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  1. 1 day ago on Phoebe and Her Unicorn

    I don’t see anything wrong with the respectful exploring things in a forum. No, you likely won’t change minds, but each interaction gives folks something to think about. Sometimes it is easier to say or hear things if you aren’t personally invested, where there may be real world consequences to certain topics. I just scroll past the convos I’m not interested in.

  2. 1 day ago on Phoebe and Her Unicorn

    There are some references up earlier in the comments. Plus I guess there is a stand alone comic with her.

  3. 1 day ago on Phoebe and Her Unicorn

    To be fair to poor Wes, it may be a fluke of his browser? When I’m in my outlook email on my iPad, I get weird extra returns at the end of sentences, so my emails can be miles long, or if I try to delete them, a single block of text. I can’t figure out what is causing it. It’s really annoying when I need to dash off a note to a client and I’m not on my desktop, rueful grin.

  4. 1 day ago on Phoebe and Her Unicorn

    Thanks, dear..I do appreciate the hugs.

  5. 1 day ago on Francis

    Oh! Good eye! Kinda silly, I think most readers understood….

  6. 2 days ago on Phoebe and Her Unicorn

    Oh dear, you are making so many misguided generalizations here. Please meet some folks, or read a legit book about same sex households and relationships. There is literally NOTHING different about a home raising children with two moms or dads.

    Parents, no matter what sex, are human beings first, and have their own foibles, issues, and if you are lucky strengths. Just being opposite sexed is no magic bullet to good parenting. I had entirely worthless parents of both sexes, who split up when I was in grade school, back when divorce was still scandalous.

    As the last child at home, neither of them wanted to take responsibility for me, even my well-respected, successful sober father. My mom fought for custody just so she could get the child support, which she sent to my nieces who were living with their aunt and uncle, because my sister and her husband gave up custody (do we sense a pattern here?)

    If I needed something, like school supplies, or a new shirt, she would tell me matter-of-factly, she never wanted another child, so if I needed something it was my dad’s responsibility. I had no idea of course that he was already at least sending a check to support me. (I do acknowledge he did that much, even if it was out of the divorce decree.)

    Finally, when I was a teen, Mom had become dangerous to live with, so I asked if I could please come live with him. He said, “I don’t think that would be a good idea.” Let that sink in.

    It was a challenge growing up to be even a moderately well-adjusted and productive member of society. If I could have a do-over, I’d have given anything to have one parent of any type, much less two, “trying their best to get it right.” I imagine I would at least likely get fed and clothed regularly in my nice, upper middle class home.

    In the end, all that matters to kids, is they have parents who are kind and understanding with them and each other, and know their job is helping bring out the best in their children.

  7. 3 days ago on Candorville

    My vacuum sealer, and a regular chest freezer, is my road to food hoarding hell. You’re right, we’ve eaten 6 year old steaks, 3 year old lobsters, etc no problem and they tasted just fine. The problem is I still have to go to the grocery store for other stuff, where I see that great deal on chicken breasts, or lobster tails, or I didn’t take anything out of the freezer so I buy something fresh I can cook up that night. Then I make pots of things like stews and spaghetti sauce that are perfect for vac-ing and I throw those in, and they are easier to pull out on a busy nite. The worst is I’m a sucker for those online meat and bread subscriptions that get delivered, because we don’t have a grocery store handy. I bite, thinking it will save me store trips, but I still have to go to get milk and eggs, etc. anyway and then the boxes come faster than we can eat the stuff. Finally the freezer ends up chock full of little plastic bags of food I feel too guilty to toss out. “But it’s still good and it was such a deal!” Just a few months ago, I finally pitched five 10 year old farmed ducks and 3 turkeys that had been lining the bottom of the chest since the beginning. I’m trying to become reformed, and we are working our way through the backlog.

  8. 3 days ago on Candorville

    Bell left a message just after you posted.

  9. 4 days ago on Crabgrass

    I’m not sure what you are describing is “the bigger” issue. It is exactly the issue, albeit a big one. And that does make him, in my view, a very poor dad. Since this seems to be his MO in any situation, as you describe, I guess anyone who is more involved in their own goals and dismissive of how their attitude affects the folks around them is pretty much the definition of a narcissist, and experience shows they should really not be involved in the raising of children. It does worry me that Bondia seems to think that at least emotional neglect, if not emotional abuse, is the fodder for laughs. I’m a newer reader here, and not sure I’m “getting” this one, but I’ve never been fond of “jerk” style humor, even if they eventually get their comeuppance.

  10. 4 days ago on Crabgrass

    I was really bummed when I learned they dropped the lightbulb heat source in the new versions. I had one and it taught me baking AND physics.