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  1. The mother of a good friend of my mother-in-law died of the virus. My mother-in-law and another friend drove to the cemetery and were there during the burial service. They remained in their cars, but they wanted their friend to know that they were grieving with her. I thought it was a sweet gesture.
  2. I am studying Isaac Newton with my 4th grader, so I found this information about his life timely. This is a short article about his discoveries while in quarantine away from the plague.
  3. This is not a meme, but I found it very uplifting today. Nashville studio musicians singing "It Is Well with My Soul" -
  4. So I am typing this out because of a celebrity photo: Grocery shopping has become an episode of "Chopped." What can I make with a bruised apple, can of deviled ham, breadcrumbs, chicken feet, and maple syrup?
  5. I am firmly in the camp of: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. If "she loves it," this really is great news, and I would not change to a different provider. I wouldn't supplement either. TT has been enough to prepare many homeschoolers for college. Because she is breezing through it, you can (but don't necessarily have to) let her move ahead until she is working a grade level ahead.
  6. I would also strongly suggest that these students study specifically environmental engineering if they are concerned about the environment. (This is what I did, and I worked in developing/implementing systems for clean air.) This is where they will get the best information and will be the most equipped to do something about it. When they possess knowledge and the capabilities to solve problems, their anxiety should be alleviated. I think expertise in any field tends to remove anxiety. Anxiety is fueled by a sense of being powerless. The doomsday predictions remind me of the cults in the 1800s and early 1900s that gained supporters and sought power and control over people by using anxiety and saying the world will end on this specific date (1844, 1878, 1914, etc.). And of course, those dates passed and nothing happened. Absolutely, the air and water must be protected, but doomsday predictions make things worse because time and time again, these predictions are made, and almost always, the date passes and whatever disastrous environmental catastrophe that was predicted doesn't come to pass.
  7. I am so, so sorry for your loss and deep grief. I have personally experienced the pain that you are feeling. The grief does get some better as the years pass, but the saying is not true -- time does not heal all wounds. And that's okay; we wouldn't want our babies to be forgotten by their mothers. That would be even more sad, I think. A dear, elderly friend of mine had been a wife and mother while still a young teen. When she was in her eighties she spoke of her baby who had passed away, and she told me, "... if only I could hold him in my arms one more time..." I feel that my sweet friend, who has now passed, is now holding her child in her arms. Remember that David said of his child that passed, "I will go to him." I hope that this thought of a future time of reconciliation will bring you some small comfort. You and your family are in my prayers.
  8. From the article: The reasons for these laws are easy to understand... for simple self-protection against unprovoked Indian attacks, early Americans were obligated to pack heat to church. We've had enough sanctuary shootings in the past 15 years, enough pastors and parishioners shot dead in their own places of worship, to clearly, publicly, and legally declare that all Americans have a constitutionally guaranteed right to self-defense, even if they're sitting in church. From the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776: That every member of society hath a right to be protected in the enjoyment of life, liberty and property, and therefore is bound to contribute his proportion towards the expense of that protection, and yield his personal service when necessary, or an equivalent thereto: But... Nor can any man who is conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms, be justly compelled thereto... That the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state.
  9. I read an article today and found this information interesting. It will surprise many Americans to learn that there was a time when you would have been breaking the law by NOT packing heat to church. A 1631 Virginia law read, "All men that are fitting to bear arms shall bring their pieces to church." ... In 1639, the Newport Colony required that "none shall come to any public meeting without his weapon." And in 1770, a Georgia law provided that, "for the better security of the inhabitants," every resident was required "to carry firearms to places of public worship." Here is the article. My posting it here doesn't mean that I am necessarily agreeing with and promoting everything it says.
  10. Jesus encouraged his disciples to take swords with them. I think they were encouraged for self defense. The man in Texas who shot in hate and was shot himself was a good example of "taking up the sword and dying by the sword." But I don't know that this phrase suits the hero who shot to defend others. Luke 22:36 "And (Jesus) said to them, 'But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.'"
  11. I have two grown sons that have left the nest. They are coming for an extended visit, which is Fantastic! But I have forgotten how to shop and cook for these people.
  12. With the big election coming up, I thought it would be a good time to focus on American government. My student has a good knowledge of American history but not of government. What are your favorite resources for this? This is for a fifth grader. Thanks!
  13. Yes, you must have kolaches if you are having breakfast in the Houston area!
  14. This is such a great point. This particular proposal seems to only benefit the 9 to 5-ers and would help many middle class parents (certainly a very large and powerful voting block) but not benefit many poorer parents who are not working 9 to 5. There are many such programs in my state, such as our lottery, which funds state college students. So our poor people (who are often the ones buying the lottery tickets) are funding the college education for our middle class.
  15. Unfortunately, there is truth in what you say. I don't think that anyone is even pretending that the push for a 10 hour school day is because children need more time for instruction. This push is obviously because parents need more daycare.
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