I had another morning of special ed meetings, and now I’m trying to shift mental gears. In the background, a special report on CNN is telling us that things are not going well in Ukraine. My local YMCA is presently collecting medical supplies for the Ukraine, so I need to head out to get some gauze and bandaids. Then I drive Ian to therapy, pick up Steve from the train station, get some nice vegetarian pizza, and then off for ashes at church. But first some quick links:
“The crisis in Ukraine is not a spontaneous event or a weekend influencer pop-up — it’s the result of decades’ worth of geopolitical strife. And in this conflict, contrary to our comfortingly predetermined story lines, there is no playbook showing that the underdogs will win.” The situation in Ukraine is not a meme, a game, or a viral tweet. Treat this situation with respect and responsibility. People are dying and a lot more will die. Please be serious.
From the WSJ: “Jack Sweeney, the Florida teenager who garnered attention for tracking the private jet of Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk, is now publicizing the movements of planes owned by Russian oligarchs and aircraft associated with Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
Steve thinks that Biden is trying to create a scenario where the Russian Uber-rich are going to kill Putin in order to preserve their yachts and penthouses in Manhattan, London, Los Angeles.
Parents with special education children spend an unbelievable amount of money getting help for their kids and trying to force schools to actually educate their kids. One example of the money that we shell out is for outside evaluations, which go for around $7,000 now. That money is not reimbursed by the schools or by health insurance. It’s just $7,000 out of pocket. Good-bye money. I spent $10,000 during the pandemic to pay for tutors, because my kid didn’t have school for 18 months. I’ll never get that money back. I’ve been looking at programs to help high functioning autistic kids after high school. Those programs cost $80,000 and you can’t supplement those costs with student loans or health insurance.
Actually, I found that David Leonhardt has been TOO timid with too many disclaimers on his articles.
What did you think of Biden’s SOTU? It was crazy like the past four addresses, so that was good. But it also wasn’t terrible inspired either.
Cooking and Picture: Lemony White Bean Soup with Turkey and Greens
Shopping: I’m going down to Florida at the end of month with my mom to visit a sick relative. And we’ll be in North Carolina in early April. So, I need some cute spring dresses. I’m liking these at the Gap.