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  1. janinabarnes commented on Stone Soup about 20 hours ago

    In defense of Holly’s school, sometimes topics are sectioned out for later study. For instance, my middle school covered American History in 6th grade, but only lightly brushed the Constitution at that time. 8th grade Civics class was when we learned the Constitution in depth and the ins and outs of our political system.

    Of course, if Holly has spent her class time daydreaming or moping, it wouldn’t matter what the contents of the class were. As the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink. I’ve known an awful lot of kids who are good students in elementary and then decide that school is too much effort once they hit middle school. Fortunately, most of their parents get them to change their minds before they do themselves too much harm.

  2. janinabarnes commented on Frazz 8 days ago

    My daughter was drilling holes (under my watchful eye) when she was 4. Kids can do a lot more than we give them credit for. That said, no WAY would I let a kid use my tools without a stated reason and direct supervision.

  3. janinabarnes commented on Pickles 11 days ago

    I live at 6800 feet elevation, and have no trouble with pancakes. Make the pancakes slightly thinner, and flip them when the bubbles that form stay open after they pop. I usually use medium heat, but it helps to have a good stove and a slightly thicker griddle. One of the tricks is that the air is drier here, and so is the flour. A bit of extra water makes all the difference. You might also try making the pancakes a smaller diameter.

  4. janinabarnes commented on Frazz 29 days ago

    “it’s all for a good cause: to prolong one’s own life through exercise”
    Why would I want a longer life if it means I have to be miserable from following all the exercise and diet bandwagons?

  5. janinabarnes commented on Pickles 29 days ago

    I just got a cell phone a few weeks ago. It seems the prior owner of that number is a visiting nurse and hasn’t changed her number with all of the places she subbed for. I am gradually letting them know they have the wrong number. Not sure whether to get the number changed or not.

  6. janinabarnes commented on Stone Soup about 1 month ago

    Honestly, if they leave it alone the pacifier is likely to become boring all on its own. After my youngest was born, my other daughter, aged 4 1/2, wanted a bottle a few times. We gave it to her without comment, knowing that what she really wanted was the attention the baby was getting. It didn’t take long before she decided that she preferred her milk in a cup. If it goes on for too long, that’s when you can go to insisting that people who suck on pacifiers also have to take naps or whatever.

  7. janinabarnes commented on Frazz about 1 month ago

    I have to wonder…if his songwriting was so successful, why is it the first time it has come up in the strip? Frazz is happy to talk about the rest of his obsessions.

  8. janinabarnes commented on Frazz about 1 month ago

    One of the computer programmers at my work made a living as a songwriter and performer for close to a decade. He changed careers because programming provides a reliable income and (mostly) predictable hours/location. Even if you can make a living doing songwriting, it may not be the best long-term plan.

  9. janinabarnes commented on Cathy about 1 month ago

    Well…I guess it WOULD take a miracle to get past all the hang-ups these two have!

  10. janinabarnes commented on Pickles about 1 month ago

    My kids used to wear out their shoes regularly when the school playground had a gravel surface. The school switched to that rubber matting stuff and the shoes have stayed in great shape ever since.