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Pros and cons of home schooling?

Started this discussion. Last reply by jay H Apr 30. 3 Replies

In this country is some discussion if home schooling should be forbidden. I think that's a good idea - I abhor monocultures and a family that isolates the children is a monoculture. The quality of…Continue

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Plinius commented on Richard C Brown's group learnerscoffeeshack
"My weekend has started today, after lessons, and it lasts until Monday evening, if I wasn't up to my ears into chores, care giving, housekeeping etc. I'd have a quiet life."
14 hours ago
Plinius replied to tom sarbeck's discussion U.S. is 33rd best place to be a mother. Behind Portugal, Belarus, Croatia and 30 More.
"Always good to find out if the statistics are sound, but if it's true we'll see a lot of pregnant Americans coming in..."
15 hours ago
Plinius replied to Pat's discussion Are Anti-Religious Cartoons Hate Speech?
"One of the Dutch hate mongers, Geert Wilders, was at that meeting. He's been a politician for years  but I never saw him do anything useful in politics. His "freedom of speech" means that he insults anyone and accuses people…"
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Plinius commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Drinking vinegar! Then you've got a strong stomach too! There's one thing that calms migraines down; menopause. So I'm better off now."
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Plinius commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"Some teeth you both have! Congrats! I found out that vomiting is destructive to teeth - migraine attacks come with vomiting - so I had a lot of teeth capped and my dentist is rich."
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Plinius replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
"Let's hope he took his own advice - but they usually make a loophole for themselves."
Monday
Plinius replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
"civic duty stays of course, only egotists want to skip that."
Monday
Plinius replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
"LOL! I'll steal it!"
Monday
Plinius replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
"We do. And I'll stay here - the street below is only 3M. below sea level."
Sunday
Plinius replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
":-) with the rising sea level we'll have to think of moving..."
Sunday
Plinius replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
"!!!!"
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Plinius replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
"Sometimes I meet people who tell me that the "foreigners" should go back to their own countries. Then I say:"Yes, let's all go back to Africa, where we came from." It helps."
Sunday
Plinius replied to Loren Miller's discussion "Tax Free" - a Music Video by Betty Bowers, Music by Joni Mitchell in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Thanks for posting Loren, I enjoyed that very much!"
Sunday
Plinius replied to tom sarbeck's discussion Nationalism Is A Form of Religion
""Country" exists..."
Saturday
Plinius commented on Ruth Anthony-Gardner's group Hang With Friends
"I'm jealous, Ian! I can walk so that nobody notices anything but I have to be careful not to lose my balance, and I can forget about waling faster - I can't even run to catch a tram!"
Saturday
Plinius replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Air-pots in the group Godless in the garden
"It works! With houseplants I learnt to repot in bigger pots regularly and to break open the ball of roots."
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segregation

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 9:28am 13 Comments

I grew up in a fundie household in the 50s and 60s: parents, two brothers and myself. I quickly started to decode the things I was told. My mother said “we” when she meant herself and my father, my brothers said “we” when they meant “boys only”, and when my father said it, he meant himself, backed up by his god. It soon became clear that I was alone in my group.  I couldn’t be in a group with the girls at school…

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project brother-in-law

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:47am 5 Comments

We've been busy this year. Brother-in-law fell on his head in January and contracted brain damage..  So we went to the hospital (the rest of the family is dead or not interested) and kept contact with the staff, took decisions, shared information and did whatever was necessary. Then we went to his apartment and found that his cat was phobic about people, and the apartment was totally neglected, dirty and full of broken stuff. We found a cat-nanny who accepted the bizarre situation and tried…

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Crash Course - measures

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 3:04pm 0 Comments

One of the things to do was to get rid of debt. Six years ago we lived in a starter flat that was almost paid off - and a hallucinating mad neighbour terrorized us into moving and buying this wonderful apartment. I'm happy here, but I realize better than before that we've got a rather big debt that cannot be paid off in a few years. O well, it cannot be helped.

Shopping is more expensive now, as I'm trying to build up a food stock. But it's also a training; we expect necessary things…

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Crash Course

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:30am 4 Comments

 

I have never been a big consumer - my bank account wouldn't hear of it - and so I favoured a simple lifestyle, buying only what I needed and trying to find no-nonsense durable goods that could serve me a long time. I worked at our rather fragile household budget, wondered what to do if serious trouble arrived - our luck still holds - but also wondered about the destruction of nature, the depletion of oil etc. and what would happen to this planet and its inhabitants before the sun…

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At 11:16am on January 22, 2015, Don said…

Thank you!  Let me say you're not too old for POLLY, Plinius.  It's a fairly sophisticated construction for YA, but, in any case, the popularity of the genre among adults has been much remarked on and discussed in recent years.  I've written about it on my blog.  There are some good links.  You may be interested:

"What explains the popularity of YA fiction?"

At 2:10pm on November 15, 2014, sk8eycat said…

Thank you for the kind offer, and friendship.  I will gladly accept friendship, but my rejection of cell phones is only partly financial.  I really detest the things! 

The arrogance of people who use them in public places, and thoughtlessly disturb everyone around them with meaningless chatter, are a symptom of a sick (as in "terminally ill") society.  When I was working in an electronics store 20+ years ago, I swore an oath on my cats that I would never own one of the pesky things.  I did consider getting a very inexpensive "emergency" phone while I was commuting to work, but now that I can no longer drive a car, or own one, I don't need a phone to call the Auto Club.

Our land line may go out once a year, and I can live with that.  and,if I stop breathing, I DO NOT WANT to be revived, anyway.  I'm wearing a MedicAlert bracelet that advises EMTs NOT to resuscitate me EVER.

That may sound stupid, but I have heard too many stories of people who have had CPR performed on them, and "come back to life" permanently brain damaged.  NOT moi!

But many thanks for the offer; that was a kind and very thoughtful thing to do.  You just didn't know about my peculiar weirdness regarding cell phones.  <3

At 10:04am on July 20, 2013, john kennedy opiyo said…

Keeping you in mind always is the point ,wishing you well mum

At 10:01am on July 20, 2013, john kennedy opiyo said…

l love you Chris but above all l would like to work with you on matters touching on the development of what both of us believe in,finally darling allow me to keep in a special place right inside my heart,,,,,,,,,,,,

At 11:28am on February 26, 2013, The Flying Atheist said…

Thank you for the nice message and the friend request.  I'm honored to be a part of this community with you.  --Carl

At 7:36pm on December 31, 2012, John Jubinsky said…

May you and yours have an extra happy new year Chris.

At 6:42am on October 8, 2011, Steph S. said…
Greetings Chris! Thanks for replying to my discussion.
At 2:37pm on May 13, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Thanks for joining Hang With Friends, Chris. :D I thought I was the only one who liked tap water, hah-hah. I'd go to parties and get some instead of soda or wine.
At 11:59am on May 13, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Chris! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D
At 2:54pm on February 11, 2011, ninjafury said…
thank you so much, and I'm happy to be here. I had no idea there was a place for people like me online. Living on the bible belt can be very isolating when you're an atheist.
 
 
 

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