“you outdid yourself, my Dear. This is one brilliant post. btw, my son was in the High School Band, and trust me, "water torture" is exactly how he would describe having to play cursed P&C song over and over and over again. Also - "play dough that has hardened too quickly" is exactly how I would have described him on Graduation Day, so really, the whole post is Spot On.”
Donna Highfill on May 24, 2013 at 12:54:48
“Thanks Bethany - my brother was in the band, too . . . and he said that all wanted to scream about the third time around. Especially since he was percussion . . . not much for him to do. :)”
“how brilliant is that? it's a full moon tonight - so after I scare the bejesus out of my family, I'll look for my six-pack abs tomorrow. I can not wait. You go, Donna, you Werewolfy Woman.
p.s. - pls. send pix of vampira goth grocery grrrllll”
“oh, I love Charlotte! Thanks for the great reminder. But I'd have to say, Charlotte was too encouraging for any of that. I'd like to think she'd tell you something along the lines of "good-hair-day!" or "you-so-rock-that-outfit" and "you-go-girl!" also, cuz she would have know you're in charge of the vacuum. It wouldn't do her much good to piss you off ;-D”
Donna Highfill on Jan 22, 2013 at 20:13:48
“You're right. Charlotte would have been smarter than that . . .perhaps this would be ME if I were a spider right now. I shouldn't project that onto the wonderful Charlotte!!”
“so funny, but I so wish we could have a visual on the "cankles." Also, I'm not sure why, but it delights me to no end to imagine Falwell's no-neck sprint for the ignoble prize of "helicopter #2." I may giggle about that all day...”
Donna Highfill on Jan 11, 2013 at 15:18:32
“Yes, that sprint revived my sense of humor that day. Wish I had it on video!”
“a lovely article about an amazingly simple idea that seems to flummox a lot of otherwise intelligent people. A diverse universe, a myriad array of people in the world, a thousand portals to the divine. If we teach our children two, three, a hundred possible paths, and even if they don't themselves take any of these paths but come to understand the people on them, then we give them quite a gift indeed.
gregory57 on Apr 5, 2011 at 22:55:17
“It is a fact. We need to find common ground, and quickly if we are to survive. Not as separate religious communities, but as the community of mankind.”
Mar 6, 2011 at 22:35:37
“most beautiful thing I have read online ever. a life line to those of us who feel like we are sinking into the la brea tar pits of the sadscrewyougetlost internet and modern culture. thank you so much.”
“Wonderful article. As a former citizenship teacher I can totally attest to the hard work and tenacity I saw in my students, all of whom reminded me on a daily basis of what a great country this is. I can also attest to the obnoxious behavior of so-called "Americans" who both complained about immigrants not becoming citizens and then griped that tax dollars went to pay for citizenship classes. One fact missing from this article is that not a single tax dollar pays for the citizenship exam or process. Applicants pay for that entirely on their own and it ain't cheap. A fact that is often overlooked in the phony ("they steal jobs! they use up our tax dollars! they jump fences...ad naseum) immigration "debate."”
MsGray on Feb 16, 2011 at 19:03:43
“NOT TRUE! You can have your citizenship fees waived if you can prove hardship.
Who thinks if illegals got the chance at citizenship they'd actually end up paying the fees I and other legal immigrants had to pay?”
Norski on Feb 16, 2011 at 13:17:57
“If you were a teacher why is it that you cannot understand the difference between legal immigration which is good and illegal immigration which is bad? Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics Unemployment Report of February 4, 2011:
Construction and extraction occupations = 22.9% Unemployment
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations = 20.7% Unemployment
Production occupations = 12.3% Unemployment
Transportation, material moving occupations = 13.6% Unemployment
Service occupations = 10.4% Unemployment
Total Unadjusted US Unemployed Citizens and Legal Residents = 14,937,000
This figure and the above rates exclude 6,643,000 Persons who want a job but are left out of the above statistics for various reasons.
Total Number of Americans Looking for Work = 21,580,000
Plus that means the real unemployment rates for the occupations above are actually 44% larger when you include the excluded people.
Pew Center estimates indicate 7.5 million Illegal Immigrants work in the USA with the majority employed in agriculture, office and house cleaning, construction, and food preparation. These professions are where the worst unemployment is for us Americans.
Meanwhile Management, professional, and related occupations where few Illegal Immigrants work have a 4.7% Unemployment rate.
In fact Illegal Immigration has devastated the job market for our fellow Citizens and Legal Residents (read Legal Immigrants here). If all Illegal Immigrants left tomorrow there would be three US Citizens and Legal Residents competing for every job previously held by an Illegal Immigrant. In fact they do steal our jobs.”