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  1. In honor of the great Hank Aaron, here's a Numberphile episode featuring my father-in-law, talking about how Hank Aaron is indirectly responsible for his career in number theory. For anyone who's at all interested in both math and baseball--the math in it is pretty accessible: https://www.numberphile.com/videos/aaron-numbers If you don't have time to watch the video, my FIL is a number theorist, and early on in his career Hank Aaron hit his 715th homerun to beat Babe Ruth's record of 714...my FIL wrote a paper, not a very serious one, about some interesting quirks about 714 and 715, and i
    13 points
  2. Just a PSA. If your child sleeps poorly, despite getting enough exercise and having good sleep hygiene, the bed or something in the bedroom might be part of the problem. Don't just ask your dc about it -- kids may not recognize the problem, even if they are teens. You need to actually go in at bedtime and lie down on the bed with lights out, so you can experience what they do. Does the bed frame squeak? Is the mattress too hard? Too soft? Is the mattress level? Are there "ruts" in the mattress that prevent you from rolling over or sleeping anywhere else except right in the m
    11 points
  3. Count me among those who love to hear languages other than English spoken in the US, especially in public forums--it feels like a needed acknowledgement of our diverse heritage.
    11 points
  4. Yes to both of these! I loved the Spanish! I love love love to hear other languages spoken wherever I am in America. The more diversity of people and languages the better as far as I'm concerned. Multiculturalism is one of the things that makes America special to me. I also liked the "let's get loud," appropriate or not. I did find it somewhat jarring, and for a split second I was taken out of the moment, but then I felt joy wash over me because it was like a venting of some of the feeling of beaten down voices finally being heard and celebrated after all the indecency perpetrated agains
    10 points
  5. I think that this is important to point out because people have used the specter of increased suicides as a "reason" for not taking precautions against COVID. (I am for trying to meet legitimate social and emotional needs while also taking COVID precautions.)
    9 points
  6. Today my son and older daughter and I got the Pfizer vaccine. It was an answer to prayer as I could only register one of us before all 600 appointments filled. Medical director let us all get the vaccine today due to the kids special needs and the fact that work in grocery store and critical manufacturing. I was eligible as a teacher. My other dd will get her vaccine Monday (taking my appointment). I had a very very slight headache afterwards BUT likely not related as I was in need of food and caffeine. Arm is not sore. Had the shot at 3 and then spent 2 1/2 hours outside/in
    9 points
  7. It's normal to try to reason "how" we could lose someone we love so dearly. I remember when my mom died that I felt I should have done more, done something differently, stayed with her longer, encouraged her to eat more or drink less water or really anything and everything. Your whole world has changed in an instant and it just doesn't make sense, but you're not to blame. I'm so sorry for your loss and the pain you are in at this moment. hugs.
    9 points
  8. I don't think anyone, even the most COVID cautious, are judging or shaming 90 year old grandmas for spending time with their close family. I really don't think that is what is happening. When people talk about not being safe we are talking about large gatherings mostly, or group get togethers of perfectly healthy adults for fun. There are grey areas, sure, and that road trip is one, but I think most people who are upset with others behavior are focused on the more egregious type things.
    8 points
  9. I’m still hoping to see a large, double blind placebo study so we can learn whether it actually helps or not. A problem is that, like with hydroxychloriquine, ivermectin has this fervent group of believers who want it to be widely used based on anecdotes alone. I’m seeing people saying it would be immoral to do a placebo controlled study because we already know it works. But we don’t, because of the lack of good studies. It’s also problematic when people latch onto something as a wonder drug to the point it becomes hard to take them seriously. Because, the truth is that it might really work, b
    8 points
  10. Do they talk on the phone or via Skype or Facebook to friends and family? My mom has been through the wringer in the last year, as she sold her home of 50+ years and moved into a senior apartment in another city right before everything locked down. Then last fall she had four surgeries, three hospitalizations, and a stint in a nursing home after one of them because my local family all had the virus and she was too weak to care for herself. She’s been in quarantine at least three times (I’ve honestly lost count) and her apartment complex is pretty much still locked down, as she was in a hotspot
    8 points
  11. I don’t know the best thread for this, but Canada is another country reporting no increase in suicides since the pandemic, and they may actually have decreased: (not to say a pandemic is a good way to decrease suicide rates, but these studies are reassuring that we aren’t seeing a double whammy of increased suicides on top of Covid deaths)
    8 points
  12. Yes, I just went back and watched it again too and I’m not seeing this strident, aggressive change. If she had said it in English no one would have remarked on it. It was the Spanish that unsettled people. The fact of the matter is that a lot of Americans - usually white Americans in my experience - react very negatively when people - particularly brown or black people in my experience - speak other languages. Why is this? I think fundamentally it has to do with fear of being displaced in a changing society. I also think that many people haven’t stopped to examine why they have a kne
    8 points
  13. No, this is so unlikely it’s not even worth considering. Especially if others in his nursing home also have Covid, I am sure he caught it through airborne transmission. I am very sorry for your loss.
    8 points
  14. I laughed out loud this morning when literally half my FB and IG feeds were Bernie — at the local fencing club, the library, all over at my son's university, various local businesses, multiple dog rescues, etc., and even the folks who didn't make their own memes were reposting others. This is my favorite:
    8 points
  15. I’m enjoying the quiet and watching the birds at my feeder before anyone is up. My dh and dd seem to have come down with colds yesterday. No fever or other notable covid symptoms, but I’m still worried and they have tests today. Today: Recycle glass! Michael's curbside pick up. One item is wrong. Dd selected the wrong thing, I think. Hard to tell size on a screen sometimes. Walk! Gotta get out on the sunny days. Keep an eye on kids’ homework ✔️ Make chx noodle soup Pick up grocery order. ✔️ Clean bathrooms CVS ✔️ Have a kid cal
    7 points
  16. I have no idea what to title this post, but I have to share. Last night I needed to get a hotel for DH and my son, who are driving to CA from NC. I found a hotel in Amarillo, TX that named their rooms. You could choose from Professor Plum, Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, and Mrs. Peacock. I swear, you can't make this stuff up! And no, they didn't stay there.
    7 points
  17. It's almost as if they don't want to be a minority, because minorities are treated differently, or something.. The Melting Pot apparently melted to a certain color, and now is resistant to anything new being added to the mix. The "us" vs "them" mindset seems to have trouble with too large an us, but with a little practice I think it can be inclusive as it should be for a country as diverse as us. Re Spanish at the inauguration: I haven't watched an inauguration before this one. So I don't know if it is common. But I appreciated that a ceremony for the people and of the country tried
    7 points
  18. I am so sorry. Your gift of cookies and movies brought him nothing but your love and a little happiness.
    7 points
  19. We loved the Spanish. We have Spanish speakers in my home, who are also Americans. We were excited when J Lo showed up (looking spectacular) and looovvveeddddd the acknowledgment of her heritage. Why wouldn’t she? But we are an acquired taste. Obviously.
    7 points
  20. My parents have a strong will to live, and it’s why they’ve been in lockdown since March. They want to get through this and continue living their lives. They don’t want to catch the virus and have their life come to an abrupt early end. They are so frustrated that people haven’t taken it more seriously and that we have done so badly managing it, because it just means that much longer they have to stay in their home. The whole thing sucks.
    6 points
  21. The elderly who can endure a few more months of loneliness will get to see their friends and family again — unlike the 336,000 Americans over 65 who have already died of covid, and the 2400 seniors who continue to die of covid every day. There are many ways to connect with others and mitigate the isolation, as @Frances described above. Millions of Americans of all ages are lonely, scared, and grieving the loss of the 420,000 people who have died so far. Blame the disease, not the measures designed to reduce the carnage.
    6 points
  22. I'm confused by the idea there was a change in tone - when she went from singing to speaking, of course there would be a change. As for strident - it was part of the pledge - passionate about the pledge seems good? And most of her singing was passionate I thought? And given that Spanish is the official language of Puerto Rico, a US territory who was presumably watching along with the 50 states and DC, it seems totally fine to use it in an official, national ceremony.
    6 points
  23. This is the gout drug. I have to say, very promising. I'm making a note of this and sharing - I think I"d want this if I tested positive! agree, it is reassuring. HOnestly, I wonder if the number of people depressed due to inability to get out, or isolated, is just offset by the number who now have access to teletherapy who didn't before (significantly less intimidating and more private for people that are hesititant about therapy to begin with), or the relief of not going to school or an office where they were bullied, or from being with family more, etc. There defini
    6 points
  24. Not doing a whole lot today, but have a few things to do: box up things to ship back for returns order with the expiring gift card from Kohl's laundry finish cleaning my bedroom list the sofa for sale (probably free). need it out of here have a kid bring the wooden toy box up for 3 year old maybe grocery store......maybe not, that may be tomorrow after church
    6 points
  25. LOL, Although, I have trouble believing the man owns clothes that aren’t machine washable.
    6 points
  26. LOL, how funny! You had me going! Of course, nobody, not even a really hardened bigot, would think that merely speaking another language is "aggressive" or possibly consider that anybody would use a public performance such as this to curse out the other party! HAHA! I almost thought you were serious, but nobody would honestly think something so silly. What's next? Signing during the pledge confused you because she might actually have been signing slurs? *giggles* That's really funny.
    6 points
  27. I was actually hoping through the whole performance that she would switch to Spanish at some point, so I was actually excited when she did and I clapped while sitting here on my couch. 😁 The let’s get loud part didn’t really bother me either but I did think it was weird.
    6 points
  28. Found chx soup recipe. Had berries for a snack. Headed out for grocery order pickup.
    5 points
  29. As an adult, I have mixed feelings about the books. I absolutely loved them as a kid. And I even loved them again when we listened to the audios as a family (helpful because we could discuss things as they came up). And they had fiddle music. But having read biographies about LIW, I fully acknowledge that they were written expressly with propaganda in mind. All the messages of self-reliance and no handouts skip that the family could not have done any of that moving without free land from the government, and the gov't also paid for Mary's 7 years of boarding school. I am not one o
    5 points
  30. Although the books were perhaps meant as moral lessons when they were written, I have never read them that way, either as a child or an adult. They are an embellished snapshot of life on the frontier amongst still-strongly-puritanical Americans. It doesn't bother me to read them at all, it's just, "Oh, how curious that people lived that way once." The books that get our eyes rolling are the McGuffey Readers. I have not found a better set of graded readers that prepares children to read classics, but as we open them each day, my kids and I say, "I wonder what badly behaved child
    5 points
  31. One thing I do sometimes when I have to tackle a task is run a timer and see if I can complete it (or complete some step in the process) in 20-30 minutes. I get a little pop of pleasure if I can beat the timer.
    5 points
  32. I turn on a podcast or music and listen on my airpods while making dinner, cleaning the house, folding laundry, etc.
    5 points
  33. I haven’t read this in depth but sounding very positive https://thecanadian.news/2021/01/23/major-breakthrough-large-study-shows-effectiveness-of-colchicine-to-treat-covid-19/# In 4,159 patients proven to be diagnosed with COVID-19 using a PCR test, colchicine resulted in a 25% decrease in hospitalizations, a 50% decrease in the use of ventilation and a decrease in deaths by 44%. “It’s a major breakthrough,” says Dr Late. Colchicine works to prevent the “major inflammatory storm” that affects the lungs and can send patients to hospital. Im not sure if this is the other of
    5 points
  34. DH and I (both in early 30s) received our first dose of Moderna in early Jan. Sore arm x 2 days, no other symptoms. My mother in her mid-60s received hers last week and didn't even have a sore arm. We are anxiously awaiting dose two, I've heard the side effects tend to be worse with the second dose, so we are planning it just before the weekend.
    5 points
  35. Yes. The Piscataway and Pawmunky. Several tribes moved through that area tho. Anacosta, Algonquin...
    5 points
  36. They both have left but are still in touch. Arctic Mom is at 36 weeks and she and babe are doing good. She’s ready to pop and will be having a c section in another week or so.
    5 points
  37. I have started lighting a candle while making dinner. What do you do?
    4 points
  38. Will your vulnerable people be vaccinated before then? Personally, I am concerned enough about the possibility of longer-term effects that I would rather my children not get covid. This means we will be maintaining fairly stringent protocols to avoid infection even after the most vulnerable household member is vaccinated. I'm not going to relax until we all get the vaccine.
    4 points
  39. Hot tea! In a pretty mug!!!!!!! I also like candles and podcasts 🙂
    4 points
  40. Personally I had no problem with the language. I think - throw tomatoes if ya want but this is just my own opinion - what troubled me is that there was a sort of “rally” feeling to her shout out. I appreciate all the reasoning for that shared upthread. I think I shared in a previous post that I felt it incongruent with the decorum of the event. (Et explain further - the rally feel, with shouting, is something I associate with a political event. The inauguration was meant to be a unifying event.) I am sad that sharing that personal opinion leaves me painted as a xenophobe. I’m not a JLo fa
    4 points
  41. Lol. Such a missed opportunity with those names. So many ideas swirling through my head on this one.
    4 points
  42. I once had a young homeschool boy look at me in shock and admiration and say, "Hey, you're the voice my mom made me watch phonics videos of." 😂😂😂
    4 points
  43. Got 20 items listed this week and have sold 6 of them! The sales have paid for the cost of the rest of the items and then a bit more. So, any additional sales are pure profit, which will just go back into buying more inventory. My goal for this weekend is to find 20 more things to buy and list.
    4 points
  44. I did some quick reading about colchicine just out of curiosity and it has quite a long history that I thought was quite interesting. from Wiki “The plant source of colchicine, the autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale), was described for treatment of rheumatism and swelling in the Ebers Papyrus (circa 1500 BC), an Egyptianmedical papyrus.[32] It is a toxic alkaloid and secondary metabolite.[13][33][18] Colchicumextract was first described as a treatment for gout in De Materia Medica by Pedanius Dioscorides, in the first century AD. Use of the bulb-like corms of Colchicum to treat gout
    4 points
  45. You can safely assume that that there is a displaced indigenous people who formerly lived on the land of every city in North America. ETA: the only exception to displaced would be extinct.
    4 points
  46. BNO Israel COVID update: 10% fully vaccinated -New cases: 6,159 -Positivity rate: 8.9% (-0.2) -In hospital: 1,822 (-) -In ICU: 399 (+1) -New deaths: 21 Vaccinated: -1st dose: 2.5M (+38K) -2nd dose: 899K (+69K) Population vaccinated: -1st dose: 27.7% (+0.4) -2nd dose: 10.1% (+0.8)
    4 points
  47. I’m so sorry 😢😢😢!! DH and I are taking care of 3 elderly parents and are being really careful. In all honesty, I DO NOT think your giving him stuff caused him to get Covid!
    4 points
  48. I've had the same experience as Corraleno, many times. I've searched for something random, a book or health topic or whatever, and up popped the WTM forum as the first result. Always a nice surprise to see my peeps. 🙂 Maybe it's because we ask each other so many questions? We're practically Quora or Reddit. Only way better. 😉
    4 points
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