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Subject: Re: The most important lesson I learned from a teacher

Forum: The most important lesson I learned from a teacher
Daniella: It was actually part of church youth group. It was a small group of girls, only 4-6 of us came every week. She had to do a lot of encouraging to get us to participate at first. She would give examples to help us think of things to say, like "even something as small as someone opening or holding the door for you is an example." You would definitely have to make it a requirement. Hope it works out!

Anna and Murasaki: It is so true! And no problem. :) Glad you enjoyed it.

Subject: Re: Have you ever run completely out of gas?

Forum: Have you ever run completely out of gas?
Becky,

My mom always lectured me and it stuck! I usually fill up on a quarter tank of 1/8th tank. So he might learn from you without having to learn the hard way.

Having a lot of gas in your tank can also help if it snows or is icy. It makes your car heavier.

Stay warm. :)

Best wishes,
Laura

Subject: The most important lesson I learned from a teacher

Forum: The most important lesson I learned from a teacher
Every Wednesday at 6 pm, from age thirteen through the end of high school, I met with the same group of girls. We had a teacher who for some strange reason took an interest in being our mentor. Looking back, I think, “was she crazy for putting up with us every week for so many years?” Either way, I am eternally grateful that she did.

In typical teenage girl fashion, we would start the evening out by complaining about boys, homework, parents, anything and everything that made our week “the worst week ever”. The quieter of us would struggle to get our weekly venting in because the louder ones had so much to grumble about.

One day, things began to change. Our teacher gave us each a small notebook. We were told to write down two good things that happen during the next week. They could not be purchases, such as new shoes or a new haircut.

The first few weeks were a struggle. Most of us would forget about the assignment altogether and would struggle to on the spot, come up with even one positive thing that happened. We kept thinking of all the terrible events and were blind to the positive.

As time went on and we continued to do the assignment, it became easier. It reached a point where we were able to talk about three or four positive things that happened. Our hour and a half together evolved from a negative environment to an incredibly positive atmosphere. We began doing better in school. Our relationships with people grew stronger. We started valuing ourselves. We were even able to recognize when people were disrespecting us and leave them behind.



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Subject: Re: Should assault weapons be banned?

Forum: Should assault weapons be banned?
Kate,

Prior to writing this, I started off doing some research into assault weapons. I do have a strong opinion about guns in general. I have heard the term assault weapon often, but don't know that much about the differences.

I started by looking at what an assault weapon is and how it differs from a regular gun. Assault weapons are semi-automatic firearms. They have large detachable magazines of ammunition. According to the US Department of State, they were designed for combat use due to their capability of rapid fire.

I was also curious about how many shootings involve semi-automatic weapons compared to non-semiautomatic guns. It turns out that semi-automatic firearms were used in most mass shootings in the United States. An exception being the Santa Fe High School shooting that killed 10 and injured 14. This involved merely a shotgun and revolver.

The problem doesn't stop at just semi-automatic guns. While banning semi-automatic gun could help cut down the numbers of those killed and injured in mass murders, most murders in the US don't happen with assault-style weapons. Handguns, costing approximately $200, are more accessible than assault rifles which cost approximately $1500.

After doing this research, I do believe semi-automatic guns should be banned. I also still believe that we need stricter regulation. I would love to see our country follow in the footsteps of Canada. According to Vice Magazine, in Canada, you are allowed to buy a gun if you are 18 or older, but you are required to "take a two-day safety course for non-restricted guns, pass a test, and then take another course and test for restricted guns. They must pass with a grade of 80 percent or more. After passing the test, Canadians can apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) for restricted firearms. An application requires a photo, references, the disclosure of mental health history, criminal history, and current/prior conjugal partners." It is not a perfect solution. It will not end all shootings, but it will significantly cut down on the number of deaths caused by guns, in the United States.


References
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_weapon
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/ne5e4k/how-strict-are-canadas-handgun-laws
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41488081
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_sho

Subject: Re: Let's play trivia!

Forum: Let's play trivia!
Here is a new round for anyone else that wants to play!

1. Who directed Cocoon, Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code?

2. What Middle Eastern city is also the name of a type of artichoke?

3. What is a group of jellyfish called?

4. How is 77 represented in Roman numerals?

5. How many dots are used in each letter in the Braille system?

6. What is the national flower of India?

7. What kind of storm is a haboob?

8. How many candles does the Hanukkah menorah have?

9. What country's flag has fourteen alternating red and white stripes along the fly and a blue canton bearing a crescent and a 14-point star?

10. What toy company's name means play well in Danish?

Subject: Re: Let's play trivia!

Forum: Let's play trivia!
Bubbers,

You did really well! I had to make it harder after Breezyb got nine of them.

1. What is the world's largest land animal? Correct, elephant.

2. What Middle Eastern city is also the name of a type of artichoke? Nope!

3. What is a group of jellyfish called? Wrong

4. How is 77 represented in Roman numerals? No.

5. How many dots are used in each letter in the Braille system? No :)

6. Which movie won the Oscar for best actor, director, and cinematography in 2016? Correct, The Revenant!

7. What is the term for a positive electrode? Correct, an anode.

8. How many candles does the Hanukkah menorah have? Wrong

9. What is the highest mountain in Greece? Correct, Mt. Olympus

10. What is the highest number used in a Sudoku puzzle? Correct, 9

Subject: Re: HALP!! (Also, some advice for newbies!)

Forum: HALP!! (Also, some advice for newbies!)
Teebeetoo,

Thanks for posting this. I am new and was curious about dispersment too. I knew it was coming up but hadn't gotten around to researching how it works. So thank you Jon and MotivatedOne for sharing the tips. :)

Best wishes,
Laura

Subject: Re: Let's play trivia!

Forum: Let's play trivia!
Here are some new questions! Hopefully harder this time. :)

1. What is the world's largest land animal?

2. What Middle Eastern city is also the name of a type of artichoke?

3. What is a group of jellyfish called?

4. How is 77 represented in Roman numerals?

5. How many dots are used in each letter in the Braille system?

6. Which movie won the Oscar for best actor, director, and cinematography in 2016?

7. What is the term for a positive electrode?

8. How many candles does the Hanukkah menorah have?

9. What is the highest mountain in Greece?

10. What is the highest number used in a Sudoku puzzle?

Subject: Re: Let's play trivia!

Forum: Let's play trivia!
Breezy,

Wow! Good job. You got all except number 8.

I will write some new questions to keep trivia going!

-Laura

Subject: Let's play trivia!

Forum: Let's play trivia!
I will ask ten trivia questions. Answer as many as you can. No Googling!

1. What is the world's largest ocean?

2. What continent are platypus from?

3. What planet did Superman come from?

4. What is the most common blood type in the US?

5. What country has the largest population?

6. What kind of seed is used to make cheddar cheese orange?

7. What decade was the Rubik's Cube invented?

8. How many candles does the Hanukkah menorah have?

9. Steven Spielberg was one of the co-founders of which movie studio?

10. What cereal has a toucan as a mascot?



Good luck! :)

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