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  1. Well, my letter must not have hurt him any, he got accepted to his first choice university!
  2. Our property and school taxes add up to 3.5% of our home’s assessed value.
  3. We keep ours at 68 in the winter. We live in NY and don’t have A/C. We rely on fans and cooler night breezes in the summer. We live in an historic brick home built in 1850, with tall ceilings and windows, radiators, and obvious discrepancies in how warm a room is based on how far from the thermostat it is. I can be pretty warm in the living room, but very cold in the kitchen.
  4. Thank you all! I feel armed and ready to write now!
  5. A former student of one of my homeschool co-op classes asked me to write a letter of recommendation for him. I’m happy to do it, but I want to make sure my letter is well written. Does anyone have link suggestions for how to write a really great letter of recommendation I can follow? I’ve never done this before, but this is a fantastic kid and I want to do my best. Thanks!
  6. This is great! 😄 https://twitter.com/acapellascience/status/1350782855564111875?s=20
  7. Buckwheat pancakes are so yummy! I haven’t had them in years, and I don’t have a recipe because my MIL was the one who made them and she used a mix, but now I want some.
  8. I don’t understand this. Any one of you could catch it from him any time in that 10 day period. If just one is infected on day 10 but is asymptomatic and goes out into the world you could be spreading it everywhere you go. Multiply that same scenario by however many people are in the house. It’s certainly unlikely that everyone would go down like dominoes instead of anyone who is going to be infected being infected already or in the 10 day period, but it’s certainly possible. But, my own mom tested negative after having symptoms including cough and loss of taste and smell after being exposed to my COVID-positive grandparents and our health department told her she was free to leave quarantine! It’s no wonder our country is a mess in the midst of this pandemic. Thankfully my mother listened to me and remained in quarantine.
  9. Mine are wool and work much better than the silicone or plastic ones I used to use. I don’t think brand would matter with wool, since it’s quite literally just a felted wool ball.
  10. We’ve talked about it all a lot, but my older kids are 17yo and 15yo. It would be impossible to keep the 9yo out of the discussions, so she knows more about coups and US government than the average 9yo, not to mention fascism which has been a huge topic in our house lately. My oldest is very interested in politics and history, so we’ve always been this way. I don’t know that I would have talked with my 9yo much about it if I didn’t also have teenagers.
  11. Yes, that can definitely be a challenge.
  12. Local districts all use someone at Boces now. She takes the time to actually read them. She definitely requires more than the minimal amount of info some people tried to pass off, but I think she’s very reasonable. I can imagine districts using her or someone in a similar position that they all contract out to. She would have a big job policing the entire Buffalo area though!
  13. For me, I need to read (I read much more news than I watch) to make sure I understand. I’m not good with just listening to a single newscast and their perspective, or reading the headlines and a couple of articles. I need to see big news events, not the everyday non life-altering stuff, from a lot of angles and perspectives. I need to research how history got us to that point. Not knowing that stuff makes me far more anxious than reading the news does. Sometimes, with big events, the anxiety is going to be high no matter what for me, I just have to choose the path with the least amount of anxiety.
  14. I spend a good bit of my most anxious days with my Bluetooth headphones in listening to Brahms. Classical music centers and calms me in a way that nothing else does. ETA ~ Like Pawz, not knowing what is going on would heighten my anxiety, but just listening to classical music while reading the news helps.
  15. I really hope that the expansion of mental health services due to telehealth means that more people will take advantage of seeking out counseling! Right now some insurance carries are covering it in full. If only that would remain a thing and we could get it covered for every American that needs someone to talk to! My daughter was already in counseling for anxiety (which she gets honestly from both sides of the family, poor kid!) when the pandemic started and it has been every bit as good over telehealth as it was in person. If anyone is really struggling I hope they will try to avail themselves of the services!
  16. But I do agree that the amount of work I have to do is not a lot. I definitely don’t want them able to come into my house, though!
  17. Americans, maybe all humans, we’re lazy. We don’t want to have to do more work than we have to. As a whole, we don’t want to have to research and dig for the truth when we can just look at our favorite news or social media and press like or share; to spend our precious few hours off of work...well, working on our own education; to challenge ourselves to examine our prejudices; and we certainly don’t want to realize how lacking our educations were when it comes to the most important parts of belonging to a society. We also really don’t like to be made to look stupid. Even so, many of us are never going to do the work it takes to continue to grow and be better people. This board is full of intelligent research-loving individuals, but it’s an anomaly. Most Americans aren’t spending their time the way many boardies do. I don’t know how you change that. Well, I have ideas, but I don’t think they’re realistic in today’s world.
  18. I think we need to listen to what the psychologists, historians, and experts on cults say to do; and probably other experts I’m not thinking of at the moment. I wish we had a tv channel that was all education for citizens surrounding what’s happening with current events, their historical context, etc. Not opinion, just straight news reporting and education. I’m sure if it started under Biden’s presidency Trump Loyalists would call it a socialist propaganda tool and never watch, but I would hope that the majority of Americans would recognize the value. It’ll never happen, though. Unless I become ultra-rich, then I will totally find a way to make it happen!
  19. I usually use white beans in a quick dish I call Beans and Greens. Similar to this recipe, but I usually use Swiss chard.
  20. Did you click the link? Homeschooling is very clearly included. ETA~ I mean, I hope I’m wrong, but that’s certainly how I read it. Bolding and underlining by me.
  21. Ooof! I received notification today of the reintroduction of Assembly Bill A3272, now listed as A1317 regarding an “enforcement mechanism for non-public school educational standards” which includes homeschooling. The changes include this addition: I actually support some oversight of homeschooling, but I am not ok with a law that says this can happen if a written complaint is made that instruction is not “substantially equivalent to the public school district.” Just thought I should bring it to the attention of other NYers.
  22. And my mom’s test was negative! It has to be a false negative. She was exposed to my grandparents who both tested positive, and she lost all sense of taste and smell. She’s never done that with an illness before. It not being COVID seems very unlikely. They told her she no longer had to quarantine. I told her they were wrong, and she’s not allowed to leave the house until her 14 days are up.
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