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On A Claire Day by Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett

On A Claire Day

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  1. kattbailey commented on Baldo about 1 year ago

    Right on. At my church there’s actually a group that likes science and gets together several times a year. We learn about a subject, consider Scripture. The minister who started it agrees with my biochemist father, who is also a member of the group. We think God has let us learn more about the world as we have been able to handle it.

    I’m not relying on only faith or on only science to deal with a terrible combination of health issues. My bailiwick is history, trying to piece out how things once happened based on the fairly random things fallible people wrote down. I know the things people have erroneously believed in. But it is my faith and my doctors together that I put my trust in.

  2. kattbailey commented on Stone Soup about 1 year ago

    My profs told us they’d put phrases from our papers into search engines. Anything that wasn’t listed as a citation. If they got a hit they’d read what they found and see if it was chance (only so many ways to say a general’s decision lost the battle) or plagarism. And probably they’d have checked to see if we combined a few on-line articles if we seemed to have used part of one. Hmm. Dad teaches the writing course in the sciences. Don’t know what he does…

  3. kattbailey commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not about 1 year ago

    Surveys do say children dream of wild, dangerous animals a lot. They think it’s left over from when a child would be likely to face that. We dream of danger to help us practice what we’d do in the situation. Children practice getting out of Dodge when faced with something that in some areas of the world are still a threat (villages in Africa lose kids to lions, for example).

  4. kattbailey commented on Stone Soup about 1 year ago

    I’d guess that there’s one 2-person team. That’s how we always did it when there was someone who wouldn’t have an adult’s vocabulary and spelling skills. The youngest played with someone else. Or either the winner or lowest score is out the next game.

  5. kattbailey commented on Grand Avenue over 1 year ago

    My step-grandfather’s first wife survived the Depression and stashed money around so they’d have something if the banks and Wall Street fell again. A year after she died Ted married Grandma and they were together 11 years, after both almost hit the 50 year mark with their first spouses. They were still finding money after Ted died- and they’d redone the place after Grandma moved in to use the best of their furniture, and done some clean-outs to give things in boxes in the basement to relatives who could use them then.

  6. kattbailey commented on Pickles over 1 year ago

    I’ve seen a quote that life’s too short to read the same book twice, but I don’t buy it. Books are precious. I don’t have much money and the ones I buy are the good ones, and I’ll usually read a library book twice before taking it back (I do read an average-sized book in 2-3 hours). There are books I read every year. And yes, there are plenty I couldn’t tell you a thing about. Read them, concentrated on it, maybe read it again right off- love to read a good book seeing how they worked in things that mean so much more when you kow the ending. I’ve read all the Jane Austin books several times and can’t remember one plot from the others in a pinch, and I enjoyed them. I just have read so many books things get tangled up in my head…

  7. kattbailey commented on The Other Coast over 1 year ago

    My girl started by getting toys by name when we asked her to. Then I started asking her for things I needed. I am losing my ability to walk due to a neurological problem- not life-threatening but it left Mom and another relative paraplegics, no treatment or cure. Chloe is now my legal assistance dog. We only were going for a pet, but she’ll be my lifeline, always learning tasks I don’t need her to do yet but that Dad and I do for Mom. My school records say I’d probably qualify for Mensa but I’ve never met a member I could stand to be in the room with…

  8. kattbailey commented on On A Claire Day over 1 year ago

    1. our vet said not to give my girl (volunteer assistance dog- started doing things then got training to do more) meat. Said it could give her pancreatitis and kill her. One of my aunt’s dogs died of that (though not from eating meat) so we’re being careful, chopping up 1 TBSP fine. You can freeze leftover turkey- we used to to make casseroles later in the winter. But you should do it soon after first cooking the thing, not wait.

  9. kattbailey commented on On A Claire Day almost 2 years ago

    Subliminal images can make you feel emotions- a skull or something freaky will put you on edge without knowing why. But it can’t program you like they used to think. (according to my psych profs a decade ago and some more recent reading)

  10. kattbailey commented on Basic Instructions over 2 years ago

    I’m 4’11", thin, and young. I look healthy. I can’t walk more than 2 steps unassisted.

    If I gain weight as I age I guess Zyr will take away my keys. In ten years, I won’t be able to stand if I continue to progress as the relatives I inherited this gene from (which I will unless there is a cure for paralysis and MS – nerves from my spine to my legs are dying and there is no treatment- it’s not autoimmune so the drugs that help MS don’t work…