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  1. Lostinabook

    Can I get some recipes?

    My family loves this super easy broccoli/sesame/ginger dish.
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    Essential Oils - not MLM

    I buy mostly from Plant Therapy. The lady who runs Using EOs Safely has a list of brands she recommends (or doesn't recommend) as well.
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    Weighted blankets: brand? price? upcoming deals?

    We bought this one for dd a couple of months ago (it was only $70 then though). She absolutely loves it. It's not warm at all (she uses another warm blanket with it), so she thinks it will be fine for summer as well. We will probably end up buying a cover for it since there's no way I'm washing the thing. In the meantime she just puts the blanket on top of her sheet so that it doesn't get dirty.
  4. I think it's really hard to tell. It's helpful if there are quite a few detailed ratings. We've found it to be the least helpful for science & for upper level math courses b/c the student's perception of whether or not the professor is "good" is often dependent upon whether or not the student is naturally gifted in the subject. My kid has also found that some highly rated profs are actually just easy--doesn't really matter if it's some throw away gen ed class, but problematic if the course is foundational to one's major.
  5. No, it's free shipping in the US for orders over $20 I think. The problem is whether or not they'll actually get elderberries back in stock before spring. You might check locally at herb & spice stores, food co-ops, etc. Even if they don't have elderberries in stock, they might be able to order from Frontier & get a better price than Amazon.
  6. iherb is out of stock, but Frontier elderberries are listed at $12-16/#. You can sign up to be notified when they're back in stock, but sometimes it takes a very long time to re-stock, and then they run out right away.
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    Reversionism? (cc)

    While there are tape/dvd churches, there are also churches that are similar in structure (usually the founding pastor studied with/under Thieme), but completely independent. I have no idea how you'd find one without knowing someone who goes there though. As far as I know there's no list of affiliated churches. I checked the websites of the 2 that I know of and they have no other connections listed. As I recall, some of the hallmarks of Berachah when Jr. was in charge were a focus on Greek & Hebrew (but mainly Greek), insider language, an almost military structure, and a near obsession with the US having some sort of special place in God's ultimate plan. Also, all the churches of that ilk that I've seen call church services "Bible classes" because they're *way* more like a lecture session than a sermon. Again, I haven't listened/read his stuff in something like 20 years, so if any of those things are not quite right I'm NOT misrepresenting on purpose!
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    Reversionism? (cc)

    It's been years and years since I've heard/read anything by him, but iirc this isn't what he teaches. He has his own vocabulary/lingo that you need to know before you can comprehend his stuff, & one of those ideas is "scar tissue of the soul." In essence, every time you do something sinful it leaves a permanent scar despite God's forgiveness.
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    Another Aldi thread

    I don't think Aldi's dark chocolate is that great. Yes, it's cheap, but I think it tastes cheap too. I want to like it; every time there's a thread about this I try again, but bleh. I do like TJ's chocolate. It's not my absolute favorite (that would be Valrhona 85%), but it's very good & much better than Aldi imo.
  10. I used to block people on FB who insisted on constantly reposting unresearched click bait political stuff, but then I realized that I could just hide those particular reposts. This has cleared up my feed so much. I can actually see people's pictures of their trips, families, etc. again!
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    What are your favorite YouTube exercise videos?

    I was just getting ready to say Yoga with Adriene when I saw the other responses. At one point that was all I was doing for exercise & I thought it was just making me more flexible, but when I went hiking up bluffs it turned out that the yoga had actually given me endurance as well!
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    St. Louis area hotel recommendations needed

    There's also a Chik-fil-a and a Red Robin. (Chik-fil-a is furthest from the Drury & it's less than a mile away.)
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    Not sure where to move. Sell me on your state.

    This. Ugh. I cannot believe we were dumb enough to buy a house here. I grew up here. I should have known better. ? I have a relative who lived in NW Arkansas & loved it so much. They're really big city people, but felt like there were enough cultural things with Fayetteville nearby. The houses are so inexpensive there & they have great parks, trails, etc. They only left because of a job situation.
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    Larry Nassar

    More info re: losing the church here. *Heavy* Christian content. "The reason I lost my church was not specifically because I spoke up. It was because we were advocating for other victims of sexual assault within the evangelical community...When I did come forward as an abuse victim, this part of my past was wielded like a weapon by some of the elders to further discredit my status as a victim was used against my advocacy." "We have failed abhorrently as Christians when it comes to that test. We are very happy to use sexual assault as a convenient whipping block when it’s outside our community. When the Penn State scandal broke, prominent evangelical leaders were very, very quick to call for accountability, to call for change. But when it was within our own community, the immediate response was to vilify the victims or to say things that were at times blatantly and demonstratively untrue about the organization and the leader of the organization. There was a complete refusal to engage with the evidence. It did not even matter. The ultimate reality that I live with is that if my abuser had been Nathaniel Morales instead of Larry Nassar, if my enabler had been [an SGM pastor] instead of [MSU gymnastics coach] Kathie Klages, if the organization I was speaking out against was Sovereign Grace under the leadership of [Mahaney] instead of MSU under the leadership of Lou Anna Simon, I would not only not have evangelical support, I would be actively vilified and lied about by every single evangelical leader out there. "
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    Larry Nassar

    Yep. And it becomes even more obvious when you realize that the first reactions to hearing these accusations were suggesting that the women were "ambulance chasers" or "making up a story to get money." Apparently they only see the world through the lens of their own greed?
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