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General Discussion / Re: Single parent while being an academic
« Last post by Ruralguy on Today at 12:15:58 PM »
I do know some people who are in this situation. Actually, one who I know is more or less "done", at least with the raising of their children (but has had  along and successful career, though it could be tougher at a non-SLAC).
We use natural trees only, on which we put real candles. Easy on the ornaments and tinsel. Occasionally, the trees have lasted until Easter.

As we have aged our trees have gotten smaller. :-)
General Discussion / Re: Single parent while being an academic
« Last post by clean on Today at 11:31:49 AM »
You can do ANYTHING that you Want to do! 
Choices have consequences, but I know several that have made it work!  They may not be the number one department star after the children arrive, but they make it work.
having Children may mean that you wont teach summers, and you may have to find a sitter, or have a more strict schedule, but all of those things are possible IF you decide that the trade off is worth it for you!
General Discussion / Re: Cancelling Dr. Seuss
« Last post by Wahoo Redux on Today at 10:42:26 AM »
The Atlantic: Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee. The American right has lost the plot on free speech.

The American right has lost the plot on free speech. The passage of Florida’s House Bill 1557, which bans “classroom instruction” on “sexual orientation and gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade and in a manner that isn’t “age appropriate or developmentally appropriate” in all grades, K–12, is merely the latest in a string of what the free-speech-advocacy organization PEN America has called “education gag orders” that have been proposed by Republicans and passed by red-state legislatures from coast to coast.

To understand the transformation of Republican legal priorities, one need not turn back the clock very far. For more than 20 years, the dominant conservative mantra in education could be summed up in two words: free speech. The reason for the emphasis on free speech was crystal clear—college campuses had enacted speech codes at a breathtaking rate.

In the effort to make campuses more welcoming to historically marginalized communities, colleges promulgated speech regulations that were designed to eliminate hate speech and other communications that members of university communities deemed offensive.

Although the impulse behind these codes was virtuous, their legal application was profoundly problematic. University speech codes tended to possess three salient characteristics. First, they were aimed directly at the suppression of words and ideas. Second, they were usually broad and vague, leaving teachers and students with little guidance as to the law’s true meaning. And third, they typically relied on the subjective feelings of community members for enforcement.

Sword goes both ways.

Conservative efforts to protect free speech extended to public employees as well, including public-school teachers. My last two significant cases before I became a full-time journalist were successful lawsuits on behalf of public-university professors who had faced reprisal and retaliation for their protected speech.

In one case, a professor was denied a promotion because of his politics. In the other, a professor was forced out of his job after he questioned the scientific research of his colleagues and blew the whistle on unlawful appointments to a state environmental board.
We have some handmade beaded ornaments from one of my aunts who was great with crafts. She's long deceased however I think of her when I see them on our Christmas tree. We have a large angel on top of our tree.
I put up only what I'm willing take down in early January!
Small colored lights, ornaments (non matchy, inherited or collected one at a time as souvenirs etc), no tinsel or garland (the current cat’s “life” goal is to die of an intestinal impaction).

That sounds like what we do.  Last year I picked a color scheme for the tree and used only the ornaments that fit with the color scheme, but it was still very eclectic.  We have a lit star at the top of the tree.

We always do a real tree, so we can't keep it up for too long because it gets crunchy.  Probably I'll get one in about a week and a half.  I need to check if one of our pine saplings that's scheduled for removal might work as a (Charlie Brown-ish) Christmas tree.
General Discussion / Re: Single parent while being an academic
« Last post by HappilyTenured on Today at 09:35:12 AM »
How old are the kids, and how many? A little more info would help.

I don't have kids yet. I would like to, but am wondering if it's possible as a single person and the career that I have.
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by cathwen on Today at 09:18:44 AM »
Good afternoon!

QBwH to find last word, peapod.  Today I’m at Alpha, but having trouble finding the remaining words. 

LB:  I had midshipmen-notorious.  Lots of variety this time!  No 2fer so far today.

Happy puzzling!

ETA:  Got a 2fer!
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by ab_grp on Today at 09:17:04 AM »
Good morning/afternoon!

Got to a bit past genius with the pangram.  Luckily it was a lot easier for me to find than yesterday's! Yesterday I found it as my 57th word, despite having tried potatohead and even dopehead, which probably should have helped.  But at least I got it eventually.  I think I needed two words when we compared, atop, heptad.  But we did have team QB.

For LB, I initially saw midshipmen and then shipment and ended up with shrouds-shipment as well.  Congrats on two 2fers, Langue_doc! Congrats on yours, ciao_yall, and on another today! Several solutions already!

Happy solving!
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by ciao_yall on Today at 09:14:29 AM »
QBwH for a new word epode. LB odorous-shipment. Quick 2fer this morning.

Happy solving!
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