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  1. Just an FYI, in most states embalming is not legally required. It is only necessary if the family is planning to have a viewing/open casket funeral.
  2. We're in southwest Indiana, and even though we have central air we haven't turned it on in at least 3 years. It bothers my mother's asthma so off it stays. The first year was awful, but now we're all adapted to it so it doesn't bother us until it stays over ~75 all night.
  3. The most likely test they'd order is a cardiac stress test. But, honestly, assuming you aren't having chest pain or tightness, and that your shortness of breath only occurs with exertion, and is predictable in that you know it's going to happen when you exercise they may just do a 12-lead ECG to look for a dysrhythmia. If I were your PCP I'd want you to see a pulmonologist (exercise induced asthma) followed by an ENT (vocal cord malfunction). It doesn't sound like a heart problem.
  4. Around here (southwest Indiana) it is two trimesters of PE and one trimester of Health. So that works out to be 24 weeks of PE and 12 of Health. They can all be done in one academic year or split between 9th and 10th grades.
  5. I've got a bunch of these in my house: I really like them. They were fairly easy to assemble, hold a lot of books without issue, don't weigh a ton, and didn't break the bank.
  6. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Vegan Pie in the Sky, and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero are all really good with fairly straightforward ingredients. The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is also a really good book that recipes for a wide variety of baked goods and desserts. If I was going to get just one it would be The Joy of Vegan Baking because all the recipes I've made from it have been good and it covers so many bases.
  7. It largely depends on what the student's goals are. If the student has their eyes on seminary or reading the writings of the church fathers or other early theologians then we would do ecclesiastical. However, if the student has plans to read more ancient authors or to take Latin classes anywhere other than a religious school we would do classical as that is what's used in most schools. If pressed to choose only one I would probably choose the classical pronunciation as it would make for an easier transition to a high school or college class later. That being said, the differences aren't that dramatic so one could teach both successfully if one wanted to.
  8. King Size Direct has some stuff that would probably work for someone his age. Their prices are usually pretty reasonable too.
  9. If she has done well with the grammar she has already learned you might try something like the Legamus transitional readers from Bolchazy-Carducci. They also have some very nice AP prep and AP level texts and workbooks that would serve her well on the AP exam, which is mostly Caesar and Vergil. The Caesar Workbook and the Vergil Workbook are both designed to prep students for the AP Latin exam. Both are very nice, I know a couple of professors who use them to prep for translation classes at the university I went to. You could couple the Legamus reader and the Workbook from one author together and have a very nice translation class. If you wanted you could get a copy of Wheelock to have on hand for reference and review as needed, they're not very expensive.
  10. If your daughter is finishing Fourth Form/Henle I then she has already covered pretty much the entire Latin grammar. Assuming she understands the material covered, starting another program (like Wheelock or Latin Alive) that's going to cover things she has already learned seems like it would be boring, and frankly a waste of your (and her) time. Why not get Henle II? Or another transitional program? Do you think she needs more practice with the basics, or needs to go over things again for some reason?
  11. I second the call to limit acidic foods, my grandmother had problems with canker sores for years until she realized that if she didn't eat acidic foods they got better. Also, and YMMV, but when I was younger I would get them occasionally, and I found that putting some peroxide on a cotton swab and thoroughly rubbing the sore with it helped to clear them up. Might be worth a try.
  12. I have a couple of differently sized enameled cast iron dutch ovens that work very well for both cooking soup and look good enough for serving it.
  13. I agree with a PP who suggested testing for infection. UTIs can have a variety of presentations in the elderly that don't happen in younger people. If she hasn't been eating adequately for awhile she could have nutritional deficiencies that are contributing as well, have you all tried getting her to drink something like Boost or Ensure a couple of times each day? However, she could just be really old. My grandmother just turned 90, and she does have moments of confusion and suspicious thinking, though not to the extent you are describing. I would want her checked for infection and seen by a neuro guy who works with the elderly a lot.
  14. It could also be attributable to elevated ammonia levels in his blood caused by liver dysfunction. My aunt had this, when it was at its worst she couldn't recognize anyone in the family and made absolutely no sense. Other times it was almost like she was drinking again, she had that not quite in the here-and-now thing going on.
  15. I generally don't carry a purse, but when I do I like the crossbody ones Baggallini sells. They come in lots of different sizes and configurations, and some are made in such a way that you wouldn't ever have to take it off, even when sitting or driving. Maybe something like that would work.
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