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[ - ] anyone have a c-section where doctor also gave them somekind of tummy tuck? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:45 AM Flag
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I'm sure in Hollywood! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:20 AM Flag
[ - ] Had a 3 hour labor with baby no 1. He was 9 pounds. Am due on thursday with no 2 and doctor wants to induce so that labor is "controlled". I am really opposed because I don't want to end up with a c-section. Thoughts on induction? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Expecting 08.02.08, 09:37 AM Flag
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I was supposed to be induced with number 2 after very fast labor with first. By the time I arrived at the hospital I was already in early labor. They gave me pitocin to speed it up and it was the most controlled thing I've ever experienced. I could only describe birth of number one as "violent". Birth of number 2 was a breeze and was so wonderful. Little bit of work and he was out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:40 AM Flag
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at what stage were you induced? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:41 AM Flag
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That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard. A quick labor is good [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:12 AM Flag
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that is ridiculous. induced labors are a million times more painful and are more likely to go wrong. if you are going to have a short labor already, why mess with it? just stay closeby your hospital. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:41 AM Flag
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my thought is that your dr is crazy. unless you live hours away from the hospital, don't worry. Both my sil and I have very quick labors. yes, the second was quicker, but that just means you go to the hospital as soon as you think you are in labor. Don't wait for the contractions to be 4 minutes apart. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:54 AM Flag
[ - ] what can i do to get myself into labor?????? 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Expecting 08.02.08, 09:24 AM Flag
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sex and pizza ! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:25 AM Flag
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^^ wait, that's how I got pregnant too ! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:26 AM Flag
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spicy food. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:26 AM Flag
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Honestly, nothing worked for me, and I was induced a week late, but had a big healthy baby. That last week was just awful, though. Good luck! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:32 AM Flag
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I'm in the same boat, my doctor told me Evening Primrose Oil to ripen the cervix, but I also got tons of flames and nasty comments. Since then, EPO, spicy food and walking has not worked. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:30 AM Flag
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walk, walk, walk, have sex, walk, walk... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:34 AM Flag
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I think I'm going to walk a lot today, but my feet are so swollen I don't want to aggravate them more. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:36 AM Flag
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looks like sex it is! =) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:38 AM Flag
[ - ] what are good finger foods to start with my 9mo? (i am definitely nervous about choking) we've only done cheerios so far 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Newborn 08.02.08, 09:15 AM Flag
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Cheerios are great. Biter biscuits are ok, but very messy. Around 10 months, we started giving her peas and carrots, which were a huge hit (bought frozen and microwaved). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:37 AM Flag
[ - ] Are you going to inflate your tires and tune up your cars? That's part of Obama's energy plan. 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:04 AM Flag
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I don't have a car. I take public transportation as my part of heling with the energy crisis and global warming. But if I had one, you can bet I would do both of the above, why wouldn't you? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:06 AM Flag
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it's a moronic response. and why not support nuclear energy. france runs 80% on nuclear. obama loves the french. he should take this clue. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:07 AM Flag
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I think its a perfectly fine suggestion, nothing moronic about it. You obviously have an issue with Obama (which is fine), but to argue that doing the above is in any way something other than a positive move is kind of goofy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:09 AM Flag
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So are you going to neglect your car to spite Obama? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:10 AM Flag
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lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:10 AM Flag
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Obama loves the French ?! I guess that is a dig ? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:20 AM Flag
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Yes, I do that. If everyone did, it could make a large impact (you know, little things add up) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:07 AM Flag
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np, agree - Light Bulbs! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:08 AM Flag
[ - ] brother is an alcoholic. has torn my family apart. my parents are consumed with him and constantly enable. they get angry at me for not being more understanding towards them. i'm just sick of being understanding. on my brithday my father didn't even get on the phone to say happy birthday and when i pointed it out he told me that there was something wrong with me for focusing on all the "little things". i feel totally hurt. haven't talked to them in two days and i usually talk to my mom two+ times a day. thanks for the vent. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:48 AM Flag
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sorry. Alcoholism is a terrible disease. And you can blame your brother for taking the first drink if you want, but after the disease is established, blame is kind of futile. Families with alcholics have all sorts of dysfunction. Have you considered Al Anon? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:50 AM Flag
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I am sorry you feel neglected. They probably can only focus on one thing at a time and you are the sound one... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:50 AM Flag
[ - ] Obama is going to lose this election with all of his arrogant talk. He's acting like a complete elitest snob (which I kind of think he is). 55 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:44 AM Flag
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I think it's odd that people are on Obama for being arrogant and elitist. How is that different than any other politician? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:47 AM Flag
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I like elitists. They strive to be - ta da - elite ! That's a good thing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:47 AM Flag
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well, kerry didn't win [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:48 AM Flag
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That makes no sense - Bush is as elitist as they come. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:49 AM Flag
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I mean intellectually elitist. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:52 AM Flag
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So you don't want a president who went to Harvard not on a legacy? You want someeone who went to Podunk U? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:53 AM Flag
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I want the man that went to Harvard and Columbia and headed law review and speaks to making substantive changes in the current national policy. that guy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:54 AM Flag
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and bases his policies around the far leftist views. a uc berkeley type, a friend of known terrorists and america haters. his views were shaped by socialists - he still supports the scialist party in kenya. socialism never works. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:58 AM Flag
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A friend of known terrorists and America hates? Are you a commentator on FOX News? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:00 AM Flag
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no, but tell me how i am wrong. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:01 AM Flag
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um. you are wrong. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:02 AM Flag
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um, not such a smart responder are you? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:03 AM Flag
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you're lack of a cogent argument has left me speechless. I feel humbled by your dogmatic repetition. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:04 AM Flag
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It's your not you're [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:05 AM Flag
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focus on a typing error. it is easier than focusing on the real points she makes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:06 AM Flag
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What is her real point? She doesn't like Obama, fine. But she should at least educate herself versus using right-wing talking points [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:08 AM Flag
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I think you're not reading it properly. I think she is supporting Obama, dork. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:09 AM Flag
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i'm a republican. i agree with 90% of what mccain stands for. sorry to disappoint you. and i don't like obama, what he seems to be (which no one really knows)he changes direction everyday. today he would like to do a little off shore drilling. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:10 AM Flag
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read his statement. don't listen to someone tell you what he said. read for yourself. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:11 AM Flag
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what does he stand for ? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:11 AM Flag
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I repeat, what does he stand for ?! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:19 AM Flag
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Try getting your news from other sources [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:05 AM Flag
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Mr Rove ? Is that you ? Are you and Mr Cheney out of the bunker today ? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:01 AM Flag
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well informed post. I guess, however, that you should tell those poor souls living in Sweden and Finland and Norway that they're screwed. Right about now they're probably enjoying the strength of their currency their superior free educations while living to ripe old ages courtesy of their free and well-functioning health care. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:00 AM Flag
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the con=untries are much smaller, they have a much different population and have tremendous wealth from the oil their countries produce. there health systems have much to be desired. next. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:02 AM Flag
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^^^their [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:04 AM Flag
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Not to mention their family-friendly policies. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:04 AM Flag
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I guess we should throw in the towel then and say that socialism never works - except when it works. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:06 AM Flag
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Yeah like you want a presidential candidate who's like "eh, maybe I'd be good, maybe not" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:48 AM Flag
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no, but you don't want someone who is arrogant and has poor judgement based on his rather high opinion of himself [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:49 AM Flag
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Well then you can't vote for McCain either! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:51 AM Flag
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well, i'll just think about the benefits to myself. i don't want higher taxes and socialism to become a theme in this country. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:52 AM Flag
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you've drunk the Kool-aid. sad. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:53 AM Flag
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if that means i'm thinking about what's best for me and my family right now, so be it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:54 AM Flag
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because the system now is working for your family... more of that you're stepping up for. I hope you get what you wish for. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:55 AM Flag
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it sure is [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:58 AM Flag
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well I suppose it is good to be king. Don't worry about the rest of us. just the crumbs from your table will be fine ! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:03 AM Flag
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why should we be paying more in ss taxes than we already do? ss was set up to give back to those who contributed during their working years. it wasn't set up so that the highest earners strated getting taxed more to help those who don't earn as much so as to make it a more level playing field. that's socialism. why bother working and being creative if it's just going to be taken away by the government. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:06 AM Flag
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ss was a focus of Bush's term initially. he never got anywhere. he had a majority. is that all you care about ? education failing, a war we can't afford, an evergy policy that is killing us, foreign policy that gets nobody anywhere, the environment. Taxes are all you care about ? That's just sad. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:09 AM Flag
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the war is not failing anymore. how is it failing? and frankly, our nat'l security is paramount. nothing else - education, the environment matters if we're being attacked. we haven't been attacked since 9/11. thank god. who knows what could be in the works and we need to keep our defenses up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:11 AM Flag
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Wow, that's really sad that your views are so one-dimensional. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:13 AM Flag
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it is amazing really. I am always shocked by the complete vacuum people are prepared to live in. It's as if actually examining our national situation rationally and clearly so upsets people's applecarts that they can't even go there. These "tough on terrorism" Americans are so fragile that I have to marvel and pity them. The sad part is that they're taking the rest of us down with them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:18 AM Flag
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Which policies in particular are you referring to (based on their platforms)? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:55 AM Flag
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Too late! The Republicans of old were all "cut taxes" and "small government" but that's not really true anymore [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:54 AM Flag
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exactly ! seen the defecit numbers ?! amazing ! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:56 AM Flag
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You and I might think that way, but he does come off kind of arrogantly, probably just bad choice of words to express his ideas and all it does is alienate average people. I can see how it might hurt him. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:38 AM Flag
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we may be the only country in the world where we seem to want our politicians to talk down to us and explain why they are no different than the masses who watch "Dancing With the Stars" and "Wifeswap" for hours pn end and happily have not read a book since school. Don't we want politicians who are BETTER informed and curious than we are ?! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:49 AM Flag
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np: however, obama is not necessatily better informed. he is so green and needs to learn a little more about life if he is going to have the most powerful job in the world. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:51 AM Flag
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I'm happy to give him the benefit of the doubt. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:51 AM Flag
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i'm not [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:52 AM Flag
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and the beauty is that you can vote for McCain [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:53 AM Flag
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believe me, i'm pulling the trigger as far to the right as i can [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:55 AM Flag
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make sure the barrel is pointing directly at your own foot [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:56 AM Flag
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tee hee [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:58 AM Flag
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Clearly you watch the mainstream media without much analysis. You are repeating McCain's talking points verbatim. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:34 AM Flag
[ - ] Do you believe the tabloid mags at all ? The cover of one of them has Dr. Phil's wife has had it up to here and is leaving him. Any credence ? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:34 AM Flag
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you are asking people on a message board! Sometimes they get it right sometimes they don't. What I wonder about is why people care about someone they don't know getting a divorce? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:39 AM Flag
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I just feel that nasty sense of schadenfreund. sorry. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:40 AM Flag
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I think if people stopped buying those rags, society would be better for it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:42 AM Flag
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I'm surprised she lasted so long with that arrogant arse. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:49 AM Flag
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All it would take is one "How's that working for you?" and I would lose it ! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:51 AM Flag
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LOL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:52 AM Flag
[ - ] I need to find new bed for me. Looking for basic upholstered bed. Any suggestions? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:23 AM Flag
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if you don't want to spend a lot, check out the Ballard catalog. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:24 AM Flag
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I also recommend Ballard. If you want to spend even less, you can check out Target or JCPenney or Urban Outfitters - but their headboards don't go all the way down to the floor. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 11:38 AM Flag
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n.p. I've read some really horrible reviews about their customer service and the quality of their stuff. Have you ordered from them? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 11:38 AM Flag
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I have order from them on a number of occassions and have never had a problem. I have never had to return anything, but I have called re: shipment stuff and when I have had questions about products they have always been helpful. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 12:03 PM Flag
[ - ] Is November a terrible time to list your apartment for sale? Should you wait until spring? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 08.02.08, 08:01 AM Flag
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During the holidays generally only motivated buyers adn sellers out there. So smaller market, but more serious participants. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:22 AM Flag
[ - ] First Grade spelling words. Our dc attends a school that uses invented spelling. Both DH and I are terrible spellers. Not a huge problem in our life, but not the greatest either. Does anyone on have a list of spelling words appropriate for first graders? I would like to start working with dc a bit on the spelling. TIA 64 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 08.02.08, 07:59 AM Flag
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what is invented spelling? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:04 AM Flag
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When the children are learning to write they just spell the words as they sound. They are encouraged to do so and are not corrected if the spelling is incorect. This system is used because it lets children have more freedom in composition (they don't shy away from the "big" words that they don't know how to spell. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:05 AM Flag
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wow. Sounds like a bad idea to me. You have to learn to spell properly even if it's hard. I hope they won't do that at DD's school! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:06 AM Flag
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I see both sides, but coming from our household (and all of our parents (dc's grandparents) were excellent spellers - we would like to try and see if dc can get it. I'm beginning to believe its "genetic" either you are or you are not a good speller - like being good at math, but who knows. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:08 AM Flag
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there probably is a large genetic part to that. But I think letting things like that slide can lead to lazy people who can't write a complete sentence. What if they were teaching invented grammar? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:09 AM Flag
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People are lazy or they aren't, I'm not sure a spelling or writing program is capable of "making" people one or the other. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:13 AM Flag
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well that's probably true but I think good habits should be encouraged. I think spelling and grammar are good habits. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:14 AM Flag
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They don't diagram sentences anymore either. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:15 AM Flag
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I think that is sad. I loved that and it really helped me understand how sentences are put together. I think there is a website where you can diagram sentences. I should go chek that out for fun! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:18 AM Flag
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I was good at it too, but most of my friends hated it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:25 AM Flag
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I actually gave a lecture in the car yesterday about the use of adverbs and adjectives ! a pet peeve is when people say they did "good" at something and out came grammer mom ! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:39 AM Flag
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Sorry Grammar Mom; Here comes Spelling Mom. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 07:21 PM Flag
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They still diagram sentences in many parochial schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 07:07 PM Flag
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I agree. I have 2 kids one has no problem with spelling the other struggles. The point of invented spelling at first is that you want them to feel free to write and not be obsessed with "getting it right." The spelling comes more in 2-3rd grade. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:11 AM Flag
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OR but couldn't you just teach them about editing? Seems like the first step is to write it all out. Then you go back and correct spelling and grammar. That's the way I was taught anyway. That way you get the best of both. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:12 AM Flag
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np - its about creativity and freedom, not editing. And no, a K child doesn't go back and look up the word in the dictionary to spell it correctly. That is why they use invented spelling - to create writers not editors. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:14 AM Flag
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personally, I think we put too much emphasis now on being creative and expressing yourself. I think that can all come in time but school should be for learning rules and the proper way to do things. I don't remember being hampered in any way by teachers correcting my spelling or handwriting etc. Guess I'm a little old fashioned maybe [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:16 AM Flag
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I think the goal is both, its just a preference as to which you focus on first - and at this point in time, our school chooses creativity for K-2 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:17 AM Flag
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it's probably fine. I guess I'm just a stickler! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:22 AM Flag
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You know, it really varies from kid to kid. I hate to write and I feel it's partly because I'm so worried about errors. I like encouraging kids to just get comfortable expressing themselves through writing first, then stress the spelling etc. later. I'm glad you didn't feel hampered but many do. There is no one approach that is perfect for every child but this seems to be working well for most. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:24 AM Flag
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you are probably right. It worries me though that our standards have slipped so much! I used to tutor back in college and was appalled at the lack of understanding of how to put a few sentences together! Something is really wrong with the system and I am afraid that this is one of the reasons. I'm not a teacher though so I very well could be wrong. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:26 AM Flag
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I just "edited" a paper for a young woman who won a full scholarship to Emory and I was amazed at how poorly structured, poorly written, and poorly researched it was. Like mouth agape shocked... The standards that we grew up with have very drastically changed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:46 AM Flag
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It still hampers them I think to worry about correcting it when they're in K -2. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:14 AM Flag
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It hasn't been an issue for mine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:24 AM Flag
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good for you - it was an issue for me, I'm not sure about my kids since that's the way they were taught. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 09:25 AM Flag
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What is your dd's school? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:08 AM Flag
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catholic school in Atlanta. She is only 3 so not there yet [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:10 AM Flag
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A Catholic school is NOT going to use invented spelling, lol. No need to worry. why are you on the ny board? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:12 AM Flag
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because there is no Atlanta board. And also I like you new yorkers. You are interesting ;-) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:13 AM Flag
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LOL. I'm a southerner in NY and you wouldn't really most of them - they are nuts! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:15 AM Flag
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Ha! We were just up there a couple of months ago. BIL lives there. I loved it! If we didn't have DD, we would probably seriously consider moving up there. Oh well. I like Atlanta [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:17 AM Flag
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Have a good friend who lives in Atlanta - came for the Olympics too. I like to visit, but could not live there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:19 AM Flag
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why not? It's a great town, Nothing like NYC of course, but we really like it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:20 AM Flag
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Atlanta is a great town, but I'm not into the house/yard/car thing - I'm into a super and takeout!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:26 AM Flag
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LOL! You could always move to midtown! There are all kinds of things here but yes, the majority of even intown nabes have yards etc. We like it. ;-) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:30 AM Flag
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imagine the traffic jams if we all liked the same things! Have a great day! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:31 AM Flag
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snort! That's bad enough here as it is! later [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:37 AM Flag
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why do you say a Catholic school will not used invented spelling ? Many schools use it these days, actually. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:17 AM Flag
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Because Catholic schools are traditional all the way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:27 AM Flag
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my DS have been learning this way and I have been happy with it. Now (one is going into 4th and the other into 2nd) they are learning the proper way to spell and it does not seem to have been harmful in any way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:10 AM Flag
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Did they have any spelling words in first grade? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:16 AM Flag
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my son started with spelling tests in third grade [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:18 AM Flag
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I guess I need to start a new post asking parents with dc at traditional schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:28 AM Flag
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huh ? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:29 AM Flag
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The only responders here with children are the ones that did not have spelling tests in first grade. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:31 AM Flag
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gotcha [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:34 AM Flag
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I just googled and came up with some good lists. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:38 AM Flag
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DC is in NYC public and they did have spelling tests in first grade. Every week. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 09:41 AM Flag
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dd attends a school often billed as traditional and in first grade, invented spelling was encouraged, but the kids were also given weekly spelling "tests" -- not really tests, in that they were low-pressure, but the kids' spelling was corrected nonetheless. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.04.08, 07:40 AM Flag
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You don't have to worry unless they have not introduced formal spelling by the beginning of second grade [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:41 AM Flag
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why such a black and white line for worry? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:43 AM Flag
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Second grade is around when it is developmentally appropriate to introduce formal spelling. If it is not done then, the window may be missed. I think it is an important skill, but it doesn't need to be pushed too early [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:49 AM Flag
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Are you a teacher or childhood development type? What do you think of spelling in first grade? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:51 AM Flag
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i would go to barnes and noble and buy a first/second grade spelling instruction book. they will give you a list of appropriate words/strategies to show dc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:43 AM Flag
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They have those? Cool. I will look online! The interenet is so iffy, I was hoping to find a local school with a list so at least I knew it was somewhat realistic and not some crazy lady with cats just posting on a website, kwim? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:49 AM Flag
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Is it me, or does anyone else think invented spelling sets such a bad precedence? It just seems to breed ignorance. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:10 AM Flag
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you mean precedent [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:11 AM Flag
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well, I'm glad someone corrected me. Now I know ;-) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:25 AM Flag
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np: lol. Although I guess that's not technically a spelling mistake. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:33 AM Flag
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I'm a writer and I tutor kids in writing and I have to say that this early experience of "creative" writing with invented spelling doesn't do most of them any good. If it led to expressive, interesting writers who couldn't spell, I would think it was worth it. But it mostly doesn't. It leads to children who don't have the tools with which to express themselves. Children can learn to be afraid of writing because they're "gettting it wrong" or they can learn to be afraid of writing because they're never challenged or taught a set of clear rules they have to observe. I don't believe most schools can teach "creative" writing, so they might as well teach spelling and grammar. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 05:07 PM Flag
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What are your tutoring qualifications and what do you write? I have thought of getting tutoring for one of my children. Curious... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 07:09 PM Flag
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Non-fiction film and tv documentaries, newsmagazines, proposals, some print (feature journalism, service journalism and business books), some internet. I've worked inside schools with teachers and have tutored on the side for a few years. How old is your child? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:00 PM Flag
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peri or amy? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 07:12 AM Flag
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My dc just finished first grade at school that does use inventive spelling and they had 10 spelling words each week, with spelling tests each Friday. Also, the kids are encouraged to spell correctly, though not yet penalized in any way if they do not. As it should be, IMO. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 09:39 AM Flag
[ - ] What is preferred middle school for kids who are academically average who finish ps 6? 18 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 08.02.08, 07:53 AM Flag
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average? then anywhere. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 07:54 AM Flag
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well, where? Are there any nice public middle schools? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 07:55 AM Flag
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Delta? But not the gifted program [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:02 AM Flag
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delta is not for academically avg kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:03 AM Flag
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Isn't Delta a gifted program AND a general ed population? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:04 AM Flag
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Gen Ed there (Booker T Washington Core program) is not considered a good program. PS 6 is in District 2, and there are many good non-accelerated programs (Wagner, School of the Future, Clinton School for Writers and Artists, Salk, Baruch...) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 10:44 AM Flag
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Doesn't Salk have an accelerated program? I thought Upper Lab and Salk were the most difficult schools to get into. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 09:35 AM Flag
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UL and East Side Middle are the accelerated programs and historically the hardest to get into. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 10:04 AM Flag
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And is also D3, and PS6 is D2, so would not be an option. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:11 PM Flag
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They have something about middle school on their Web site. I think the list is similar to the poster aboves - Clinton, Salk, Upper Lab, Baruch. East Side Middle School but I am not sure which are harder to get into than the others... - and that maybe a lot end up at Wagner. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 11:31 AM Flag
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WAGNER silly [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 01:52 PM Flag
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wagner is for morons. it so sucks. Friend's child went there - I couldn't believe how little she learned. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 03:59 PM Flag
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Um - I know you think PS6 is all that but ya see... it is still a DOE school. Just happebns to be in a ritzy area. Same crap curriculum (and I admit this as a public school my). The aveeage kids at PS6 are AVERAGE. That's what Wagner is for. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 05:14 PM Flag
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Actual assignment given by science teacher in Wagner 8th grade: Make a collage about the earth. "What does that mean?" I asked the child. "We just have to find any pictures related to nature and paste them on construction paper or foam board." "That's the assignment???!!" I asked in disbelief. "Well, it's not just science. It's science AND art," said the child. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:09 PM Flag
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your post is funny - regardless of what you think of the DOE - it doesn't make the kids average - (some are i am sure but there is no correlation) conversely non doe expensive shools have many average kids [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 09:23 AM Flag
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Probably the schools which do not emphasize the test scores as much, e.g. Wagner gen ed, School of the Future, Clinton School for Writers and Artists, maybe East Side Middle School but that has gotten more competitive lately. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 09:15 PM Flag
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Look at the "Best Public Middle Schools" book by Clara Hemphill (from Inside Schools). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 10:06 AM Flag
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Clara Hemphil writes as though she's paying paid by Joel Klein. Her books are a whitewash without any meaningful criticism. She can't be trusted. There are no good public middle schools in NYC. Go Catholic or private. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 02.16.09, 08:43 PM Flag
[ - ] For those of you who get a lot of FA at a TT school - do you and/or your child feel comfortable at the school? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 08.02.08, 07:45 AM Flag
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Can't speak for all TT schools, but at my school, yes. People talk about it freely. There is no shame. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 07:54 AM Flag
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I have a child at another school and no one talks about financial aid. I don't think it's a good idea to talk about it. We receive quite a bit of aid, and I would never mention this. It's too easy to engender jealousy or comparisons etc.. Our school makes it very clear in the letter stating the grant that they do not want financial aid awards discussed. We feel totally comfortable, by the way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 07:57 AM Flag
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Well, we don't compare our packages. Just that some people feel free to say they volunteer for a, b and c because they want to give back and feel grateful for FA. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 12:07 PM Flag
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Yes we do [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 12:18 PM Flag
[ - ] does having too much amniotic fluid mean anything bad ?! 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 07:45 AM Flag
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anyone ???? Bueler ? Bueler ? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 07:59 AM Flag
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usually nothing bad. Sometimes it goes along with other birth defects, but assuming baby has been checked out well you should be fine. Much more common in women over 35. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:04 AM Flag
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thank you. with regulat sonogram and having done amnio, I guess it's just that: too much fluid ! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:05 AM Flag
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I had it with my son and my sister had it with hers. Both of us were over 35. No biggie. They will probably watch you a little more closely because I think it can sometimes trigger labor early but it's not dangerous as long as they monitor you. GL! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:07 AM Flag
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thanks [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:12 AM Flag
[ - ] I want GORE! So sad he didn't run this year. Disappointed with Obama. 21 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Toddler 08.02.08, 07:45 AM Flag
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ditto. have a Gore 2008 sticker on my car and you wouldn't believe the comments I get - many nasty nasty, but many just like yours [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 07:45 AM Flag
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Do you think he will run in 2012? I think obama is going to lose this one. There was NO f'ing way he was going to lose but he squandered it all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 07:53 AM Flag
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no. get positive about Obama. I am positive and excited and ready to be vocal with people who are disappointed dems and repubs as well. I was just overseas, and - I kid you not - at every restaurant, people asked in broken English, perfect English, and sometimes with one word "Obama ?" It was actually touching because many said they were waiting for America to return to being America again... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 07:56 AM Flag
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NP what does "america return to being america" mean in this context? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:05 AM Flag
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I think other countries read a lot about the torture stuff, the non-acceptance of global warming, the Iraq invasion is huge. It's the idea that we stand for leading the world in freedom and doing what's right and it doesn't look that way these days. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:07 AM Flag
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interesting. I guess that all depends on your perspective. All the right wing blogs talk about Obama being a socialist and how this could be the end of America as we know it. I doubt it's that dire either way you look at it in reality! ;-) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:08 AM Flag
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It's all perspective, but the people we talked with were all so misty-eyed and spoke of America as this great big dream. They were certainly not speaking as if they knew better then us or in a condescending manner. They all talked about how we liberated all of them and how it's almost dismaying what they read and see now... all perspective... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:12 AM Flag
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seems like for most people it's all about image and how things feel than real actual issues. Oh well. Why are we in this handbasket and where are we going? ;-) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:19 AM Flag
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np they like it that we liberater them and yet they don't want us to liberate Iraq. Interesting..... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:21 AM Flag
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one had countries full of Nazis, the other had one man's people saying they will become a problem and he invaded... different, wouldn't you say ? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:25 AM Flag
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tell that to the familes of all the people he killed. It's not like Saddam was a benevolent dictator who we just disliked. Ya know? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:31 AM Flag
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there are dictators everywhere ! latin america, asia, eastern europe, africa. Throw a dart at a map. Not all of them have oil fields though... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:33 AM Flag
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and of course that played a part in it, from the first gulf war to the present. ANd yes there are, however, someone sitting in a small country in africa with no $$ isn't a risk to us in any way. Iraq was a huge potential risk. I'm not convinced the war was the right thing to do, but I think the jury is still out and I hope it was. I think we won't know for sure for another 10 to 20 years. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:35 AM Flag
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Are we going to liberate Sudan ? Turkmenistan ? venezuela ? Saudi Arabia ? Iran ? Zimbabwe ? Myanmar ? Shall I go on ? Do some reading for yourself. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:37 AM Flag
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Iraq and WWII are two very very different scenarios ! jeez. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:29 AM Flag
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I don't buy that they will be happy with us whether we have Obama or not. What matters is our policy. if obama continues to morph into GOP, they won't be happy with him, either. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:18 AM Flag
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true [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 08:20 AM Flag
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np. honestly, i don't care what europeans think. yes, we need someone to repair the damage bush has done there, but they really know nothing about obama, they have simply talked themselves into some idealistic fantasy about him. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 02:50 PM Flag
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me too. i will vote for obama because there's no way i'm voting for mccain, but i don't get all the hype, nor did i get all the hillary hate. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 02:52 PM Flag
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There's a forum for political posts called, oddly enough, "politics." Please take your posts there and not to NY Schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.02.08, 04:03 PM Flag
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Look, UB is pretty much abandoned. Nobody goes there or any other board much. That's why people post in multiple boards. But come September, school board will be buzzing and non-school posts will be gone, I'm sure. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.03.08, 07:00 AM Flag
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