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Violet Crown last won the day on June 17 2013

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  1. Violet Crown

    What is wrong with people? :::rant::: UPDATE first post

    Ah, maybe that's it. I was bewildered by the reaction. No, she needed a half-dozen or so bandages to cover the small treated areas because they were extremely painful and hurt terribly when her clothes chafed against them (and because she's a teenager and the sites were awful to see). The doctor had always bandaged the areas. The NP and assistant breezed right out after treatment, and it took me a minute to realize the NP hadn't done so, at which point it was do the job myself or have her cry all the way home. I don't think I have "original" and "later" explanations. I feel now that this dead horse has been thoroughly flogged.
  2. Violet Crown

    What is wrong with people? :::rant::: UPDATE first post

    Good heavens. No, nobody was coming to get us or to answer questions. There was only the one exam room involved; no room to go back to. It was part of a series of monthly treatments. No, there wasn't an assistant, or a doctor, or a nurse, or anyone except the person at the end of the hall waiting for payment. I genuinely envy you that you have never been to a doctor's appointment where you got a few quick minutes crammed in between other patients. I feel like I should phone the police now and turn myself in for taking a handful of band-aids that the nurse forgot to put on my hurting child. Any other questions, or am I free to go?
  3. Violet Crown

    What is wrong with people? :::rant::: UPDATE first post

    Asking whom, exactly? We were abruptly left alone in the room, to find our way to the check-out desk for payment. I think the cultural difference here may be that your medical personnel don't rush in, hurry through the minimum number of minutes necessary on the patient, and rush off to the next exam room.
  4. Violet Crown

    What is wrong with people? :::rant::: UPDATE first post

    Really? The nurse forgot to apply band-aids, which were called for and which the doctor always applied. This was part of the treatment I was paying for. There the band-aids were, there we were, there the nurse wasn't, having disappeared to some other exam room, and so I took and applied them myself. I have a pretty tender conscience I think, but I can't see it as stealing.
  5. Violet Crown

    What is wrong with people? :::rant::: UPDATE first post

    Middle Girl was recently getting monthly dermatological treatment and the nurse practitioner, who was treating her instead of the usual doctor, rushed to the next patient and failed to give her the dozen band-aids she needs after treatment. I rifled through the cabinet and took a box which had about the right number, and bandaged her up in the car. I could totally see swiping a box of kleenex if it seemed medically necessary. We left the tongue depressors though. 😉 On the next visit, the nurse practitioner asked her pointedly if she needed band-aids. Yes, yes she did.
  6. Thoughts on other books of this week. Marlowe's chronicle play Edward II (1593) is masterful; I definitely would believe him to be the author of Shakespeare's plays if he hadn't inconveniently gotten himself killed in 1593. It's as if Shakespeare had gotten rid of the prose, philosophizing, and subplots, and been willing to depict someone being murdered on stage by having a hot poker ... well never mind. Then I read Bertolt Brecht's version of Edward II (1924), which is something like what you'd get if a German with no English watched the Marlowe play, had a friend explain what was going on, then went home and re-wrote it. While drunk. It's fantastic. Gaveston's opening monologue, Marlowe: Gaveston's opening monologue, Brecht: I'm sorry to be going back to Shakespeare for my chronicle plays, really.
  7. Violet Crown

    Weather Whine - feel free to join in

    Yes. That's why the weather deities invented Colorado, for Texans to visit.
  8. NM, on the chance that this is legitimate, let's err on the side of charity. Phino and Jemaaron, welcome to TWTM.
  9. Artes Latinae, using the American Scholastic pronunciation, gives "port-u-um," three distinct syllables with both u's lik the vowel in "put."
  10. Armchair Books. Set aside a good long time for browsing. Walkable from the tourist area, though I wouldn't linger in the neighborhood after dark (Edinburgh can be pretty sketchy just a short distance out of the Tourist Zones ... though traveling with children of course makes one more paranoid.) Somewhere I posted a list of Scottish writers and books, though I can't quite find it now. I realized later I forgot a great Scottish read, The House With the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown, revolutionary for bringing an end to the "Kailyard School" of sentimentalist Scottish fiction that reigned from Scott to Barrie. A very good read.
  11. Oooo! My next read from The Hollow Crown category! I've already met him as a parricidal tyke in Marlowe's play. The first book finished last week was The Virginian, for my Don't Mess With Texas cowboy category (no Texans actually in this one though). Much better than I thought it might be. Wister was a friend of Henry James (and even had some criticism of James' style...), and took his writing seriously. If the plot to The Virginian seems hackneyed now, it's because it was the model for so many later "penny dreadful" westerns and movies, which recycled its basic elements: the gentleman cowboy with his rough code of honor; the school-marm from Back East who steals his heart as she discerns him as a diamond in the rough; the mortal enmity with the cattle-rustling villain of no honor who shoots people in the back; the show-down gunfight on the main street of town. Famous quote: "When you call me that, smile!" Next up in this category: J. Frank Dobie's The Voice of the Coyote. .
  12. And speaking of poetry, this week I finished E. E. Cummings' 1940 collection, 50 Poems. Here's "46", possibly not his most accessible poem: Anglo-Saxon was definitely easier. Anyway, that was for my 10x10 Dramatic, Lyric & Epic category. Also this week, finished: Owen Wister, The Virginian Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People James Hadley Chase, No Orchids for Miss Blandish Christopher Marlowe, Edward II There's much to say about these books--they were all great reads, but in utterly different ways--but that will have to wait for another break in the homeschooling.
  13. One of the books I just started this week, as it happens, is The Wanderer: Elegies, Epics, Riddles: Poems from England's ancient origins. This is part of my extra-categorical challenge to keep up with Middle Girl's reading, and the Anglo-Saxon poems "The Dream of the Rood" and "The Battle of Maldon" (in translation) are her first reading assignment for her British Literature course this semester. I'm reading through the whole book though, as most of these are familiar, and a couple I even read in A-S back in the day, when my brain hadn't dissolved yet. Here's a beautiful Anglo-Saxon elegy, text partially destroyed, called "The Ruin." It's a meditation on the remains of a Roman city, probably Bath, which the Angles and Saxons found three centuries after the Romans had left, and which these Germanics credited to the efforts of "giants." (Note: "wierd," which the editor leaves untranslated throughout, meant (roughly) a Fate, like the Norns or Shakespeare's "weird sisters.")
  14. I've only used their French textbook, which I think is very good... but yes, it's explicitly anti-Catholic. However that's limited to the "French Culture" sections, and I use those in reverse to explain a subset of American culture to my kids. And they know what "On va distribuer des traités" means, which I guess is something. So for what that's worth. I'd expect much more of that in their history curriculum, and any history of science in their science curriculum. I wouldn't use the former, and not being a Creationist (in its American Christian meaning), wouldn't use the latter, either. How about TOPS science? We love it.
  15. Interesting read. It makes me want to do a little mental inventory of who would be gone from the shelves if publishers enforced a post-mortem publishing ban for private immoral behavior. Without googling ... Chaucer, Ezra Pound, Céline, Milton, Némirovsky, Wm. S. Burroughs.... Could O. Henry be published after his embezzlement conviction? Should Edmund Spenser's treatment of his hapless Irish Catholic tenants get him kicked out of the canon? The book of poems I'm currently reading is dedicated to Ezra Pound. Should that get that editor blackballed?
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