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  1. I think you are probably right about it being mostly one or two people. My dd shared a little more about the situation, but I don't feel comfortable sharing any more without her roomie's permission. I agree that it is sad. The anonymous poster/s certainly don't sound happy or healthy, and I hope they are able to get help. Thanks for taking time to look. Cindy
  2. Thank you so very much!!!! Young adults today have a wealth of technology and opportunities at their finger tips, but unfortunately some people - not just young adults - like to hate on others anonymously.
  3. My daughter's roommate at college is a terrific young lady. They have become fast friends, and I am so glad they have each other at college. Her roommate is a talented, crafty, well-spoken young woman. She is fun and bubbly and tries to spread happiness which I appreciate. She attempted to find collaborators for her blog and put up some flyers at school to see if some other students wanted to share ideas, etc. After that she has been inundated with hateful, mean, and even threatening Anonymous posts in her comments section. She has removed some of the most offensive. Cyberbullying has happened to her in the past - I suppose some of that is expected online, but that doesn’t make it alright and she is really hurting right now. My daughter is worried about her roomie and really just wants her to feel some love. You know how it is for freshman away at school. My dd asked if I might post this to the hive to see if others might share the blog with their high schoolers or college students. Parents are welcome, too. There is some (mostly mild) bad language, talk of mental health issues, and references to friends and co-writers who are LGBT, so if any of that is offensive or triggering you or your teen/young adult might want to skip it. This is a link to a recent post to high school seniors. It is a thoughtful, sweet message. There are also craft ideas, recipes, reviews, etc. on her blog. A few positive messages - even anonymous - would really brighten this young lady's day. Thanks for taking time to read and consider this favor. https://onlyfunthings.blogspot.com/2017/02/dear-high-school-seniors.html Cindy PS I'm going to cross post this on the High School and College board for now. I'm not as comfortable putting this on the Chat board. Thanks. PPS We know a family who lost a son last year to suicide while away at college his freshman year. Part of the reason was horrible online bullying that his best friends and family didn't even know about until it was too late. So heartbreaking.
  4. My daughter's roommate at college is a terrific young lady. They have become fast friends, and I am so glad they have each other at college. Her roommate is a talented, crafty, well-spoken young woman. She is fun and bubbly and tries to spread happiness which I appreciate. She attempted to find collaborators for her blog and put up some flyers at school to see if some other students wanted to share ideas, etc. After that she has been inundated with hateful, mean, and even threatening Anonymous posts in her comments section. She has removed some of the most offensive. Cyberbullying has happened to her in the past - I suppose some of that is expected online, but that doesn’t make it alright and she is really hurting right now. My daughter is worried about her roomie and really just wants her to feel some love. You know how it is for freshman away at school. My dd asked if I might post this to the hive to see if others might share the blog with their high schoolers or college students. Parents are welcome, too. There is some (mostly mild) bad language, talk of mental health issues, and references to friends and co-writers who are LGBT, so if any of that is offensive or triggering you or your teen/young adult might want to skip it. This is a link to a recent post to high school seniors. It is a thoughtful, sweet message. There are also craft ideas, recipes, reviews, etc. on her blog. A few positive messages - even anonymous - would really brighten this young lady's day. Thanks for taking time to read and consider this favor. https://onlyfunthings.blogspot.com/2017/02/dear-high-school-seniors.html Cindy PS I'm going to cross post this on the High School and College board for now. I'm not as comfortable putting this on the Chat board. Thanks. PPS We know a family who lost a son to suicide last year while away at college his freshman year. Part of the reason was horrible online bullying that his best friends and family didn't even know about until it was too late. So heartbreaking.
  5. Barb, Congrats to Mia!!!! It is such an accomplishment to overcome or work through anxiety, and what a way to do it! :hurray: :hurray: :hurray: :hurray: She is lovely.
  6. I agree that as a thin person, one can never win. I was very thin as a teen and young adult ( not now unfortunately;-), and my 19 yr old dd is super thin. I found out over the holiday break that the class she struggled in during her first semester of college was partly due to her not knowing how to deal with a person or two who felt that they could speak to her about her size. She has several health problems and doesn't feel that she needs to explain this everyone. Several times the person/people tried to speak to her or pass her info on anorexia during or before class. She was given thumbs up when eating a snack in the class which overlapped lunch time. Both of these embarrassed her and that was not the first time ( by a long shot) that people assumed she has anorexia. I tried to tell her that at least the other girls were watching out for their fellow students, but over the past few years she has gotten touchy about her size and eating habits. Before she started having heath issues (she is just naturally thin), her general practitioner just knew that's how she was built. After seeing many doctors and specialists, she has an aversion to having things assumed about her by looking at her size. She understands why the doctors assume that she may have issues, but she would be very happy to never discuss her weight again. All types of weight issues can be painful for people, and I agree with others above that mentioning what others eat is rude at best.
  7. I would think so. It takes place entirely in Texas in 1869-70. Very reminiscent of True Grit which is probably the only other western book I have read. It really does have it all. I laughed and cried all the way through. It is a short book, and a quick read.
  8. I loved News of the World. It was my favorite of the books I read that were printed in 2016. The lack of quotation marks nearly caused my brain to explode for the first chapter or two, but then it was fine. I recently read the author's Enemy Women and have The Color of Lightning on my bedside table. After finishing News I read the book referenced in the author's notes, The Captured by Scott Zesch and it was horrifying and fascinating. Cindy
  9. I made it. Kept falling behind, but I managed to pass 52 by a little. My fave new to me book was definitely We Have Always Lived in a Castle. Although The Underground Railroad was a gripping, intriguing read, I think my fave written in 2016 was News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Jane Steele and Lady Copy Makes Trouble were enjoyable fun novels. My one recommendation for found-it-on-the-library's-new-shelf -and-didn't-know-I-wanted-to-read-it was one I read early this year. Not sure if it was published in 2015 or 16, it is A Hanging at Cinder Bottom by Glenn Taylor. Enjoyable, literary fiction set in WV in the early 1900's and it involves a heist, the mob, and a monkey. I am glad I joined the group. I have loved having an actual list of what I read. So many great recommendations from the group, and when I read this thread, I feel connected to other readers which I don't have in real life. Most of my friends read very specific types of books, and aren't really looking to discuss books. Training my girls to love to discuss books though. :-)​ Currently reading: Black Indian Slave Narratives by Patrick Minges, A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & other Badass Girls (one story left). Also reading to Ethan Frome with my dd 54. Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (audio) 53. The Innocent by David Baldacci (audio) 52. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh ( really good mystery) 51. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda 50. Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich (latest Stephanie Plum – audio) 49. A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn (audio) 48. Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser (like a modern day True Grit with snowstorms and a baby) 47. Turn of the Screw by Henry James ( with my 15 dd) 46. Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry ( Mystery.) 45. The Captured: A True Story of Abduction on the Texas Frontier by Scott Zesch 44. Bird Box by Josh Malerman ( Audio. Kept me on the edge of my seat.) 43. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (Saw this at the library today and remembered that I read it in the spring. Enjoyed this one. ) 42. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Loved it.) 41. The Odyssey by Homer (with my 10th grade dd) 40. News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Terrific short novel about an older man trying to return a 10 yr old girl to her family after she is released from the Native American tribe who captured her 4 years before.)
  10. Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. Dear MIL, Comparing grandchildren is not cool. But most importantly, teenage girls do not need you to talk about their weight multiple times in an hour long visit. My oldest knows she is underweight, and is working with a doctor. You would know these things if we could trust you to not "discuss" this with everyone you come in contact with. Her sister is a normal weight, but when you question if she's lost weight over and over you will make her uncomfortable. Thank you.
  11. Fun Quiz. My dd likes the Gilmore Girls, but I haven't seen many episodes. I will show her the quiz. I scored 77 out of 339, so I guess I could read more classics. :hurray: And that makes me happy.
  12. Such a happy story!!!!!! (Thanks for the header telling it was a happy ending. I needed that.)
  13. It's been a while since I've posted. I did read Shirley Jackson's Castle book when everyone was discussing it on the board. Loved it. Just the right amount of normal to creepy ratio. I had attempted the Haunting of Hill House last year but never could get into it. I read Life with Savages though and found that entertaining. I have gotten so many ideas for my to-be-read pile from the book threads. ​ Currently reading: Black Indian Slave Narratives by Patrick Minges, A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & other Badass Girls (one story left), and listening to Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Also listening to The Turn of the Screw with my dd. I am behind again. Trying to remember if there are other books that I haven’t listed. 42. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson 41. The Odyssey by Homer (with my 10th grade dd) 40. News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Terrific short novel about an older man trying to return a 10 yr old girl to her family after she is released from the Native American tribe who captured her 4 years before.) 39. Ms. Julia’s Marvelous Makeover by Ann B. Ross (audio re-read) 38. Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith (the newest No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency book – audio) 37. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Okay – not as good as I hoped but still hard to put down) 36. Slave Escapes and the Underground Railroad in North Carolina by Steve Miller and J. Timothy Allen 35. As You Wish by Cary Elwes (Fun!) 34. Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart ( 33. Jackaby by William Ritter 32. The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis(audio) 31. We Will Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean ( YA psychological thriller – disappointing and predictable) 30. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (audio – reread – Nearly as good as Code Name Verity) 29. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (audio – reread – Amazing YA WWII spy novel) 28. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 27. Uprooted by Naomi Novik ( Really enjoyed this one. ) 26. Modern Medea by Steven Weisenburger 25. The Young World by Chris Weitz ( YA dystopian fiction A quick read.) 24. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (YA historical fiction. Engrossing. Couldn’t put it down.) 23. Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham ( Decent YA mystery novel, I really liked that the main character was a Muslim teenage girl. ) 22. The Curse of Beauty: The Scandalous & Tragic Life of Audrey Munson, America’s First Supermodel by James Bone
  14. So sorry your dd is going through this. My daughter is 15 and her sister is off at college for the first time and she doesn't have any close girl friends either. It is hard to watch the loneliness. :grouphug: :grouphug:
  15. Thanks for posting this. I shared it with my daughter because I just got her a cute pair of jeans at Goodwill that are too long. She is going to try this soon.
  16. Forgot to add that my daughter's teeth were nearly perfectly straight - as were mine - but she wore braces for a year or so prior to surgery to correct the lean that her teeht had developed to compensate for her bite. She continued with the braces for another year or so after surgery to perfect her bite. Since she was experiencing jaw pain and her chewing was affected - her back molars didn't meet properly - we decided that surgery as a teen would be much easier on her than having to have it fixed in college or as an adult starting out on her own if the TMJ progressed.
  17. My 9th grade dd received a 4 on the Human Geography. She was thrilled. She was really overwhelmed by the whole timed test process but pulled it off. She felt like she did really well on the multiple choice but panicked on the essays. Great first experience for her - she hasn't taken the PSAT or SAT yet.
  18. ​Currently reading: The Odyssey with my 9th grade dd and still reading Modern Medea by Steven Weisenburger . Trying to decide between The Young World and Uprooted for my next fiction. I am behind again. Trying to remember if there are other books that I haven’t listed. 24. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (YA historical fiction. Engrossing. Couldn’t put it down.) 23. Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham ( Decent YA mystery novel, I really liked that the main character was a Muslim teenage girl. ) 22. The Curse of Beauty: The Scandalous & Tragic Life of Audrey Munson, America’s First Supermodel by James Bone 21. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Quick read. Enjoyed it.) 20. These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 by Nancy Turner (Historical fiction – I am sure I read about it on the boards. Very Good.) 19. Medea by Euripides (with my 9th grade dd) 18. Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann Ross - on audio. 17. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ( Been on my to-read list for awhile – so glad I read it. Marvelously heartbreaking and hopeful. Loved it.) 16. The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (middle grade novel that was a Newberry honor book this year – loved it.) 15. Antigone by Sophocles (with my 9th grade dd)
  19. The team's mascot at a local university is the Fighting Pickle. Cracks me up every time I hear it.
  20. I am sure I remember a recent thread (possibly a BAW thread) that mentioned a lovely book store or comics shop in Paris. My daughter has looked online and sees that there are multiple stores in the city like this. I just remember someone mentioning a store and it sounded like something she would love. She leaves for Paris tomorrow and they will have a couple of free afternoons. I have searched every possible combination of words I can think of, and still can't find it. Does anyone remember this? Thanks so much for your help, Cindy
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