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  1. I see a bike as far more versatile, as it allows a much wider range. A longboard may be suitable for transportation on campus, but not for the two mile ride to the grocery store. Also, if the student hasn't used a longboard before, I would not make him learn to use one just so he can board on campus. Also, having to find a place to put the board inside the classrooms can be a hassle in many rooms. We have classrooms that are so packed that the board is a nuisance. Btw, I have not seen any of the students here hook their board to their bags; they carry them under their arm. How will he be getting around the college town? What's the culture on his campus? Is the campus so spread out that most students use board or bike? Or do most students walk? is there a good infrastructure in terms of bike racks?
  2. I don't think this has been mentioned: one aspect why formal grammar instruction can be very useful is transferring the skill to a foreign language. In FL instruction, the student must learn the grammar through rules, because they are typically not in an immersion situation that allows them enough exposure to instinctively grasp grammar. So, explaining verb conjugations or noun declensions in Russian will be a lot easier if the student already understands what a verb and a noun are and that there are tenses 😉 (English as a weakly inflected language doesn't have a ton of grammar to learn compared to many other European languages)
  3. Storing stuff in the basement is not really minimalism, it's just being a good organizer and having storage space, LOL. I am fairly minimalist. Did a major declutter last year when DS moved out, Konmarie'd my closet, etc. Bu not extreme. I still have pictures and knickknacks. One thing I helps is limit horizontal surfaces that don't serve a purpose, because they invite clutter. For Christmas: I have gotten rid of a lot of decorations and only keep a few items that are meaningful to me. My kids were never big into crafts, so while I kept a lot of supplies on hand while they were little, I eventually gave it all away. We do minimal events; instead of cramming a Christmassy thing into each day (as I used to do when they were little), I select 2-3 events for the season that I enjoy: a Messiah concert, my friend's ugly sweater party, and perhaps one more thing if it comes up. I reserve the right to decline party invitations.
  4. I feel you. For years, I struggled with Christmas - we are immigrants, and I got very homesick each Christmas and kept missing the Christmas traditions from my home country (worked so hard to recreate them without success.). At some point, I realized that there is no way to recreate the magical Christmasses of my childhood because I'm the MOM now and I'm the one who has to make the magic happen. I also realized that I was the one who had all these expectations, and the family couldn't have cared less about most of the stuff. So we pared down; I asked them what traditions were important to them, and we scaled down dramatically. Finally, I realized that I can totally do Christmas MY way and just do things I enjoy doing. That felt like a tremendous freedom. We hang out and eat well, enjoy each other's company and being together - without pressure to do Christmassy activities.
  5. As somebody to whom grammar comes easily, I have to disagree about punctuation rules. Just to give two examples: two independent clauses joined with a coordinating conjunction require a comma, but without the conjunction, they require a semicolon - this is something that has to be directly taught, as inflection and rhythm give no indication of that difference. Or: An introductory clause is separated from the main clause with comma, but there is no comma if the clause comes at the end of the sentence. That is a completely arbitrary convention.
  6. You need enough grammar so you can use English with correct grammar and semantics both orally and in writing. For some people, knowing about the formal structure and being able to identify parts of speech are helpful for that purpose. Some people benefit from the visualization diagramming offers. Other people have an instinctive grasp of language and don't make mistakes, almost without direct instruction in grammar theory. The grammar on standardized tests does not ask about terms or rules, but simply requires students to identify mistakes and correct them.
  7. Since you are talking about blog posts, it would be extremely easy for you to contact the author and ask whether they would permit the use of their material for your specific purpose, since blogs usually have contact information or commenting capability. This would be WAY easier than with print publications where you need to first figure out who the copyright holder is and then try to contact a publisher.
  8. That is incorrect. Copyright protects the author even from free dissemination their work by others. It is NOT OK to take another writer's work and distribute it for free.
  9. No. You cannot simply copy an article and cite the author in the footnote. An explicit copyright statement on materials is not required since all material is by default copyrighted to the author. Whether the material is accessible online or only available for paying print users is irrelevant. If you want to copy their text, you need to request permission. You MAY be able to use part of the text if the use falls under the fair use doctrine; evaluation is rather complex and rests on four tenets: 1.Purpose and character of the use, including whether the use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes 2. Nature of the copyrighted work 3. Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole 4. Effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work More info:
  10. Your description of the church potluck had me wonder: you say you and your DH and little kids sit together at one table, and there are adult tables and kids tables. Could it be that the adults simply prefer to eat and socialize with other adults and don't seek out a table with little kids unless there are no other seats? I honestly would not choose to sit with little kids who aren't my own unless their parent were a close friend of mine.
  11. Jealous. There is a Greek place we sometimes go to; it's a 30 mile drive. The next place with many options is 100 miles.
  12. Interesting observation. Could that be location dependent? I live in a town with no decent restaurants (except fast food), and pretty much all my friends (working, in their 30s to 60s) cook. The singles are among the best cooks. Because that's the only way to eat well. And the only way to eat at all if you happen to be a vegetarian. Even book club now has been elevated to an amazing book themed dinner. There's hardly anywhere to go out, so almost all socializing happens at people's houses.
  13. I guess my experience with singles is drastically different. Many of my single friends here are amazing cooks and possess kitchen implements, and single people can be homeowners, too. (Not that that is necessary; having grown up in a country where most people live in apartments, I don't see oven size as a hindrance to feeding people. We managed just fine.)
  14. I was referring to your statement " to which my mom said yes, but complained to me how no one cooks anymore " That's not merely commenting, that is judging. And people know that, even if it isn't said to their face.
  15. And that expectation kills the joy. If people know they are being judged for not making food from scratch, that is unnecessary pressure on people, mostly the women, who may work full time and have kids and whatever other obligations, and who may find it difficult to even find the time to attend. They may be perfectly capable of cooking or baking, but may find their time is too costly to spend it on baking from scratch for a bunch of judgy strangers. If I want to make sure all food is from scratch, I cook it myself. If this is about community, we should give each other grace. I never forget how liberating it felt for the first time to take a (gasp!) store bought cake to some stupid school function and finally shed the inner voice that told me this wasn't good enough. I can bake. That doesn't mean I need to "should on myself". ETA: Why, please, is the wife asked to bring the salad? Why not the husband? Why are married people expected to cook, but not single persons? how does being married enhance your cooking skills?
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