Thursday, May 30, 2013

Another of those things you've been wondering. . . .

A WHILE vs. AWHILE? Rule of thumb: If you’re using a preposition (those words like: for, in, after) you want to use the two words. Example: “I will sit on the train tracks for a while.” Used as an adverb, write the one word form. Example: “I thought about it awhile, and went home
before the train arrived.”


What about the word "opinionated"?   Is it bad or good to be opinionated?  What is the connotation of the word?
What does it take to become informed? 

Fidget Spinners?  


Dead horse?  Do people need a warning that they might see a dead horse in a photo?

Are girls treated differently than boys?

Make your heart like a lake, with a calm, still surface,
and great depths of kindness.

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. 
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” 
― Elie Wiesel

What They Took With Them
Dead Boy in the Sand

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck

Money Suit Social Experiment

The Lost Generation

The Girl Who Silenced the World for Five Minutes

Do superheroes make good role models?  Can we learn helpful lessons from superheroes?

Professional Juries
with arguments addressing counterclaim!

Sleep and School:

Another debatable topic: Tattle-Tale or Good Citizen?

Martin Luther King, Jr.  -- his life - how he became the leader he was


Police Using Deadly Force:

Want your parents to understand your music?

Robin Williams as the U.S. Flag:

Kid's baseball: There should be no coaches. There should be no umpires. Ties should go to the runner.  – Bill Littlefield

Every Word Has Impact?


School Mom?

Comic Con or comic cons?


The middle school ‘cool kids’ are not alright

Dead Mothers in Movies and Stories

David Kaczynski's Brother Ted nearly killed Gary Wright . . . .David and Gary. . . . have. . . become best friends,,20221738,00.html

Extreme Sports/animal cruelty:  The Running of the Bulls

"The Happiest Person in the World" radio program from 1948:

Tracking Devices on Kids?

Should they or shouldn't they?

Genetically Engineered Crops?


Whom do you want to emulate?

Suspending a Football Team

Should McDonalds market to kids?

Video Games and War Crimes?

Trained bear?

Technology -- How Much -- or None -- for Kids?

Books on the Screen or on the Page?

Suit for handcuffing student

Perhaps it's not so cool to be cool in junior high.

Too much texting?

Should dogs be counted as family, not property?

Do you think our sky would look better with a bigger moon, more moons, a moon with rings?

Is texting actually good for kids' spelling and grammar?

Civil Disobedience:

Body Image:

Does Frozen tell it as it is?

School in Gaza

Child Labor

Billboards (edit for language -- President Johnson takes the name of God in vain and used a word that means separated from God)

What is a geek?


From HONY:  What is it that makes someone useful?
"What's your biggest goal in life?"
"To be useful."
(Odessa, Ukraine)


Would you like to know the biggest seller among "robot emotion chips" sold in The Echo Park Time Travel Mart in Los Angeles . By the way, the store motto is "Whenever you are, we're already then."
Their biggest seller is Schadenfreude.
scha·den·freu·de. noun, often capitalized \ˈshä-dən-ˌfrȯi-də\. : a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people  8th grade  7th gradeIn school, popular kids get bullied just like the outcasts, study says

A reason to read fiction:

Bullied --

How do we treat people who stutter or have other "speech impediments"?

Dealing with disability:

To Shoot or Not to Shoot?

School Start Times

Trapped in His Body  -- See the other articles linked from this.

Woman charged with killing hunter's falcon to save duck

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman faces charges after authorities say she beat a hunter's falcon to death with a beaded scarf after seeing the bird of prey take down a duck.
Patti MacDonald, 60, of Hauser, was charged with a misdemeanor count of beating or harassing an animal, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported ( ).
Authorities say MacDonald fractured the skull of the 8-year-old falcon named Hornet on Jan. 7. The duck also died and was being stored as evidence, Idaho Fish and Game said.
Hornet's owner, Scott Dinger, said MacDonald should be charged with killing a protected species.
He said he was about 500 yards away when Hornet made a successful attack and landed with the duck. He said he was approaching the spot then he saw a red Jeep Wrangler pull up to the side of the road, and Hornet flew away but appeared injured.
Dinger said the woman told him she beat the bird, which had been with humans since the day it was hatched.
"So they don't really know they are falcons," Dinger said. "That was probably a part of his undoing, because you could walk up to him and he wouldn't fly or try to get away."
Craig Walker, a regional conservation officer for Idaho Fish and Game, said he later received an anonymous call from a woman saying she tried to save a duck from a falcon. The phone system identified the caller as MacDonald.
Walker wrote in his report that the woman stated "that she had been very upset about the duck being injured, but felt bad about injuring someone's pet."
Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said he reviewed Walker's report and determined the misdemeanor charge was appropriate. Beating or harassing an animal is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 for a first-time offender.
No phone listing could be listed for MacDonald to try to reach her for comment Monday.
Dinger said it was tough to accept what happened because his bird was 8 years old, and falcons can live for about 30 years when they're with humans.
"I had planned for Hornet to live longer than me," Dinger said.
Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press,


One Child Is Holding Something That’s Been Banned In America To Protect Them. Guess Which One?

Child Soldiers: It's Not Happening Here, But It's Happening Now

The End: "If You Smoke, Statistically Your Story Will End 15% Before It Should."

Air Pollution Kills 60,000 People A Year

Cell Phones at School

Police Involved in Shootings

Editorial Cartoons

Is this true?

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all -- in which case, you fail by default.” -- J.K. Rowling

"The world has been abnormal for so long that we've forgotten what it's like to live in a peaceful and reasonable climate. If there is to be any peace or reason, we have to create it in our own hearts and homes."
— Madeleine L'Engle, A Swiftly Tilting Planet

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” 
― Booker T. Washington

Is the glass half full or half empty?