Tired of Taxes
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A Tribute to My Father

In loving memory of my father

1934 - 2007

Dad was a kind, compassionate, humble man. He was born, lived, and died in the same town. He worked hard and moved ahead but remained within a few blocks of his birthplace. He belonged to the same church his entire life. He celebrated every tradition, walking in the processions carrying the saints through the streets, cooking for the feasts, marching with the veterans in parades. He was the guy who never took the credit but was the rock everyone leaned on. He was always there to help everyone else. Donated blood every year until his retirement. Devoted to his wife and family. Doted on his grandchildren.

I will always picture him at the kitchen table talking politics. Did you hear the latest story in the news? Let's go in the kitchen and talk. We were both Republicans. We didn't always see eye to eye, but somehow he always turned out to be right. A history buff, he knew his facts. If you wanted to get a story straight, you went to him. But he was also a good-natured man who loved to joke and laugh. He was always smiling.

In his final months, his hospital room always was filled with visitors. He passed on, surrounded by all of us. His viewing was packed with people lined around the building. They filed through for two hours straight to pay their respects. The Catholic War Veterans honored him with prayer and salutes.

Goodbye, Dad. Thank you for being the best father a girl could ever have.

I didn't always heed Dad's advice, but here it is:

Dad's Words of Wisdom:

"Remember, an honest living is a good living."
"Blood is thicker than water. Always put your family first."
"Stick to your roots."
"You can't always judge a book by its cover."
"Vote with your dollar. Every time you spend a dollar, you're casting a vote."
"None of the other clubs would let us join, so we started our own club."
"The people who work hard are the people who get ahead."
"Remember, the winners write the history books."

I'm tired of taxes, not Texas. :-) I heard Texas is a great place to live. I don't live there. I live in New Jersey, the state with the highest property taxes in the nation.

2010-2011: I am now fighting cancer, too, and will not be able to participate fully here at this time. I'm still homeschooling, though. :-) Thank you all for your prayers and support.

UPDATE: So far, so good!

HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES: To find out more about how to start homeschooling and which books and resources homeschoolers on Free Republic recommend, please visit:

Free Republic Homeschoolers Forum 2009-2010

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Know your enemy: THE NEA

One Word in Home-Schooling Resolution Causes Long Debate. The pace picked up today and delegates to the 2003 National Education Association Representative Assembly worked through lunch to make up for lost time. The final count of new business items is 70 -- well below average -- and the delegates completed amending the NEA resolutions today without too much trouble. The most contentious amendment involved the deletion of a single word in Resolution B-69, which deals with home-schooling. The resolution had a sentence that read: “The Association also believes that unfunded home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.” Some states provide funding for home-schoolers to participate in after-school activities. The amendment was to remove the word “unfunded” so that NEA’s opposition would be categorical. Some delegates fought hard to keep the word in. A surprising number of speakers taught, coached or otherwise had professional contact with home-schoolers. Others suggested that such extracurricular participation made home-schoolers more likely to enter public schools full-time. Still others suggested that the deletion would punish children for the choices of their parents. Ultimately, however, the will of the majority of delegates was to delete “unfunded,” reasoning that with or without the money to do so, they didn’t want home-schoolers in any way to edge out those students who were “with us all day.” Source

The NEA seems to have removed its list of resolutions from their website now, but here is the text of their homeschooling resolution last posted:
B-68. Home Schooling. The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state requirements. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used. The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools. The Association further believes that local public school systems should have the authority to determine grade placement and/or credits earned toward graduation for students entering or re-entering the public school setting from a home school setting. (1988, 2000).
Source Or, for another source, you can refer to Free Republic right here.

I haven't seen enough of the United States yet. Hoping to see more of it one day!

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