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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Monday, October 31, 2005

What Halloween Figure Are YOU?!

Hello, my happy friend. You have high spirits and
know how to have a good time. When your friends
go out, most likely they invite you almost all
the time. You most likely will enjoy your
Halloween. Good for you. Keep up the
excitement. You probably light people's dark
days with your smiles and laughter. Although
you're good, doesn't mean you're an angel. You
can tend to have a scary and/or other type of
side to you. As long as you have fun, do your
scares this Halloween. Have a safe and happy
one, Joyous Pumpkin.

What Halloween Figure Are You? (MANY RESULTS WITH SIX ALL NEW ONES!!)

Mooooooo - hahahahahaha!

Have a witchy Halloween, everyone!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Let's Go Flyers!

Grizzly Mama went to the Flyers game tonight at the Wachovia Center. I haven't been to a hockey game for about 15 years.

I loved it - and the Flyers won in O/T.

It's something being at a hockey game. It's a brutal game and the Philadelphia fans are brutal fans. I was right in there too, cheering to see the Panthers goalie apparently injured. Yelling 'ASSHOLE' and 'YOU SUCK' in unison with several thousand people when the refs gave a crap call - or didn't call against the Panthers when they should have. There's nothing like it.

Of course - it all starts with 'The Star Spangled Banner' and (of course) everyone stands. All 19,530+ Americans. We all cheer when it's done, too. Then we all yell at the players (our own and the opposing team), the refs - whoever!

I love being an American. I especially love being an American in Philly.


Monday, October 24, 2005

I'm jumping on board the Miers bandwagon.

Click on the title of this entry to see some compelling arguments for doing so. Mike at Mike's America has some interesting comparisons to make.

Also per Mike's blog:

"The Truth Laid Bear... that quirky blogger ranking system has another set of parameters to which bloggers FOR Miers should pay immediate attention.
TLB is tallying up pro-Miers and Bush undermining anti-Miers crowd.If you are registered in the TTLB Ecosystem, simply insert the phrase: "I support the Miers nomination" into one of your posts (quotes not required and any formatting will do)."

So here it is - Grizzly Mama making a stand. LOL!

I support the Miers nomination.


Of course we all know by now that Miers has withdrawn. As I said in the comments over at Mike's America I am not happy about it - and I am worried about what this means for future nominees. We learn in life to choose our battles wisely. I do not believe that the conservatives who chose this battle chose wisely.

Onward and upward with the great democratic experiment. God bless America.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

From Sunup to Sundown?

This article, which I found via Homeschool Buzz tells the story of a homeschooled young man who attained a perfect score on his ACT. It's a wonderful story - and one that supports my belief in homeschooling - except that I take issue with the statement at the beginning of the article. It is this:

"Daniel studies from the time he wakes up until the sun sets, and
his studies are paying off."

I am sure that his studies ARE paying off. I highly doubt that Daniel studies from sunup until sundown. What makes me doubt this is that his mother mentions his love of baseball and the fact that he has many interests.

I resent the journalist fostering an attitude toward homeschooled kids as bizarre children who do nothing but schoolwork from the time they arise until the time they are sent to bed. It's not that way - let us at least be honest.

I have enough problems fielding bizarre accusations from well meaning people without this journalist throwing his own bias into the mix - thank you very much. Accusations, glaringly said with an all-knowing tone, including (but not limited to) these things:

*My children are 'isolated'.
*My children do nothing but schoolwork.
*Strange attitudes toward different bed and wake times.
*Nasty remarks about leisurely eating our breakfast of oatmeal in our pajamas at a later hour than they think we ought.
*Strange remarks about not being able to stand being around their kids very much.

Here is a news flash! I'm going to be brutally honest - as a Grizzly Mama should be.

My kids are 100X more well adjusted than ANY public schooled kid that I have EVER had the occasion to meet. My kids are 100X more involved in their community than ANY public schooled kid that I have EVER had the occasion to meet. My kids are 100X more physically active than ANY etc... My kids have 100X more contact with other children and in various situations than ANY etc... My kids have 100X more contact with a variety of supportive adults than ANY etc...My kids absorb 100X more information in ONE HOUR with me than ANY etc...

ENOUGH with this mis-characterization of homeschoolers as whackos. We like our kids - okay? It's not strange. Many people like their children. Most parents want what is best for their children. Homeschoolers have just taken the bull by the horns and accepted the responsibility for educating their children. What young Daniel has achieved is achievable by most youngsters who have a higher standard set for them. And no....they will NOT need to study from sunup to sundown.


Sunday, October 16, 2005

God Bless the Coalition and God Bless Iraq

The Iraqi's once again show the world what they are made of. They're tough, determined. They show their mettle. I'm proud of them. Check out:

Iraq the Model.

The brothers in Baghdad have the scoop. The best the terrorists could manage was an interruption in electric service. They count the votes with battery powered lighting. I say it again - God Bless Iraq!

Here's another great site that the brothers in Baghdad linked to with more pictures:

Sooni in Baghdad. While you're there - check both blogs out and read more of their entries. It's a privilege to know how Iraqi feel about being free.

Uh....wha? What was that?

Did I just hear 16 MILLION turned out to vote?!!

Friday, October 14, 2005

One of our boys needs us!

Please hop on over to Blackfive and leave a message of support for a young man who lost both of his legs in Iraq. Blackfive is going to deliver supportive comments to Specialist James Donaldson on Saturday.

This soldier's legs were blown off by an IED that exploded while he was driving a guntruck in Iraq. He also lost his right index finger and needs surgery on his thumb. He arrived back in the States this last week and could use some encouragement. If you are able, a fund has been set up for him and the details are in the link. If you don't have the cash...please leave a nice comment.

He did his duty and with honor. You will see after reading the article about him that he has kept his sense of humor, high spirits, and optimism. His family is so happy to have him home alive. I know that my loyal readers are supportive of our military and appreciative for what this man gave for our country, for the Iraqi, for our hopes for the future. A future without beheading, insane, Islamist jihadi bastards.

Thank you Specialist James Donaldson.

Thank you Blackfive.

Thank you Renee - whoever you are - the little bird who told me about this.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Don't Mess With Texas!

Although I never liked the football team, and I hated my time in military training in the Lone Star State - I do like those cowboys!


Have you wondered why the problem with looting was practically non-existent in Texas after Hurricane Rita? Go see the link.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Getting to Know Meeeee.

Sprittibee, an upstanding and exceedingly capable homeschool mom, has tagged me. My apologies for the delay in answering - as you can see I had been terribly busy trying to figure out where I should be pegged on the political spectrum. Now that THAT has been taken care of - here are my answers.

Things I want to do before I die:
1. Learn a few languages - and ensure that my kids learn a few, too
2. Travel to many far away places - and take the kids
3. Sculpt
4. Get out of debt
5. See my girlies grow up strong and good
6. Hold my grandchildren
7. Do mushrooms just ONCE after the girls are grown - I never did them (but I'd probably have a heart attack)

Things I can do:
1. Drive a manual transmission car
2. Vote
3. Mouth off
4. Get more edumacation
5. Bake
6. Treat a sucking chest wound
7. Make a poultice

Things I cannot do:
1. Tan
2. Cut people's hair
3. Fly a plane
4. Reach the top shelf at the supermarket without climbing up the lower shelves
5. Drive a semi
6. Cook a steak properly
7. Run very far - my knees hurt :-(

Things that attract me to my husband:
1. His hands
2. His dimples
3. How good he is to the girlies
4. His ridiculous sense of humor
5. His intelligence
6. His compassion
7. His moustache

Celebrity crushes I’ve had in the past:
1. Beau Bridges (when I was 13)
2. No data
3. No data
4. No data
5. No data
6. No data
7. No data ( I wasn't a big celebrity crush type of person)

I invite you to share your answers in the comments section.

Monday, October 03, 2005

See? Grizzly Mama is Alright.

Not a raging anarchist. Not a fascist at all! I was smack-dab over Donald Trump's face in the 'famous people' rendition of my results. Not a bad place to be for an old Grizzly Mama.

You are a

Social Moderate
(55% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(63% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test