OK, I will bite.
Which way is that?
You aren't from Westboro, are you?
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.
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.
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...
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!!
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.
I just realized from something I read yesterday that Glinda has a venomous swish of skirt. Or maybe not?
I suppose Dorothy definitely did.
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?
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I can't agree with boydeasley that you are having a "pity party" I think its more of an awakening. I can agree that if you can start making your kids lunches gluten free it will make it easier for you. Celiac is hereditary and the less gluten your kids have the better for them, especially if they develop it later in life. I'm happy for boydeasley that it is no big deal for him. I however have seen how very hard it is on people especially if you are the only one you know that has it.
I do not have Celiac I have a reactive allergy to peppers. I can go in to anaphylactic shock if it is merely airborne around me. My mom and two sisters however do have Celiac, I do know it is not easy.
I have played with going G-free because I know I am a carrier and if my kids get it the more I take it out of their diet now the easier it will be for them later. So I do what I can to reduce the risk.
I think it is brave of you to put out there what you are going though and opening yourself to rude people in an effort to help other people navigate for themselves or understand the journey of a friend or family member.
Oh and for what its worth Pebbles are G-free so you can make "rice krispy treats" with them.
What you wrote doesn't come across as a pity party, but an honest look at your process, practically and emotionally, which offers a lot of encouragement to others going through it.
I've been GF for over five years and it's a pain in the ass. The only thing that makes it worth it is that I don't feel like sh!t any more. It has taken me most of the last 5 years to stop feeling sorry for myself and accept it, and I am happy, but it's still a hard, big lifestyle change, and I really appreciate you writing this for others.
My two kids and I eat GF but my husband does not, at least for some things like his breakfast and lunches and some snacks. I've had to buy separate butters and mayo so there's no crumb cross contamination, wipe the counters, dishes and utensils down thoroughly for the same reason. Eventually I think it just becomes the accepted routine but occasionally I pine for the past when we didn't worry about it. Then I have a reality check about how sick I get and pull up my boot straps.
There are only a couple places we can go out to eat as a family and know that the three of us are "safe" and while I appreciate that we can even do that, I'd love to go back to some of our restaurants that used to be our favorites. And cross contamination is a big deal. It is really exhausting, painful, and frustrating to eat something you thought was safe only to get sick. If a restaurant, fast or otherwise, cooks food in the same oil as another that is coated with wheat, we get sick.
Kraft Foods products are full of wheat-based "spices" and flavorings. I reacted to one of their products and the PR person I spoke to said they use a product bought by a private distributor who is not required by the FDA to disclose their proprietary blend of ingredients, and therefore they were not required to disclose gluten on their label, but it likely contains gluten-based ingredients. We thought we were safe eating homemade lentil soup but that was also cross contaminated.
I wrote a list that I keep in my kitchen of every symptom I have when I eat gluten, to remind myself why it's worth the hassle of not eating it. To your health, Andria!
That's wonderful for you, boydeasley. But maybe think back six years ago when you were initially diagnosed. Going gluten-free for life is radical lifestyle and diet change, especially when following an American diet. You've had plenty of time to adjust. Hopefully time will help Andria adjust as well. In lieu of compassion, might you volunteer some tips, recipes, local restaurants that have made this adjustment "not a difficult lifestyle" for you?
Having been gluten free for 6 years, it seems as if you are having a pity party for yourself. Being gluten free isn't that hard, or even hard at all for that matter. Make gluten free lunches for your kids to make things easier on everyone. Not a difficult lifestyle to live.
You all are missing the point. TCP recommended two things that are contradictory.
1. They want to expand IB/AP at the high school level.
2. They want to cut CLUE and APEX at the middle school level and below.
There is no way these two things can happen together. If they cut the lower programs we will loose students to private, home schools and the surrounding areas. There is no way they can increase numbers in the high schools. Once the kids leave the system there will be little incentive to bring them back. This will bring down the scores of the whole region. The advanced kids are the only kids keeping some schools open and out of ASD hands because of the school within the school. I've got news for you, many of the good private schools will give scholarships to the advanced kids.
Yes OTP they are working hard to expand AP/IB. Unfortunately, most everyone else including the school board and the CC8 are working against that goal. They thought they had the doubled the numbers by including all eight county high schools. Yet the first budget proposal included cutting 10% of every county school staff, and increasing class size, which means some of those classes will be dropped. Whoops. There go your numbers. There are a whole lot of other things this board is choosing that will prevent the expansion of the AP/IB. In fact the region currently has three IB programs. That won't last past one year of the merger.
Without the programs at the lower levels, you will never be able to grow the programs at the upper levels. That is a proven fact. You have to have a feeder system.
APEX is not perfect and neither is CLUE. They do have good characteristics and the directors of both these programs are working hard to find common ground. Same goes for the AP/IB directors of the high schools. Its too bad they do not have a good foundation of support.
OTP cuts at the middle school included the Ridgeway Middle IB. It would be gone.
OTP - all advanced programs strive to teach critical thinking. Some do it better than others. Advanced is more than critical thinking. It's the ability with a quick students to gloss over the basics because the student can grasp it early and move on to more in depth coverage of the topic.
That is exactly what I have been preaching about for over a year. The critical thinking skills are the ones that are needed the most in elementary and high schools. Don't get me wrong, math and sciences are important, however, one who have mastered critical thinking can easier master science and math.
I tell the suburbanites to be wary of the results of tests to measure the worth of a school. I even went so far as to challenge them to give a set of tests, get the results and then wait 30 days and give the same exact test. You will see a great dropoff of the scores from the first to the second test.
You and others harp on the fact that Memphis refuses to cut building and administrative costs. This may be true, however, it is like the gop saying that they can cut the budget to balance. There is not enough excess administration and building cost to cut to make a big dent in the overall cost. If you privatize the maintenance, custodial, cafeteria, transportation cost, you are not saving any money, you are just shifting the burden on you and others in higher costs for social services, rental subsidies, food stamps, medicaid, etc. You also lose the buying power of the full time school workers that you contracted out to private companies paying much lower salaries with much lower benefits. So, the savings are only illusionary.
I am confident that we will keep those advanced programs and will expand them.
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