It's not even that I am so much against setting up a private exchange... I mean, if you want to chit chat with your friends on a private message board, that is fine and dandy with me... but as Gemini pointed out, it is the advertising of the private board on a public board that is just a bit tacky in my opinion. Clearly, not everyone who posts here is welcome on the private board, so why point this out? But yeah, I am pretty curious to hear the answer to the your question, "Are you actually planning on denying anyone membership if they ask?"View Thread
I think alot of grocery stores sell their own cloth bags now, so I think that is a good thing. I have also noticed that alot of the national chains I shop at (e.g., Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joes) have different incentives to get people to use cloth/reusable bags. I think you get like 5 cents back at Target per bag, 5 cents back or 5 cents to donate to a charity per bag at Whole Foods, and a raffle ticket per bag at Trader Joes for a weekly gift card drawing or something.
I just thought it was interesting that California is looking into passing a bag tax. I'm particularly against this, it just seems like putting a positive spin on cloth bag use seems like a better way to go rather than punishing plastic bag users (or someone who simply forgot or ran out of canvas bags).View Thread
I am kinda cracking up over the fact that there is actually a "Save the Plastic Bag Coalition"... I mean of all things that people would go out of their way to save. But hey, if a corporations' profits are at stake, I guess it is pretty fair to assume that they will create a lobbying group to "save" whatever it is that their selling heh...View Thread
1. If you could be ANYwhere right now, where would you go? Who would you take? Maybe like Cabo, or somewhere tropical, sipping drinks by an infinity pool. I would probably take DH and maybe a few other couples... no babies!
2. If you were sitting in front of your TV right now, what would you watch? TV show? Movie? What show or movie? I need to watch the beginning of the episode of the Hills from last night... turned it on late
3. Do you drink wine? What is your favorite? YES. I don't really have a favorite... I like Shiraz and Pinot Grigio, but really, I'll drink anything lol. I think my New Years resolusion for 2011 (yes, I think in advance) will be to learn more about wine.
4. OK, top 5 men on your 'list'. You know that list ladies..who would they be 1) Joel McHale 2) Johnny Depp (perinneal favorite) 3) Apolo Anton Onho! 4) Clive Owen (especially from Closer... yum...) 5) Mickey Rourke circa 1986 in 9 1/2 Weeks
5. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Regardless of children or not. Realistically... Maybe my boss's job. He has it pretty good. Or maybe Administrator of CMS or something... at least that is the goal! Unrealistically... International Pop Star LOL
6. What is your favorite season? Why? I guess Fall, although Spring and summer have been pretty fun with DS being the age he is now!
7. What is your favorite holiday? Why? I used to like Thanksgiving, but I don't know how that is going to go this year now that I don't eat meat LOL
8. If you have any tattoos, what do you have? Do you want more? What would it be? If you don't, do you want one? What would it be? No tattoos, but who knows, I might get one in the future.
9. Big reader? What kind of books do you like? Not a huge reader, but I do like a good book. I read mainly non-fiction stuff. If anyone is interested in healthcare quality or just an intriguing, thought-provoking quick read in general, may I suggest the Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande...
10. OK, I'm all over the place. Who inspires you to be the person you are? Or you strive to be? I dunno... I mean, I don't think I really consider anyone to be my "hero". I really loved the Kind Diet and actually felt kind of inspired by it, so I guess I'll go with Alicia Silverstone on this question... at the moment at least hahaView Thread
No advice, but I'll be interested to hear what others have to say. I tried to grow some basil (not even from seeds... I bought a pre-grown plant), and that thing wilted like there was no tomorrow. I def have a brown thumb lolView Thread
Yeah, I 100% do. Puberty often begins around that time (I know that is when I got AF for the first tiem)... hormones and confusion then ensue. I think that is around the time adolescents start to wonder about sex and everything else that comes with it, so I think it is appropriate to begin discussing the real facts out in the open rather than leave their older brothers and sister, R-rated movies, and uneducated yet "knowledgable" peers to fill in the blanks.View Thread
I would hope so too. This is going back nearly 10 years, but I remember that STD info was always discussed BUT it was against policy to formally discuss any contraception except for "abstinence"... RIDICULOUS! And I lived in a suburb directly adjacent to a major city, so we aren't talking about podunkville middle america here! I actually think this was pretty standard practice across the entire US (especially during the Bush era), so it wouldn't necessarily surprise me if if contraceptives were left out of the curriculum.View Thread
Yeah, I actually agree as well. I think 10 years old seems like an appropriate age to begin learning about sex and other sex acts. In my experience, I know alot of my peers began to engage in sexual activity (though not always sex) in middle school, so introducing these concepts in 5th grade seems to be the right time to launch a "preemptive strike" so to speak on these issues. I know numerous people who lost their virginity in middle school, and one who actually became pregnant in 7th grade, so I do not think 5th gread is too early at all to discuss this important information.
I also think it is a great idea to teach young children about different family structures at a young age. There is a small, but growing, number of children who are raised by parents in same sex relationships, and I think it is important for their peers to be educated about the ways families differ. I think even more common is having a gay aunt or uncle or other close family member or family friend, so I think teaching acceptance and different types of relationships at a young age is key. From what you posted, it doesn't sound like there would be any explicit information about the sex acts that occur between same sex couples at least until 5th grade, so I don't know why there is any issue there.
Honestly, this curriculum seems pretty forward thinking and age appropriate in my eyes. The only thing that seems lacking is discussion about contraceptives and STDs, although maybe that is included but just not discussed in the above blurb.View Thread