Thursday, August 31, 2006

Blog Help: What Am I Doing Wrong?

I am trying to put links to other blogs in my sidebar, but nothing I do seems to work. Any advice out there?

Nutbag Family: Grandma Made Me Do It

BEDFORD, New Hampshire -- A woman turned herself in to police Wednesday after a store surveillance video captured footage of two children sneaking behind display cases to steal thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, allegedly on instructions from their mother and grandmother.

The woman said she lives in the area and has four children, one age 14 and three younger than 10, Bailey said. All are suspected to have been involved, he said.

The video, taken August 2 at a store called the Consignment Gallery, shows one woman, possibly the children's mother, directing them to pocket certain items. An older woman, believed to be the grandmother, stuffs items down her shirt.

A woman who identified herself as the older woman on the video talked with WMUR-TV on Wednesday and denied stuffing merchandise down her shirt, saying that is where she carries her cell phone, money and other belongings.

Margaret Ryan said she was shopping for a bed with her daughter when her grandchildren began to misbehave. She said her daughter was not stealing jewelry but rather trying to get her children to put back items they had taken.

"I was browsing around the store and the children were wild in the store," Ryan said. "My granddaughter did take a ring, but we didn't realize it until we saw the news."

Detective Matt Fleming said more than $2,000 in jewelry was stolen from the store.

"It's pretty upsetting," Fleming said. "Watching the children methodically move through that jewelry area and take the items out for the mother is just astonishing."


Thanks to stupid criminal file, who always keeps me up-to-date on nutbags who break the law.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Who Is the Nutbag in Your Neighborhood?

Judge To Decide If Teen's Meows Harassed Neighbor


A Jeannette woman. Alexandria Carasia (78), filed suit against a 14-year-old boy who she claims 'meows' whenever he sees her.

A district judge in Jeannette must decide whether the alleged 'meowing' is a harmless taunt or grounds for misdemeanor harassment.

The boy, whose family chose to get rid of their cat after Carasia complained that it used her flower garden as a litter box, says he's only meowed twice at the woman.

But Carasia says the boy makes sound every time she sees her and that an incident last month was the last straw.

District Judge Joseph DeMarchis heard from both parties yesterday. He is waiting 90 days before ruling, saying he'll decide what to do after seeing how the boy and his neighbor get along in the meantime.
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Am I alone in this....am I the only person who is thinking, "You actually think someone MEOWING at you is freaking harassment?!?!?"

Everybody and their Uncle Sherman thinks they are being "harassed" these days. But actually FILING SUIT against a 14-year-old boy for MEOWING?

Great balls of fire, I hope this lady can at least blame this bit of stupidity on senility.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Zen Angel's Giant List of Homeschooling Links

I've been sharing these with AOL message board readers for years...my giant list of homeschooling resources: websites, articles, worksheets & more. So instead of typing them out again and again...I'm making the Giant List here, so in the future, all I have to do is give out this direct link and voila! I'm done.

So without further ado....


ZEN ANGEL'S GIANT LIST OF HOMESCHOOLING LINKS





Part One: For the New Homeschooler
links on how to start, the law, etc.



ADVICE FOR NEW HOMESCHOOLERS
http://www.homeschoolcentral.com/new.htm

AOL HOMESCHOOLING
go.jsp?ccbrand=aol&ccname=parenting_homeschooling

DIRECTORY OF HOMESCHOOLING
INSTITUTES, ORGANIZATIONS & CLUBS
http://www.free-market.net/directorybycategory/organizations/T17.2/

GENERAL HOME EDUCATION
INFORMATION
http://www.mtche.org/mchegen.htm

HOMESCHOOL FAQS:
GETTING STARTED
WITH HOME EDUCATION
http://www.homeschoolzone.com/start.htm

HOMESCHOOL INFORMATION
LIBRARY:
FOR NEW HOMESCHOOLERS
http://home-ed-magazine.com/INF/STRT/strt_faq.html

HOMESCHOOLING IN CANADA
http://www.life.ca/hs/

HOMESCHOOLING LAWS
directory/Legalities.htm

HOMESCHOOL QUEST:
#1 STARTING PLACE
FOR NEW HOMESCHOOLERS
http://www.useekufind.com/homeschools.htm

HOW TO START HOMESCHOOLING
http://www.lewrockwell.com/edmonds/edmonds11.html

HOW TO START HOMESCHOOLING
IN 8 EASY STEPS
http://www.homeschooltoday.com/articls/ongoing/8steps.htm

JUMP START TO HOME LEARNING
aol://4344:1595.hclib1.12341122.653761408

START HOMESCHOOLING
http://members.tripod.com/creativehomeschooler/
start_homeschooling.htm

NHEN: NEW HOMESCHOOLER'S
INFORMATION
http://www.nhen.org/newhser/default.asp?id=228

HOMESCHOOL OASIS:
FIRST STOP FOR STARTING OUT
http://www.homeschooloasis.com/

ECLECTIC HOMESCHOOLING LITE:
HOMESCHOOLING FOR THOSE
JUST STARTING OUT
http://eho.org/



Part Two: General
Homeschooling
Websites



A TO Z HOME'S COOL
http://www.gomilpitas.com/homeschooling/

COMMON QUESTIONS
Common%20Questions.html

FAMOUS HOMESCHOOLERS
http://www.geocities.com/heartland/plains/3756/
homeschool_info.html

THE 14 DAYS OF HOMESCHOOL
http://www.come-over.to/homeschool/homeschool14days.htm

HISNET: HOMESCHOOL INFORMATION
SERVICE NETWORK
http://www.efn.org/~hisnet/

HOMESCHOOL CENTRAL:
ALL THE RESOURCES
NEEDED TO HOMESCHOOL
http://homeschoolcentral.com/

HOMESCHOOL FUN
http://www.homeschoolfun.com/

THE HOMESCHOOL
HIGHWAY TO LEARNING
http://members.aol.com/homehwy/

HOMESCHOOLING
http://familyeducation.com/channel/
0,2916,58,00.html

HOMESCHOOLING FOR FREE
http://www.geocities.com/homeschoolingforfree/

HOMESCHOOL INFORMATION
& RESOURCES FOR
table_of_contents.htm

HOMESCHOOL SOCIAL REGISTER
http://www.homeschoolmedia.com/register/
index.phtml?locale=1

HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT NETWORK:
SUPPORT, RESEARCH & ENCOURAGE
http://www.homeeducator.com/HSN/umstudy.htm

HOMESCHOOL WORLD: "THE WORLD'S
MOST VISITED HOMESCHOOL SITE"
http://www.home-school.com/

HOMESCHOOL IN THE LINK
http://www.homeschoolnewslink.com/

HOMESCHOOLING: MILPITAS
humor/Homeschooling.htm

MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR
christianity/cheaphm.html

SASSAFRASS GROVE:
HOMESCHOOLING HELP
http://www.angelfire.com/mo/sassafrassgrove/

HOMESCHOOL HUMOR
http://www.geocities.com/tankgrrl360/hs_humour.htm

HOMESCHOOLING
AT HOMESCHOOL.COM
http://www.homeschool.com/top100/

ABOUT HOMESCHOOL:
INFORMATION
http://homeschooling.about.com/

HOMESCHOOL INFO
http://www.homeschoolsinfo.com/
Results.aspx?query=Home%20Schools

HOME EDUCATOR'S RESOURCE
DIRECTORY
http://www.homeeddirectory.com/

THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE MAGAZINE
http://www.theoldhomeschoolhouse.com/

HOMESCHOOL MEDIA NETWORK
http://www.homeschoolmedia.com/

HOMESCHOOL RADIO SHOWS
http://www.homeschoolradioshows.com/

HOMESCHOOL SPORTSNET INC.
http://www.hspn.net/

HOMESCHOOL INTERNET
YELLOW PAGES
http://www.homeschoolyellowpages.com/

WINDY CREEK HOMESCHOOL
http://www.windycreek.com/

HOME EDUCATION MAGAZINE
http://www.homeedmag.com/

HOMESCHOOLING
TODAY MAGAZINE
http://www.homeschooltoday.com/

HOME SCHOOL FRIENDLY
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
http://www.homeschoolfriendlycolleges.com/

HOMESCHOOL DIGEST
http://www.homeschooldigest.com/

HOMESCHOOLBLOGGER.COM
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/home.php

HOMESCHOOL ARTS
http://www.homeschoolarts.com/

HOMESCHOOL CLASSIFIEDS
http://www.homeschoolclassifieds.com/

JON'S HOMESCHOOL
RESOURCES
http://www.midnightbeach.com/hs/

HOMESCHOOL FUN!
http://www.homeschoolfun.com/

HOMESCHOOL.COM: THE #1
HOMESCHOOLING SITE!
http://www.homeschool.com/



Part Three:
Homeschooling
Special-Needs Kids



AUT-2B-HOME
http://home.earthlink.net/~tammyglaser798/
authome.html

CIN'S CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLING
FORUM: HOMESCHOOLING YOUR
SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILD
http://www.gocin.com/homeschool/Tips-13.htm

EXCEPTIONAL PARENT MAGAZINE
http://www.eparent.com/

FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN
http://www.family-friendly-fun.com/

HELPFUL LINKS:
Links/SpecialEd/index.html

HOMESCHOOLING KIDS
WITH DISABILITIES
INFORMATION & SUPPORT
http://www.members.tripod.com/~Maaja/index.htm

HOMESCHOOLING TODAY
articls/5-01/special.htm

IEP RESOURCE CENTER
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/lesson-plans/
lesson-5672.html?s4

OVERVIEW OF ADA, IDEA & SECTION 504
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content3/ada.idea.html

10 TIPS FOR HOMESCHOOL SURVIVAL
http://www.suite101.com/mypage.cfm/homeschool/156

TAMMY GLASER, FOUNDER OF
AUT-2B-HOME
http://home.earthlink.net/~tammyglaser798/authome.html

HOME SPECIAL
http://www.brightword.com/
homeschooling-special-needs.html



Part Four:
Articles & Studies



AN A FOR HOMESCHOOLING
http://www.city-journal.org/html/10_3_an_a_for_home.html

CIVIC REPORT 14
http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/cr_14.htm

COLLEGES THAT ADMIT
HOMESCHOOLERS
http://learninfreedom.org/colleges_4_hmsc.html

HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS, 1998
http://epaa.asu.edu/epaa/v7n8/

FIRST WAVE OF HOMESCHOOLERS
COMES OF AGE
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,49573,00.html

HOMESCHOOLERS:
ESTIMATING NUMBERS
homeschool/AppendixA.html

HOMESCHOOLING & SOCIALIZATION
OF CHILDREN
http://users.rcn.com/mgfree/edu/hom-schl.html

HOMESCHOOLING:
LEAVING THE SYSTEM
articles/homeschool.htm

HOMESCHOOLING WORKS!
http://www.hslda.org/docs/study/rudner1999/Rudner2.asp

HOW HOMESCHOOLING WILL
CHANGE EDUCATION
http://www.brook.edu/Views/Articles/Hill/2000Hoover.htm

NO THANKS, WE DON'T BELIEVE
IN SOCIALIZATION
http://www.tnhomeed.com/LRSocial.html

OBJECTIONS TO HOMESCHOOLING
http://www.hsu.edu/faculty/worthf/argue.html

STUDY FINDS HOMESCHOOLERS
ARE TOP ACHIEVERS ON TESTS
http://www.edweek.org/ew/vol-18/29home.h18

UNEXPECTED BENEFITS
OF HOMESCHOOLING
http://www.madrone.com/Home-ed/hs11.htm

HOMESCHOOLERS
include=detail&storyid=261053

HOMESCHOOLERS,
COLLEGES WANT YOU!
http://www.homeschool.com/articles/CollegesWantYou/

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
THAT ACCEPT HOMESCHOOLERS
http://www.homeschooltexas.com/FAQs/colleges.html

HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS
EXCEL IN COLLEGE
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000017.asp

WHAT COLLEGES REQUIRE
FROM HOMESCHOOLERS
http://familyeducation.com/article/0,1120,69-2202,00.html

WHAT IS EDUCATION?
http://www.sierratimes.com/homeschool.htm

SHOULD I HOMESCHOOL
AGAIN NEXT YEAR?
0,1703,A=157399&MD200131,00.html



Part Five:
Homeschooling
Organizations



HSLDA
http://www.hslda.org/

JEWISH HOME
EDUCATOR'S NETWORK
http://snj.com/jhen/

NHERI
http://www.nheri.org/

NATHHAN: HOMESCHOOLING
SPECIAL-NEEDS KIDS
http://www.nathhan.com/

NATIVE AMERICAN HOME
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
http://www.expage.com/page/nahomeschool2

MUSLIM HOME SCHOOL
NETWORK & RESOURCE
http://www.muslimhomeschool.com/

CATHOLIC HOME STUDY
NETWORK OF AMERICA
http://www.chsna.org/

PAGAN HOMESCHOOL
http://www.homestead.com/barbooch/
PaganHomeschool.html

AMERICAN HOMESCHOOL
ASSOCIATION
http://www.americanhomeschoolassociation.org/

THE HOME SCHOOL FOUNDATION
http://www.homeschoolfoundation.org/

HOMESCHOOL DADS
http://www.homeschooldads.com/



Part Six:
Homeschooling Blogs



GUILT-FREE HOMESCHOOLING
http://www.guiltfreehomeschooling.blogspot.com/

SPUNKY HOMESCHOOL
http://spunkyhomeschool.blogspot.com/

WHY HOMESCHOOL
http://whyhomeschool.blogspot.com/

HOME*SCHOOL*HOME
http://homeschoolhome.blogspot.com/

ATYPICAL HOMESCHOOL
http://atypicalhomeschool.net/

OUR HOMESCHOOL
http://ourhomeschool.blog-city.com/

CATHOLIC HOMESCHOOL
BLOG DIRECTORY
http://chbd.blogspot.com/

THE SELLERS FAMILY
HOMESCHOOL BLOG
http://www.timsellers.net/homeschool/index.html

ORGANIC HOMESCHOOL
http://organic.homeschooljournal.net/

MY HOMESCHOOL JOURNAL,
OUR HOMESCHOOL JOURNEY
http://bghomeschool.homeschooljournal.net/

NEWS FROM THE
homeschool-blog.html

EDUCATION &
HOMESCHOOL NEWS
http://educationandhomeschoolnews.blogspot.com/

HOMEGIRLS HOMESCHOOL
http://homegirlshomeschool.blogspot.com/

THE HOMESCHOOL CONNEXION
http://www.hsconnexion.com/

THE HOMESCHOOL JOURNEY
http://christopherushomeschool.typepad.com/blog/

EARTHWISE WAYS HOMESCHOOL
http://earthwisewayshomeschool.homeschooljournal.net/

HOMESCHOOL BLOG
http://homeschooling.families.com/blog/

MOTHER CRONE'S HOMESCHOOL
http://mothercroneshomeschool.blogspot.com/

FAST TIMES @ HOMESCHOOL HIGH
http://fasttimes.clubmom.com/fast_times/

HOMESCHOOLING CIRRICULUM,
HOMESCHOOLING TEACHING
http://homeschool.lifetips.com/

LIVING WITHOUT A SCHOOL
http://livingwithoutschool.blogspot.com/

WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED
IN A HOMESCHOOL
http://lionesshomeschool.blogspot.com/

THE HOMESCHOOLING MOMMY
http://thehomeschoolingmommy.blogspot.com/

CATHOLIC HOMESCHOOLED TEENS
http://cathhomeschoolteens.blogspot.com/

HOMESCHOOLINGSUPPLY.COM
PRODUCTS & NEWS
http://homeschoolingsupply.blogspot.com/

HOMESCHOOL BUZZ
http://homeschoolbuzz.com/

CONSIDERING HOMESCHOOLING
http://consideringhomeschooling.blogspot.com/

PROGRESSIVE HOMESCHOOL
http://progressive-homeschool.blogspot.com/

PLUGGED IN HOMESCHOOL
http://www.pluggedinhomeschool.com/

HOME ~ SCHOOLERS RULE
http://alasandras.blogspot.com/

HOMESCHOOL AUSTRALIA
http://hablog.beverleypaine.com/

THE EVERYDAY EDUCATOR
http://janicecampbell.blogspot.com/

HOMESCHOOL DIARY
http://wonderactivist.blogspot.com/

KITCHEN TABLE LEARNERS
http://kitchentablelearners.blogspot.com/

OUR LADY OF TUSCANY
HOMESCHOOL ACADEMY
http://catholicmom.blogspot.com/

HOMESCHOOL
http://readers.typepad.com/homeschool/

BAD HOMESCHOOL MOM
http://badhomeschoolmom.blogspot.com/

THE PONCA CHRISTIAN
HOME EDUCATOR
http://pches.blogspot.com/

HOMESCHOOL--
HOME, NOT ALONE
http://www.home-not-alone.com/



Part Seven:
Worksheets,
Lesson Plans &
Printables
The vast majority
of these are free!



ABC TEACH
http://www.abcteach.com/

ANIMAL COLORING/INFO
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/coloring/

APLUSMATH.COM
http://www.aplusmath.com/

BEGIN HANDWRITING
http://www.handwritingworksheets.com/

BEGINNING READING
http://www.beginningreading.com/
Free%20Workshe.htm

BETWEEN THE LIONS
FROM PBSKIDS
http://pbskids.org/lions/index.html

BIBLE ACTIVITY
bibleWS/bibleWS.htm

BLANK OUTLINE MAPS
blxusx.htm?once=true&

BRY-BACK MANOR
http://www.cstone.net/~bry-back/activity.html

CANTEACH: RESOURCES
FOR EDUCATORS
http://www.canteach.ca/index.html

COLORING BOOK OF
FLAGS: USA
http://flagspot.net/flags/cbk-us.html

CREATEDBYTEACHERS.COM
http://www.createdbyteachers.com/freemain.html

THE DOLCH KIT
http://www.theschoolbell.com/Links/Dolch/Dolch.html

DONNA YOUNG'S HOMESCHOOL
PRINTABLES & RESOURCES
http://www.donnayoung.org/

DOSITEY.COM
http://www.dositey.com/

EASY FUN SCHOOL:
EDUCATE & HOMESCHOOL
WITH FUN & JOY
http://www.easyfunschool.com/

eLIBRARY
http://ask.elibrary.com/

50 STATES:
STATES & CAPITALS
http://50states.com/

FIRSTGOV FOR KIDS
http://www.kids.gov/

GEORGIA-PACIFIC:
EDUCATIONAL IN NATURE
http://www.gp.com/educationalinnature/index.html

GREENTOWN ELEMENTARY
~greentown/grtheme.htm

HANDWRITING FOR KIDS
http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/

HOMESCHOOL HOME:
BEST SITES FOR
HOME SCHOOL
http://www.homeschoolhome.com/

HOMESCHOOLING ADVENTURES
ON THE WEB
http://www.homeschoolingadventures.com/

HOMESCHOOL LINKS TO
MUSEUMS, SHOPPING
AND MORE
http://www.homeschoollinks.com/

KIDS' PAGE ARCHIVE
http://tlsbooks.com/kidspagearchive.htm

KINDERART: ART LESSONS
FOR ART EDUCATION
http://www.kinderart.com/

LEARNINGPAGE.COM
http://www.learningpage.com/

LESSON PLANS
ACROSS THE CIRRICULUM
http://members.aol.com/
MrDonnLessons/LessonPlans.html

LESSONPLANZ.COM
Worksheets_and_Printable_Pages/

MEDIEVAL TIMES: STUDENT
ACTIVITY SHEETS
http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/medieval_support.htm

MRS. BEE'S BUSY CLASSROOM
http://dcrafts.com/contents.htm

MULTNOMAH COUNTY
LIBRARY KIDS PAGE
http://www.multcolib.org/kids/games.html

PERSONAL EDUCATION PRESS
http://www.educationalpress.org/educationalpress/

PRINT & LEARN FOR KIDS
http://www.brobstsystems.com/kids/

RHL SCHOOL:
FREE TEACHER RESOURCES
http://www.rhlschool.com/

S&S SOFTWARE
http://www.sssoftware.com/freeworksheets/

SESAME WORKSHOP
http://www.sesameworkshop.org/
sesamestreet/coloringpages/

SCHOLASTIC.COM
http://teacher.scholastic.com/ilp/index.asp

SIGHT WORDS YOU CAN
sightwords2.htm

SITES FOR TEACHERS
http://www.sitesforteachers.com/

SQUIGLY'S ARTS &
CRAFTS FOR KIDS
http://www.squiglysplayhouse.com/ArtsAndCrafts/

SUNSHINE ONLINE
http://www.sunshine.co.nz/nz/kia/actshts/index.html

TEACHING TREASURES INDEX
LIST OF FREE WORKSHEETS
http://teachingtreasures.com.au/free_resources.html

TEACHERSANDFAMILIES.COM
http://www.teachersandfamilies.com/
open/ps-themes.html

TIPZTIME.COM
FREE MINI CHARTS
freeminichartsandworksheets.html

UNIT STUDY DIRECTORY
http://www.thefourwheelers.com/units/

TEACHFREE
http://www.teachfree.com/

HISTORIC TALE
type/bayeux.php

DO2LEARN
http://dotolearn.com/basicskills/
artprojects/howtodraw/index.htm

TEACHERS' CENTER
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/
StarChild/teachers/teachers.html

THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.usflag.org/toc.html

THE PRESIDENTS OF THE
UNITED STATES
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/index.html

SQUIGLY'S SUMMER
PENCIL PUZZLES FOR KIDS
http://www.squiglysplayhouse.com/
PencilPuzzles/Summer/index.html

MAIN CHARACTERS
BOOK REPORT FORM
http://www.abcteach.com/bookreports/mainchar.htm

PUZZLEMAKER: OFFERS TOOLS TO
CREATE WORD SEARCHES ONLINE
http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/
WordSearchSetupForm.html

LOVE TO LEARN PLACE
http://www.lovetolearnplace.com

EDUCATION WORLD:
THE EDUCATOR'S BEST FRIEND
http://www.education-world.com/

FREE DIVISION WORKSHEETS
http://www.sssoftware.com/freeworksheets/division.html

BEN'S GUIDE TO US GOVERNMENT
FOR KIDS
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/index2.html

HYPERHISTORY:
online_n2/History_n2/a.html

OKLAHOMA HOMESCHOOL
http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/PresElec.html

SCHOOLEXPRESS.COM
http://schoolexpress.com/

HP ELEMENTARY KIT
http://h71036.www7.hp.com/hho/
cache/304-0-0-225-121.aspx

BERENSTAIN BEARS
http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/
berenstainbears/activities/

GIRLSTART.COM:
MATH, SCIENCE, GAMES
AND MORE FOR GIRLS ONLY
http://www.girlstart.com/learn.asp

MOLECULAR EXPRESSION:
IMAGES FROM THE MICROSCOPE
http://www.molecularexpressions.com/index.html

PRINTABLE FUN FOR K-6 KIDS
http://childparenting.about.com/cs/projects/a/printables.htm

PRINTABLES FOR
ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
http://www.mtlakes.org/ww/tech/webtools/print.htm

THE PRINTABLE STAFF
PAPER PAGE
http://www.freestaffpaper.cjb.net/

IMAGES FROM HISTORY
http://www.hp.uab.edu/image_archive/

KIDS ZONE
http://www.onawhim.us/kidszone_nonflash.html

WORKSHEETS UNLIMITED:
BEST SITE FOR HOMESCHOOL
http://www.worksheetsunlimited.com/

LESSONPLANZ.COM:
LESSON PLANS &
LESSON PLAN RESOURCES
http://www.lessonplanz.com/

NEIL'S WEBSITE:
TEACHER'S WORKSHEETS
TO DOWNLOAD
http://www.thornhillrd.freeserve.co.uk/

SCHOOL HOUSE PRINTABLE
http://schoolhouseprintable.tripod.com/sitemap.html

FAMILYEDUCATION.COM:
index/0,2081,67,00.html

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER'S
ASTRONOMY
http://absolutebeginnersastronomy.com/main_index.html

LEARNING TREASURES
FOR ALL YOUR EDUCATIONAL
NEEDS
http://www.learningtreasures.com/

WORKSHEETS UNLIMITED
http://worksheetsunlimited.org/

FREE COLORING PAGES
http://www.freecoloringpages.com/

PRINTABLE COLORING PAGES
http://www.free-coloring-pages.com/printable.html

USING THE SONGBOOK:
0,17631,4956-1,00.html#6c

FLASH CARD MATH OFFERING
FREE PRINTABLE
MATH WORKSHEETS
http://www.flashcardmath.com/

PURPLE MATH:
YOUR ALGEBRA RESOURCE
http://www.purplemath.com/

READ WRITE THINK:
STUDENT MATERIALS
http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/index.asp

TEACHER TAP:
INTERACTIVE WEBSITES,
GAMES & ACTIVITIES
http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic86.htm

CADBURY LEARNING ZONE
http://www.cadburylearningzone.co.uk/

MATH.COM ALGEBRA
worksheet/algebra_sp.htm

ROWLANDZ PRINTABLE
WORKSHEETS, FACT SHEETS,
GAMES & MORE
http://www.csonline.net/rowlandz/education.htm

SPICE UP YOUR SPELLING WORDS
http://www.teachnet.com/lesson/langarts/
spellingwds040299.html

SITES FOR TEACHERS: IDEAS
http://www.sitesforteachers.com/resources_sharp/
language_arts/la_ideas1.html

ENACTMENT OF A LAW
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/enactment/
enactlawtoc.html

FIRST LADY'S GALLERY
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/
firstladies/index.html

THE PRESIDENTS
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/
presidents/index.html

READY KIDS:
FROM THE US DEPARTMENT
OF HOMELAND SECURITY
http://www.ready.gov/kids/home.html

AMERICAN HISTORY
free_american_history_lessons.htm

BASIC HANDWRITING FOR KIDS:
handwrite/cursive.htm

TEACH R KIDS MATH
http://www.teachrkids.com/

AMERICAN HISTORY
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/american-colonies/
history/9131.html

SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON PLANS
http://www.instructorweb.com/socialstudies.asp

WORKSHEETS ON
us/bioprintouts/

ENGLISH WORKSHEETS
http://www.tlsbooks.com/englishworksheets.htm

NATIVE AMERICANS
http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/
schoolroom/indians.php

NATIVE AMERICANS:
FIRST NATIONS LESSON PLANS
http://www.archaeolink.com/
native_americans_first_nations_l.htm

MATH & SOCIAL STUDIES
http://www.teacherhelp.org/lesson4.htm

MR. DONN: NATIVE AMERICANS
K-12 LESSON PLANS & ACTIVITIES
http://www.mrdonn.org/nativeamericans.html

CANKU OTA (MANY PATHS)
http://www.turtletrack.org/

PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS,
freeprintables/qt/printables.htm

AWESOME LIBRARY:
Materials_Search/Worksheets/Worksheets.html

TEACHING IDEAS
http://www.ilovethatteachingidea.com/WRCenter/
WRCenter.htm

FREE WORKSHEETS FROM
KIDDYHOUSE.COM
http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Worksheets/

LESSON PLAN SEARCH:
PRINTABLE PAGES &
Printable_Pages_and_Worksheets/index.html

FREE WORKSHEETS
http://www.theoleyschool.com/worksheets.html

HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS
http://www.hwtears.com/

TEACHER WORKSHEETS
http://members.aol.com/ggallag958/
default.html/worksheet.html

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
coloringbook/archive/

PEST COLORING SHEETS
lesson_intro_coloring.html

WILD ANIMAL BABY:
NATIONAL WILDLIFE
kzPage.cfm?siteId=1&departmentId=161

AFRICA COLORING BOOK
http://www.meandmephoto.com/Extras/
ColorBk/ColorBk.html

THE DINO PIT
http://www.utexas.edu/tmm/
sponsored_sites/dino_pit/coloring.html

FREE PRINTABLE
MATH WORKSHEETS
http://www.printactivities.com/MathQuiz.html

MATH WORKSHEETS
http://www.funmaths.com/worksheets/index.htm

ALGEBRA HELP:
CALCULATORS, LESSONS
AND WORKSHEETS
http://www.algebrahelp.com/index.jsp

FREE K-6 MATH WORKSHEETS
http://www.mathgen.com/free.htm

MATH PLAYGROUND:
DO THE MATH
http://www.mathplayground.com/worksheet.html

ENVIRONMENTAL
COLORING SHEETS
http://www.pca.state.mn.us/kids/coloring.html

FEMA FOR KIDS
http://www.fema.gov/kids/clrbk01.htm

FOOD SAFETY
http://www.foodsafety.gov/~dms/cbook.html

IPL KIDSPACE:
poisonsafe/kcolor.html

SMOKEY KIDS:
ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT
games_color.asp?pic=3&frame=1

OPERATION LIFESAVER
http://www.tnol.org/kids.htm

WATER SAFETY
http://lacoast.gov/education/kids/
coloringbooks/WaterSafety/index.htm

RCMP HUG A TREE PROGRAM
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ccaps/hug_e.htm

THE ALPHABET
http://www.mayfieldews.com/
Alphabet%20Coloring%20Book.htm

AMAZING HANDWRITING
WORKSHEET MAKER
http://www.handwritingworksheets.com/

HANDWRITING HELP
FOR KIDS:
INFORMATION, ADVICE
& WORKSHEETS
http://www.handwritinghelpforkids.com/worksheets.html

CELEBRATING WILDFLOWERS
http://www.nps.gov/plants/color/gallery.htm

PRESCHOOL LESSON PLANS
http://www.funlessonplans.com/
preschool_lesson_plans/free.htm



Part Eight:
Handy Helpers
Handy Helpers are printable charts, forms
and other neat little time-saving
things to have. Enjoy!



ALENKA'S PRINTABLES
http://alenkasprintables.com/

BEARABLE DEALS PRINTABLES
http://www.bearabledeals.com/Print.htm

CERTIFICATE CREATOR
http://www.certificatecreator.com/

DIGITAL-WOMAN.COM
http://www.digital-women.com/daily-planner/

FREE HANDY HELPERS
BY DEBI
http://www.debidawn.com/handyhelpers.htm

GOODIES
http://kittywompuss.com/goodies.htm

KIDPRINTABLES
stationery/index.shtml

MOMS NETWORK
FREE NOTE PADS
http://www.momsnetwork.com/notepads.shtml

MY PARENTIME'S FREE
PRINTABLE CHECKLISTS
http://www.printablechecklists.com/

THE PARKER FAMILY:
FORMS AND PLANNERS
http://home.att.net/~bandcparker/forms.html

PRINTABLE NOTEPADS
http://www.freebiesforwomen.com/notepads.shtml

YOUNG MINDS HOMESCHOOL
FORMS AND SCHEDULES
http://forms.donnayoung.org/

KIDS CONTRACTS
http://www.kidscontracts.com/?source=google

STATIONERY
http://www.geocities.com/gil_dano/
Stationery/Stationery.HTML

BOOKS READ
FROM THE LIBRARY!
http://www.chartjungle.com/charts/library.html

RAINBOW GRAPHICS PRINTABLES
http://rainbowrowgraphics.com/printables/index.html

CHILD ID CARDS
FROM KIDSAFE ID
http://www.kidsafeid.com/

BOOK PLATES
http://www.myhomelibrary.org/
mediumbookplates/index.htm

HOMESCHOOLING CIRRICULUM,
RESOURCES & FORMS
http://www.homeschoolviews.com/




So that's it...my ever-growing GIANT LIST OF HOMESCHOOL LINKS. If a link here is dead, or you want me to add a link, email it to Pendragon525@aol.com. Be sure to write "homeschool" in the subject line. Thanks, and enjoy!

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Nutbag Foot Kisser Indicted

My comments are in red:


Alleged Library Foot Kisser Indicted



YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- A grand jury has accused a man of sucking on a woman's toe at the public library in nearby Boardman after he asked to kiss her feet to see her reaction as part of a sociology project. (What professor assigned THIS?!?!?!?)

A Mahoning County grand jury has charged Joseph Colella, 28, on a charge of gross sexual imposition. If convicted, he could be face up to 1 1/2 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

A 27-year-old woman told police that on July 11 Colella asked to kiss her feet. She turned him down but said she relented when he repeatedly insisted, and he began kissing her foot and then sucked on a toe.

She pulled her foot away and the man asked her reaction, to which she replied she was freaked out.

The woman left to clean her foot and he was gone when she returned. She called police and picked him out of a photo lineup.

Detective Michelle DiMartino said Colella also was a suspect in a similar case in 2000. (Another "sociology project?")

Colella could not be reached for comment. (maybe for once, HIS foot was in
his mouth?)

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Second Eye Blind, and Yet Another Prescription Mess

For the past few weeks, I have been experiencing what I refer to as a "Super Attack." All my symptoms seem amplified 100 times or more. It's annoying, but it usually tapers off in a few weeks and I've learned to just rest and ride it out.

On the 28th of July, I began trying to call in my prescription for Oxycodone with the prescription coordinator. I say "trying," because her voice mail was completely full until the 1st. On Thursday evening, I get a voice mail from someone named "Carl," telling me that I can't have my prescription, as the Well-Accessoried Doctor is no longer with the clinic. I must see a new doctor before I can have my pills.

Uh oh, someone didn't read the chart! I DID see a new doctor, on the 17th!

So I call them back last Friday, and finally was able to speak to this Carl. After explaining that I had already seen the doctor, he told me he'd put the prescription request back in to the new doctor and call me when it was done.

On Sunday night, I noticed I was having blurry vision. I've read about this in MS books, but never actually experienced it myself. My eyes would "cloud up," as if I were looking through fog....and then as quickly as it came, it would disappear. After consulting a few of my books, I decided to just rest some more and hope for th best.

On Monday afternoon, I woke up from a nap...and could barely see anything. I put on my glasses...no change. My first thought was that it reminded me of summers when I was a kid, when my sister and I went to our neighborhood swimming pool nearly every day (it was 50 cents admission, and for another $1.50 you could get a hot dog, soda and a bag of chips or box of Cracker Jack). One summer, for a few short weeks, the pool guy kept putting in too much chlorine. When you'd swim underwater, it was so murky, and it kind of burned your eyes to look through it. That was the same sensations, the same kind of murky vision and eyeball pain I was going through on Monday, some twenty years later. Isn't it odd what will be our first reaction to stress sometimes?

My next thought was, "Holy crap, I can't see." The pleasant reminder of my childhood swimming hole was replaced by sheer terror. Intellectually, I understood that optic neuritis can happen to anyone with MS, at any time. Emotionally, all I could feel was frightened at my loss of vision.

After some experimentation, I realized that the bulk of my eye problems was centered in my right eye (my right side is my "problem" side). It was, however, throwing off my vision entirely. It was almost like trying to see through a dense fog. I kept compulsively rubbing my eyes and blinking.

So I called the doctor, and first spoke to a nurse, "Bob," who then relayed my message to an attending and got back to me. The advice: rest, and come into the office on Wed. morning. I also found out that the new doctor wasn't in the office AT ALL this week! What about my prescription?!?!?

I spent most of Tuesday, bored as bored could be. I couldn't concentrate on anything for more than a few minutes at a time. I couldn't read, use the computer or watch TV. It was like listening to Donald Rumsfeld sing: pure torture.

So finally, I get into the doctor's office yesterday morning, and see an attending, "Dr. Wink" (thus named because he looks eerily like a game show host). He basically told me I needed a referral to a new neurologist, and they couldn't do anything for me. He also suggested I see an eye doctor, and was very perturbed about the fact that I haven't seen one in two years, despite the fact that my insurance only pays for eye exams every other year and that I did give birth in 2003! He also didn't seem to notice the fact that I've spent the last year or so working on dental issues and then recovering from the intense attacks of trigeminal neuralgia that even a dental cleaning will cause. But, I wasn't in the mood to argue....especially as Dr. Wink gave me my prescription! Hallelujah.

My vision has mostly cleared up now. Every now and again, the blurriness comes back, but it only lasts a few minutes. The pain is mostly gone.

But it's a fine mess I've gotten myself into this time, Laurel....

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Soldier's Religious Memorial Denied

No Wiccan symbol for soldier's memorial
Monday, July 10, 2006
WASHINGTON POST NEWS SERVICE


WASHINGTON -- At the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in the small town of Fernley, Nev., there is a wall of brass plaques for local heroes. But one space is blank. There is no memorial for Sgt. Patrick Stewart.

That's because Stewart was a Wiccan, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has refused to allow a symbol of the Wicca religion -- a five-pointed star within a circle, called a pentacle -- to be inscribed on U.S. military memorials or grave markers.

The department has approved the symbols of 38 other faiths, about half of them versions of the Christian cross. It also allows the Jewish Star of David, the Muslim crescent, the Buddhist wheel, the Mormon angel, the nine-pointed star of Bahai and something that looks like an atomic symbol for atheists.

Stewart, 34, is believed to be the first Wiccan killed in combat. He was serving in the Nevada National Guard when the helicopter in which he was riding was shot down in Afghanistan in September. He previously had served in the Army in Korea and in Operation Desert Storm. He was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

His widow, Roberta Stewart, scattered his ashes in the hills above Reno, Nev., and would like him to have a permanent memorial.

She said the veterans cemetery in Fernley offered to install a plaque with his name and no religious symbol. She refused.

"Once they do that, they'll forget me," she said. "I feel very strongly that my husband fought for the Constitution of the United States, he was proud of his spirituality and of being a Wiccan, and he was proud of being an American."

Wicca is one of the fastest-growing faiths in the country. Its adherents have increased almost 17-fold from 8,000 in 1990 to 134,000 in 2001, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. The Pentagon says that more than 1,800 Wiccans are on active duty in the armed forces.

Federal courts have recognized Wicca as a religion since 1986. Prisons across the country treat it as a legitimate faith, as do the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. military, which allows Wiccan ceremonies on its bases.

"My husband's dog tags said 'Wiccan' on them," Stewart noted.

But applications from Wiccan groups and individuals to the VA for use of the pentacle on grave markers have been pending for nine years, during which time the symbols of 11 other faiths have been approved.

"I really have no idea why it has taken so long" for the Wiccan symbol to gain approval, Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Josephine Schuda said.

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Nine years, it has taken, for the pentacle to be approved. Even for the slow-as-molasses government, that is about 8 years and 6 months too long.

I find it disgusting, that in this country where religious freedoms are heralded as one of our greatest achievements, that a person's religious symbols can still be denied him or her.

I hope those in the military take heed: Sgt. Stewart died for this country. He fought and died for those ideals we take such pride in. To deny this hero his own religious freedom, after fighting hard for the freedoms of others, is a travesty.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

My Tattoos: My Koru Tattoo

Yesterday was my 32nd birthday. I plan to write more about the fantastic day I had yesterday later...but for now, I wanted to share my gift to myself: a new tattoo!

I find my tattoo designs in the weirdest places, and this one was no exception. About a year ago, I was going through the Pyramid Collection catalog (which I enjoy immensely) and came across a rug with a koru, the Maori symbol of renewal. I fell in love with it, and got it on my right wrist. It was tattooed by my new artist, the unbelievably cool Sean of Captain Jack's:

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