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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Another 50-Question Survey to Qualify for Services

May 11, 2016, 10:40 am

Based on my posts from the last two weeks, and this one, I guess Dar’s eligibility for services must be undergoing its annual scrutiny. There’s no reason for that to bother me. We haven’t had home services for the last two weeks (our new person starts Monday). By that, I mean that resources are finite, and though this isn’t my idea of a perfect world, we have to compete with other families for those resources. My hard-won cynicism – won […]

25 Questions, In a Good Way, For “Captain America: Civil War”

May 9, 2016, 5:23 pm

Many, many SPOILERS ahead. Did it seem weird that the opening battle didn’t take place in Wakanda? Wouldn’t that have made more sense than the convoluted story about the Wakandan exchange students? I suspect a rewrite made the case that the movie needed real locations throughout, and perhaps they’re saving some Wakanda reveals for T’Challa’s own film. (For example: maybe it’s the new home of the refugee Avengers.) Why wasn’t this Black Widow: Civil War? Then we would have had […]

Looking Forward to The Post-Trump Narratives of 2017

May 6, 2016, 11:04 am

Someday, our long national nightmare will be over. Someday, the press won’t breathlessly cover every Trump tweet as if it were a new papal catechism. Someday, when non-Trump events happen (say, an earthquake, a sports championship) the media won’t go to Donald Trump first for a reaction. That day won’t be soon. It won’t even be in December. Losing the Presidential election – as Trump certainly must do – will hardly slake the thirsts of reporters, hardly break the fever […]

The Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Second Edition (Part 2 of 2)

May 4, 2016, 1:34 am

Please see last week’s blog post for an explanation of what’s going on here. Then dive on in! This is the second and final installment. Adapting (start ages 1+) Changes easily from one at-home activity to another SOMETIMES Says “thank you” when given something NEVER Changes behavior depending on how well he or she knows another person (for example, acts differently with family member than with stranger, etc.) SOMETIMES Chews with mouth closed SOMETIMES Says “please” when asking for something NEVER […]

Make Your May a Working Class Cinema May

May 2, 2016, 11:05 am

Welcome to Labor History Month! In case you didn’t know, being aware of the role of labor and labor movements doesn’t end on May Day (or Labor Day). In 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the official distinction “to commemorate this month with appropriate educational exercises that make pupils aware of the role the labor movement has played in shaping California and the United States.” The link is chock-a-block with good ideas, but they don’t mention any movies. […]