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  1. You guys are going to think I am the biggest wimp on the planet, but I went to the dentist and got some work done. I have never had a cavity in my life and now I had 3. And I have a capped tooth that I have wanted redone for 10 years and finally did that too. It was terrifying. Not gonna lie. But it is done.
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  2. Hi! As my username suggests, I am finally registered to post after a lengthy period of reading only. I first started reading the WTM forums in 2008 when I started homeschooling my daughter (now 20!). We only ended up homeschooling for two years for various reasons, but I continued reading because I have always been interested in education and because I found this forum to be a great place to read challenging discussions about topics that are important to me. Since then, I have been here intermittently, but I started reading daily in late January of 2020 with the long coronavirus thread. I have
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  3. Someone at the checkout the other day told me that I shouldn’t get the covid vax bc someday I might want children and it can cause infertility. 🤣🤣 jokes on her!!
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  4. I don’t think that’s true. Choosing to make that effort even when it’s not easy or pleasurable is a big thing. I don’t have any experience but I like both the ideas you have. Does she like reading? Maybe you could read something together so there’s less time for conversation if that’s likely to create tension.
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  5. I’m sorry you’re feeling left out and more emotionally distant from them. If it helps at all, that separation is normal and healthy. They were trying to solve the problem on their own and in their own way. Their solutions may not match yours. Your advice may not be welcomed. It’s all, still, ok. My advice is to give them some space. The drama you describe is pretty common for that age and stage. Hearing about a trip a week later vs the day after isn’t gonna kill you however disappointing it may be. The healthy relationship you want may start with just giving them the space and grace you want f
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  6. Re this board as an echo chamber - I've been here for around twenty years and there has always been a dominant consensus voice. That voice has shifted, however, and it's not surprising that some people who didn't notice how relatively unified it was before - because it represented their views - now feel attacked. For me - I started off feeling on the margin and now feel less so.
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  7. That's like the ultimate inadvertent homeschool experiment.
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  8. This is an oversimplification: "Well Actually, there have been things true in the past! So therefore we should listen to everything in the future!" No one is saying that conspiracy theories (or dark secrets) aren't sometimes real. That 1 out of 100 or 1000 though does not mean that the other 999 are just as true. OR that the least plausible of these should be given just as much airtime as the more plausible ones. There's a difference between theories that have actual evidence backing, and those that have been made up almost out of thin air. Covid-19 conspiracy theories, just a
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  9. YOu know it is possible to be in charge of managing his care without necessarily providing the day to day hands on care. He may need a group home or some other sort of setting to provide for him. This is a conversation for your dh to have with his parents so he can be very clear about what you and your dh are capable of handling. Your in-laws may make assumptions about you guys or they may already have a plan in place. But until the conversation happens, you won't know.
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  10. For what it's worth, my husband studies toxic torts -- so, essentially, products that turned out to be dangerous -- and he maintains that the things to *really* worry about are (1) things that you consume and/or are exposed to day-in and day-out for years; (2) products that affect hormones; and (3) foreign items that stay in your body long-term. So he is *extremely* cautious about taking any kind of medication or supplement regularly, and he does things like wear a respirator when he does yardwork involving chemicals or dust. (He is very distressed when he sees pest control professional
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  11. The thought of lab grown meat creeps me the heck out. I have a general opinion that the further our food gets from natural source the less good for us it is and this will be no different. On the other hand I’m not a fan of day old chickens going through the macerater either.
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  12. I’m not going to try to respond to the whole post above (not the one quoted, but the one it refers to), but wanted to address just two things. One is the repeated suggestion that things go against “WTM Thinking”. This has zero to do with WTM thinking. It’s about truth and scientific consensus, which is naturally going to be what a majority of people agree with. It’s not a forum thing at all. Second, on the not very contagious and not very dangerous thing, besides finding it heartbreaking when people look away from what is happening all over the world and claim that, I want to point o
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  13. I've worked many years to forgive my grandmother. I had a conversation this weekend, and I realized, I have (finally) fully forgiven her. There were a few years where I wasn't 'quite there', and wondered if I ever would be. Nevertheless, there are still bits of damage to clean up. The taste of forgiveness is very sweet. I have thought how anger and hurt take space that could be filled by The Savior's Love. Forgiveness has made more room, and has increased my ability to love. Very timely as this weekend we celebrate The Atonement and Resurrection of The Savior. He who heals t
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  14. I got my second doze of Moderna. I want to break out into the 💃
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  15. My BIL took the Pfizer vaccine in Dec. He is a doctor in the UK. It has been close to 4 months now. No complications. On the other hand, it led to him fully going back to being involved with his family when he was fully or semi-isolating. It has been a tremendous boost to his and the whole family's mental health. He has finally stopped being afraid of dying, this was not just paranoia, it was sobering conversations we had as a family on what to do if it happened. I have only seen positive results, both physical and mental from the vaccine. Pity there is no vaccine for eliminating conspira
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  16. Conspiracy theories and fear of the vaccine are major hurdles right now, so one very simple thing that people who have access to the vaccine can do is to not spread rumors and false information. Those false ideas are certainly not only being spread by Americans, but they contribute to the problem. The ship has already sailed on wealthy countries, including the US, hoarding the vaccine so far, so probably the best thing individual Americans can do is get vaccinated ASAP so that US attention can finally turn to countries who need vaccines. If we have to spend a long time convincing hesita
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  17. We agree on your last all caps statement. Totally. It doesn't bother me if someone comes on here, or says to me in real life, that (1) they don't want to get the vaccine (or to get it right now) because they're just not sure and they leave it at that. I'm okay with that, because I do try as much as possible to hold myself to consistent positions, and -- your body, your choice.' But (2) it's absolutely crazy making and worrying when people say they don't want the vaccine and then publicly attempt to use bad/distorted statistics (or good statistics they fundamentally misunderstand), ci
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  18. Just got my first shot!! Got a Pfizer shot at a Staten Island CVS. Sitting in the waiting area for 15 minutes 🙂 .
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  19. re race against variants This. So.Much.This. Re "coercion".... ... versus "persuasion" .... v ... versus "frustration" There's always a dance, any time the actions of one affect the wellbeing of others. Within my adulthood, I've witnessed two big ones: "if you don't smoke, that's fine... but don't tell ME I can't enjoy a cigarette after finishing my dinner in a restaurant." "if you believe drinking and driving is dangerous, then don't do it... but don't tell ME I can't manage my own alcohol intake respo
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  20. re dominant voices and "tipping points" I've been here 21 years (and also cannot believe it's been that long). It was here I first heard about Young Earth, here I first learned of the existence of Duggars and the Creation Museum, here I first heard about "blanket training," here I first heard about "dominionist" and "complementarian" worldviews, here I first heard about TULIP and Rapture. All of which OTOH struck me as eye-opening and in many cases alien -- by which I mean, not for me, but you do you -- but not (except maybe the blanket training) in any way troubling.
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  21. Pen, I admire you sharing your background, but I have to say that none of that reflects on the accuracy of statements you have made. One can be a wonderful person with good intentions and still be absolutely, factually wrong about somethings. And spreading ideas and information that are factually wrong will be pointed out on this board - not out of group think but out of concern for accuracy. Aside from that, personally, I'm upset every time you say this virus isn't that contagious really, or that deadly, given how many people I know that have been sick, and how many people have died.
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  22. I don’t feel that way about George Floyd. There is no reason that I know of to think that he knew he was using counterfeit money. And even if he had been, the punishment so far exceeds the crime as to be unthinkable. Furthermore, that punishment was meted out by an officer of the law who therefore did it in my name. That is beyond unacceptable. There are those who argue that this was not what killed George Floyd, but that kind of treatment is wrong whether it killed him or not. And I think that it did. To me this situation is so egregiously a clear one of victim and villain tha
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  23. I understand people being hesitant about vaccines. My oldest was born in 2003, and my youngest in 2005. Both my kids are at high risk for autism: my oldest had a speech delay and sensory issues, and my youngest I was pretty sure was autistic from a fairly young age. The year my oldest was eligible for the MMR, I think there was maybe one case of measles in the US, and there hadn't been as many "MMR definitely doesn't contribute to autism" studies at the time. And so I chose to wait until my kids were 3 and past the age of typical autism regression in order to give them the MMR, because in
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  24. I don’t know where you are talking about, but Israel has been one to watch since they got off to a quicker start than everyone else. They have now reached 60% of the population vaccinated, while initially cases were dropping amongst the older people who are vaccinated first and not yet among younger people, cases numbers are being crushed in all age groups there right now. They just reported zero deaths. It’s actually super encouraging to see it happening that way.
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  25. My doctor’s office got back to me and said food allergies aren’t related to the vaccine reactions, nor are my antibiotic allergies. They said I’m good to go with any shot. I was able to schedule a Pfizer shot tomorrow afternoon at a mass vaccination site, so fingers crossed! There are 72 slots every 15 minutes - it will be the most people I’ve seen in over a year! Yikes!
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  26. Scarlett, I totally understand your frustration with this issue. I think a HUGE part of the problem with civil discourse nowadays is that far too few people can, or understand that others can, hold two even slightly contradictory thoughts at the same time. Shoot, sometimes I have multiple at least slightly contradictory thoughts stomping around in my brain about any given issue. Other people live in black or white land, I live in the land of shades of gray. It's often crazy making. But I think most issues are multi-factorial, and I think we'd all be better off if we could get back to ackn
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  27. I always thought you lived in Connecticut, now I wonder if you live in conspiracy theories. The Connecticut makes more sense from what I've seen from your posts, but this really threw me for a loop, LOL
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  28. Your posts always remind me of my parents and my relationship. We are very different people. I always saw the world differently than my parents even when I was young child. They are like you, I could be described like your daughters. The thing is, though I have lived away from them for almost 20 years now (I am an immigrant who came here for higher studies), the older I get, the closer we get which was not the case when I was growing up. We have lived together 6 months of every alternate year, I go during others to visit. We have travelled together. If you had told me I would willingly do
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  29. He was 2 months away from 100 ! I wasn't expecting this. Prince Philip was a complex man with a complex history, both personal and family of origin. He famously was smuggled out of Greece as a baby in an orange crate after his uncle the King of Greece was deposed. Family of origin splintered and lived very different lives. Some of his siblings were members of the Nazi party. Young Prince Philip was handsome, accomplished, dashing. Easy to see why the Queen fell for him as a young teen. They were cousins. Their union is a mystery. Lots of rumors over the years. Yet it endured over
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  30. I don't have an amateur epidemmiologis-scientist- medical - hat. What I do have is a respect for the actual top medical doctors in this field who are giving us their best information as they get it. Not people who are not actual top medical doctors by any logical matrix but have been embraced by conspiracy theorists because they say what they (the conspiracy theorists) want to hear. I will follow actual experts like the head of the National Institute of Health. I love my chiropractor and he has kept me mobile for 30 years but he is not a top medical doctor and the person to guide our nat
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  31. If the police had not put themselves in the position of killing somebody for what was, at most, a non-violent crime, then they would not be murderers.
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  32. I disagree. There will never be enough proof for something so ridiculous, and I wouldn’t subject a friend or former coworker to interrogation by a conspiracy theorist either. I interned for a Senator in college, I can think of several people who have been at the White House since the inauguration, but it isn’t my job to track down proof or ruin relationships on behalf of someone who is acting completely nutty and who I’ve never met in real life. Sooner or later Pen will take the time to look up all the drops, realize none of them have been true, and that a very young guy in the Philippi
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  33. COVID is far, far worse. It helps me to remember that when I go through symptoms. The vaccine reminds me of what could happen, for all the people who did not get that chance and had to go through this disease. Who died. All the people around this world in lockdown even now including Europe. We are privileged to get it despite the discomfort. I am staying in bed, eating, nourishing, comfort food, hydrating, watching movies, reading books, listening to music, posting here. Taking it easy and having my body do it's thing. It is building immunity, not fighting disease which is a blessing
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  34. re whether private sector vaccination "passports" and other private institutions' requirements will stand legal challenge- this thread has flown off this issue, which anyway maybe warrants a thread of its own since it's somewhat distinct from the individual decision focus of the OP. Nonetheless, I offer up this perspective on the legal issues, which, headline: are NOT definitive one way or another. We haven't been in this particular situation before (the closest public health comparables are the 1919 Flu, for which there was no vaccine; and polio, where the vaccine was developed and roll
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  35. I bought the dress I am going to wear. I just need to make a little jacket to go with it
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  36. I just thought of an analogy that might be helpful for illustrating why it’s harder for some people to have a live and let live attitude about Covid than it is for others. Because to me the difference between this and a lot of other things we all hold different opinions on is key to understanding the passion behind some people’s posts. Let’s say you have a child with a life-threatening nut allergy, and you want nuts kept out of their classroom. But a lot of parents in your kid’s class think nut allergies are really overblown and over- diagnosed and don’t think their kid should have to
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  37. It is called Inclusive Education in higher education nowadays. However, you will find no matter what something is called, there will eventually be a negativity associated with it, and people struggling to accept their child is part of it. It is all part of the journey, and every parent goes through it differently.
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  38. Welcome to homeschooling and to the WTM boards! 😄 There are 2 possible concerns you raise here, and the short answer to both is: that whatever materials you choose to use is not a problem. 😉 1. Do homeschoolers have to follow state statute requirements for homeschooling? Yes, to be legal, yes you do. This means that if your state statues require you to: - teach certain subjects (such as Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, etc.) - school for a certain number of hours or days per year (ex: 900 hours/year, or 180 days/year) - do annual standardized testing - turn in a
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  39. Christ is risen! Alleluia! May the joy and hope of the resurrection fill your heart and mind today! May the power of God over sin and death be manifest in our lives daily!
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  40. Often what is needed is to NOT say more than: "I am so sorry you're going through this. What can I do to help?" And then just witness and listen and make the other feel heard. I am thoroughly sick of toxic positivity, affirmations, inspirational platitudes or folks blabbing about hope and gratitude and counting blessings. Just acknowledge that some things suck, and remember to check on that person later . A simple text " thinking of you, how are you holding up?" can mean so much to a struggling or grieving person.
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  41. This is not a rerun from 2017! Today marks the three year countdown to the Great American Eclipse! https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/t-3-years-til-the-2024-total-solar-eclipse/?fbclid=IwAR2gxIa2n_B_rh48L2Z7lhX19U2OG_rWZkK1CKZJx-z8SZ3Pd0b5mhFHv9I
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  42. Worth noting: While it's easy to assume that people who ascribe to the absolutely batshoot conspiracy theories must be either crazy, stupid, or both - the truth is that there's not as strong a correlation as you think. Literally anybody can get sucked into conspiracy theories, just like literally anybody can get sucked into a cult or an abusive relationship. It makes us feel good to say "Wow, there is something wrong with that brain!" but neither sanity nor raw intelligence is a firm protection.
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  43. I posted earlier that ds17 didn't want the vaccine because he's sure he won't get it and won't get sick, and besides, had probably already had it (very doubtful). Because of his age, we decided not to force it, but to leave it up to him. That was several weeks ago. As the reports for younger people have been coming in, and his age group came up, we backtracked. Even though the vaccine "is dumb" (his words), we signed him up anyway, and he got his first Pfizer this morning. He takes few precautions and feels invincible, and we felt it was in his best interests to push the issue. Other than his
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  44. That’s a lot of leaps. I’m free to resent people for making bad decisions without thinking the government should force people to do anything.
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  45. That's to keep all the Gates tracker molecules trapped so they work better to target the 5G waves at your body. <wink>
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  46. Baby has some sort of virus (not Covid). Dr was not overly concerned about the tremors since they lasted only a few seconds each-- and he only had them when his fever was spiking. Fever has come down and vomiting has stopped-- he has nibbled a few things. Pedialite pops have been a hit... he still looks miserable. -- Wednesday update-- no fever this morning. It took FOREVER to get him to sleep last night-- but he slept peacefully after that. I think he takes after DH who doesn't do 'sick' very well...
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  47. Came home from dropping my lawn mower off to be fixed and DH says, "I have something to show you." He'd gone to refill the dog's big water bowl thing (has a big bottle on it so it lasts a few days between refills...we have 5 pets and regular water bowl kept running dry). He found TADPOLES in it! He had no idea what it was (was panicking it was heart worms or some other dog parasite, bless him) but it was some kind of tadpole. Our best guess (and after some research) is that the goldendoodle mix with the furry beard must have gotten frog eggs in her beard fur when she went swimming i
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  48. My mom said she doesn’t want to see me for the time being. You guys, we moved here six years ago to be closer to her. I live just minutes away. My dad died over 20 years ago and now I feel like the rest of my family just kicked me to the curb. I can’t wait to sell this house and get out of here. On a positive note, I have never felt so much love from my kids as I have the past few days. My oldest actually told my sister he felt bad for her that she didn’t know what an amazing person I am.
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  49. The addiction is a red herring. No one uses more drugs than upper middle class white college kids. Yet they are NEVER treated this way.
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