Yep. And as a late boomer/Jones, I was just in time to see things change. It gets old being the last one to get a benefit/first one to see it go away. Hear all the talk about jobs being available...and then see them go away before one can apply.
No, not a bootstrapper here. And one factor that bootstrapper advocates miss--part of the so-called "success" of bootstrapping comes with a hefty dose of good luck. No legal or medical problems. Being in the right place at the right time.
The random chance of luck, fate, or whatever you want to call it gets completely disregarded by the Boomer/bootstrappers. Then again, I suppose they consider it to be their entitled fate.
"The majority of Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners I know are pro-science and pro-vaccine. They have gone through their discipline’s substantial training and licensing processes. "
Yes. My acupuncturist remained open throughout the lockdown because she instituted strict biosecurity measures from the beginning in her clinic. She was one of the first health care practicitioners in my area to get vaccinated. And she and her office let me know that appointments were available BEFORE the state did.
She's also strict about licensing and posting licenses in her clinic. And yes, she's also a Chinese Medicine doctor....
Honestly, I think part of the rationale for acupuncture working is that it addresses the fascia--I have myofascial pain syndrome and it helps, to the degree that I have more mobility without pain than I did before acupuncture.
Been told for years that I can be intimidating. I know of circumstances where it's rebounded on me, but...it's also turned out to be beneficial.
And there are men out there who are not diminished by strong women. Oh, they often backslide a little bit (just as we strong women do), but it doesn't take much for them to be guided back on track.
That said, there's a difference between being a strong, powerful woman who speaks truth to power and an overbearing, domineering facade who prefers to tear other people down to build herself up. Truly strong women don't punch down, they lift up.
Disagree with the comma part, but that's also a generational thing.
HOWEVER. "Free reign" when it should be "free rein" is one of my BIG pet peeves. Look it up, folks. It's "rein" as in the line from a horse rider's hand to the bit in a horse's mouth. Not what a royal does.
Special education teachers often teach courses like this--not just at the "life skills" level but for the higher academic skills special education students. I always thought it was a good idea and...used a lot of real life examples when teaching remedial math and remedial English coursework. Works really well for middle school students.
I'm actually someone who has worked with IQ scores in my past job as a special education case manager. I *have* worked with students for whom an IQ in the 20s range has been obtained, using nonverbal cognitive measures.
Too many laypeople conflate a full scale IQ score as being the end-all, be-all of intelligence. It's not. They also imagine that IQ is all about literacy and numeracy. It's not. Far too many people equate intelligence with academic performace and verbal intelligence processing, and it is definitely not the case.
Valid and reliable IQ measures, in my opinion, only…
At 63, I'm gobsmacked by the number of people who find me an inspiration, because I keep on riding my horse (who is the equine equivalent of 63-ish). I've known too many people who think they have to stop at 60 or so.
When A Story Doesn’t Come Together
I’m one of those writers who has a book writing plan. That is, I sit down every December and plan out what books (and hopefully short stories and essays) I will be working on during the coming year. This usually involves a bit of note-taking, rough outlines, the whole nine yards.
Now do I stick to that plan?
Until the year of Covid, yes. Oh, I’d modify the plan every quarter. But the books that I wrote every year fell into a nice neat little sequence. Perhaps not quite in the order I originally…
Selling craft items at bazaars isn’t something new for me. I started the bazaar sales dance as a side gig during the 90s. At the time I had a young child, was trying to break into the writing world, and worked some other side gigs as a political activist (not canvassing, never canvassing, thank God). A friend got me started in making stone bead jewelry (shades of the Portlandia segment “She’s Making Jewelry Now” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBPT1pgByqc) which expanded to sales on eBay and early Amazon. …
We’re gonna die, teenaged me thought, as the combine roared onto the blacktop side road in the summer dusk in front of me and Sparkle. She jerked her head high and cantered backwards three steps as I kicked my feet out of the stirrups and bailed out of the saddle before she could either run further or start bucking.
“Who — a — a,” I breathed, clutching the reins. The dark bay mare stopped, snorting at the unfamiliar metal monster. We stood there until the machine passed, Sparkle dancing against my tight hold on her reins. Once the beast had…
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