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Monday, February 12, 2018

TRUE LOVE'S KISS

71% of Britons vote this painting of lovers' Romeo and Juliet by Frank Bernard Dicksee as the most romantic artwork... 
This kiss on Juliet's balcony is a perfect symbol of true love for Valentine's Day. Kiss someone you love with this intensity.


Friday, February 9, 2018

SOCIAL MEDIA'S POWER

I love my computers. I have two. They've both been broken for more than a week. They've been back and forth to the computer repair two and maybe going on three times.  It might be that my modem is too slow to accommodate the speed of my internet. That'll take me a little longer to find out. In the mean time, this one is working well enough to make a post. FINALLY...

In watching kids with various kinds of technology, I've always worried that technology is addictive. I mean look at these expressions. 

Then, I didn't know that a number of former Google, Facebook and early investors in technology think the same thing.These knowledgeable members of the tech community are mounting a huge campaign to teach people about "the dangers of technology they helped create," founding organizations to bring the "Truth about Technology" to the public. Non-profits with millions of dollars,The Center for Humane Technology, Common Sense Media and others, want to inspire tech companies to design their products with the addiction of technology in mind and to guide governments on how to protect their constituents.

On  February 7, Tristan Harris (check him out on Linkedin), design ethicist and product philosopher for at Google until 2016, health experts and lawmakers in Common Sense Media's conference, "Truth about Tech: How Tech Has Kids Hooked." James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense warns parents "Tech companies are conducting a massive, real-time experiment on our kids."

I remember when I was looking for a preschool for my 3-year-old. Somehow I mistakenly thought a local well-known university childcare program would certainly be the best. When I went to interview the head of the childcare center, I was shocked to learn that the childcare center was excited to offer a new program. An international tech company was offering them a fantastically expensive computer lab. All the childcare center had to do was take their three-year-old students to work with in the lab for three house a day. I was not about to let my three-year-old sit for three hours a day, let alone sit in front of computers for three hours a day. I left, knowing that many parents would jump at the universities recommended and free program for three-year-olds.

 The new campaign "cites research about tech addiction and the harmful affects of social media on children and adults. I didn't let my daughter near computers, I to quote my father, "let her play instead." By 2nd grade, she tested at the 12th grade level in social studies in the tedious public school's yearly testing.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

THINK YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE A DOG FOR YOUR KID? THINK AGAIN.

You may not be interested in watching some of these loyal dogs saving their people, but be sure to watch the BEETHOVEN  like savior dogs when their children fall in the family pool. The children were sure to drown without their furry friends.
I volunteered to work with a little girl who fell in a pool when she was two. She was at a neighbor's house when the neighbor answered the phone. In that moment, the little girl figured out how to open the sliding door lock, push open the door, raced to the pool and fell in. I'm not sure how long it took to find her, but the policeman who pulled her out and gave her CPR also volunteered. By the time I worked with the child, she had to eat though an implanted tube in her stomach. Her head seemed frozen to one side. She looked very much like a child with severe cerebral palsy. Her parents were trying everything to bring her back. Who wouldn't? The method that required may volunteers was a program that makes the injured child go through all the stages of development until their brain was injured, including simulating the uterus by swinging the child in a sack. I was part of the team that simulated her crawling. One person moved the legs. Two people moved each arm. And I forced her head to turn, in spite of her rigid neck. She moaned in pain, the entire time. I got fired, because I kept crying. 

DOUBLE CLICK TO ENLARGE. AND MOVE ALONG ON THE PLAY LINE IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE THEM ALL.

Monday, January 29, 2018

CHILDREN'S SAFETY IN THE CAR


This is a shocking video of a toddler falling out of their family van. The reminder is obvious. Lock all child safely locks, but put your child in a car sear every time. If you  go to the original YouTube video,  you'll see that a nice lady picked up the child and saved it. And be sure to read the article at this link. DOUBLE CLICK TO ENLARGE.

WHEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY CHILD FROM A CAR SEAT TO BOOSTER

My daughter was always larger and taller than the normal baby. She was in the 98%. I had to call the government at one point to find a booster (but it was a big car seat, which I liked better) that would fit her at 4. Always call the police or fire department for advice, especially when your child starts unlocking the safety locks on the sear.









Sunday, January 21, 2018

THE MOST JOYOUS 2018 NEW YEAR'S GREETING EVER!

I've been waiting and waiting to receive a fantastic New Year's greeting for you. But sadly, the child's parents decided the video shouldn't go public. What can I say, since my father was an FBI agent, I called the FBI and asked them if I should post my baby or child's pictures online. They said "never", so I didn't until I couldn't stop her and in high school she did it herself. So, this is a substitute picture from wikimedia commons, with the text from the video as a caption.  PS Picture a little girl in a princess dress wearing giant 2018 glitter glasses, holding with a plastic champagne glass full of ginger ale, toasting her video audience. She's saying "Happy New Year. Cheers. Thank you for the New Year."  I hope you get the joyful idea.
HAPPY NEW YEAR. CHEERS. THANK YOU FOR THE NEW YEAR!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

LOCAL HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

I drove around the neighborhood collecting photos of decorations. When I was little, my mother wouldn't take our family to look at lights, she said, "They're tacky." Well, y'know little kids don't know what tacky is, but they love holiday lights and decorations that fill their minds with wonder. The more wonder in their minds and hearts, the more creative they are, the better readers they are and the more innovative they'll be throughout their live. I don't do a great job of driving and taking pictures at the same time. Hope you'll forgive me and still enjoy them. Who care about tacky anyway.






These are my favorite holiday scenes. My puppies playing with my husband at Nana's farm.

Monday, January 1, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018. CELEBRATE!

I'm not sure this isn't for a different holiday, but this is how New Year's looks to me.