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  1. Well, I am glad I'm not the only one. For the past two weeks, I have been getting more "suggested for you" posts than ever and they have mostly been people doing stupid stuff (like epic fail stuff or hold my beer kinds of stunts) or for things I have absolutely no interest in but people who do stupid stuff would probably like. No anti-vax propaganda, yet (I have enough of those from one of the nurses I am FB friends with!) I have been methodically clicking 'hide all from "misc. stupid poster"', but that hasn't eliminated the recent onslaught. I will try the "most recent" button, thanks pp! In terms of spooks, I was very concerned last week about this; I googled "needhams candy" on my home computer at home because my father would like some for his birthday. Later that week I went into work and opened the shared computer only to find three links to recipes for needhams (complete with mouthwatering photos) popping up on the bottom of the search screen. I don't consider needhams default kinds of things that would pop up on just any computer. Somehow "they" are following me all around town with their suggestions! Glad I wasn't googling something like "comfortable underwear"! Nobody needs to see that at work!
  2. I really like UCSF's lectures. Especially Sugar: The Bitter Truth by professor of pediatrics, Robert H. Lustig. This is one that really helped me a lot in understanding the biochemical/physiological effects of sugar, especially fructose. He does make a joke at the very beginning with some innuendo, but the rest is science. https://www.uctv.tv/shows/sugar-the-bitter-truth-16717
  3. I had a dual major in anthropology and environmental studies when I was in college. I credit cultural anthropology, especially reading ethnographies, with blowing my worldview wide open. Human beings are so inventive. For thousands upon thousands of years, people on the earth have had to invent different lifeways in order to solve the problem of survival and the problem of getting along (or not) with one another. For every problem, there have been hundreds of solutions: different ways of procuring food, different conceptions of time, different religions, different means of entertainment and different concepts of leisure, different social structures, different means of engaging in or heading off conflict, different art forms, different songs and dances, different ways of raising children. When you immerse yourself in the different functional strategies and think of them as "strategies" rather than as "superstitions" or "wrong ways of living" or "quaint customs", you may find yourself in awe of the multiplicity of human genius. I know I also found myself much less ready to believe my own culture was somehow "right" knowing that if my people had lived in a different place they would have had to contend with different issues (climate, geography, food sources, neighboring people, etc.) and would have developed different solutions and that as outsiders (the anthropologist is only a participant observer, after all) can gain great insight into a culture not their own, but there are things they can never truly understand and nor can we.
  4. It sounds like with your schedule, writing cards to elders in the nursing home as someone mentioned above might be the one that fits in the spare minutes you have. You can imagine their happiness upon getting a card. Also military servicemen and servicewomen enjoy getting mail. You want something small right now that will fulfill you, not something that will overwhelm you.
  5. I would not bring a new man into the house until my daughter had a apartment/home of her own (which would be in like 5 years or so). I would certainly not "date" as in go out with strangers to see if I am compatible with them. And, although I know it has worked for some, online dating is absolutely not for me. I am very independent but have spent decades reining in my aspirations (travel, horse-ownership, lazy days spent daydreaming, writing more novels) caring for my two not easy-going children and my not easy-going husband and will certainly be doing a lot of elder care in the future. So I would not spend any time TRYING to find a match out there among people I haven't met, because I can be perfectly happy by myself doing the things I haven't yet gotten to do. I also have a number of female friends who are also adventurous and would certainly travel, ride, or daydream with me. However, I have had many close male friends (just friends) throughout my life and some nice ex-boyfriends whom I would consider getting to know again in a romantic way if they were also divorced or widowers. They are known quantities, each with a period of shared history with me. I already love them (non-romantically) and for several of them I have watched them grow up from teen to middle aged adult and know they are of good character. Thus, I could see myself as a widow finding love at my 50th high school reunion, for example. The problem of course is that I will never ever live outside my home state again, I am firmly rooted here, and my male friends are scattered far and wide all over the country and the world. And while I would travel to visit and maybe have a romantic tryst, even if we got along well, there is no guarantee any of them would uproot themselves to move where I live... and those frequent flights to, say, Australia would eat up my retirement funds pretty quickly!
  6. My dd, a rising senior in high school, is interested in lab sciences (forensics and medical) as her major and leaning strongly toward forensics. She does not want to go to school in the south (where many of the top forensic science programs are). She is looking at Loyola University in Chicago (where my aunt lives) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (in NYC where my BILs and SIL and some close friends live). Loyola is right where she is at in terms of her stats. Anyone have any experience with either of these schools in general? Any other northern schools with forensic science degrees we should consider?
  7. Stay away from Clairol Nice & Easy. It used to be my go-to brand, but then they "improved" the formula and now anywhere it splatters it dyes your skin for days. The other brands' splatters don't tend to do that. Put some kind of petroleum jelly or beeswax lotion bar on the skin next to your hairline and around your ears. Dedicate a set of clothes to coloring. Put down a tarp. Stay away from walls. Make sure the solution is fully mixed (some of the more creamy ones take a lot of shaking). If you start dark, it will be next to impossible to go lighter without bleaching or letting it all grow out and starting over.
  8. Have to agree with Corraleno. Infantilizing. There are precious few places where one can come for intellectual discussion about homeschooling, academics, and other issues of importance. The WTM is one of them. To have Clapping Hands! and Badges! (Gee Whiz! What will they come up with next?) degrades the image that this is a serious forum. Post count was an adequate way to judge people's participation over time. One year badges for people who have been here 20 years is both erroneous and insulting. Plus the annoying clapping hands are blocking parts of people's avatars, for example, one of MercyA's avatar's legs has been amputated!
  9. That is horrifying. I feel so upset on your son's behalf. And so sorry that the school staff betrayed your trust. There's a reason that so many special needs families (mine included) homeschool.
  10. We live in rural Maine. We don't lock our doors.
  11. I am getting my dad a trail camera, hopefully so he can capture some images of the bobcat he's only gotten a fleeting glance at and whatever other wildlife passes by. Unfortunately, my parents don't have a pond or stream on their property, I have noticed that the log over the stream or pond-side view cameras are the best sited for wildlife watching. My husband had a bad relationship with his own father and doesn't really celebrate Father's Day. When the kids were young, they made him cards.
  12. I am GenX and the hairdresser I went to as as a 16-18 year old was openly gay. I don't remember thinking a thing about it (other than he was the only one who could cut my hair right) despite the fact the the general school culture during my teenage years was somewhat homophobic (mostly using the word "gay" as an insult).
  13. I third all of this !!! Massachusetts is the only place I can think of that meets all your criteria.
  14. Fluorescent lights trigger my infrequent migraines and caused my daughter to have to leave school many times with migraines caused by the fluorescent lighting. LED lighting is not better for either of us. That one gives me a strobe effect, so badly that if someone were to wave their hand while talking to me in a certain restaurant their shine of their wedding ring would "persist" across the arc. I was definitely one of those people that considered hoarding cases and cases of incandescent light bulbs when there were plans for removing them from sale and only allowing fluorescent bulbs. If they do go through with that (though I suppose for LEDs) I will stockpile, though it might be impossible to stockpile a lifetimes' worth!
  15. Gas not only effects the larger environment. It affects your indoor air quality. "Yet the EPA’s own science shows that homes with gas stoves have around 50 percent, ranging up to over 400 percent, higher levels of NO2 than homes with electric stoves. Concentrations can often exceed US outdoor pollution standards." David Roberts "During the hour I was cooking and baking” with a gas stove, he says, NO2 concentrations spiked “close to 200 ppb.” Though concentrations died down afterward, they averaged 140 pub to 150 ppb over the course of the hour, well in excess of the US outdoor NO2 standard of 100 ppb for one-hour exposure." David Lu quoted https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2020/5/7/21247602/gas-stove-cooking-indoor-air-pollution-health-risks
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