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Comment Archives: Stories: Opinion: The Wheelhouse

Re: “Keep Programs for Gifted Children

I just need to know where are the schools in this? I have been struggling to have the schools understand that my 2nd grade daughter who has been labeled gifted and talented from Kindergarten in the Miami school district, needs more than just a few extra pages of 3-4th grade work during the year. The teacher took three months to assemble a folder with the extra work and she finished it a month later. The teacher has taken it from her to refill and it is a month later and still it is not back to her.

I am exhausted trying to get the teachers there to understand she does her homework with no-interest since it no longer challenges her. I have to challenge her at home, where she is doing above well above her grade level. I have put her in other programs of memorization, dance and gymnastics to help her feel challenged other than school and I should not have to settle for run of the mill school programs for her academics because she is gifted. But what is a good alternative to the school systems in Shelby county.

If she was subpar in academics, they would be putting her in a special class for that. But being gifted and talented she has no other options than getting a little folder of extra work to challenge her IQ that she had finished in 1 month, in her spare time.

Posted by KJW on 01/28/2015 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Living a Gluten-Free Life-style

I was diagnosed with CD in October of 2012. I eventually had my entire family (all five children and hubby) go gluten free in our home. Gluten free was not enough. My Gastro suggested the Specific Carbohydrate diet. I rejected the idea and tried just gluten free and stayed sick even though my markers said I was gluten free. Read the book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall. It is eye opening and life changing. The foods we make are absolutely wonderful but it does require a lot of my time. I still cannot eat certain foods as people with CD often has reactions to foods that appear similar to gluten. (Corn, high starch foods, certain legumes, etc.) I felt and often feel as you do. Our family gatherings for birthdays and holidays center around food and I feel like an alien. I have to make my own "plate" at home and bring it with me while I watch them eat all of my old favorites. I am thankful that I didn't have colon cancer (that is what they were checking for). My Hubby and Children are very supportive but the extended family has no understanding of my new way of eating and offer me mac-n-cheese or potatoes and gravy. They have no concept of what I can or should eat. It has become a mission in my life to help others. I believe God gave me CD to be able to help others. If you need someone who understands and can help you walk through this difficult time I am willing. Let me know and we will figure out a way to connect.
My mom decided to go on the specific carbohydrate diet with me. She lost a bunch of weight and was the healthiest she had ever been. After 3 months she caved and went back to eating the SAD (standard American diet). She gained back her weight and doesn't feel nearly as well as she was while eating healthy. It was too hard for her to give up the comfort of food! Good luck and God bless.

Posted by Robin Gitchel on 09/09/2014 at 7:35 PM

Re: “How To React to a Story of Rape

Nicely put. I now don't ever wanna know the physics behind this. Seriously thank yoi

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Posted by Mo Alexander on 05/22/2014 at 3:13 AM

Re: “How To React to a Story of Rape

Probably the most profound and best article I've read in the Flyer this year.

Brava, Madam!

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Posted by Nightcrawler on 05/21/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “How To React to a Story of Rape

Fine article.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 05/21/2014 at 6:05 PM

Re: “How To React to a Story of Rape

Thoughtful. Well-stated.

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Posted by Strait Shooter on 05/21/2014 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Hillary Clinton vs. Michelle Shocked

OK, I will bite.

Which way is that?

You aren't from Westboro, are you?

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 03/30/2013 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Hillary Clinton vs. Michelle Shocked

Why is it the Constitution is a "living, breathing document" when it's convenient, but the Second Amendment only protects muskets.... The depths this country has fallen to, practically in shambles around our feet. There seems to be a direct correlation between what hippies, who grew up into liberals, started in the 1960's & the steady decline of our society. The depravity of it all can only be fixed one way.

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Posted by Cue San on 03/29/2013 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Congrats, Josh. You Made the Right Choice.

What has he done at Memphis that's so great? With the facilities, fan base, tradition, and recruiting base at Memphis, the program should be perennial Final 4 material. But he's done nothing but underachieve since he became head coach. And don't tell me he's a great recruiter. The program recruits itself. What is needed is a big time BENCH coach who can corral that talent and make them work as a team.
The low expectations at the U of M is sometimes very sad.

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Posted by Mundus Novus on 03/27/2013 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Congrats, Josh. You Made the Right Choice.

I have to say Well Done Andria as well...This was a very balanced article touching all the bases...Actually it was very refreshing to read and I will admit I read it three times...It is a very humble yet accurate article of our Tiger Basketball Program and the city that simply loves the Tigers like no other...

When our Tigers lose a game, as Coach Pastner stated earlier in the season: "The whole city feels the lost" just like the players and the Coaches...Coach Pastner 110% gets it here in Memphis...and I truly believe that Coach Pastner is going to bring us our First National Championship...I really do...

Again Andria...thanks for sharing with us...because it was a truly heart warming article and we all need this type of encouragement about our city sometime...

Sincerely,

Larry

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Posted by Larry Coleman on 03/27/2013 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Congrats, Josh. You Made the Right Choice.

Great article Andria! I too am a Memphian by choice and have been a Tiger fan since Keith Lee was a freshman. Josh is a young coach and there will be bumps in the road as he learns just as everyone has to learn a new job. But there is not a doubt in my mind that he will be talked about as one of the best college coaches and it will be sooner rather than later. He bring energy and positivity to a city that needs it and he is a great ambassador for Memphis. He is a role model to the young men he coaches that in a lot of cases don't have one and emphasizes the importance of their education. He is bringing the respectability back to the program. Tiger Nation loves Josh Pastner!!

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Posted by Kim on 03/27/2013 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Hillary Clinton vs. Michelle Shocked

Cool and very well said. Hillary doesnt surprise me. Shes been awesome all along. But Michelle, awwww Michelle you make me sad. I thought so much of you for so long. I guess Im mainstream now. Nice Article Andrea.

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Posted by LydiaG on 03/23/2013 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Dorothy Didn't Surrender

I just realized from something I read yesterday that Glinda has a venomous swish of skirt. Or maybe not?

I suppose Dorothy definitely did.

Posted by Brunetto Latini on 03/14/2013 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Dorothy Didn't Surrender

Take a Chill pill will ya? It's just a movie, ..and a fantasy at that! Just enjoy it for what it is - pure escapist entertainment (actually for adults). Enjoy the acting, special effects, costumes, colorization and whatever plot there is - that being how he got to Oz and became the Wizard that leads to the 1939 version we all loved.

And to bring in todays' influences and problems by stating "There was such a great opportunity to update this franchise ... At a time when women are holding steady at a mere 14-percent of corporate leadership positions, continue to underearn men despite higher levels of education, and are still waging legal battles for equality..." is just plain silly - fight your battles some other way. Thats what they made "Norma Raye" for.

How about us hard working, underpaid males that are being overshadowed by the overpaid, illegals (here for who knows how long) that blatently ignore (or bypass) society's rules and expectations? (ie: taxes, licenses, permits, multiple families in a single family house, 8 cars in the yard, gobbling up a state/county/city's resources for which they don't contribute, ..... on and on. Let's see that movie!

Nobody but you evidently would even look for that in this movie - even Beifus could care less about that?

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Posted by wharbin on 03/13/2013 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Dorothy Didn't Surrender

While I don’t subscribe to what the author is selling – I do applaud her for writing a think piece. Our local newspapers often take the mantra of “keep all coverage local” waaay to seriously and seldom deviate. Its nice to read a piece that highlights that local writers can think about topics that are not confined to our city limits. Thank you!

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Posted by Ida B Jones on 03/13/2013 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Dorothy Didn't Surrender

I disagree strongly with your take on Glinda in "Oz, the Great and Powerful". I thought she was the strongest character. She didn't wait around for somebody to save her; she was pragmatic; and she succeeded in getting an unwilling person to do what she needed done. She was strong AND feminine. What am I missing?

I think James Franco is hot, hot, hot! But Glinda was my favorite character in this movie.

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Posted by Brunetto Latini on 03/12/2013 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Lee Smith and the Southern Story-Telling Tradition

Well, no, the South's history was not burned, maybe trampled upon for a little while, but there's a lot that wasn't, and let's be honest, some good writers came out of that history, finally liberated to sing. Think of our vibrant African-American writers, not to mention our poets (hello? Yes, Southern Writing is not just fiction.) and writers of all stripes and tendencies. I especially value our environmentalist writers--Janisse Ray, John Lane, for ex.--and our mountain voices singing away in the hollers and hills. As you say, there's a wealth of new storylines and the next chapter is waiting to be written. A Southern poet, with a Cherokee Grand-daddy, an Anglo great-aunt, an African-American grandma, and a Latina mom. Bring her on!

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Posted by Kathryn Stripling Byer on 03/12/2013 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Living a Gluten-Free Life-style

My situation is easier - I caught this before it became full-blown Celiac.

It's not as easy as you might think to adopt a gluten-free lifestyle and eat out. I thought I'd found an easy winner with a variety of Asian cuisines, only to find that wheat products are used as thickening agents in many sauces, sushi rice is sometimes soaked in a wheat-based vinegar...the list goes on and on.

And on top of that is the sheer expense. While I have found it easier to simply adopt different eating habits, and generally don't bother with gluten-free pasta or bread substitutes in my diet, doing so is very expensive. A loaf of gluten-free bread is $6.00 and is half the size of its wheat-based counterpart. The flours for making my own breads are equally expensive, typically 6-8 times the price of wheat flour.

I've adopted the approach that this is an opportunity to eat more healthy and less processed foods. Some of this is just mind over matter.

Andria, here are the things I've found that help without being complicated, especially when your meals are the family's meals.
1) Potatoes and rice are your friend for starchy substitutes.
2) Find a recipe for Southern-style cornbread - it uses no flour.
3) Potato flour makes a fine thickener for gravies and sauces, and so does cornstarch. (I still don't understand those Asian restaurants who don't use cornstarch...)
4) In baking with gluten-free flours, increase or add ingredients that can act as binding agents. Fresh and dried fruit is great in cakes and quick breads for holding in moisture. Applesauce is helpful as well. I'll often add an extra egg and typically increase the baking soda or powder by a half teaspoon. Homemade Gluten-free brownies totally rock.
5) When possible, live on whatever's freshly available from the local farmer's market (or at least the fresh vegetable section of the store).
6) As a Celiac sufferer, I'd advise you don't trust gluten-free versions of products in the local restaurants. Try as they might, there's too much opportunity for cross-contamination. ..and I'm not convinced they understand the problem. Salads, sauteed veggies and meat dishes, and stir-fried dishes will be safer options.

Hang in there. You will start feeling better, and if you move your family toward the same lifestyle, they're less at risk from developing problems later. I've tried to frame my mindset as this being a culinary adventure, and I make sure that I have plenty of things I like so that I belay any feelings of deprivation.

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Posted by arjee63 on 03/07/2013 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Living a Gluten-Free Life-style

Sorry, I must agree with boydeasley. Although living with Celiac Disease or a gluten allergy is no walk in the park, it certainly could be much worse. After the initial adjustment, eating gluten free is fairly easy. Lately, you can find a gluten free substitute for nearly anything and there is an abundance of information about the G-free lifestyle. I have never been to a restaurant that would not at least attempt to accommodate a gluten allergy.

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Posted by MeatTrader on 03/06/2013 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Living a Gluten-Free Life-style

I think more manufacturers are making an effort to certify their products gluten free. There are actually gluten free Rice Krispies (found them on Amazon) if you want to make Rice Krispie treats. They aren't quite as "crispy", but my kids inhaled all four of the boxes I ordered without complaint.

I think that you'll find that you discover a different community as you delve into the world of eating gluten free. I tried it for 30 days to see how I felt and discovered a stand at a farmer's market that made gluten free pastas, breads, etc. Everyone there was friendly and supportive and they wouldn't let me leave without trying everything. And I discovered that many of my favorite restaurants have dedicated gluten free menus and websites dedicated to their gluten free products.

Having been a vegetarian more than half my adult life, I suppose I'm used to people being judgmental about what I choose to eat. It will be easier, promise.

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Posted by Jen Fite on 03/06/2013 at 12:01 PM

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