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  1. I've read many of your posts about how an extremely controlling upbringing can be next to impossible to overcome, even for a highly intelligent person. I think we also need to add in the socio-economic facet for the Rodriguez family. I am originally from the area where they live, and most Americans outside of the region have no concept of what it is like. The drug problems, education quality, and generational poverty alone are overwhelming. Considering where they live, it would be very easy to stay convinced that a radically fundie lifestyle is superior. I'm not saying there are no positive opportunities, but culturally the negatives are very front-and-center. Someone up thread called Jill R. out for being a middle-aged white woman and needing to check her privelege. Look up the stats on middle-aged white women in WV and Kentucky, and it frames the conversation differently. They have a rapidly declining life expectancy due to high rates of drug overdose, suicide, and obesity. Again, I think this helps to see how Jill could maintain a belief that she is a great mom. Look into the teacher strikes in WV along with the massive numbers of children in foster care or being raised by grandparents, great-grandparents, or other relatives or neighbors. Context is important, and looking at Nurie and even Jill in context might help explain how they can maintain beliefs that seem so obviously abhorrent and incoherent to others.
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    S09.E06: To Grandmother’s House We Go

    I'm from Appalachia, and it is common for families to call a large plot of land a farm, even if it is not being used for agriculture. It would be like saying homestead or family estate. Regarding LPNs, where I live they are often employed in long-term care facilities and by home health agencies, along with CNAs. Abby could work per diem providing respite/substituting for full-time nurses if she wanted to keep her license but only work when it is convenient for the show. When my daughter had private duty nurses, they were LPNs or CNAs, and staffing two shifts a day M-F and night shifts only on the weekend could be a nightmare. In rural areas, it's even harder to adequately staff an agency. Abby could probably have her pick of hours and assignments. I knew some nurses who only worked one weekend a month.
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    Worst TV Parents

    I thought Brooke Logan was the only one in soapdom that did this, lol 😛 Speaking of Days, how about Nicole's dad. If I remember correctly, he forced his daughter into porn and raped Jan, getting her pregnant. I can't remember if he had abused Nicole himself as well.
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    In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths

    I was not a 90210 fan, but 8 Seconds, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie), and his brief appearance in the beginning of the Fifth Element are all reasons I appreciated Luke Perry's acting. Someone up thread compared this loss to Robin William's. I let my kids watch Hook for the first time this weekend, and cried more than once, especially at this scene:
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    It's a tricky catch-22, isn't it? Chronic pain can cause major negative personality changes, but medication can have side effects that cause personality changes, too, and so can abuse if those medicatiins. Not that we know any of these to be true of Derick.
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    Joy and Austin: This One Time At Family Camp

    Some possibilities: Gideon could be on formula for weight gain, as many have mentioned he is on the small side. He could be lactose intolerant. There are lots of toddler formulas now. Maybe he needs supplements because he isn't a good eater yet. One of my children had to see an occupational therapist and go to a pediatric feeding clinic because she was on a feeding tube due to lung disease and developed an oral aversion due to projectile vomiting as an infant. Another had speech and physical therapy for idiopathic dysphagia that caused aspiration pneumonia. Through that experience, I learned that many children need other kinds of dietary and nutritional support. I've known children who basically lived off of Pediasure, kids with g-tubea, and kids who would vomit from certain smells and textures. Considering all of that, Joy may have a very good reason for Gideon to drink formula.
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    S06.E16: Skippy And The Knowledge Hole

    With family members who have ADD and who have struggled with addiction, this one really hit home. I actually teared up during Bonnie's share because it was so familiar. I didn't find the humor of this episode to be funny at all, though.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    New CNN link Says Jussie Smollett paid brothers to orchestrate attack
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    JD and Abbie: Captured Before the Rapture

    I can see it being negative because the perception that they had no other choice than to do things this way, but I don't think being in your late 20s and being married on your first Valentine's day as a couple is awful, because I did the same. I thought of myself as asexual and aromantic until I fell for my husband, whom I met when I was 25. We didn't start dating until I was 27 (in spring), and got married seven months later (late fall). He was 31. We were actually together on the Valentine's day before we got married, but just as friends. He was fixing my car for me. Unlike this couple, I had been living alone for years before dating my husband. We were not pressured to marry quickly, and we did kiss before marriage. Still, he is my only "Valentine" ever, ten years later. Since that aspect of their relationship reminds me of my own, I find it sweet, not tragic. JD seemed content to wait, like me, and Abbey was working as a nurse, while I was teaching.
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    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    I started rewatching Fringe and, upon starting season two, recognized a young Meghan Markle as a junior FBI agent investigating Olivia's disappearance. I had only seen her on Suits previously. As I watched her character interacting with Peter (Joshua Jackson), I started wondering how much of her work her new family has actually seen. Has this question been asked in interviews?
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    Josiah and Lauren: He Has To Marry Somebody

    I wondered that, ut it could also be his awkward way of saying that Lauren is not pregnant again yet. I've known many women to get pregnant almost immediately after a miscarriage.
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    Josiah and Lauren: He Has To Marry Somebody

    I don't think announcing to immediate family early is bad. I told my family immediately, and I found out very early all four times. I figured that if I had a miscarriage, I would need their support, so I wanted them to know I was pregnant. Thankfully, I never had that experience. I just feel sad for Josiah and Lauren. I hope that they genuinely wanted to share their loss, not that they felt like they had to talk about it. Pregnancy and infant loss is a topic that is gaining more recognition, and considering their prolife beliefs, they may find discussing their loss to be an affirmation that this life had value and deserves to be acknowledged and mourned.
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    S06.E14: Kalamazoo and a Bad Wedge of Brie

    It's about 15 years ago, but Craig and Nancy from Days of Our Lives were a great couple to turn the tables on the aforementioned trope. He was a doctor, too. https://goo.gl/images/Ydnzbn
  14. On a somewhat positive note, Nurie's hair looks more modern and her makeup is toned down somewhat.
  15. The new slang word is "fire", so maybe it means, "Ben looks fire in that pic." My high schoolers says things they like are "fire" frequently.