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  1. Lisa, I'm so very sorry. I will be adding my prayers for you and your family.
  2. Yes. We homeschooled for nine years and then put them all in school (I have 5 school age). It was very, very difficult and I felt strongly that I had failed by having to send them. The local homeschooling community did not help with that. I spent most of the first month in bed during school hours watching movies and drinking lots of coffee. Then I cleaned out all my kitchen cabinets and started volunteering at the school and took up writing again and you know what? They did great. It turned into a really good thing. And then it all went south and we're homeschooling again now and whi
  3. We pulled our kids from PS last month and I'm looking for some kind of fun science to take us through the end of the year. The science class at their school was pure textbook with no labs or anything, and they'd really like to do some hands on stuff. Any thoughts?
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  5. We've tried to move BACK to Seattle to be near family for years, so I absolutely get that. It's tough to be away. OTOH, we got a job offer in San Fran for $200,000/year (more than 100% more than what we make now) and it still didn't make sense to move because we'd end up in some crappy condo and with 6 kids that's not happening.
  6. Way to go! That's fantastic. I would love to read it, and my 42 blog readers will be regaled with tales of it. :laugh: I'll PM you.
  7. Well, if you ever feel like moving out East, we bought a 6 bedroom split level for 280,000. Good schools, too! The flyover states are the best. So back to the original conversation ... I don't understand this idea of holding kids back and keeping them children, either. We attended a meeting about PSEO (our state's program for high school students to take college credits during high school and get dual credit - and it's paid for.) The administration of the high school was basically like, "Yeah, it saves money and all that, but why make kids grow up faster than they need to? Let the
  8. Lucy - I think I remember you're in Seattle? I grew up there, was born in Skyway, actually. Yes, things have changed drastically there. My dad worked for Boeing in the 80's and my mom stayed at home. We lived in Kent and Covington in good neighborhoods and reasonably nice homes on his one income (he was in management but didn't have a degree). Five years ago, my cousin and his wife bought a small but nice home in Bothell and paid almost half a million dollars for it. It's gone up quite a bit since then. He's a PR consultant and she's a PA and there's no way they could live there if one of them
  9. Also, it seems only a minority of them want to go vigilante and protect the schools regardless of whether they want protecting. The guy from New York seemed very level headed. Unnecessary.
  10. How so? (Real question - no snark) This is the million dollar question and I think it comes down to, on the one side, extremely high emotions over the deaths of innocent youths, and on the other side (the word side being used loosely here) a feeling of being personally attacked when innocent. I actually am coming to understand these gun owners who appear to have knee-jerk reactions against gun control - they feel they are being criticized and accused when they've done nothing wrong. The more I read and research, the more treating guns like cars makes sense. Cars, when used res
  11. You specifically said, "It's the most rational plan in an irrational world." I think we're reacting to that statement. I don't think it's the most rational plan, because of the reasons I already outlined.
  12. Pam, I'm still out of likes but I love your last post.
  13. I haven't gotten my likes back, but I agree. Is it not? I'm asking a real question here, because I know lots of gun owners who have never hurt anyone. I am not suggesting you are wrong, but I am wondering if there is any statistical evidence available. Is there a correlation between gun owners and gun violence? Does violence occur at a higher rate in the homes of gun owners than the general public? (Taking into account the fact that lots of gun violence is gang related, and domestic violence related). If so, does gun ownership foster violence or simply give violent people accessible
  14. I have run out of likes for the first time ever. What we say on this forum isn't going to effect whether we have a job next year. :laugh: Great! But we all know there are plenty of gun owners who are NOT model gun owners like you. I absolutely understand why someone like you would be chafed that you have to follow rules meant for those who need them when you don't. If we are going to allow lethal weapons in common society (which we clearly are) we must have regulations to keep them out of the hands of the non-model owners. And that's the foundation for the gun control crowd
  15. Boy, I got a little behind on this thread and it took me three days to catch up! I just want to interject with appreciation for everyone who is taking the time and effort to contribute to this conversation. I have learned so much from this thread and the research it has led me to. There has been a minimum of snark and sarcasm, even when emotions are running high. I spent about five minutes on Facebook and came running back here feeling traumatized. So thanks everyone. You all give me faith in humanity. We will figure this out.
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