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"'What was he thinking?' It's the familiar cry of bewildered parents trying to understand why their teenagers act the way they do." I love this piece from the WSJ; it hits so many of the reasons that we've chosen to a) live on a farm and b) educate at home.
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I meant it in total love, of course!

Did you ever hear Wayne Watson - Teenager in the house ? We used to play it in our house whenever our teen girls were driving us crazy.
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Back home from business trip to NYC. In Virginia, it's 34 degrees and raining. No one cleaned stalls in my absence, everyone but me is sick, fridge is empty, floor is muddy, desk is drowned in mail, there's no shampoo in my bathroom, border collie just threw up on the rug. I'm sure there's a perfect adjective to describe this day...
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/us/tsa-defends-cupcake-confiscation.html?src=tp. Glad we're safer now. And can someone Google-savvy explain to me why there's a pic of what's-his-name popping up with this link??
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Google+ grabs whatever images it finds from the link, and it looks like he may have been one of "What's Popular Now" clips at the time of your entry. I think you can change the photo during the entry by clicking arrows that show up at the top of the photo, or click on X to remove the photo.
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So the Ontario CA airport SHUT DOWN because of a security breach right after I boarded the flight to Houston. We sat for a LOONG time. Then a fully armed, scary looking LA cop came on board, walked right over to my seat and said, "Ma'am, would you step off the plane, please? We just need to talk to you."

ADRENALINE ADRENALINE ADRENALINE ADRENALINE

I said, "Uh, OK," and undid my seat belt. Then the gate agent came up behind him and said, "No, she boarded before the breach."

The cop gave me a highly suspicious look and walked away. The flight attendant offered to give me a gin and tonic.

Turned out some woman in a black shirt hopped the security lines and disappeared into the terminal, and they couldn't find her.

I was wearing a black shirt. Will shortly be buying bright orange and lime green travel wear.
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Thank goodness for the observant flight attendant! That could have gotten even more scary!
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Bought DD10 "Dragonology: The Game" because it was her dearest wish. I believe I have visibly aged since we started playing it. An eon ago.
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DH and I bought it (because we're geeks) a couple of years ago... and played one game.
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Daughter (aged 11) went to movies last night with Son #1 (aged 20). She calls home on son's cell phone in great excitement: "I was eating Milk Duds and I lost TWO TEETH!" Son's voice in background, uncertainly: "That's supposed to happen, right?" Poor kid.
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The perks of being a child..you get to be happy on everything :)
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Note to self: When doing a full-text book search for the "Battle of Bouvines," keep in mind that "Battle of Bovines" will bring up very different results.
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LOL! Google is kindly fixing the search for me so I'm finding nothing about bull fights.
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"Today visitors to Gettysburg can climb to the cupola of the Lutheran seminary, where Lee stationed himself on July 2, the second day of fighting; or stand on Seminary Ridge, where the next day Lee watched from behind the Confederate lines as thousands of his men advanced across the open farmland to their deaths in the notorious Pickett’s Charge. But they won’t see what the general saw because the intervening years have altered the topography. Over the decades a quarry, a reservoir, different plants and trees have been added, and elevations have changed as a result of mechanical plowing and erosion. Geographic Information Systems, known as GIS, allowed Ms. Knowles and her colleagues to recreate a digital version of the original Gettysburg battlefield from historical maps, documented descriptions of troop positions and scenery, and renderings of historic roads, fences, buildings and vegetation." So very cool.
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This is very cool. I went to Gettysburg College and the descriptions in the article alone allowed me to form a mental image in my mind of the town and surrounding battlefields... as they looked cough years ago.
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Home education conference in southern California: different world than home education conference in Virginia.. Tipoff: Ayn Rand booth in vendor hall. Also the Zombie Eats Your Brains dice game. Also the home school dad in the kilt.
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Struggling with the six centuries covered by this next volume of world history, finding Joseph Strayer helpful: “The old forms of social identification are no longer absolutely necessary. A man can lead a reasonably full life without a family, a fixed local residence, or a religious affiliation, but if he is stateless he is nothing. He has no rights, no security, and little opportunity for a useful career. There is no salvation on earth outside the framework of an oragnized state. This was not always so.”
The modern state, however we conceive of it today, is based on a pattern that emerged in Europe in the period from 1100 to 1600. Written from the experience of a lifetime of teaching and research in t...
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Fascinating! +Susan Wise Bauer, does it seem to you that we're on the cusp of another transition, from nation-state to (whatever comes next)? So many social structures are changing, and there's such widespread anger and dissatisfaction with the monolithic, state-based or state-like ones -- from factory-model public schools to mass-media communications to government agencies. It's an exciting time to be alive, if a bit scary for those of us whose livelihoods have depended on big institutions! And the Spirit is definitely at work, I think, in, through, and occasionally against these transitions.
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