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  1. Longfellow Books Mackworth Island for a nature stroll. You can walk along the shore as well.. The Portland Museum of Art is wonderful.
  2. I used LToW with one child. It went very well, but I found that its primary strength is in the invention stage. This wasn't clear to me just from looking at the curriculum itself, It wasn't until I listened to the CD (yes, I bought it in ancient times, long before the videos came out). The CD had a long segment about going to "the well of invention" and "doing an inventory" before writing in order to have concrete and well-thought out evidence and ideas before writing, The curriculum introduces some of these Common Topics of classical writing: Definition (Genus, Division), Comparison (Similarity, Difference, Degree), Relationship (Cause & Effect, Antecedent & Consequence, Contraries, Contradictions), Circumstances (Possible & Impossible, Past Fact & Future Fact), and Testimony (Authority, Testimonial, Statistics, Maxims, Law, Precedent (Example). [Note: this list is not from LToW. It is from Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student 4th ed. Edward P. J. Corbett]. Being able to precisely define your terms and clarify the nature of your argument, using comparisons, determining cause and effect, things that came before and things that came afterward, circumstances, and listing "proofs", quotes from authorities, testimonials, stats, quotes, law (natural or otherwise), and examples are vital to writing a solid essay. But because it doesn't include the mechanics or style necessary for a polished, beautiful essay, I would say that it would be an honest use of LToW to use it to teach the invention stage and then drop it to use other resources to teach the molding of the essay in terms of style (word choice, flow, transitions, order, grammar, etc.). In terms of the Corbett book I mentioned above. It is not a curriculum and the language is solidly college level. However, the chapter " The Topics" (the common topics) has a fantastic explanation of each one. It would be illustrative reading for the parent/teacher to draw from when teaching the common topics of invention or could be useful for a very literate high school student to refer to. It also has a handy chart listing the common topics as well as other classical writing elements right inside its cover. SWB's writing series, Writing with Skill, also teaches the common topics very well, but while LToW does it from a whole to parts approach, WWS does it from parts to whole. Some kids take to one approach better than the other.
  3. Using your current skills: Teaching at a nature center, zoo, natural history museum, science center, state museum, arboretum (museum education is less about the teacher being the kid magnet, as the living creatures and specimens being the kid magnet). Working for the state government: forestry/entomology, fish & wildlife, environmental protection department/bureau. Adjunct biology instructor at local college. (Very low pay, but gives you recent experience to put on your resume). Substitute teacher for high school specializing in science. Working for a not-for-profit such as the Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, Xerces Society, a local land trust, or other conservation organization. Side gig type things: nature photography, nature writing
  4. I got the Verizon scam one too. They spoofed the real Verizon 1-800 number.
  5. Does it require the doctor enter the records or just that the office keeps electronic health records? I suppose in this day and age all records will be stored in computer systems, but couldn't a trained staff member enter the data freeing the doctor up to be a doctor instead of a data entry clerk?
  6. I believe the doctor being required to keep records on the computer is the last thing medicine needs. My new doctor in my new home does not do this, but I and most of my friends have had past experiences where we've just wanted to say "Turn away from the screen and toward me or I am leaving". It is probably not the doctor's "fault" as I am sure the organizations they work for and the insurance companies love the "efficiency" of not having to pay someone to transcribe doctors' handwritten notes, but it will erode so much trust. Here is one of many interesting studies on this.
  7. I've had several migraines that I first noticed while reading. (I read a lot.) In those words had "lost" letters or whole words were missing. Clearly this was involving more than my eyes as I kept struggling to read the words instead of thinking, oh dear, something is wrong here. This missing letter/word thing soon resolved into the more typical zigzag or halo pattern of my regular aura migraines and I figured out what it in time to avert the painful headache with medication, soda (works for me), and sleep in a dark room. Now, I have a friend who also had an episode or two with "missing" words on the page, turns out she was having numerous tiny seizures. I would definitely get checked by a neurologist for all three mentioned in this thread migraine, seizure, and stroke especially with both the visual and auditory "skips"..
  8. Mt. Blue State Park in Weld, ME (camping, swim and canoe in Webb Lake, scenic picnic at Center Hill, climb Tumbledown and swim at the top of a mountain) Not a "hidden gem" exactly as very well known in the northeast: Baxter State Park in Piscataquis County, ME, home of Mt. Katahdin. Camping and lean to camping Popham Beach and Fort Popham State Parks Phippsburg, ME gorgeous natural beach, walk on sandbar to Fox island, explore tide pools and historic fort at Fort Popham location. Possible to rent houses in the nearby town or get a camping spot at a private beach campground if you do it in January. Monongahela National Forest and Blackwater Falls State Park (lodge!) in West Virginia. Monongahela is filled with wildflowers in early spring and sunny geology all year round.
  9. I am from Maine and have experimented with warm winter clothing for decades. This sounds too luxe coming from a Mainer, but it works: cashmere sweater from L.L. Bean. It is thin, yet incredibly warm, warmer than any of my wool sweaters and does not itch. It is pricey, but a PITA as it pills like crazy and is difficult to wash. I have made it a middle layer so I don't have to tend to the pills very often and I don't have to wash it very often. Be sure to go up a size if ordering as they run small. The more expensive ones at Beans are better quality than their cheaper ones, though the cheaper ones are really thin which would be good for layering. I wear mine almost every day in winter so I have thus justified its cost by amortizing it over years of use. A v neck may solve her collar issue. There are other retailers that sell these besides Bean. The silk long underwear is also a staple of my winter wardrobe. If you can get pointelle silk it is a stronger fabric. Cabellas used to have a sturdy set, but I couldn't find them when I looked this year. Wintersilks is another retailer you might try. In general more thin layers is better than a single thick one.
  10. More cool lichen stuff: Lichen are also sensitive to air pollution.
  11. This is a good introduction to lichens and includes a lichen chronometer (drawing of how big Green Shield Lichens grow each year) so you can "age" your Green Shields. This is the standard introductory text for lichens. There are colorful lichens in Canada too! Like the sunburst lichen. There are some good chemistry lessons that come along with identifying lichens: Cool Canadian lichen video:
  12. I think about this too and think one good approach is to imagine what your real basic needs would be should you find yourself in a situation where have no disposable income. You would need to be able to replace your winter coat and boots (in some areas), warm bedding, your basic pots and pans and kitchen utensils, simple tools, etc. So you could justifiably have doubles for items in this category, keeping the highest quality (most long lasting) of the ones you own. So I would have no qualms about holding on to two quality winter coats and two sets of boots and a backup frypan, baking pan, and pot, two hammers and two pliers, etc., but anything that isn't absolutely necessary to function (like 16 sets of sheets) you could choose to get rid of if the clutter became too much. If you can sell some of the items at a yard sale, all the better.
  13. Really look into a Hovawart. They are German dogs, excellent with kids, that don't shed much! Mine is a soulful, soulmate type animal. They were originally bred as estate guard dogs. Mine is unbelievably calm in the house. Never chewed anything up. Does not jump on people. Does not lick people. Does not sniff crotches. I would never get any other breed after having one. There aren't many breeders in the US though. Mine was actually a rescue.
  14. My daughter, then 12, was walking with her friends and got cat called by a grown man. She pointed in his direction and yelled "PEDOPHILE!" at the top of her lungs. He disappeared quickly.
  15. I saw this yesterday on Facebook and shared it. I wish it was handed out by physicians to every parent. So many teachers oppose phonics with almost religious fervor. The principal of my son's elementary school sent home a flyer to the parents telling them if they wanted to help a kid with a word, they should ask them to look at the picture, guess what might make sense, but NEVER (and yes, it was in caps) ask them to sound it out. Before she was principal, she was reading specialist. I wish I had saved it (but I probably ripped it up). We moved to the suburbs of a new city, a series of articles about the abject failure of the elementary schools on the west side of the city to teach reading sickened me. Nowhere in the article did they mention the methods used. I am sure they don't use intensive phonics & spelling rules. They did blame poverty. When I read stuff like that I wish I could order 10,000 copies of Writing Road to Reading or Logic of English and donate them (and the teacher training that goes with them) to the classrooms.
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