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Maryland parents investigated for neglect after letting kids walk home alone from park -
"It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently." - Stephan
“Parenthood is an exercise in risk management,” she said. “Every day, we decide: Are we going to let our kids play football? Are we going to let them do a sleep­over? Are we going to let them climb a tree? We’re not saying parents should abandon all caution. We’re saying parents should pay attention to risks that are dangerous and likely to happen.” - Stephan
Seriously...WTF? I suspect most of our generation were "free range" kids. (Although, we never needed a description of it.) You left in the morning and came home when you were hungry or the streetlights came on. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
My elementary school was a mile walk each way. The authorities didn't seem to have a problem with kids walking that far alone. Only the kindergarteners got a bus ride. Why are we raising entire generations of kids that are going to be totally unprepared for the harsh realities of life? Kids are so much tougher and self-reliant than they're given credit for- if we let them. - Jenny H. from Android
The threats uttered (also checked that link) just don't seem to make sense. At that age my dad had the car so if you wanted to go somewhere we walked. - Stephan from iPhone
>.> If you were a mile or less away you were expected to walk to school when I was wee. - Alix May from iPhone
Sounds like their CPS office doesn't have enough to do! - Jim #teamFFrank
Have western societies become overly protective in general? - Stephan
i wouldn't call this protective. - Big Joe Silence
Well, if we consider walking a mile to home dangerous... - Stephan
I think people see the world as more dangerous and threatening than it is. Which means everyone is expected to act according to worst case scenarios at all times. - Heather
It's one thing that a citizen calls police. It's another matter for them to take it to the next level. - Stephan from iPhone
A few blogs have invited me to pitch to them. Now I’m paralyzed by fear thinking nothing I do will be good enough. I should just do it.
If they invited you, they already think you're awesome. - Heather
Yeah, but then if I write them something bad, they'll know I'm not. - Jandy
the last time i saw you write something bad was...never! you are awesome. calm they nerves and go for it - Sir Shuping is just sir
If you write something bad, you've written one bad thing. It doesn't reflect on you anymore than that. At the least, you can get feedback and improve. - Heather
Andrew C (✔)
Meet the man who spent 12 years trapped inside his body watching ‘Barney’ reruns -
"The rest of the world thought Pistorius was a vegetable, according to NPR. Doctors had told his family as much after he'd fallen into a mysterious coma as a healthy 12-year-old before emerging several years later completely paralyzed, unable to communicate with the outside world. The nightmarish condition, which can be caused by stroke or an overdose of medication, is known as "total locked-in syndrome," and it has no cure, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke." - Andrew C (✔)
"But Pistorius was there, so much so that he remembered with clarity the death of Princess Diana, the inauguration of Nelson Mandela and the Sept. 11 terror attacks. He watched his relatives go about their lives and listened to the things they said, though they had no idea he could hear them. "But nobody thought I was even aware of them, let alone the fact that I not only knew about... more... - Andrew C (✔)
I think my worst nightmare is to be trapped inside my body like this. - Heather
I've been asked to put together a list of the best online cat videos for work - what are some of your faves?
This is a site I follow on FB. Some classic videos are here. I loved the one that made the rounds of the mamma cat hugging her kitten. - Janet
literally any Maru video. - holly #ravingfangirl
Cat vs Printer, The Translation (caution, f-bombs) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Maru. - Jenica
Shark cat on a Romba and a duck. - Heather
Cat vs Printer is great. Thanks, Shannon. - bentley
Barking cat ( ), Cats playing pattycake (w/ voice) (, Surprised kitten (, Cat pushes another cat down stairs (, Flying Fish attacks cat ( - Andrew C (✔)
You guys rule. There are a few here I'd forgotten about! - Melly
Not a video, but this is my favorite animated gif: - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Someone did a Maru fanvid to U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". It. Is. Gold. - Deborah Fitchett
Andrew C (✔)
RT @buzzfeed: This Is What Happens When Women Actually Accept A Compliment From A Man Online
RT @buzzfeed: This Is What Happens When Women Actually Accept A Compliment From A Man Online
Damned. If you do, if you don't, if you tell people, if you show people. Literally no way to win. People suck. - Heather
I just avoid talking to people. - Amit Patel
Wow, Amit! Get over yourself! #saidnooneever :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
People have said that to me :) - Amit Patel
Spidra Webster
“At least they don’t seal the fire exits” Or why unpaid internships are BS | Auriel M.V. Fournier -
“At least they don’t seal the fire exits” Or why unpaid internships are BS | Auriel M.V. Fournier
"I’m flipping through a job board, scanning for post docs, dreamily reading field technician posts and there they are: Unpaid internship in Amazing Place A ; Unpaid technician working with Cool Species B. Some are obvious, and put their unpaid status it in the title, others you have to dig through the fine print, before you are hit you over the head with what a ‘unique oppurtunity this internship is’ how rare the animal or system, and how you should smile and love that you are not going to get paid, and might even have to pay them for the pleasure of working for them. Every time I see one of these posts my skin crawls, my heart races, my eyes narrow. These jobs anger me, at my core, and I think we as a scientific community need to stop doing this to ourselves and our young scientists. We get up and talk about how we need diversity in our field (whatever field it is, for me its wildlife ecology) how we need people from all backgrounds, cultures, creeds and races. Then we create... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
2 paragraphs in and I'm thinking "This! This exactly!" - Heather
Yes, all of that. 100%. My friends and I in Wildlife Biology always said we need to work to make money, we need experience to work, we need an internship to get experience, and we need money to survive and internship. I lost money doing my 2 month internship in Shenandoah (with a small stipend). If I had been driving my own car and paying for my own gas... eek! I love the idea of field... more... - Heather
At 11 minutes with a scammer
Dammit, almost made it to 13 minutes. Next time I talk to "Windows Help" I'll go for 15. - Heather
My wife's phone received these Windows Help messages. I just responded My wife is dead, and hung up. Phone's disconnected now. - Mike Nencetti
Today's positivity: This morning I went after something I wanted, an opportunity that didn't exist but one I am trying to actively create. That doesn't happen often and I'm digging the feeling.
*shakes pompoms* - Heather
:) Thank you. - Jed
Big Joe Silence
Many Women Don't Support Stay-at-Home Dads - The Daddy Files -
Many Women Don't Support Stay-at-Home Dads - The Daddy Files
"I absolutely believe there are women who look at parenting and the home front as “their turf,” and don’t want to give up control. Any dad who has gone to the playground with his kid sans wife, or tried to join a real-life or online parenting community can attest to the sideways glances and disapproving stares from many of the mothers present. Sometimes it’s the very same women complaining about a lack of help who end up being opposed to the idea of stay-at-home dads. And that has to change if progress is to be made." - Big Joe Silence from Bookmarklet
:/ - Heather
myself, i've endured all kinds of grief related to being the stay-at-home parent. public judging over this from strangers is teh suck. it was worse when our kids were pre-school age, for some reason. - Big Joe Silence
holly #ravingfangirl
don't mind me, just over here putting all the Ralph Mouse books on hold because nostalgia.
aww yissss! Mouse and the Motorcycle ebook is available so i can start tonight! - holly #ravingfangirl
I love that one! - Heather
p-b-b-b-b-b - ellbeecee
lbc wins, btw. - holly #ravingfangirl from iPhone
Spidra Webster
Kyle Hill on Twitter: "When a bunch of medical students press their phones into bacterial growth media" -
Kyle Hill on Twitter: "When a bunch of medical students press their phones into bacterial growth media"
Kyle Hill on Twitter: "When a bunch of medical students press their phones into bacterial growth media"
"When a bunch of medical students press their phones into bacterial growth media" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I need some bleach... - Heather
I wonder what was growing, though, and whether phones could be a vector for helpful microorganisms...hmmm - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Unless someone shares their phone around, I'm supposing it's mostly the bacteria they already have on their skin. - Spidra Webster
My non-major chem class (first one I took) had us culture water from campus drinking fountains. What the microbiologist found in there made them say "I'm never drinking from those fountains again". And I've brought water to school ever since. - Spidra Webster
my wife thinks i'm mad for bringing bottled water with me everywhere. - Big Joe Silence
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Because my pub loves me, they put on #PBRBAL instead of football so I could watch it. @PBR #tipyourbartenders #athensga
Pabst Blue Ribbon? - Mike Nencetti
OMG! The PBR just favorited this tweet. THE PBR just starred a tweet of mine! I rule the world! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Prof. Bull Riding? - Joe
They just tweeted at me! The fucking PBR just fucking tweeted at fucking ME! Ahhhhhh!!! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Peanut Butter Reeces? - Mike Nencetti
Stawp. Let me have my moment please. This matters to me whether it seems ridiculous to you or not. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
sorry. I fav'ed your tweet too. - Mike Nencetti
Too funny. When the football game ended, they just went ahead and put the bull riding on the main tv too. I just took over the pub entertainment. Trying not to let it go to my head. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
I seriously didn't know. PBR always reads as Pabst Blue Ribbon to me. But I followed the Twitter acct to see what it stood for. - Spidra Webster
So it was bull riding? Interesting that would have been my fourth guess I think. Very cool though that's great your love loves ya back! - Steve C, Team Marina
I can't even fathom what is happening right now. Folks in the pub are now watching and asking me about the score and what's going on. It is a surreal moment. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
I love PBR! That's so cool. - Heather
#coincidence One of my Occupational Therapists here in MN does some medic work with PBR I "think" National Finals in Vegas was her last gig - WarLord
No way! One of my goals in life is to get to the finals in Vegas one year. It would be epic. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Also, in case anyone is wondering, we're rooting for Ryan Dirteater, sponsored by the Cherokee Nation. He will take it someday. Maybe even get rookie of the year this year. He's got a lot on his shoulders, because it would mean so much for him to place in the finals, on so many levels. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
New thing the kids are playing in the pub. Some Finnish thing looks like a mix between shuffle board and cribbage on a especially made spherical board with wooden pegs. They said the name, but hell if I can figure out how it's spelled to look it up.
Ooh, I'm curious! - Heather
Found it! It's Canadian, not Finnish. Crokinole. I predict it will be all the rage with the cool kids in the next few years. It does look super fun. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Anyone who says not being able to ID hunger early is good, say that after what just happened to me. Sitting on the couch suddenly feeling 'wrong', start shaking, get dizzy, waves of warm/cold. Good thing there were cracker in arms reach and Chris got me a drink and half an apple with peanut butter.
I know it's my own fault, but after 4 cinnamon buns it's easy to forget food! - Heather
Michael W. May
Man Poses as Woman on Online Dating Site; Barely Lasts Two Hours
Man Poses as Woman on Online Dating Site; Barely Lasts Two Hours
This needs to happen to all men who aren't 100% is agreement that women have a harder time on the internet. Seriously, 2 hours is like the world record for how fast a person can learn feminism is relevant today. - Heather
My "Goals for 2015" has 19 items. My OCD will not let this stand, must have 20!
Health is the smallest category, only 4 goals. But besides exercise, PT, and self-care what can I do? Plus, health is boring. lol - Heather
#20 Finally find Waldo. - Eric - Let Me Know
Eric wins. - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
Someone Is Filming Women on Metro and Uploading the Videos to a Porn Site
Someone Is Filming Women on Metro and Uploading the Videos to a Porn Site
Ugh, this is why MA made a specific law against upskirt pictures and videos. - Heather
An Owner Put A GoPro On His Dog And Saw The Heartbreaking Thing He Does All Day -
An Owner Put A GoPro On His Dog And Saw The Heartbreaking Thing He Does All Day
"Warning: It’s pretty depressing." - Julian from Bookmarklet
aw. I try to say goodbye to the dog when we leave. - Christina Pikas
Daisy had bad separation anxiety when I got her, so I read up on it, and one of the bits of advice I followed is to always say a deliberate goodbye, maybe even with specific hand motions, so there's a defined activity when you are leaving. That way the dog knows that you are actually leaving and not just popping outside for just a moment. (The other bit of advice: when you come home and... more... - bentley
Maybe that's how I can convince my parents that their dog has separation anxiety... - Heather
Crazy cat is crazy! Also pointy, send thick leather gloves. Like the kind for handling birds of prey.
pfff even those won't work! you need chain mail, its the only thing that will work - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'm hoping nail clippers at nap time will help a little. - Heather
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Don't people know a revrse mortgage is basically they're paying you to own your house? They're buying your shit out from under you! Helloo!
People do, but they're often desperate for the money for a variety of reasons :( - Jennifer Dittrich
I've often thought about that. What really bothers me is that, I'm pretty sure Fred Thompson actually says "You still own your house", when that's not really true. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
To me, reverse mortgage sounds like that old episode of Hawaii Five-O where where young, wealthy heirs borrow lots of money from gangsters, using their future inheritance as collateral. To no one's surprise (except the heirs), the bad guys then murder mom and dad so they can get their money back now. I know that that's not really how it works, but that's what reverse mortgage reminds me of. - bentley
The dude from Law & Order makes it seem so trustworthy in those commercials. Seems like a complete rip off. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
A reverse mortgage is a loan, for which your house is put up as collateral, and you agree not to pay them back during your lifetime. They make monthly payments to you, hoping you will kick the bucket before they give you the full amount of the loan. When you die, they foreclose on your home, and attempt to shake down your heirs for repayment of the loan, at the full value of the home and not what they actually paid to you. - April Russo
It would work out just fine for someone with no living relatives, but other than that... Not so good. - Heather
Wildlife: Wandering wolf killed in Utah was probably the same one spotted near the Grand Canyon | Summit County Citizens Voice -
Wildlife: Wandering wolf killed in Utah was probably the same one spotted near the Grand Canyon | Summit County Citizens Voice
"A coyote hunter shot and killed a federally protected gray wolf in southwestern Utah Sunday, probably the same wolf that had been spotted repeatedly around the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in recent weeks. According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the wolf was radio-collared near Cody, Wyoming a year ago. The state agency said the hunter voluntarily reported the kill when he noticed the radio-collar. The Grand Canyon wolf, named “Echo” in a children’s naming contest this month, was confirmed through genetic analysis to be a female originating from the northern Rocky Mountains, at least 450 miles away." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The latest shooting is a clear sign that wolves still need protection of the Endangered Species Act, according to Robinson. Dozens of wolves that dispersed far from their home territories seeking mates have been killed in recent years, often by people claiming to have mistaken the animal for a coyote. Coyotes, which are common and aren’t federally protected, are smaller than wolves, and display a more pointed snout and ears, whereas wolves appear bulkier and with markedly longer legs and a bushier tail." - Jessie
:-( - Jessie
:( - rönin
:( - Anne Bouey
This makes me really sad. :( - Jenny H. from Android
:( - Heather
Steven Perez
Tumblr’s interface doesn’t allow you to comment on other people’s posts, per se. Instead, it lets you reblog them with your own commentary added. So if you want to tell someone they’re an idiot, your only option is to reblog their entire post to all your friends with the message “you are an idiot” below it. Whoever invented this system either... -
From Tumblr..... :P - Heather
Jennifer Dittrich
Did they seriously just break down what 'chupacabra' means? Sheesh.
Oh, snap, JULIETTE. - Jennifer Dittrich
Watched it last night. Some interesting stuff will be coming in the second half of the season. Can't help but wonder (and I suspect I know the answer) if Renard's mother knew what the side effects of the spell would be. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
That's what I was assuming as well - though I don't know that there was much of a choice. I almost think that she had to, or the other bits of the spell wouldn't work. If they knew going in, they might have balked, and then they'd lose Nick as a Grim - Jennifer Dittrich
If it makes Juliette less annoying, I am okay with this new development. - Corinne L
I find it hard to see the downside. Unless the fact that most of the HBs we've seen are evil has to do with something about the essence of HBs. It also makes me wonder whether there are other spells that would change humans into Wesen. - Spidra Webster
I honestly don't understand the Juliette dislike - I have a lot more trouble with Nick's constant lying (which has ended up hurting Juliette, Hank and Wu, but had little to no benefit) and tendency to take everyone else's time for granted. If anything, I think she's been particularly patient - and willing to sacrifice her own future plans for a family to his cause. - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm with you, Jenn. She's not my favorite character but I can understand her reactions most of the time. - Spidra Webster
Yeah - and also, that's not to say that I dislike Nick. I like that the writers allow them to be complex characters. I mean, she's a veterinarian who has a lot of the same schedule and on-call responsibilities that Nick does, unlike Rosalee or Monroe, who do have a bit more flexibility in their schedules. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah, I really don't like how they've treated Wu. While I can see the reason to want to keep it a secret, the moment he had a breakdown over it, they should have been bringing him in on it. Portland is too much of a Wesen-hotbed for them not to do that. - Spidra Webster
They put Wu through so much he didn't deserve, I've been yelling at the show for a while now... - Heather
I think that's when I've been the least patient - he didn't tell Hank or Juliette until they'd had something awful happen to them as a result of not understanding how they were in danger. The first time with Wu, they were lucky, but man - after that aswang? They totally should have told him. Again, though, I like that among the Scoobies, they discussed it and argued, rather than not bringing it up, even if they didn't do what I'd hoped until way later. - Jennifer Dittrich
Meg VMeg
What are your current/recent favorite Etsy stores? for Czech glass buttons (for sewing apparel). - Spidra Webster
gorgeous! - Meg VMeg for laser cut jewelry and gear stuff and - Hedgehog Beautiful letterpress calendars (Asian vegetables, flowers, birds) On vacation 'til Jan 5, though. - Spidra Webster
I love the totem animals, but now she's got some large impressive stuff. The Toothless sculptures are killing me! - Heather
This shop has neat/cute planters: - kendrak
I like this concrete houseware shop. - kendrak
these are so great! - Meg VMeg
I have a friend who does ceramic science jewelry. She is awesome. - John Dupuis
wow, you people know some good etsy shops! i need to bookmark quite a few of these. - Marie
Love Casey Robin's cards & prints. - Corinne L
Tap Dancers Unite - Anna Kendrick “Cups” Tap Dancing Edition -
Like, Love, cant's stop smiling! - Heather
This is great! - Anne Bouey
:D - Jessie
I do best with specific goals, so I'm re-framing my "resolutions are meant to be broken" mindset to "reasonable, accomplishable goals for the year". But I have no idea how many things I can expect myself to accomplish.
I've never found the sweet spot between passing my comfort zone without pushing wildly beyond reason. - Heather
Just watched How to Train Your Dragon 2. I want my own Toothless so much!
OMAN! Giant plushie! - Heather
Michael W. May
A geeky holiday to all! (Handknits from my Beloved: Firefly Jayne hat and Doctor Who Four scarf) #geeklove 🎄
A geeky holiday to all! (Handknits from my Beloved: Firefly Jayne hat and Doctor Who Four scarf) #geeklove 🎄
Sweet! - Heather
Fantastic!!! - Melly
Wheeeee! - bentley
Plaid, chocolate, dual alarm clock, and other awesome stuff. I'm a happy girl.
We also got a tin of my dad's cookies, a basket of chocolate/hot coco stuff, and gift cards for dinner and a movie. - Heather
Hyperbole and a half! - Amit Patel
@ my parents house after shopping all day. Sooooo tired, I have no stamina.
Also forgot my phone, I have to use my dad's for an alarm. - Heather
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