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Happy 65th Birthday…

March 1st, 2009
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It’s easy enough to find reasons to celebrate Roger Daltry. As the vocalist/front-man for The Who, his strong voice has led the rock ‘n’ roll charge for almost 45 years. The voice of My Generation, Squeeze Box and Pinball Wizard, Daltry has few peers as a singer.

But at the end of the day it’s that one moment, after the synthesizer section of Won’t Get Fooled Again, when Daltry and the band kick the song back in with, literally, a scream.  The finest scream in rock ‘n’ roll, a genre that can be defined by it’s screamers.

So Happy 65th Birthday Roger Daltry, leather lunged belter extraordinaire.

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Free Kids are Healthy Kids

June 27th, 2007

It’s not a new theory to readers of this blog, but a big “yea!” to Lucia Corbella for discussing it:

For most school-aged children in Canada, today is that most marvellous of days — the last day of school.

And for those of us older than, say, 35, the last day of school represented much more than just no homework. It also meant little supervision and not many plans. It meant freedom to just kick around unsupervised.

Not any more. Now our kids’ summers aren’t so much about freedom and finding their own fun. Instead they are structured and almost always supervised.

Apparently a new British study, “Natural thinking: Investigating the links Between the Natural Environment and Mental Health” by Dr. William Bird, says not giving children freedom to explore the natural world leads to higher incidence of stress, ADHD, rage, impulsiveness and criminality in children.

Wat’s really shocking is that this news to anyone. Kids need freedom, they need responsibility and they need time to ponder the world, and their world. Constant stimulus is the worst thing for children, and the thing that more and more children are getting.

I have reviewed Silken Lauman’s Child’s Play and talked about Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods before, and won’t rehash. But they both make the clear point that we do a disservice to our kids when we over protect them, and this study is one more argument in for that point.

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