Tell us where you’ve come from, tell us where you been…

But it really doesn’t matter, grab your chair and fill your platter and dig, dig, dig right in….*

bold the states you’ve been to, underline the states you’ve lived in and italicize the state you’re in now…

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C /

Go HERE to have a form generate the HTML for you.

Found at the Tulip Girl’s blog.

*From the song “If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake”

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Woo. And Indeed, Hoo

Congratulations to the Head Girl who just called to tell us she PASSED her Western Civilization CLEP test for a sweet three college credits.

She had intended to take the Macroeconomics test, but after doing the preview test, decided she should wait and take a course in Macroeconomics, and so she switched her CLEP schedule to Western Civ last week.

That’s right- she decided about a week ago to take the Western Civ CLEP, scheduled it during midterms for her regular courses, took the test today and now has those three credits. We are pleased.

Seconds after hanging up the phone with the Head Girl, the Head Grandmother, better known around here as Granny Tea, called, so the Headmistress was able to be, well, the Head Reteller of this fine bit of news.

Granny Tea said that since public school teachers get a bonus when their students do well, she thought the Headmistress ought to get a bonus for having successfully homeschooled the Head Girl from first grade through high school and enabling her to be the sort of student she is. The Headmistress likes the way Granny Tea thinks.

Dare we say that like the Head Girl, she has a good head on her shoulders? We think we do.

We shall now close so that the Headmistress can go dance a joyful celebratory jig.

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It’s about Freedom

Update: See also the Carnival of Freedom for the most recent freedom round-up.

Via Instapundit, a link to a terrific article in the Times, UK, by Gerard Baker, which contains this reminder:

In a speech one month before the start of the Iraq war in 2003, Mr Bush laid out the strategy: “The world has a clear interest in the spread of democratic values, because stable and free nations do not breed the ideologies of murder. They encourage the peaceful pursuit of a better life.”

Thanks also to The Anchoress, who sends us to The Corner – a pleasant corner it is, too, where are reminded that the military name for this war in Iraq has always been Iraqi Freedom.

Freedom is on the march other places as well, and Common Room scholars should be sure to have referenced the Ukraine and Lebanon in their news notebooks (the Deputy Headmistress trusts that the Common Room scholars need no reminders to maintain their news notebooks).

The Headmistress admits to feeling somewhat out of the loop on these events, and offers the following primers and links as possibly helpful for placing them in context. If any Common Room Readers, Gentle or otherwise, can off other sources of information suitable for young maidens to read, the Headmistress would welcome them. She is sure the Young Maidens would also, being the sort of young people who are always yearning to shed the shackles of ignorance (right?).

Lebanon

The Virtual Information Center has a brief Syria Primer.

The Consulate General of Israel to New England has a page of articles and links about Syria and Terrorism.

Ukraine

The Tulip Girl has much worth reading. Specifically, the Headmistress recommends

Ukraine Backgrounder, a link rich post taking you to maps, encyclopedia entries, and more.

A Picture of Ukraine, which quotes an essay by a Ukrainian novelist.

Love, Faith, and Hope in Ukraine, quoting a post from a Ukrainian citizen

Update: March 5, 2005- a current link to the Tulip Girl’s page added.

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Volunteering at the Library

I don’t have much to write, but I’d better write something, hadn’t I?
On Thursdays JennyAnyDots and I volunteer at the library for two hours. This time we only did it for an hour and a half, because we couldn’t find the van keys, and we were terribly late.
Sometimes there are boxes of books that need to be carried up the stairs to where they keep their books for booksales. And sometimes JennyAnyDots and I carry those books UP the stairs. Sometimes, however, two guys who also volunteer there carry them up. They don’t come at a regular time, though, so JennyAnyDots asked the Librarian if we should do it, since it didn’t look like they were going to be there. So we did.
And then, as we were checking out books, guess who I saw? Yup. It was those two guys, and when I told JennyAnyDots, she was very funny. “We carried ALL those books up the stairs, and we didn’t have to!” Me: “Well, you did offer.” Her: “Yes, but- we didn’t have to! They could have done it!” Me: “You were the one who-” Her: “I know, I know.”
And now we can look forward to carrying those books back down the stairs in early April, as we are going to be helping with the booksale. And buying books, the Headmistress would like to add. Hopefully we will not have to do it (carry the boxes, that is) by ourselves, as there are a LOT of books up there.

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Tales of the Wild

Headgirl is in the shower, Equuschick is cleaning the kitchen, and she hears a cry of some sort coming from the bathroom. It sounds like this-“OOOOOOOOOOOOOOWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOaaaaahooohhhhhhhh!” She is concerned. She knocks on the door and says, with the sense of a sister who knows her older sister very well, “Is there a spider in there?” “Yes!” (Pitifully.) “Would you like me to kill it for you?” “Normally I could do it myself, but I’m in the shower and he’s BIG,and he was hiding under that washcloth,and he’s been watching me the WHOLE TIME.” (At this point, Equuschick positively hears the Headgirl shuddering.) So she enters the bathroom, picks up some tissue paper, and heads for the spider. It is rather large, and she tells Headgirl that “these are the times it’s hard for me to kill them, when they’re big like that it makes them all the more alive, and all the more dead when you kill them, and I feel bad.”

“KILL IT!”

She kills it. And thus another innocent spider loses his life at the hands of the Equuschick. Touch not these hands of mine, they are stained with the blood of a harmless spider.

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