Tag Archives: Children

Carpenters – Bless the Beasts and the Children (Original Soundtrack version)


Carpenters – Bless the Beasts and the Children (Original Soundtrack version)

today’s holiday: Kinderzeche


Kinderzeche

Kinderzeche is a festival in Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria, Germany, to honor the children who saved the town during the Thirty Years’ War of 1618-48. In 1632, according to legend, as Swedish troops rode into town, a small band of children appeared before the commander and asked for his mercy. The commander’s heart softened, and he spared the town. The celebration today is a reenactment of the event, with participants in costumes of 17th-century town councilors and soldiers. Highlights of the festival include the parade of the Dinkelsbühl Boys’ Band and a performance of a sword dance. More… Discuss

today’s Birthday: Maureen O’Sullivan (1911)


Maureen O’Sullivan (1911)

Maureen O’Sullivan’s acting career began when she met motion picture director Frank Borzage, who suggested that she take a screen test and then cast her in the film Song o’ My Heart. She went on to appear in a number of movies for several studios before being chosen to play Tarzan’s love interest, Jane Parker, in Tarzan the Ape Man and five other Tarzan features. In what other film did she play a character named Jane? More… Discuss

Whuppity Scoorie (2015)


Whuppity Scoorie (2015)

On March 1 every year, Lanark‘s parish church bell rings exactly at 6 p.m., after a four-month silence. As the bell begins to ring, children in this Scottish town parade three times round the church, dangling pieces of string with paper balls attached at the other end. Then they start striking one another with the paper balls in a play fight. Once pennies are tossed to the ground, the children rush to collect them. One explanation for the origin of this festival is that it can be traced back to pagan times, when people believed that making a great deal of noise would scare away evil spirits. More… Discuss

BOLERO-RAVEL: great compositions/performances


BOLERO-RAVEL

Just a thought: “Because the doing of the being tends to go on and on,…”


Just a thought:  Because the doing of the being tends to go on and on, the mind needs to remind the doing that it’s nothing without being…and needs to empty itself of noise, in order to hear the silence before. -George-B

word: harangue


harangue 

Definition: (noun) A speech or piece of writing characterized by strong feeling or expression; a tirade.
Synonyms: rant
Usage: The coach’s angry harangue during halftime somehow managed to motivate the team. Discuss.

For your Health: Children Mistake Laundry Pods for Toys or Candy


Children Mistake Laundry Pods for Toys or Candy

Brightly colored detergent pods containing concentrated laundry soap have sent more than 700 children in the US to the hospital in the two years since the pods became widely available there, and poison control centers have fielded thousands of calls from worried parents and caregivers whose charges have been exposed to or ingested the contents of these packets. Some manufacturers have already altered their packaging to make the pods safer for children, and this seems to have had some positive effect, but it is still advisable to store such products out of the sight and reach of youngsters. More… Discuss

health: Parents of Overweight Kids Failing to Recognize Problem


Parents of Overweight Kids Failing to Recognize Problem

Childhood obesity is on the rise, but parents’ ability to discern whether their children are overweight is not keeping pace. Parents of overweight and obese youngsters are increasingly identifying their children as “about the right weight,” a problem because they are then less likely to take steps to foster healthy behaviors in their kids. The issue is compounded by the fact that many overweight and obese children underestimate their weight problems and are therefore less likely to push themselves to get healthy. More… Discuss

Gaming in Small Doses Has Benefits for Kids


Gaming in Small Doses Has Benefits for Kids

The adage “Everything in moderation” appears to apply even to video games. A recent study finds that youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 who spend an hour or less a day playing video games are better adjusted and report more satisfaction with their lives than those who do not play at all, while those who play video games for more than three hours a day are less well adjusted than their peers. More… Discuss

Video Calls Benefit Some Hospitalized Children


Video Calls Benefit Some Hospitalized Children

“Virtual visits” with loved ones help reduce stress for some—but not all—hospitalized children. Having access to video chat technology reduced stress levels for kids who lived an average of 35 miles from the hospital and were only hospitalized for about five days. However, pediatric patients whose hospital stays were longer or whose families lived farther away saw no real stress-reducing benefit from the technology. More… Discuss

US Authorities Rescue 168 Children in Sex Trafficking Sting


US Authorities Rescue 168 Children in Sex Trafficking Sting

A weeklong Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation spanning the US has led to the arrest of 281 pimps and the rescue of 168 children from sex traffickers. Approximately 400 law enforcement agencies in over 100 cities took part in Operation Cross Country VIII, part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, which, since its inception in 2003, has recovered approximately 3,600 children and gained 1,450 convictions against those exploiting them. More… Discuss

WORD: INTEMPERATE


intemperate 

Definition: (adjective) Given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites, especially for intoxicating liquors.
Synonyms: hardheavy
Usage: As he was prone to intemperate behavior at the alehouse, she expected him to stumble out of the carriage, hiccupping, in the wee hours of the morning. Discuss.
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QUOTATION: Rudyard Kipling


Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Discuss

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY


International Children’s Book Day

This day, which is observed by countries all over the world, is held on Hans Christian Andersen‘s birthday, April 2, because the Danish author’s stories have been favorites among children of all nationalities. Celebrations include contests in which children illustrate their favorite books. Every two years the International Board on Books for Young People sponsors the Hans Christian Andersen medals, which are awarded to a children’s book author and a children’s book illustrator for their contributions tochildren’s literatureMore… Discuss

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: ST. GREGORY’S DAY


St. Gregory’s Day

St. Gregory, a sixth-century monk who became pope, is also the patron saint of schoolchildren and scholars. In Belgium, schoolchildren rise early on March 12 and parade through the streets dressed as “little soldiers of St. Gregory.” They carry a big basket for gifts and are accompanied by a noisy drummer. The young girls in the procession wear big shoulder bows that resemble the wings of a butterfly. They march from house to house, pausing at each door to sing a song and to ask for treats, and the procession always includes a group of angelsMore… Discuss

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: MARZAS


Marzas

On the last night of February and the first of March in Spain, young marceros, or March serenaders, wander through the streets singing songs to their girlfriends and asking for donations of food and sweets to celebrate the arrival of spring. The term marzas refers both to the traditional songs they sing and to the gifts they receive. Although the songs themselves vary, they always mention the month of March and the coming of spring, leading many to believe that the tradition has its roots in paganrituals celebrating the passing of winter. More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: PARENTS FAIL TO ADEQUATELY MONITOR KIDS ON MOBILE DEVICES


Parents Fail to Adequately Monitor Kids on Mobile Devices

A vast majority of English parents say they have spoken to their children about Internet safety when using mobile devices, but most still allow their children to usesmartphones and tablets unsupervised. Parents tend to be more lax when it comes to installing parental controlsand monitoring their children’s online activity on such devices, perhaps believing that mobile devices pose less of a risk to children than standard computers. In fact, according to a recent survey, nearly 20 percent of children admitted viewing something on a mobile device that they found to be upsetting. More… Discuss

 

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ARTICLE: SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE


Satanic Ritual Abuse

In the 1980s, allegations of physical and sexual abuse linked to occult or satanic rituals caused a panic in the US. These claims of satanic ritual abuse typically came from children in daycare centers, but nearly all instances were later discredited when the coercive methods used to generate testimony came to light. These included asking children leading questions and “uncovering” unconscious mental traumas in therapy. What were some of the outlandish claims children were pressured to make? More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: ATTENTIVE OLDER SIBLINGS


Attentive Older Siblings

Studies show that children from larger families score more poorly on tests of IQvocabulary, and other academic indicators than kids from smaller families. Experts attribute this in part to reduced parental attention resulting from the need to divide time and attention among the children. This effect appears to be mitigated in families where older siblings are attuned to their younger siblings’ abilities and interact positively with them. A recent study found that children from large families who had “cognitively sensitive” older siblings performed better on a vocabulary test than those whose siblings were not. More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: HUGH LOFTING (1886)


Hugh Lofting (1886)

Lofting was a British-born author and illustrator best known for his classic children’s books about Doctor Dolittle—a gentle, eccentric physician who shuns human patients in favor of animals, whereupon he learns to speak the language of animals. A civil engineer-turned-writer, Lofting created the Dolittle character to entertain his children in letters he sent home from the front during WWI. He published his stories after the war and won the prestigious Newbery Medal. What else did he write? More… Discuss

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SARAH TRIMMER (1741)


Sarah Trimmer (1741)

Trimmer was a British writer and critic of children’s literature. Books written specifically for children had only become popular around 1730, and Trimmer helped to define the genre through her periodical The Guardian of Education. Her interest in education came from teaching her 12 children. Devoutly religious, she wrote her own scripture lessons, condemned fairy tales, and supported Sunday schools. What famous children’s author might have been influenced by Trimmer’s work? More… Discuss

DON’T WORRY, THIS WON’T HURT A BIT


Don’t Worry, This Won’t Hurt a Bit

It is natural to want to reassure children during medical procedures, but it may be better to refrain from doing so. A study of children’s anxiety during dental visitssuggests that placating words from nurses actually raise their stress levels rather than lowering them. Comments like “Don’t worry; it won’t hurt” or “It’s not going to last much longer” distress children by drawing attention to the negative aspects of the treatment. Kids seem to do better when they receive praise instead. For example, if a child opens his or her mouth, the nurse could say, “Well done for opening your mouth wide!” More…Discuss

 

ARICLE: MADELINE


Madeline

Madeline is a children’s book series created by Austrian author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans. The first book in the series, just called Madeline, was published in 1939, and was followed by several sequels. The books chronicle spunky, red-haired Madeline’s daily adventures at a Parisian boarding school—including taking in a dog and having her appendix removed—while her teacher Miss Clavel tries to keep her in line. What are Madeline’s famous opening lines? More… Discuss

 

News: MOTHERS PREDISPOSED TO “BABY” BABY


Mothers Predisposed to “Baby” Baby

Mothers are often criticized for “babying” their youngest child, but we should cut them some slack—they may not be able to help it. Researchers say mothers can estimate the height of their older children with a fair degree of accuracy but consistently underestimate the height of their youngest child by an average of 3 inches (7.5 centimeters). This height illusion could be an adaptive mechanism that makes mothers more likely to nurture and protect what are typically their most vulnerable offspring. More…

 

SPARE THE ROD LEST YOU SPOIL THE CHILD


Spare the Rod Lest You Spoil the Child

Evidence is mounting that parents should not put too much stock in the age-old adage “spare the rod and spoil the child.” In a recent study, researchers linkedspanking in early childhood to later behavior problems,aggressiveness, and even slight vocabulary deficits. Experts suspect that children who are spanked are more inclined to use their fists rather than their words to solve problems because this is the sort of behavior that has been modeled for them. It is less evident why spanking might hinder vocabulary development, but one possibility is that parents who spank may speak to their children less often than parents who use other forms of discipline. More… Discuss

 

CHILDREN MAY BENEFIT FROM ONLINE HEALTH RECORDS


Children May Benefit from Online Health Records

Parents who access their babies’ health records online are more likely to take their children to all of their recommended well visits and may also be more likely to keep youngsters up to date on their vaccinations. This does not mean that viewing these health records compels parents to take their children for regular checkups. After all, it is possible that parents who take advantage of these sorts of tools are simply more proactive than others when it comes to their children’s healthcare. Still, it does appear that such online systems are a useful tool for caregivers. More… Discuss

 

GONE ARE THE DAYS OF A QUARTER A TOOTH


Gone Are the Days of a Quarter a Tooth

The tooth fairy seems to have lost her head in recent years, spending wildly to expand her collection of baby teeth. A study by financial services company Visa finds that the going rate for a tooth in the US these days is $3.70 on average, well above the quarter many of us remember finding under our pillows. Some kids get even more. Six percent of tooth fairy representatives—otherwise known as parents—shell out $20 per tooth, while two percent leave an outrageous $50 or more. Has the tooth fairy gone too far, or is this just the cost ofinflationMore… Discuss

 

Bob Dylan -_- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I’ll be Your Baby Tonight~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Bob Dylan

I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight ” *Lyric

Close your eyes, close your door
You don’t have to worry any more
I’ll be your baby tonight.

Shut the light, shut the shade
You don’t have to be afraid
I’ll be your baby tonight.

Well, that mockingbird’s gonna sail away
We’re gonna forget it
That big, fat moon is gonna shine like a spoon
But we’re gonna let it
You won’t regret it.

Kick your shoes off, do not fear
Bring that bottle over here
I’ll be your baby tonight.