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LibraryLover last won the day on September 12 2013

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    Raising children with respect, without shame or violence, chickens, organic, books, love, and peace.
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    Reading, gardening, cooking, knitting, respecting my children. Not holding to dogma .

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  1. <3 Absolutely. No matter what we do, how much we do, we need to do a little reinventing when our children are grown and gone (not quite for gone me, but getting there quickly!). Next chapter and all that. :)
  2. My issue has *never* been boredom. I don't get bored. My issue is feeling useful. I need to do work I believes matters. Yoga, lunch with the girls, cleaning the bathroom doesn't do that. (Although all of that is good/needs to be done. Sometimes by me, sometimes not.) Volunteer work (very involved) and work was mandatory for my health once my family wasn't as in need of me. (Although even through my hsing/sahm years I did have issues that mattered to me.) Boredom, no. Never. And I was very lucky to have had wonderful and thoughtful homeschool friends/support. I grew tremendously as a human being those years.
  3. 1999. What parent would be thinking something this horrendous was in the works. Depression in teens is common, but where do you get to the place where you believe your child is plotting mass murder? They did try to get help, and he was arrested for the theft. They didn't try to get him off. They faced that. I think knowing what they knew, what they did made sense. It doesn't mean people were not gravely harmed, but what could they have done to prevent this, beyond wishing for a crystal ball or time machine? Could any of us imagine mass murder as the outcome here? I've made terrible mistakes as a parent. Who doesn't make mistakes? My brother, who has never harmed anyone, once built a potato gun. He could have been making a bomb in the basement (he wasn't/didn't) but why would any of us have considered that back then? We didn't realize he was creating the Mercedes Benz of potato guns until he showed us, and then his video of it in action in a large field. It honestly just looked like a bunch of *stuff* - and my brother always liked gadgets, screws, tools, and *stuff* from the time he was a little guy. My parents gave him old radios etc to take apart. Lots of parents do that. Some kids build stuff in the garage/basement. Some of those kids end up at MIT. I don't know how Klebod or any of us are expected to predict/assume carnage as the outcome of teen depression
  4. Were are strictly ballet, but dd has a really nice solo in the spring performance.
  5. From a friend: No fences Cannot work on your car/change tire etc in the driveway. If you need to do so, can only be done in garage, with the door closed. (Also, cannot leave garage doors open.) No laundry lines outside at all, not even beach towels on the porch in front No RVs outside. Must be in garage. There are landscaping rules. Grass length and color rules. Only a certain kind of mulch. There are guidelines for sheds, and dog houses are not allowed. Oh! and absolutely no chickens.
  6. We've seen some disordered eating at our pre pro schools. Even if instructors take care to encourage healthy eating, serious ballet dancers tend to be perfectionists, and that in and of itself is a risk factor.
  7. I recently saw some of the flyers. The special last month (I think?) for the younger kids was a set of Leo Lionni books at a bargain price. Although there were lots of Frozen selections. I love stickers. I love Lego Sticker books especially. Haha! Outed myself.
  8. There is quite a lot of collaborative research and education going on at the living museum in Plimouth between native and non-native peoples. There are folks who fast and protest Thanksgiving, and have for at least 40 years (I will look that up). The education and literature offered at the museum is pretty compelling. Native voices are heard and members of two Wampanoag tribes (as well as other natives) are employed to educate at the museum. They are not actors, and speak as modern natives. (And within the confines of a job, so sure, there is a built-in 'softening', but stereotypes and barriers to understanding are addressed) We celebrate T'giving as a harvest time. We've used many of the books written by native people to educate ourselves about what happened. This divide is often more nuanced than it looks. I have known folks who will not celebrate T'giving in their homes, take part in protests, but will respect some traditional dinners of friends and family, with the understanding they are not celebrating death and conquest, but thanks for the harvest. Of course, many others do no such thing on that Thursday. That is their right. I see these protests as opportunity to educate. Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe continue to speak at the school my children once attended. It is always educational, and we did not experience such harsh words spoken to children as the OP has. We were told about co-opting such things as Dream Catchers, the inappropriateness of wearing feathers etc. My children know food was stolen by colonists (this is in the literature of the time) , the wars, the fate of Metacomet etc. This is necessary, imo. Accepting the reality can't change the way the US looks today, but facts make us stronger, and we can change what/how we celebrate thankfulness. There is always going to be a bit of fallacy in with fact, no matter who writes what. I accept that. It's true that sometimes colonists and the Wampanoag lived in an unsettled peace, short-lived as it was. Factually, many of those who arrived in Plimouth did so for religious reasons, and not conquering ones. Those who were here to make money, employees for The Virginia Company, for instance, were more interested in wiping out anyone who stood in their way. The Mayflower colonists were plenty afraid of the native people, and were not soldiers or business people. There were times of peace and sharing. It's complicated, absolutely, and humans migrate, migrate, migrate. (and war.) Messy stuff. I also accept that the history surrounding the US T'giving is harsh. I've told my children what we celebrate and why. Our particular past doesn't change the fact that humans everywhere have always celebrated the harvest/thankfulness to the Divine etc. ( I'm even OK with changing the day we celebrate if that helps with healing.) I would like to see people everywhere stop with dressing little kids as 'indians' in schools at T'giving.
  9. He was in Night at the Museum. Is that considered an 'old' movie?
  10. lol Old thread, but Rose Kennedy is a special case. Powerful family, but she also lost four children in service to country. Her oldest, Joseph Jr was a pilot who was killed in WWII, daughter Kathleen worked for the Red Cross and was also killed during the war. --*This is wrong-, JFK, assassinated, RFK, former Attorney General, also assassinated. There was a great deal of interest in her life, and that extends to her death. *ETA: I remembered that wrong. Kathleen died in plane crash in France in 1948. She angered her mother by marrying a Protestant. She died Lady Hartington (widow, British airman killed during the war), and is buried in England - in a Protestant cemetery. That must have bugged Rose.
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