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THE FREELANCEDAD.COM UNFORTUNATELY WORDED HEADLINE OF THE DAY
From the Associated Press:
No, of course kids should not be drinking soft drinks, and the children of FD have never touched the stuff. Still, we speculate idly, how much harm would be done by the occasional Diet Coke or similar no-calorie refresher? We await the research.
WE KNOW THAT WE'LL NEVER FORGET HOW THE SMELL EMANATING FROM TINY GIRL'S DIAPER OVERPOWERED AN INNOCENT CHILD'S BIRTHDAY PARTY YESTERDAY
Two American scientists win a Nobel Prize for research into our sense of smell, specifically how we remember scents.
CONKER? I JUST MET 'ER!
Britain is all atwitter over an uptight, overprotective school that forces children to wear goggles whilst engaging in the ancient and honorable game of conkers. For the uninitiated, which we'll assume is everyone, here's how conkers works: You put a hole in a chestnut and run some string through it, creating a "conker." Your opponent holds his conker out while you whip your own conker at it in an attempt to break it.
All in all, conkers sounds like a game we used to play in the junior high parking lot before school. Except we didn't drill any holes in our chestnuts, run string through them, or keep score. Groups of us just stood a certain distance from each other and threw handfuls of chestnuts at each other, as hard as we could.
An extremely talented old friend, artist Chris Kalb, writes us with news of a new children's cookbook he's designed and illustrated. He plugs thusly:
"COOKING ROCKS! Rachel Ray's 30-Minute Meals For Kids" -- the latest from the spunky, best-selling star of Food Network's 30-Minute Meals and $40-A-Day. (For those of you with kids: I did a lot of research before working on this one, and I can safely say this is the most fun and most useable cookbook for children out there. For ages 4-16.) All this week at 7:30 EST Rachel will be cooking with kids on her show (the kids featured in the book!), and, hopefully, promoting "COOKING ROCKS!"We'll be picking up the book up right away. Cooking has become one of Small Fellow's favorite things to do with us. It's one of those activities that gives you a clear window into your preschooler's capabilities, and, we think, into his in-school persona, which, other nursery parents will likely agree, is usually quite a bit different than the child you get at home. Focused on a task that requires attention and allows him to do grownup things, with the payoff of eating what he creates, we really get him at his best. A cookbook with a lot of "entry points" for him, including Mr. Kalb's always engaging illustrations, should be a hit.
HOLIDAYS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU MISSED, PART ONE
Last week turns out to have been Banned Books Week, an annual look at which high-quality books are being kept out of schools across the country, courtesy of the American Library Association. Among the most-banned books in schools in 2003 were the Harry Potter series, the Go Ask Alice series, "Of Mice and Men," and "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star."
We strongly oppose the banning of all of these worthies, although if anyone wants to help us round up all the copies of William Wegman's "Farm Days" and burn them in the town square, give us a call. As one Amazon reviewer put it, "It's a little distressing to see dogs with people [sic] hands." You don't say . . .
HOLIDAYS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU MISSED, PART TWO
By presidential proclamation, September 27 was "Family Day." A Google search revealed that many communities marked Family Day by encouraging families to share a meal together. Share a meal with our kids? Yeah, right. Give us a call when they learn how to use a fork, then we'll talk.
October 4, 2004 | Permalink |
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