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My poor homeschooled children (now 26 and 27) were over-socialized if anything. They each had letter jackets (they both lettered in bowling) of which they were very proud of especially with the "Six Mile High School" lettering. They were competitive, well-balanced, and both went on to pursue college aspirations. I, on the other hand, gladly was the one to "forgo my career" during this period, something which did not slow me down in the least. I am currently pursuing my PhD at Texas Tech.
Same old boring arguments here. For those who want to send their children through the high quality (??) educational systems that are in place now, by all means, feel free. For those of us who choose another, more difficult path to academic and social excellence, what's the real problem here?
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I think that too often we spend our lives looking for "like-minded" people to interact with. In dating, at school, at social events, etc., it seems we spend our time looking for others who are "like us". For me, at least, the tweetup was different. I asked [and was met with] questions like, "who are you?", "what do you do?", "who do you follow?", "who follows you?", "what are you interested in?" and more. And interestingly, the best responses were often the ones that were so very different from my own. Thanks so much for hosting this event...it was a great deal of fun! @beaamaya
I do not envy those whose job it is to determine which works of literature meet those core requirements. Several of my favorite works of fiction, those that have had a profound impact on my choices in life, would probably never have made the list. "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Cry the Beloved Country", and "Ender's Game", for example, are not complex enough to meet the vigors of college level assignments, I think. But even as I work on my PhD studies, I often feel the need to shift my focus away from my technical pursuits and read something, well, else. These are the types of books, although not college level literature, that I go back to for perspective, balance, and inspiration. Literature DOES have a profound impact. Good luck in your efforts in "getting it right".
Loved my visit to Cuba. Loved the people (intelligent, warm, caring), found some of the areas incredibly beautiful, and found it easy to avoid the politics. I hate the oppression that is a constant in these people's lives but cannot see how our restrictions are doing anything but contributing to the problem. IMHO it is the embargo that has kept the Castros in power for so long. They have little fear of opposition from within since the US has kept the Cuban people so very isolated from unfiltered outside information. Open the country, continue to oppose the regime publicly, and let the Cuban people learn about their near neighbors. They are not idiots. They'll figure it out.
When I began working many years ago in the "plastics" industry, we were educated a bit about the issue. I learned to compare the environmental impact of sending the incredibly small (footprint) plastic bags to a landfill as opposed to killing trees, using them to create paper, then sending them to landfills as well at the end of their useful life. (Note: Landfills are designed to NOT allow things to degrade, so biodegradability becomes essentially moot.) For me, it's definitely plastic.
I still have a landline at home since I needed it to process credit card transactions--I am a consultant, it's how I get paid. Recently I switched (at a higher per-transaction cost) to online processing instead. This allows me to process invoice payments from anywhere as opposed to having to travel home to do it. So, I'm definitely thinking of getting rid of the land-line altogether.
For my business, however, I am a GotVMail fan. When someone calls for me at my business number, I receive a notification on my cell phone where it is being forwarded. If I don't answer and they leave a message, I receive the message, again, wherever I am in the world, as an audio clip attachment in my regular email inbox. I absolutely love this!
[I'm actually thinking of routing personal calls this way too. Hmm...the possibilities!]
From what I can see, I REALLY like the new design. It appears to be laid out nicely, with items groups logically and still plenty of white space to avoid eye strain. My favorite part (hope this makes the final cut) is that the navigation tabs are so very close to the TOP of the page and not several lines down. This is a GREAT help to those of use who are hit-and-run browsers! I'll be watching for the roll-out.