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  1. ... a speakeasy? An illicit prohibition establishment where alcohol is sold and consumed? Am I misunderstanding something?
    21 points
  2. It is too early in the thread to strike up the ‘well I never!’ rage machine b/c someone expressed disagreement. We need at least four more pages and some wine first.
    16 points
  3. I am so sorry. It is my understanding that the vaccine is not fully effective until two weeks after the second shot. I wonder if the staff in the care home were not being as careful as they had been previously with the belief that everyone was vaccinated. Sending hugs and prayers for your dad.
    15 points
  4. I think "articulate" has become a loaded word when used to describe people who are Black. It's racist when it's used to imply articulate for a Black person. And that's not at all how I think you meant it in this context. But that doesn't mean that it's not how a Black person (or other sensitized person) might hear it, or think maybe that's how you meant it. Because the word has been used so often as a micro-aggression that it's become loaded. It's probably best avoided, no matter how innocent the intent. The other thing about microaggressions is that they don't have to be intent
    14 points
  5. I did think the poem could use a bit of editing. It’s not the best representation of that style I’ve ever seen or heard but, for her age and given the time constraints, I thought she did a remarkable job. She was poised and confident on an international stage. I immediately heard the echoes of Angelou, Miranda, and pop culture in it. The references to ‘shade’, history having its eyes on us, Christianity, Ms. Angelou’s epic poem about the rock, tree, and river inviting us to do and be better because the price has been paid. There was a lot to like in it for those inclined to do so. She’s the in
    14 points
  6. I think her poem resonated because a lot of us are having these weird feelings we struggle to put into words, and she put them into words for us. The idea of a new day but not being sure what do now resonated. And other parts were just hugely reassuring and offered a more optimistic perspective without downplaying the grief and fear many have been feeling. To say we not broken, but unfinished, was just really reassuring. To say that we are tired, but still tried, it felt like someone acknowledging the hard times but also showing the goodness that comes from it. If those were not your fee
    13 points
  7. It's seen as racist because it can imply an element of surprise. I have personally used the word to describe black people, many times. I'm embarrassed about that now, but I didn't know better. I hadn't thought about how it sounded and the connotations it held. I take you at your word that you were not using it that way, but please just think about it a little bit rather than laughing. Put yourself in someone else's shoes.
    13 points
  8. I loved the inauguration. I missed the first part, but tried to catch up with video clips later. I really liked Biden's speech. It sounded authentic; you can tell he's trying hard to give a strong message of unifying the country and being everyone's president. He sounded calm and determined. I thought Jill Biden's outfit was gorgeous (especially the color!). I loved all the matching outfits/gloves/masks! She and Biden seem like a very united, loving couple. And, she must have strong wrists for having to hold such a massive Bible! I'm sure Garth Brooks not shaking hands with H
    12 points
  9. I wouldn't wear it...but I'm 40+ and overweight. She's young and thin and artsy and quirky. The dress worked...for her.
    11 points
  10. I'm cracking up over the Bernie memes... https://m.facebook.com/nikki.milcavage/posts/pcb.10158590031820932/?photo_id=10158590029905932&mds=%2Fphotos%2Fviewer%2F%3Fphotoset_token%3Dpcb.10158590031820932%26photo%3D10158590029905932%26profileid%3D1178792682%26source%3D48%26refid%3D28%26_ft_%3Dqid.6920229321300121403%3Amf_story_key.-1037104540245670342%3Atop_level_post_id.940408882473%3Acontent_owner_id_new.157200404%3Aoriginal_content_id.10158590031820932%3Aoriginal_content_owner_id.541840931%3Asrc.22%3Aphoto_id.10158590029905932%3Astory_location.5%3Aattached_story_attachment_style.albu
    11 points
  11. Hey, Ravelers, somebody has already put up a pattern for Bernie's mittens! 😁
    11 points
  12. Wow. Had to go find video of Amanda Gorman, and just Wow. To not only be able to pen such words with such meaning but to read aloud as performance art--very impressive. (And did you note her beautiful coat? Are there inauguration stylists out there? She looked as amazing as her words.)
    11 points
  13. Thanks. Very well said. I’m an optimist too but I think the past year especially just broke me. I’m stunned by the depth of the desires that such a huge percentage of the population has for being intentionally misinformed and wilfully ignorant. It feels insurmountable—how can we as a country come together when half of us simply don’t want to? How can we beat this virus when so many people still—a year in—won’t take the simplest precautions and actively argue against taking care of one another? Sadly, I’m spending far less time here on the board as a result, not to live in an echo ch
    10 points
  14. Full credit. It fulfills all the requirements. Nowhere did it state that the student had to invent their own sentence; the instruction said "write". ETA: I am answering this question as a college instructor who has to be extremely careful in phrasing all exam questions to be precise and completely unambiguous, because if my instructions were this sloppy, I would have to expect this line of argumenting from my students and would have to agree with them.
    10 points
  15. Microaggressions are so insidious because, individually, they seem so innocent. It's the cumulative effect of microaggression after micoraggresion over time that's damaging. Asking "Where are you from?" really feels like an innocent question, doesn't it? And sometimes it's totally appropriate (like when meeting new people at a conference and everyone is actually from somewhere else). But when one is frequently the victim of being singled out with WAYF because of the way one looks, one develops the habit of reacting defensively to the question even when the context is innocent. It's a c
    9 points
  16. One of the beautiful things about language is its fluidity; it’s always changing. Missing out on its changing uses and nuances limits the ability to effectively communicate across differences (and understand how others communicate too). Some of the references in the, apparently controversial, poem draw upon forms/styles of communication and references popularized by minority groups in this country. While one needn’t enjoy them, it’s always worthwhile to endeavor to be familiar with them.
    9 points
  17. It's also known as "free verse", "freeform poetry" or occasionally "open forum poetry" due to its relatively low reliance on lyrical techniques or traditional formats. Typically there is no rhyme scheme, fixed metre or other type of musical pattern involved, because the poetry is designed to more closely follow the patterns of conventional cadence in speech. While there are no rules for such poetry, many of the rhetorical techniques that strengthen a speech, blank verse within a play, rap or everyday conversational statement also strengthen this type of poetry. Some notable writers of free
    9 points
  18. Spoken word isn't my thing, but I can say that Ms. Gorman looked so lovely today. Her smile filled me with so much hope for the future. Her family must be so proud of her right now. ❤️
    9 points
  19. She is so.amazing. I've been a fangirl for a while. Look up her readings at the 4th of July in Boston a couple of years ago (when she was just 20), and there were two pieces she did that were aired CBS This Morning (one on the reopening of the Empire State Building, I think the other was something to do with Racial Justice/Black History and I think was filmed at the Smithsonian). And she did a Harvard commencement, which I haven't seen. But every time I hear here, I am just blown away. It's the combination of the wordsmithing and a powerful message. And yes, she always looks amazing as w
    9 points
  20. Dude, harsh! Miss Gorman is only what? 22? I thought she spoke with grace and confidence and did a lovely job! I’d have probably fainted and had to be carried away by stretcher if I had had to speak at such an event at 22. I thought Lady Gaga's dress was beautiful. Definitely not what I expected from Lady Gaga! When they cut to Bernie Sanders, I said, “Awww...did your wife knit you some mittens?” Dd said I was being sexist, and that it’s perfectly possible that Bernie is a knitter and knits his own mittens! Alas! A quick internet search reveals that the senator is not one
    9 points
  21. 7 year-old requested white frosting to match his hair. 😂 I had to add more powdered sugar to match just right. Lol, he's smarter than I think. They were delicious!!
    9 points
  22. It was wonderful! I loved the fact that so many of the First Ladies coordinated and wore purple for unity. I loved Bernie Sanders's home knit mittens. I loved that Pence was there. I thought Lady Gaga did a great job of being herself, and while she definitely looked like Mockingjay, she didn't distract from anything. I loved the flags. I loved that Garth Brooks sang. I loved Eugene Goodman being there as security. I LOVED Amanda Gorman's poem. A friend said, "Amanda Gorman's poem is why the tyrant fears the poet," which seemed perfect. I loved Biden's speech. I was so worried
    9 points
  23. @kiwik As I understand it, our US inauguration event is public to demonstrate our country’s intent for a peaceful transition of power, an important facet of our government style. As for the delay, the first November Election Day is not necessarily a vote for the president, it is a vote within individual states for electors to represent the people to later cast votes for the actual presidential candidates. It is hugely important, but only the first step. These electors then attend an electoral college assembly, to which, 200+ years ago, they had travel via not modern swift transp
    8 points
  24. "Spoken word" is a certain type of poetry. It's more like a free-flowing oral recitation. It often has a certain rhythm -- like a song, but without actually singing it. It's very much about the performance of it, even more than the exact words themselves. I'm sure someone can give a better definition though!
    8 points
  25. In my experience, all meaningful, memorable poems are "something other than a poem." The poem had passion. Not to you in particular... If the imagery evoked by the poem bothered some people, I have to wonder if the same was felt about American carnage.
    8 points
  26. Maybe a speak-easy has multiple meanings I don't know? I thought it was an illegal place of drinking, so I'd assume slurred words or a bit risqué entertainment, 1920's style. Could you clarify what a speak-easy connotes to you? If I was going to try and "place" this type of performance style, I would say early 2000's coffee house open mic night or post-modern performance bar place. With lots of black turtlenecks and finger snaps for clapping. (eta: I associate poetry reading in general with this type of atmosphere) Or, an inauguration ceremony, it seems to fit there too. 🙂
    8 points
  27. I enjoyed watching Amanda Gorman was fantastic, Lady Gaga surprised me with a beautiful rendition. I did enjoy the encouraging speeches. This morning I led my first breakout discussion section of the semester. I outline expectations to set the tone for the semester. I know full well, many of the students will never fulfill all my expectations and I may not fulfill all of mine, but the expectations are necessary none the less. Biden's speech aknowledged that our reality is much different than our ideal, but if we are to be a united nation, we must define and refine that ideal. Biden
    8 points
  28. Amanda Gorman was amazing! I watched it live and have already rewatched her once.
    8 points
  29. Yeah, I don't get to know everyone's story just as everyone doesn't merit to know my story. It's tempting but I know how annoying it can be from the many people who have asked me over the decades.
    7 points
  30. Lol there’s no telling what I’d show up in after near a year of no-dress-party-pandemic. Thinking sequins on a mumu? 😂 I’d be so happy for the occasion I’d want to put sparklers in my hair. And I am not an extrovert.
    7 points
  31. I don’t believe in patriotism, and while I agree Biden’s words were important and lovely and exactly what *I* want from a leader, the fact that half our country isn’t interested in unity or honesty or even democracy itself left me feeling really empty and sad. I’m struggling a lot today, on a day my heart should be soaring. Sorry to put that out there today. I’m just not feeling optimistic when so many Americans truly hate the fundamental ideals of this country.
    7 points
  32. It could be a known scam that is used to generate tracking numbers. One store uses another store as a dropship seller. Replacing an expensive item, with a cheap one. ABC Store...sells a $300 purse to customer named Joe using Paypal. Same seller has XYZ Store...they sell dolls for $1. Seller sends a $1 doll to Joe from XYZ, instead of the purse from ABC. Buyer Joe, gets wrong gift and files a complaint with Paypal. Seller tells Paypal they sent the purse but gives Paypal the fraudulent tracking number from the doll, to prove they sent the gift and that it arrived. Since
    7 points
  33. My opinions: 1. It is a celebration of our government. It is one of the few times that you will see all three branches of government together. This year was different, but usually you will see most of Congress and the Supreme Court. 2. Three months isn't really that long. In that time the incoming president chooses cabinet members and staff. Also, Thanksgiving and Christmas happen in that time period. 3. This is a result of a combination of misogyny and oppression, tradition, and political stance. Women have only been allowed to vote in the last 26 elections (I think).
    7 points
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    7 points
  35. I don't think we can project what admissions will look like over the next 3-5 yrs. With covid, fewer activities, virtual education, lack of testing dates, canceling of subject tests.....it is going to take a few yrs for college admissions to figure it out.
    7 points
  36. My favorite line: a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished
    7 points
  37. Amanda Gorman was amazing. And I loved seeing Eugene Goodman, who put his life on the line to lead rioters away from the Senate on January 6th, escorting Kamala Harris at her inauguration.
    7 points
  38. The pressure on teachers to grade generously is going to be immense. 4.0 will be meaningless.
    6 points
  39. I think a good general rule of thumb is just don't ask. Unless there is a good reason why you need to know (and there usually isn't). Or ask yourself if you would be asking this question if askee were white. Particularly in casual conversations with someone you've just met, or as small talk. Curiosity and interest are problematic - because, when you ask WAYF to satisfy curiosity and interest, you are doing this at the expense of othering the askee. In essence, you are demonstrating that the dominant group's curiosity is more important than the minority group's inclusion/comfort. Sit
    6 points
  40. I was called out online many years ago for using the word “Oriental.” It the word we always used and somehow I had missed that it was not okay. I immediately edited my post and did some research. It was embarrassing but I got over it and not once did I scoff at it. Back to the inauguration. Sorry for the derail. I would love some discussion on the mispronunciation.
    6 points
  41. Broken is how I feel too. Certain political events bruised me, but then the Kavenaugh hearings and commentary really did me in. I have not come back from that fully - it just brought up a lot of trauma from my past and reignited it. More than that, I lost hope. Or admitted I had no hope, more likely, for particular things to change. Then add in the pandemic and I'm a shell of who I was. I think hat is why the line, not broken, but unfinished, from the poem resonated with me. I want to believe that about myself.
    6 points
  42. I've definitely felt that same sadness and discouragement this past year, and I generally don't think of myself as a patriotic-type person. My own faith belief suggests that patriotism can be more of a trap than a good thing. Still, I'm an optimist at heart, and I always believe everyone has a chance of being a better version of themselves, and that finding authentic means of coming together can still happen. (In any situation.) And I think that in any situation, sometimes the only thing to judge is the direction the entity is facing. And right now, it seems like the direction our cou
    6 points
  43. Full immunity comes 21 days after the second dose. Before that, the vaccine offers resistance rather than immunity (albeit more resistance than simply surviving a COVID infection does). I'm really sorry to see Janeway's Dad's assisted living had such a huge outbreak so close to when that immunity would have been achieved. I think a lot of questions are warranted (I have theories, but this is probably the wrong time to share them). Most of all though, sympathy for you, your family and everyone else who is suffering through that outbreak.
    6 points
  44. They remind me of the Gunne Sax dresses of the late 70's / early 80's. I don't care for high necklines, but I still think they're kind of pretty!
    6 points
  45. I think three things are/were at work here: - Many students expect to be spoon-fed or can't learn on their own, and some professors weren't holding their hand enough (Covid made this more pronounced but it has always been a thing.) - Some kids struggled with actually having to study for a class. Many honors kids at UAH have never had to work to get As. Others didn't put enough time in. - Online class formats don't work for many kids. This was especially true for classes that did not have "class time." Some of these young adults do not know how to regulate their time effectively
    6 points
  46. Bernie is so hilarious. He's just always so completely himself. Have you seen the Trevor Noah segment about his cable access show in the 80's? It's HILARIOUS.
    6 points
  47. Long winter walk today: invigorating! I take podcasts, and just love the fresh air. Both yesterday and today, I was really struggling when I woke up, feeling almost sick to my stomach due to low blood sugar, so I ate a healthy breakfast well before 9am. Have had good success sticking to the evening intermittent fasting window, so - I'm chalking up the morning problem to either (a) idiopathic sensitivity to blood sugar fluctuations (this runs in my family) or (b) maybe aiming for too broad of a window too soon. I'll still consider the mini-challenge successful if I can observe the fast af
    6 points
  48. I think my favorite part was the walk into the White House. Even DS teared up at that point. It just felt so meaningful and like we were watching history in action (we were). All of my VT friends are chiming in on Bernie and wondering if he could look anymore Vermont-y in that outfit. I cracked up at a tweet asking "what IS a dress up occasion in VT?" 😂
    6 points
  49. I'm enjoying all the Bernie memes based on that outfit and those gloves and the fact that he apparently grabbed some mail that he was carrying around before coming. Love him or hate him, he's just always on brand and always himself. Doug Emhoff's daughter had a cool coat. To note about the women and how everyone was dressed... it was chilly because it was windy, but it wasn't that bad. I took a walk in nothing heavier than a jacket earlier. I think Bernie just has a lot of Vermont level winter clothes.
    6 points
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