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Sue in St Pete

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  1. I find this interesting. The body is so amazing. I know one woman who was thisclose to diabetes who was able to lose weight and keep it off by going and staying low carb. She eats mainly lean protein and veges. She eats very little processed food. She eats almost no fruit. Now she's developed Parkinson's. I personally think all carbs are not created equal. Sugar is definitely bad. White rice, white flour, bad. But, beans, sweet potatoes, blueberries? Can't convince me. I don't claim to be an expert. I've only been overweight 2x in my life and nowhere near obese. The 2nd time, I learned about eating a whole food plant based diet from Eat to Live by Fuhrmann. He also has a fasting book. He says that if you want to lose weight, you are going to have to eat fewer calories long-term. The goal is to make those fewer calories be as nutritious as possible. That makes sense to me. So, I can completely understand your concern about her nutrition. I would encourage her to eat as nutritiously as possible. Dr Neal Barnard has a scientifically proven program to reverse diabetes using a whole food, plant based (vegan) diet. I probably have met a few people who have used it. I don't know how easy it is to maintain in this day and age, though. IMO, your cousin is blessed to have you in her support group.
  2. I am not so sure of what is typical, but I can speak with authority as to what happened to a student who was a junior in college and got caught cheating on a final computer science project. The student's final grade was dropped from a B to a D.
  3. Fascinating. We did ask at Emory (ds graduated high school in 2014) and they were adamant that they needed the 3 SAT subject tests. It didn't matter to them that he had 60+ CC credits. He did take them, but wound up not applying to Emory. IMO, stupid rule.
  4. -- What led you to homeschool? We lived in TX and the local school district was very proud of their brand new full day kindergarten program. Ds's nickname was "Our Lord of Perpetual Motion". Full day K would have been torture for him. I also figured I could do better than any teacher with 20+ kids. -- How was your child homeschooled in the high school years? (Did you use WTM as a guide? Did your child take out of the home, online classes, or college classes?) I only taught 2 classes in high school - English and Math in 9th grade The rest was mostly CC starting in 10th grade, a few online classes, a few PS classes. I wouldn't say we followed WTM in the high school years - I was not capable of WTM sytle high school level english/history/rhetoric. Math would have been no problem. -- What did your child do after graduating? What is your child doing now? Ds graduates with his 5th year master's degree tomorrow. He played basketball throughout college and only had 2 years of season ending injuries. 😬 He moves into his own apartment on Friday. Starts his new job (which he is happy and excited about) on June 3rd. Soon to be self-supporting. Yay! And he will remain 2000 miles away. Boo! I can't imagine South Korea. Kareni, I will be forever grateful to you for sharing your school profile and letter of recommendation with me. 🌹 I will be forever grateful to Lori D, Laura in CA, and Janice in NJ for taking the time to critique ds's high school transcript.
  5. Sloppy Joes Serves: 13 people 2 # lean ground round 1 1/2 c. chopped onion (1 large) 1/2 c. chopped green bell pepper (1 small) 2 cloves garlic, minced 2/3 c. water 1/2 c. catsup 2 T. mustard 4 t. chili powder 1 1/2 t. ground cumin 1/2 t. salt 1/4 t. pepper 16 oz. tomato sauce (2 cans) 15 oz. black beans (1 can), drained 14 oz. diced tomatoes (1 can), drained 6 oz. tomato paste - (1 can) 13 hamburger buns (13) Cook first 4 ingredients in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove mixture from pan; drain and pat dry with paper towels. Wipe drippings from pan with a paper towel. Return meat mixture to pan. Add water and next 10 ingredients; stir well. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yield: 13 servings (serving size: 1 bun and 2/3 cup meat mixture). Source: Cooking Light, May 1994, page 88
  6. Mines has 2 career days a year where a number of companies come to campus to market/interview. Ds had several on campus interviews, several away from campus interviews (including one an airplane ride away), declined a few airplane rides away interviews (due to rural locations), and was rejected by a few companies he wanted. Two days ago, he was offered a job at a company that he likes that is local to him. He is happy to stay in the area. The salary is average for someone with his degree (mechanical engineering undergrad and engineering and technology management graduate) according to Mines salary outcome report. The offer comes with all the standard benefits. He accepted today. He will start in June after graduation in May. A terrific Xmas present for us all. I was a little worried because he never worked a summer internship, so I'm relieved it all worked out. For those who have followed the ups and downs of basketball over the years, he made it through to Xmas with no injuries. Yay! (2 of his 5 years, he did not) I really need to change my signature. I hate to give up my beach gal, though.
  7. Acupuncture was remarkable for me. I felt better after 2 treatments and after 6 treatments didn't need any more for years. I used an herbal formula from a local store called 'Change of Life'. They claimed it was their #1 seller. I tried progesterone cream and it was ineffective. ETA: I can relate to the first 5 points your friend experienced in addition to being very irritable. I also changed to a healthier diet and continued lots of exercise at this time.
  8. Ds played on 3 AAU teams over the years. On one, he was a year younger than the others. That team was instrumental in his playing college ball. They went to the USSSA finals and they played against (and lost to) an elite team while D1 college coaches watched. They lost, but they held their own. Ds got an invitation to a D1 school's elite camp from that. He went to the camp, but chose not to pursue the school. That team is similar to the one he is on today. No super stars, but all solid players. His college coach called this AAU coach and ds got the official visit after that. We had contacted the school with marketing materials before that. Sigh. I hope I'm making sense. Ds was on a decent high school team as well.
  9. Will respond more later today, but there should be no problem repeating 8th grade academically but remaining on the 9th grade AAU team. One of my son's AAU teams, coached by 2 dads who had played college basketball, always played a year ahead of their son's grades. So, my son was in 9th grade playing on their 9th grade team, but the coach's sons were in 8th grade playing on the 9th grade team. The boys are at University of Miami and Kansas State now. ETA: Ah. Oh. Ah. She has been playing at the public school with a team that is a year older than her. That makes a difference. I thought she was playing on an AAU team with these girls. Does she play AAU at all? You've gotten some good responses on the chat board.
  10. Thank you! I have a vague memory of my son being invited to a People to People Ambassador program years ago. I remember scratching my head since he was not a full-time public school student.
  11. My 13yo dgd, 8th grade in PS, was nominated by a teacher to attend a 2019 Ambassador Leadership Summit. The summit "helps promising students develop leadership skills, build confidence, and prepare for the opportunities and responsibilities ahead". She will join outstanding students from as many as 140 countries to: experience college life at a top university like Harvard, Yale, John Hopkins, or UCLA. gain a competitive edge for college and career - more than 80% of their participants were accepted into their college of choice meet the change-makers and learn from industry experts while exploring medical careers at outr specialized Medicine and Health Care Summit develop new friendships and fresh perspectives with motivated students form around the world She would like to attend the summit at Harvard - the week-long summit costs $3,195. They would like her to register by Dec 17th because space is limited. Here is a link to the itinerary. Has anyone heard of this program?
  12. No advice, but from a former girl scout assistant leader, BLESS YOUR HEART. ?
  13. For a while, online at Penzey's. For a while, at the co-op I belonged to. Lately, in bulk at the health food store.
  14. Vanilla. I write the cost of my ingredients on the cheap bottle of vodka. One time it cost $10 total (probably used 6 old beans with 3 new beans). One time it cost $25. Vanilla bean prices fluctuate sometimes dramatically. I buy 750ml vodka and use 6 new beans or 6 old beans plus 3 new beans. I once compared it to store bought pure vanilla and was very proud of how much I am saving.
  15. Is that 365days/year? I thought they couldn't work out or practice with the team during the season, but it was fine before or after the official season dates.
  16. I am no expert, but I notice most years, the coach will announce in the spring another player or two or three has been recruited for his winter sport. Ds plays Div II. So, I don't think it's too late. Note that ds is at an engineering school. It can be a bit more difficult to find STEM athletes.
  17. I work with a lady who adopted a child at birth from a friend of hers. Her dd is a bright and motivated 7th grader. I told her I'd ask here about adoption and college financial aid. Anybody have any information to share? My sister adopted 2 children from Korea. As I understand it, when she went to a local college with her dd, the financial aid officer offered her a grant or scholarship because her dd was adopted. I think that the fao might have stretched a bit because she asked if dd had ever been in a ward of the state and the answer was maybe for a day. I know a lady from choir who adopted 2 boys from foster care. Their college will be paid for by the state. It's probably a long shot, but I thought I'd ask the Hive if they have any information. Thanks!
  18. I'll add my 2c. Have the student contact the head coach and assistant coach. We created a brochure about ds. Ds emailed it out. I snail mailed it out. We also had a website (listed in the brochure) where the coaches could see video and all pertinent info. Junior year spring break is a good time to go visit schools and talk to the coaches. Of course, contact them ahead of time and schedule it. My nephew-in-law scheduled visits with a number of schools (in the Chicago metro area) over spring break. He was able to talk with the coaches, work out with the team, get the campus tour, etc.
  19. My sister lives in NYC area and knows lots of schools in the NE after having 3 kids choose schools in the region. She has nothing good to say about Troy.
  20. I can't remember if your ds is set on a particular major or not. I always asked what assistance the student would get in figuring it out since my ds had no clue. lol We just knew he leaned STEM. Can I just say that WPI is expensive? College has been much less expensive for us than I feared thanks to academic and athletic scholarships. I always wondered what it would have been like (financially) at WPI since they are D3 and have no athletic scholarships. Ds/dh had an unofficial visit scheduled (D3 have no official visits) when ds was offered at Mines. After some thought, ds accepted Mines and cancelled the WPI trip. Our one visit to Boston (Brandeis for an academic basketball camp and Tufts for a college tour) didn't excite him. Good luck! I'm glad you are exploring the option.
  21. Ds graduated last May from Mines and is staying for an extra year to get a 1 year master's degree and play basketball. I think we've PM'ed a bit. Mines has been a terrific fit for my STEM leaning basketball player.
  22. I heard some news story, must have been some woman promoting her book about French folk and TeA and how 100% (exaggeration) of French folks don't slow down TeA making ever. I wondered what happened after menopause. Is TeA exactly the same or are they using all sorts of pills and potions to keep it going?
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