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  1. You are conveniently leaving out the most important factor here, the character, personality traits, and motives of our president. Yes, both sides have a fringe element. Yes, our enemies would like to see us weakened and vulnerable. But instead of the usual and very necessary peaceful transfer of power we are here now with thousands of National Guard troops protecting the US Capitol and state capitols throughout the country ahead of the presidential inauguration primarily due to the words and actions of our current president and those who enabled and supported him. People from both sid
    10 points
  2. Seriously. I list something, and it is gone in mere minutes. Hmm... Maybe I'm not pricing my stuff high enough? Or... maybe my stuff is just freakin' awesome and everyone wants to be like me! Yeah, I'll go with the second option.
    8 points
  3. re folks unhappy with the 2016 electoral outcome vs folks unhappy with the 2020 outcome In 2016, there were a lot of folks deeply unhappy with the outcome of the election. I was one. We stressed and stewed and vented; then we pulled it together and sat up to knit pink hats; then stood up and marched; then organized hard for the next electoral round. What we did not do was orchestrate kidnappings of governors, storm state capitols, break entry into the US Capitol, construct gallows with nooses, bring napalm and IED to the Mall. Or make repeated cries to overturn the electoral resu
    7 points
  4. I'd speak to sister and say that you understand this is very hard, but you are concerned that DD is picking up on it and don't want her feeling rejected in the midst of her grief. Would it maybe be best if you all just do thing totally different thing year, and she and your mom do something one day and you and DD do something another day?
    6 points
  5. Okay, while I agree that sister is out of line excluding your daughter from family events, and that you should protect your daughter, I don't agree that sister should only come if she is up to being joyful the whole time. That's an unreasonable expectation, and it's not good for your sister to hide herself away from society and family until she can be joyful for extended periods, which could be literally YEARS. I see a huge difference between skipping a church baby shower and family get togethers. Family means nobody gets left behind, as we learned from Lilo and Stitch. Your sister doesn't
    6 points
  6. 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
    4 points
  7. Algebra based Physics followed by calculus based Physics is a lot of overlap. I'd just wai let to take Physics til she's ready for calc based and do chem first. Most engineering programs are going to expect all 3.
    3 points
  8. I reconnected with a friend from high school during covid and was able to attend a service led by their spouse...I would've never worked up the nerve to go in person! When this is over we're going to meet up and I'm already nervous!
    3 points
  9. There have definitely been some upsides to the pandemic for me. I've been able to worship with congregations across the country and hear some concerts I wouldn't normally have gotten to hear.
    3 points
  10. I was able to attend the gala of a favorite charity for the first time...no gala worthy wardrobe required!
    3 points
  11. Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial for kids 12-15 Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Study (covidvaccinestudy.com) NCT04368728 Clinical Trials | Pfizer
    3 points
  12. The difference is night and day. One of these is working within the system, and the other is trying to undermine the system. It's the difference between studying hard between chess tournaments to learn your opponent's strategy and moving the pieces around on the board while your opponent's back is turned. It's the difference between practicing shooting hoops in basketball and bringing a gun to a basketball game and threatening to shoot the opposing team if they don't stand still and let you win. The key point is that elections, like games, are ritualized combat, and therefore they
    3 points
  13. In the engineering college at my school (Texas A&M), every engineering major had to take two semesters of chemistry (also two semesters of physics). I was glad I wasn't seeing it for the first time in those classes. Might want to check the major requirements at the schools she's interested in.
    2 points
  14. The Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala event is online this year; free tickets are available through Eventbrite, either on their website or on their app. It is tomorrow night from 7-9PM Eastern time in the US...adjust according to your time zone. This is a NGO fundraiser, not a political event, even though every incoming president is the honorary, figurehead chairman. (Let's leave it there, please.) I'm posting because one of my favorite up and coming artists, Dimash Qudaibergen from Kazakhstan, will be performing in the line up. He does charity work with other NGOs, an
    2 points
  15. I live in rural Kentucky & was able to "attend" countless Operas at the Met (their website), and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway Shows (on weekly Shows Must Go On youtube). This year's Jane Austen Festival was online as well. I would never travel for these events, so it was a blessing to have them watchable online! And also, definitely not "fun", but being able to attend several funerals which were streamed online. I never would have traveled to the funeral locations, but it was a blessing to be able to "attend" virtually.
    2 points
  16. Maybe your stuff is so freaking awesome that you should price it higher because people are willing to pay a pretty penny to be like you.
    2 points
  17. I almost bought the elf club house in the store yesterday. And the gingerbread house was the one a put together with are existing pieces and ordered what we didnt have
    2 points
  18. My now high schoolers enjoyed the free Guest Hollow chemistry schedule. It is one of those "piles of books" plans, but you don't have to use all of them.
    2 points
  19. When my son was 7 he was evaluated by an SLP and I think she said something like age 7 or 8.
    2 points
  20. An aunt called my kids "Two farts in a skillet" to describe them when they were little and bouncing off the walls.
    2 points
  21. This thread has taught me that people sit properly in sofas in their own homes. I never do this. I’m a bit short, but I always tuck my legs up under me and shallow sofas don’t work for this.
    2 points
  22. I started watching Looney Toons sometime around the election and still find them quite therapeutic. Today I will add chocolate chip cookies.
    2 points
  23. Once again, just as you did earlier in this thread, I think you are purposely misinterpreting unhappiness with and statements about the electoral college with what is happening now. Yes, many people do not think the electoral college is fair and would like to see it go away and have the popular vote prevail so that one person equals one vote. And there are various movements to change it, including the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. But trying to work for change between presidential elections is not at all the same as trying to overturn the valid results of an election. The key is th
    2 points
  24. Today is my son's 35th birthday. My oldest and only boy. He died 3 1/2 years ago, suddenly. I could not imagine excluding family members from any event because they made me uncomfortable and brought up memories. And believe me there was quite a bit happening the first year after his death. My daughter had our first grandchild just 19 days later. I was in the delivery room even though it hit hard that my first had just died and I sobbed as I held that baby, not with joy, but with grief. My oldest got married 10 months later. Stephen's picture was displayed on the seat next to me
    2 points
  25. Which leans heavily on the lie that socialism/socialist practices = communism. Despite the long standing history of so many countries having socialist practices with ZERO signs of communism. But if it’s said often and loud enough...
    2 points
  26. And I’m astounded at people continuing to trying to equate two things that aren’t remotely the same. People not liking the results and/or how votes might have been influenced is not even close to the sitting president lying and spreading disinformation and propaganda about the “stolen” election (including before it even occurred!) despite all evidence to the contrary, numerous other leaders jumping on board and doing the same, refusing to concede, and inciting people to do something about it. And then continuing to lie about all of it and with very few exceptions, not take any responsibility f
    2 points
  27. Because grief is irrational and weird as everyone is saying, I have trouble thinking that some of the somewhat firm boundary lines people are suggesting about this be put in place. I don't know what the right answer is. I totally agree with the overall sentiment that the sister is out of line to ask for this. But I can't imagine issuing any "dd comes or I don't come" style ultimatums or bowing out suddenly. If this was several years on, definitely. Or if the sister wasn't getting help. I don't think it's healthy to let the sister get away with really unreasonable asks like this either, but I t
    2 points
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  29. It probably depends on the type of ramp. We had a temporary metal ramp that was really noisy. Now we have sturdy wooden ones at both houses that aren’t. But they took more time to put up of course. I don’t have shuffling/stomping on the ramps, our elderly family member doesn’t have that issue. I have children running up and down which might be different.
    1 point
  30. Any chance the child is exposed to a dialect of English or a second language? I think either of those could delay the acquisition of standard English grammar.
    1 point
  31. Frequent phone calls will also clue you in for future gifts!
    1 point
  32. In addition to reporting on the guy with guns, 500 rounds of ammo, and fake inauguration credentials, that article also included this tidbit: "Military leaders spent chunks of Thursday evening and Friday calling states in an unprecedented appeal for more National Guard troops to help lock down much of the city in the days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. In dribs and drabs, governors responded, some agreeing to send an extra dozen, 100 or even 1,000, while others said no." So... the same DOD that refused the DC mayor's request for guard protection in advance of 1/
    1 point
  33. If I were sending something that expensive, I'd send it FedEx. I'd be more concerned with them getting there vs. having to file insurance claims and mess with that. Could you just send (electronically) an Apple gift card so they could go to their local store and pick one up? Or place an online order and have them pick it up at their location?
    1 point
  34. You might just try calling her and see what happens. When covid began, there were a number of people I called less often (once a week) whom I started calling more. Honestly, right now some people *need* to be called every day. Her issue is not a lack of stuff. Receiving stuff in the mail is just something to do, some variety in her monotony. An inexpensive painting kit, a puzzle, they give her something to do. But yes literally just call her every couple days and see what happens, see if she perks up. Just feel her out and see what happens. You'll know whether it's good or not.
    1 point
  35. How does that factor in? And are you getting treatment? I assume you are but I was asking anyway. If you do the career testing, at least the one they do at the colleges, it shows some breakdowns in ways I wouldn't have thought of. The name is so slipping my mind of the test. But it looked at categories like tech (working with your hands, hands on), artistic, mathematical, etc. So if you could even narrow it that far (I want to work with my hands, I want to push paper, I want to create), that could narrow it a bit. It seems like some kind of care giving could work for you. It's something
    1 point
  36. At this point in the game, there is no excuse for not issuing N95s to every person in the United States.
    1 point
  37. Got a chance to ask my parents about their vaccine experience. They got the moderna shot on wednesday. Dad had a sore arm for a day, mom had no side effects. They have an appointment for second vaccine.
    1 point
  38. I'm so sorry for your sister and your whole family's loss. Such a horrible thing to deal with. I think your solution sounds very kind and reasonable to all involved. You certainly know your sis and your family best Maybe when you feel the time is right, you can sit down with your sis and discuss how important it will be to her to focus on building relationships for the future, rather than hiding from them. The consequences of losing the potentially wonderful relationship with a niece in the future through her exclusionary actions now are quite real. Your dd is already noticing. It'
    1 point
  39. I think those anniversaries are hard. My dh lost a sister (and now both his parents) and I swear every year before an anniversary/birthday of one of them I'm sensing his emotions go down, sigh. I have to be careful, because I just swoop along with it and then don't even realize what's happening.
    1 point
  40. We might have had some good fun if you had posted last night 🤣!!!
    1 point
  41. And THAT is a pretty meaningful distinction. I was mostly consuming liberal media at the time, and I don't remember any sense that people thought that Trump didn't win. They may have not liked how he won; they may have hated what it represented; they may have wanted to change things to make it impossible to win in this way, but they thought he had won. I'd be OK if people were disappointed by Biden's win. That's only to be expected. It's the "he didn't really win" attitude that's really corrosive.
    1 point
  42. I would say protested, yes. As in people were horrified or surprised by them, in a surreal type of way. Lots of wringing hands "about what it means", etc. And I do remember people calling out for an end to the electoral college with a lot of "this shouldn't have happened." But I don't think too many people said it didn't happen. So, protested, yes. Disputed, no. (This is where I feel obligated to unfortunately note I voted for Trump in 2016 and so don't have a particular reason to forget my impressions from the time. I need to look up the "violently" part you mention thoug
    1 point
  43. Grief is weird. It hasn’t been that long so I would still be gentle with sis but I would stand firm to not exclude dd from celebrating with you and grandma and would start to incorporate her again into other events as well. I’ve not lost a child but oldest ds is about to celebrate a birthday that my my baby brother never got to see and I’m having issues 21 years after his death. Ds is the oldest grandchild and I’m not the only one having a few issues with it. None of us are making it uncomfortable for ds though, but we’ve had 21 years to deal with it. Grief can just be such a strange thin
    1 point
  44. Wow, what was she thinking? It can go the other way, too. One of my sisters died young - not as young as the OP's niece, but young, when my dds were just preschoolers. One of those dds looks like that sister. She's looked like her at every stage of her life, to the extent that we hear it frequently from many people, even more than 15 years later. To my parents, that has been a tremendous comfort. They love that she looks like their lost daughter, they love that she reminds them of her. They love remembering their relationship and how my sister doted on her (all the kids). I just
    1 point
  45. Awesome! This is actually *where* I do my planning. I'm forced to think about each subject and I want to be truthful and then voilá! But tonight I've had too much wine, I'll come back and post tomorrow. 🥂
    1 point
  46. Thank you so much, everyone, for the kind words and condolences. Those kinds of acts of compassion have been healing. Instead of quoting all the things, I'll try to sum up. My sister is in counseling, and is doing her best to process her grief. I've had open and honest conversations with her and our mom about how her stance on this makes me feel. I haven't told dd that auntie feels this way, but we have talked about how grief has made auntie need to make different social choices to keep herself from being overwhelmed by her pain. DD seems to be ok with that, and does understand
    1 point
  47. My dad was finally able to get the vaccine. He got Moderna. He has only had the first dose and he only had a sore arm. Praise God!!
    1 point
  48. Also, although nearly everyone refers to the J&J vaccine as a "single dose" vaccine, they are actually trialling both a 1-dose protocol and a 2-dose protocol. In the phase 2 trials they found that a 2nd dose significantly boosted immune response, and there are suggestions that older people in particular may need a 2nd dose to really be protected.
    1 point
  49. I haven't read the whole thread--maybe this has already been mentioned. When I got my vaccine yesterday I was given a flyer asking me to participate in the CDC v-safe program, which is an app that sends text messages at intervals post vaccine (daily x1 week after injection, then every week x5 weeks, and at 3, 6 and 12 months after the last dose). I think this is a great way for them to gets tons of data on the "safety" of the vaccine. My colleagues that were vaccinated in another location got the brochure as well. (And FYI, I got Moderna, and only complaint is mildly sore arm at injection
    1 point
  50. We also saw that they opened things up to in-person college instructors... which is not DH (he's teaching on Zoom) but it may be at some point.
    1 point
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