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Monday, November 11, 2013

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ZEEDRA 11/12/2013 10:28AM

    A dog's devotion is unbelievable. I'm so glad that soldiers and veterans have a companion/healing program now. It sounds like adoptees are needed for when the soldiers or veterans pass away.

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LADYRH 11/12/2013 6:36AM

    Karen thanks for sharing and caring.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/11/2013 8:38PM

    Thanks for these heart touching photos. They bring tears to my eyes also.
God Bless America and all our troops.

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DEMETERSCO 11/11/2013 2:16PM

    Beautiful photos - tears in my eyes♥

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PJSTIME 11/11/2013 12:52PM

    Thanks Karen for posting these pics. God Bless all our veterans.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2013 12:22PM

    Loved the pictures and the message. God bless our troops.

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GABY1948 11/11/2013 11:51AM

    emoticon emoticon God Bless them ALL!

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MIMIDOT 11/11/2013 11:33AM

    Well said! Bless our veterans!

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VINGRAM 11/11/2013 11:02AM

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ERINLINDSAY83 11/11/2013 10:57AM

    Thank you for sharing this. God bless our Veterans and their families!


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Two teenagers go to the store for their parents. Mom has given them a list of items to pick up for her. They are gone a very long time. Finally they return and do you know what took them so long?

They could not read the list! They are both honor students! Why couldnít they read that list?

It was written in CURSIVE!

Forty-five out of fifty states have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a set of state-led educational standards. Texas, one of the five who has yet to adopt the Standards, has found one major flaw in them Ė they do not include cursive writing instruction as part of elementary school curriculum.

You can find information about this topic all over the internet. Hereís one example:

Our kids wonít be able to read the love letters or war diaries of their parents and grandparents.

How much history is WRITTEN in cursive?

How many ways will our kids miss out that we canít even think of right now, because they canít read cursive? If a kid wants to be a cop, letís hope she doesnít come across a suicide note or ransom note written in cursive, hmmm? Sheíll have to call for a translator! There are a thousand more examples out there in life and will be for a very long time.

The proponents of omitting cursive from school curriculums say it is more important for students to learn to use keyboards so they can survive in a technological age. Iím all for technology. I love it. I use my ipod, ipad, iphone and streaming movies every day. But canít they learn BOTH?

Are schools promoting PROGRESS or are they FAILING our kids? Won't they be losing a large part of their heritage?

I love new tech toys, but somehow not passing on the art of cursive writing seems like a mistake to me. Time will tell, I guess.

What do you think?

And tell me, is this happening in other countries? Or was this "Born in the USA?"


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IMAVISION 12/8/2013 11:01PM

    In regard to the statement that cursive isn't used --- I use it daily --- I used it as an elementary school teacher & was happy that it was part of mandated lessons. Actually, I started my teaching career at a Rehab Center, where I taught an after school program for high school students in need of learning to write more clearly in cursive.

I believe that there should be a national standard in education.

I, also, believe that home schooled students should have to take all tests that public school students do. Also, that the home schooled students should have to take said tests in a classroom along with the public school students.

I was floored to learn, just this past week, that there is something going on called "unschooling" --- seems parents go on record as having their children home schooled; however, no schooling is given these children. Texting is used as a tool for these children to "teach themselves" to read. Unreal that this is allowed to go on!

I could say more about the American public education system; however, it will just depress me to continue.

I do fear for this country! And for many more reasons than just the poor education that we are giving our young people.

God bless!

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FISHINGLADY66 10/14/2013 11:05AM

    emoticon I know we are in a different generation, but I think we should still teach the basics. After all, we still teach about evolution and a lot of things in our past. Interesting blog Karen. Thanks!

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NOMIS1 10/14/2013 9:35AM

    I think a lot of the basics should be brought back.

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LADYRH 10/14/2013 5:34AM

    emoticon Today's children are losing so much by all these educational changes.

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KNITTINGNAN 10/13/2013 11:44PM

  I guess I agree with Woubbie, in that I print everything as a result of nuns attempting to make me learn the palmer method of handwriting, which I just hated. My printing is far more legible that most people's cursive scratches and is complimented by those who read it.

On the other hand, I am far more concerned about our children's social skills as they are becoming glued to cell phones....not even talking, but frantically punching their thumbs into little buttons as they send abbreviated nonsense messages to each other. Spelling doesn't matter anymore, regardless if it is printed or written in cursive. How sad to observe a family at a restaurant, mom, dad, and even young chilren all concentrating on their cell phone pads without even establishing eye contact with the waitress or each other.

Now you have got me started@#$%^&*&^%%$ emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/13/2013 9:50PM

    I feel we are pretty much raising a generation of idiots. I hate it. People walking around with a phone attached to their hand like it's part of them. When the power is out, the internet is down, the phone tower is down, they are devastated. Literally. They can't function. If we ever have a huge natural disaster we all better hope there are enough older people like my husband and your man to get us through it because this generation doesn't know how to do much of anything other than push buttons.

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VINGRAM 10/13/2013 9:33PM

    Big, big mistake! emoticon

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GABY1948 10/13/2013 5:44PM

    OMG I TOTALLY agree with you! I write cursive FAR better than I print! I had no idea this was going on! This world is fast becoming a place that has NOTHING I want! Thanks for sharing! This old lady is FAR out of the loop, I guess!

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ZEEDRA 10/13/2013 4:59PM

    I'm just checking up on it, Karen, but we're into politics now!!!

My first and only reading so far came up with this partial definition: "Common Core State Standards, the first-ever national academic standards for students..."

I would say this has become a very political issue now, though the origin was a co-operative effort, in 2008, between a Democrat and a Republican (wish the news would carry more of this type of cooperation) to design a standardized program. In the beginning, many states signed on and now that it has been judged to be a federal initiative, which I am reading it is not, some states are backing out. People seem to want to bite their noses to spite their faces!

Because people don't always stay in one state, this would be a good way for students transferring to another state to have the same basics. Because this is "basic/core", it is just that...departments of education, states, parents, etc. are free to promote and encouraged further study. This is not meant to inhibit progress but to simply define "step one" (my opinion).

I don't see anything I'm reading, so far, that discourages cursive writing.
A good example of the flexibility is from your attachment, Karen, is:

"The Massachusetts Department of Education requires that fourth graders should be able to ďwrite legibly by hand, using either printing or cursive handwriting.Ē

I'll do more reading on this now, I think.

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SHOAPIE 10/13/2013 4:36PM

    Cursive writing is as important as spelling correctly!

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PJSTIME 10/13/2013 4:10PM

    They need to learn it regardless of whether they use it later or not. There is too much history not to know how read it. Look at all the museum with cursive artifacts let alone past family history. I am thinking of moms letters from dad in WWII that would not be read in the future.

I also wonder if kids will know how to really tell time, count out change or even tie their own shoes.

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WOUBBIE 10/13/2013 3:28PM

    Actually, a lot of languages don't even have a equivalent to cursive. My kids constantly complained about how much time they wasted learning to write in cursive and then never ever used it in the real world, except for signatures. They should be taught how to write it and read it, of course, but i don't think anyone outside of calligraphers really uses it much. I myself print everything and don't even use lower case most of the time. Much faster and easier to read.

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Friday, September 20, 2013


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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/21/2013 10:32PM

    Heavens! I'm tired just thinking about it. LOL.

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FISHINGLADY66 9/20/2013 6:01PM

    WOW.. Amazing.

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GABY1948 9/20/2013 3:26PM

    I agree...I can't even imagine!

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JEANNE229 9/20/2013 11:55AM

    oh...my....It almost looks fake. How can that be possible? (sigh)

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Can You Finish This Sentence?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Before I die . . .


I read this article and was interested in the question and the massive response to it.

But even more so, I wondered what it means if I can't complete this sentence or answer this question.

Does it mean I have no goals, that I'm not contemplative, never self-analyze? Or does it mean I'm sublimely content, happy, and happy to be happy?

No answers here. Just questions. Thought I'd share.


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KAYYVAUGHN 9/5/2013 6:23AM

    Very interesting! It is something to think about now.

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REGILIEH 9/4/2013 5:18PM

    Very thought provoking! emoticon for sharing!


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PURPLELVR7 8/20/2013 7:12AM

    very interesting thought

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FISHINGLADY66 8/19/2013 5:45PM

    WOW!.. I never thought about (Before I die). I just live from day to day and Thank God for another day when I wake up in the morning. My goal is working on my health as long as I'm alive. I guess this is a mind game. Thanks for the pondering.

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AKHEIDI 8/19/2013 4:29PM

    I have a few things I want to do but I pretty much and happy and content and don't feel the need to look for things to strive for.

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WOUBBIE 8/19/2013 1:16PM

    At the moment I don't have much on my list either. I would have had a lot when I was younger, but at this point in time I'm too focused on keeping what I have as opposed to pursuing something new.

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GABY1948 8/19/2013 11:12AM

    Karen, I don't have questions either. But that is how I am in everything usually. Very interesting...thanks for sharing!

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NELLJONES 8/19/2013 10:12AM

    I've done pretty much everything I intended, at least the things that are up to me.

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NOMIS1 8/19/2013 9:58AM

    I'd rather not say the first thing that I did think. But it is interesting.

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ZEEDRA 8/19/2013 9:50AM

    Interesting, Karen. I don't feel ready to comment further except I like your questions and comments.

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MSKRIS7 8/19/2013 9:37AM

    I am contently happy. Have a small bucket list but will not get upset if it does not all get done!! emoticon

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    We must be sisters in a former life because I had the EXACT same response to the wall and question as you did. I don't have a huge bucket list like other people. I really have had a full and rich life. But I don't know the answer to the original question nor the answer to our questions.

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Thought for the Day - Add your own!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

There are moments when any of us can be a miracle needed by someone else.


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KAYYVAUGHN 8/16/2013 3:25PM

    That makes me feel good, although I hope so one day.

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SAMMIESMOM13 8/14/2013 9:18AM

    Remember the tortoise won the race.

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PJSTIME 8/14/2013 8:35AM

    Never give up.

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SLACHETKA103145 8/14/2013 7:05AM

    emoticon post that cuts to the core of our being!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/13/2013 10:24PM

    Hanging out with successful people increases my chances of success.


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FISHINGLADY66 8/13/2013 4:30PM

    The greatest battlefield upon which you must fight and win is the battlefield of the mind. I hope this will encourage you and give you the strength to face the challenge you're going through.

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GABY1948 8/13/2013 4:22PM

    Never say never....or "I CAN'T"!

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DEMETERSCO 8/13/2013 1:03PM

    Donít let your struggles become your identity.

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WOUBBIE 8/13/2013 12:26PM

    Thanks! Mine will be to:

Pay it forward!

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STUDLEEJOE 8/13/2013 12:16PM

    Wonderful thought for the day.

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CTURCOTTE 8/13/2013 12:13PM

    Strive to make a difference today! emoticon

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