follow the political leader(s) of their choice. Which has an added level of irony since Jesus Christ specifically rejected becoming a political leader in His time and instead chose to willingly go to the cross to pay the penalty for people's sins - thus paving the way for us to be in His eternal kingdom, not an earthly one. They are dangerously ignorant Christians at best, and not really followers of Christ at the worst. (Based on what the Bible says identifies a follower of Christ.)
    7 points
  18. No. We are being asked to stay at home, so we are. Eta: my idea of a trip is to see and experience something different. I can go hiking from my front door and if I have to look at more trees I’m going to lose my mind. If we just wanted to sit around and play games, that’s what our living room is for. Being in someone else’s living room would not be relaxing to me. I am definitely looking forward to traveling again, but here is not the place and now is not the time.
    7 points
  19. No. But...if I did, I would pay for an extra day on the front end so the place was empty for at least a day before I arrived.
    7 points
  20. I may be younger than you 😉. Nixon was before my time. And obviously he isn’t a good example of a typical president giving that he had to resign. Anyway, I think that’s taking my point too literally. If you think Trump is not a severe aberration, we’re not going to agree and it supports the talking points of those who say it’s just always like this and people just don’t like him because he’s not on their side. To the second bolded, I can see how that’s probably largely true, but it doesn’t hold true at all for me, so I don’t tend to think that way. I vote very much candidate by cand
    7 points
  21. I finally cut ties the day before yesterday, before I heard about the whole calling people who voted their conscience Judas even after what happened. I could not justify it to myself. We stayed mostly because of the shoe boxes. We have reduced the number, but I could not bring myself to make the final cut especially the shoe boxes. We will not be doing that anymore. Thanks for this list. I like the shoe boxes because they are a tactile way for my kids to learn about giving back. I have always said rather snarkily a reckoning for American Christianity is coming. But not this way. It
    7 points
  22. So far this year I have finished Pale Rider about the 1918 flu and The Vanishing Half, and I enjoyed them both. I am now reading The Girl in the Tower, the second book in The Bear and the Nightingale trilogy, and I have the 3rd book ready to go when I finish it.
    7 points
  23. No, no, I'm likely the only person who hasn't finished the trilogy AND was surprised to learn in the first chapter that we were talking about *Thomas* Cromwell, not Oliver Cromwell. I'm pretty sure dh went out into the garage so as to avoid hurting my feelings as he laughed and laughed. Plus, it is a historical event! That would be like asking you please to not tell me what happens at the end of "Abraham Lincoln: a life" by Thomas Kenneally. I'm just feeling a bit out of the loop today. I keep waiting for the mail and then remembering it is a postal holiday (here in the US), and then waiting f
    6 points
  24. MDs and chiros have different scopes of practice. And you are right, I think some of what you've experienced with MD's is due to the American model of healthcare delivery (based on what I gather on this board, where there is an awful lot of posting about medical issues and care delivery). Canada is more primary care focused. Most Canadians have a family doctor. Access to specialists is by referral only, co-ordinated by the family doctor. ** Doctor's fees/visits are paid for by the state. The cost to the patient out-of-pocket to see a doctor is zero dollars - no bill, no co-pays, nothing.
    6 points
  25. Right. Mechanical manipulation of bones and joints can be effective for many mechanical disorders of bones and joints. That's where the evidence supports chiropractic treatment, and that's within legitimate evidence-based scope of chiropractic practice. (Unfortunately, many chiros don't stop there. Patients who are attracted to "chemical-free" treatment gravitate to these chiros. Chiros have a financial incentive to keep the patients happy with "chenical-free" treatment for everything that ails them - though I would argue that essential oils are chemicals, too, of course . It's a q
    6 points
  26. I think that we are. I was just agreeing with a number of people that the last 4 years have been different in a much worse way but that that there has always been an element of this. Which your examples point out.
    6 points
  27. Day 51/80: Arms, abs, and a**. Yesterday was my rest day from 80 day obsession, but I did get some yoga in. Other than that it was a really lazy day. Same here! I've only completed the first 7 days, but a couple of times I've been like, can we just move past the excessive deep breathing and start stretching please?! I'm definitely not cut out to be a yogi
    6 points
  28. I read those in the last two years and also enjoyed them. We were studying ancients that year and these retellings made the originals and the surrounding history easier for me to internalize. I'm currently reading the Wolf Hall trilogy and although there is a lot to read, the characters feel similarly realistic and relatable. Do you ever read historical fiction and find yourself rooting for a different outcome? Like maybe this time Achilles will decide not to lend Patroclus his armor.....but, no.
    6 points
  29. Coincidence! Robin's focus this week on Calliope, the muse of epic hero poetry, fits right in with TWO books I read this past week, both by Madeline Miller: The Song of Achilles, and, Circe, and both involve re-imaginings of Ancient Greek epic hero poetry! The first is a re-telling of the events of the Ancient Greek epic the Illiad from the first-person point of Patroclus, close companion/lover of Achilles, while the second is a first-person weaving together of many of the myths about Circe, and includes her encounter with Odysseus from the Ancient Greek epic, the Odyssey. First, may I s
    6 points
  30. Haven't checked in in a while. My recovery from the trimalloeolar fracture is complete as it is going to get. I am running again - I'm up to 35 minutes - so about a 5K and a smidge and I increase my time according to a schedule my PT gave me. I don't want to run a marathon but I plan to increase my mileage until I get this metal out of my leg and do PT again and keep going. I am not losing any weight that I can see and that is frustrating. I intermittent fast twice or three times a week. I think I'm destined to be cardio healthy but a little heavier than I would like....
    6 points
  31. I have the day off of school for MLK day. Yay! Did one of my longer cardio workouts since I have time, and will still do extra activity later today. I have to say that yesterday's extra activity was kind of a waste. Day 16 of 30 days of yoga theme word discipline just focused on breathing. Like breathe in for 6 seconds, breathe out for 7. And this is where it becomes obvious that I lack the true yogi's mindset--I want stretches, I don't care about breathing!
    6 points
  32. I have a planned walk or possibly ski with a friend this afternoon. I'll also walk in the neighbourhood. Otherwise I'll take is easy today to recover from the big ski yesterday. I ended up skiing longer and harder than I had planned, but it all felt good at the time. 😉
    6 points
  33. The 3 closest high schools to me are 80-90+% white; the students that I volunteered with attend schools that are 70-90% black, but sometime soon I'm set to start volunteering at a place that helps underserved white students (obviously not specific to white students, but based on the demographics of the school that's what I'm expecting). My statements about different expectations don't come from racial differences; they come from the differences in what I heard from parents at the ball field or differences between parents at co-op, 90% of whom were white. And, for perspective, I grew up in an
    6 points
  34. I think names can be both overthought *and carry bias, lol. I know that, when I’m in a teaching role, I prefer to be called Mrs. Lastname, but I don’t require it. Most of the students I’ve had have been through multi-layered relationships where using my first name seemed more natural. For some, especially younger students, Miss Firstname was more in line with their family culture and experience. But I did have ONE student who used my first name in a way that made me very uncomfortable. It had much more to do with overall demeanor than the name itself. Intent matters, but then some
    6 points
  35. I get distracted reading each new BaW thread (this year) and then run out of time to post. Posting tonight, coming back to thread read another day. My reading ideas for this year: Read 52 in 52 (12 physical books and 40 new-to-me audiobooks), and have a try at completing an A-Z challenge. I'll continue reading Christian based/ faith based books that will hopefully inspire, and, challenge me –it’s easy to read books/authors that I know I will agree with: it stretches me to read books where I know the authors beliefs and mine will vary. Please just ignore the titles in I’m readin
    6 points
  36. Yes but not Kamala because there’s not another Harris in politics that I know of. Not blaming you at all because I think most people refer to her by Kamala and possibly if you said Harris we would have had to think about what you meant. But why the media etc do it is worth thinking about.
    6 points
  37. I hear ya but I’m skeptical. I’ve been referred to disparagingly as ‘that gal’ too many times to consider it benign. I do not suppose that everyone is as sensitive to these slights as I am.
    6 points
  38. I managed 2 hours and 5 miles outside today. Thanks to a lady minute family birthday party for my son I skipped yoga but that is OK.
    6 points
  39. Women are typically referred to by their first names while men are referred to by their last names. Trump. Pence. Hillary. Kamala. Biden. Nikki. I've flexed this conditioned muscle too. It's still denigrating.
    6 points
  40. No, I have not felt jealousy because of my children's relationships with each other. In fact, I celebrate that they are quite close to one another and turn to each other in times of need, nor do I feel envious of relationship they have with my sister. The wider a person's support network is, the better chance they have of making it through tough times intact. I do not want to hijack thread so I may start another thread about an interesting observation that some parents are jealous of what their children achieve and attempt to minimize their accomplishments.
    6 points
  41. I finished an audiobook! I've long struggled with audiobooks as my brain seems wired for print reading - my memory is almost exclusively visual (my brain "takes pictures" of the pages I read) and I have a very hard time remembering something if I only hear it as opposed to seeing it. (Except for music. I remember song lyrics and words to pieces I've sung. Weird.) I chose one of the Fairacre series that wasn't available for Kindle and bought it with a free Audible credit. I figured that I know the characters and setting well from having read almost the entire series so it would be easier
    6 points
  42. re sincere hopes for our future This is how I experienced every election of my life up to 2016, and it is my fervent hope that we're able to make our way back to the garden. We're supposed to have different views about policy matters. That is healthy. We're supposed to argue about them; that too is healthy. And when the candidate we favor loses an election, we're supposed to behave they way we teach our kids to lose a ball game. You feel the sharp pang of disappointment, you take a breath, you line up (perhaps grumpily: that is OK) to shake the hands of the winning team. And
    6 points
  43. I was giving random answers to the quiz, and I accidentally got this week's Muse! You got: Calliope: The Muse of Epic Poetry When it comes to romance novels, you like drama and intensity. Mad schemes, dark secrets, plot twists, and moments of high emotion are your personal taste.
    5 points
  44. Yes! In fact, measuring fat loss is hopelessly inaccurate with a bathroom scale, so why torture oneself? If you really want to measure body fat accurately, then use an instrument that will do this, (and it's not located in your house). Most of us won't bother because it's too tough to access, too expensive and really not worth it for a one-time measurement. You need to do it repeated times over weeks, months, years to see any meaningful trends. Refocus on what you CAN measure with more accuracy, such as girth measurements, time spent exercising, heart rate, etc. Food-wise, measure quantit
    5 points
  45. I have a degree in math. People are always impressed. I think math majors can do many things, but it definitely doesn't lead to one specific job path. Grad school is an option. Teaching is a possibility. I tended toward desk jobs and so worked as a Contract Administrator, an Administrative Assistant, and a Management Assistant (and then a stay at home mom for twenty years and an awesome homeschool teacher ). But I could have done other stuff. It's a good degree, but you have to find your jobs. It's not as straight-forward, for instance, as my dd who is a Nursing major and will be a Nu
    5 points
  46. @tuesdayschild I borrowed Piranesi from the library... and then it sat on my bookshelf until it was due back. 🙂
    5 points
  47. Took a decent hike through the local forest preserve with dh. There was a light snow and it was quite pleasant. Tomorrow (Monday) I think I had better commit to at least a quick walk. I'm buried under work and it's honestly hard to get around to it, but it really does need to happen.
    5 points
  48. “If it wasn’t my job I would have done that for free,” Daniel Hodges, 32, said. “It was absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection and I’m glad I was in a position to help. We’ll do it as many times as it takes.” I love this quote and I love the way he says it in the video. She agreed to take the casual pics, and I definitely think that the casual choice suits her very well. It's how I think of her (in a positive way).
    5 points
  49. I think it's a myth that we've had "normal" politics in my lifetime. This is something we tell ourselves but it's not actually true. First, "normal" people? Was Nixon "normal?" Probably not. Second, their motivation was not always the good of the country. We've seen very self-interested politics from both parties. Look at how wedge issues have divided us. This is intentional. Ford pardoned Nixon - that's party over country. Third, and probably most importantly, our presidents have not even been voted for by the majority of Americans throughout the life of this country. It's only 10
    5 points
  50. We attended a business conference in October that would have been closed to us normally. It's an international conference that moves every year, this year it was scheduled to be in Paris. That's...not possible. lol. Truthfully even just across the Mississippi is not possible right now (even without Covid). Maybe we could swing it for one person, but definitely not both. But! It moved online! And without travel expenses, it was totally doable. And our good luck continued!: My DH applied to give a talk, even though it was quite a long shot. And the amazing happened, they accepted
    5 points
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