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  1. Please Don't Quote... In my family, yes, there is one who I hate. Growing up, she treated my daughter horribly. My daughter passed away and now her cousin will never be able to make amends. My daughter was high functioning and this same-age, same-town cousin did everything to prevent her from being included socially... even at family-only functions. Please Don't Quote... I understand that kids can go through very selfish stages (though her "stage" never ended) and are often just trying to fit in themselves. I do think this cousin maybe would have, as an adult, treated my daughter with kindness and support. But we will never know. I *hate* the idea of hating someone for what they did as a child (through age 18, when dd passed away), but I just don't think I will ever get over it. ... Please Don't Quote
  2. We're another family that bought a house with wallpaper on top of wallpaper throughout the house. All the rooms are then further encumbered by borders on top of the wallpaper. Taking it down is far worse than we ever expected. It's not just getting it off, it's then repairing all the damage to the walls and prepping it for paint. What a nightmare. I was half-listening to a podcast the other day by Dean Sharp, a home improvement guy. He said that wallpaper is indeed making a comeback, but the new stuff is much easier to put up and take down. Good grief - I hope so!
  3. We did not use 529's because we like to invest in other areas like real estate. Then it turned out that our son received merit scholarships/stipends/fellowships that covered most of his education expenses, BS through PhD. If I was to set one up though, I would take into account Clark Howard's advice as to which state to use (which is NOT necessarily the state you live in): https://clark.com/education/clarks-529-plan-guide/
  4. Also, there is no longer a 1040EZ or 1040A. Everything goes on the newly designed 1040.
  5. NO. He does not have to file. I worked as a tax preparer this season... Filing Requirements for Dependent Children: If unearned income is over $1,050. If earned income is over $12,000. If gross income is more than the larger of: a. $1,050 or b. earned income (up to $11,650) plus $350.... so max $12,000
  6. Have you looked at Grove City College in Grove City, PA? It definitely checks the boxes on your daughter's list.
  7. Hmm. I can't deny that this may be true some of the time. But I don't personally see it. Maybe because I am from a 50/50 community (white/Hispanic). Sometimes I see advantages for whites, but just as often I see advantages for Hispanics. The vast majority of the time it does not matter. Whether in the workplace or community leaders, you see a pretty even split of racial backgrounds. In the case of Young Man, his skin tone is darker than most whites, but I doubt anyone would look at him and think that he's Mexican.
  8. I included both scenarios because while I understand that East Asians don't qualify for affirmative action, it seems very arbitrary to me that both men were adopted into very similar SES white families and raised as such. And, the part-Mexican young man was actually raised in a community full of people with similar racial heritage, while the part-Korean was not. Just very arbitrary to me.
  9. Yes, Young Man (1) is the one who will claim racial diversity when it is advantageous to him. I very much agree that the most disadvantaged are from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. This does not fit Young Man at all.
  10. Yes, I can see benefits of company's bringing in different backgrounds and perspectives. But, I see more of what Janeway is describing, at least in my scenario. The young man wants to work at a place that receives significant funding from the government so they are required to hire a certain number of diverse candidates and leave the qualifications as wide open as possible.
  11. Thanks for the perspectives.
  12. We got a similar message during the polar vortex. I did nothing. The package was delivered the next day when the weather was much better.
  13. Yes! We just started watching Corner Gas (Amazon Prime) a couple weeks ago. Love it. Clean, dorky, fun. Neither dh nor I care for the actress who plays the mom, but everything else is great. Other great Canadian finds - Schitt's Creek and Kim's Convenience (clean). Both on Netflix. Schitt's Creek is also on Hulu, including current season. Oh, and Orphan Black. Not a comedy like the others, but WOW. Canadians, what other great shows are you all hiding from us?
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