Disturbing Things

1.  The Kroger on 8th did not have my beloved Cranberry Almond Crunch.  If Kellogg’s has discontinued that cereal, I will be distraught.

2.  I have been finding a circle of dried spit on my forearm on occasion.  I thought I was just drooling on myself in my sleep.  I woke up this morning to find that I was sucking on it!  How gross is that?  But at least I’m not sucking my thumb again.  That would be really embarrassing.

3.  Sarah Moore is mulling over a return to orphanages and group homes for kids instead of the foster care system.  While I agree with Moore that our foster care system leaves much to be desired, I have but four words for her that should send chills through her conservative veins: state-run nursing homes.

Our track record as a nation when it comes to packing people into warehouses in order to receive care we feel they’re not being provided by their families is pretty abysmal, to put it mildly.  It’s not just nursing homes, but we’ve had orphanages and "boarding schools" before and we failed pretty miserably to do right by the kids in those.

9 thoughts on “Disturbing Things

  1. Please don’t take anything that the 8th Avenue Kroger does as an example of what is normal for the Kroger chain. I’m pretty sure there are products in ‘our’ Kroger that have never been seen in any zip code ending in 4 or 5.I’m also sure that products one would EXPECT to find in a grocery store of any size are not found in our Kroger because of what they perceive as a ‘differentiated demographic’.On the other hand, the parking lot really sucks.

  2. It’s not being discontinued. I will kill someone.If you aren’t one of the ones who boycotts Wal-mart, they have it fo sho. I bought two boxes from the one on Nolensville and OHB.I rarely shop at Kroger because I can barely remember what I went in there for, much less remember to bring that stupid card in with me. JUST GIVE IT TO ME CHEAP WITHOUT THE CARD!!

  3. Thanks for posting about Sarah’s inquiry. I am a former foster child and current child advocate, so I have strong feelings about this issue.Because you linked to her, I was able to share my thoughts in a comment on her page.Thank you very much for your thoughtfulness,Lisahttp://sunshinegirlonarainyday.blogspot.com/

  4. Forget reducing caffeine intake. I think you’ve finally discovered the true source of your sleep issues. Now you just have to decide if sucking on your arm is what’s keeping you awake, or what’s helping you sleep better now.

  5. Kroger was out of cranberry almond crunch because the state run orphanages bought them all for the kids.They make, btw, a tiny little card that slips on your keychain, it’s handy as hell. At first I didn’t like the concept, but it’s a way for them to track what you buy, and from where. Also, they will send you valuable coupons in the mail from time to time, and if you are feeding growing kids, (as I am) they are nice to find in the mailbox. Plus, Kroger is union. Not exactly employee owned, like Publix, but union nonetheless.

  6. Oh yes, caffiene. And sleep hygiene.Personally, I find that it’s not so much the overall caffiene intake, but the timing of said intake which can effect things like sleep. Then again, I know my body reacts absolutely unpredictably to such things; most stimulants (caffiene included) have relatively little effect on me period, but may suddenly disrupt things hours after ingestion, or put me to sleep, or distort the working of some other substance (like a painkiller; I’m also largely inured to them, unless taken with caffiene, which works out all right, because for me caffiene plus painkillers makes migraines less migrainey. Less good because caffiene is also a migraine trigger for me, periodically.).

  7. Hmmm. With regards to the care for children thing, I responded to the way the debate was being framed directly in her blog. I think it’s slightly disingenuous to go from the failures of one biological mother to an indictment of the foster care system in general (which wasn’t referred to in the original article except insofar as the children were taken by CPS).It also strikes me as creating an unnecessary false dichotomy (foster care vs. orphanages/group homes). Some might be better in some situations, and others in others. The framing of it as "divert[ing] money from foster programs to group homes" seems more punitive than useful, especially absent concurrent reform and diversion of clients. (That is, if you move the resources where the children are being placed, that’s one thing, but if you just take the money away from one system to give to the other, without diverting the kids too, then you’re just going to have a lot of disappointed kids and frustrated accountants.)Of course, I only came to these conclusions after an exceedingly lengthy entry on Trust and the shape of an institution. (Warning: long, even for me).

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