Douglas, Rosanne, Lexi and Linda at Paradise Cove — Follow Me On Instagram

Douglas, Rosanne, Lexi and Linda at Paradise Cove -- Follow Me On Instagram

Douglas, Rosanne, Lexi and Linda at Paradise Cove

Family visiting from Ohio gave us an excuse to head to the beach. 

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Douglas & Rosanne Chillin’ at Paradise Cove via My Instagram

Douglas & Rosanne Chiilin’ at Paradise Cove via My Instagram

Douglas & Rosanne Chiilin’ at Paradise Cove

Family visiting from Ohio gave us an excuse to head to the beach. 

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Gelato and Granita stop at Grom, Malibu while showing cousins around town. via My Instagram

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On A Weekend Family Visit to La Quinta and Palm Springs — Follow Me On Instagram!

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Fred Rogers Documentary

Won't You Be My Neighbor? - Fred Rogers Documentary

I can’t recommend the new Mr. Rogers documentary strongly enough. 

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is about so much more than the man behind one children’s program.  It’s about the way you can dedicate your life to a cause. It’s about the obvious point that if we teach children they are loved and give them security in their early years, we can avoid so much of the issues in their later lives. It’s about standing up for what you believe in.  It’s about how hard it is to fight our society’s glorification of toxic masculinity.  And, to me, most importantly, it’s about the power of television – a topic we all need to consider.

The two quotes I can’t forget – from a set of interviews with Fred Rogers that contained many worthwhile quotes (which is why you need to see the film so I don’t have to replicate them all here) — are:

“What we see and hear on television molds our lives”

and

“Television has the capability of being a neighborhood for the whole country.”

People far too often ignore television but because it comes into our homes effortlessly and is ever present, it does have the ability to shape ideas and opinions and it has always had the ability to educate. I don’t mean it only has to teach us multiplication and fractions, but like any good genre of storytelling, it teaches us empathy and understanding of others. Mr. Rogers did that gently and quietly because he was addressing children as they formed their identities, and for that we ought to be grateful.

On top of all that, when he says “The greatest thing you can teach someone is that they are loved, and are capable of loving, he validates a frequent comment I make to writing students – that every story, in the end, is a love story.  And this one is one you should not miss.

It almost makes me sad that children today on their iPads are watching the animated adventures of Daniel Tiger. While I’m happy they are being exposed to Mr. Rogers’ stories and lessons, I hope they don’t forget to show this new generation the actual episodes starring Mr. Rogers because seeing a gentle man in real life is probably more instructive than all the messages an animated tiger can give.

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Fred Rogers, our friend and neighbor on CBS Sunday Morning

When the power of television met the power of love, magic happened. We were so happy to find that through animation Daniel Tiger lives again so new generations of children can learn the lessons of Fred Rogers. This documentary needs to be seen by anyone working in television.

Fred Rogers, our friend, and neighbor on CBS Sunday Morning

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Memorial Day, Michener and South Pacific

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I was missing the Memorial Day parades of my Cleveland, Ohio childhood until I realized I was engaging in an individual Memorial Day event without even planning such coordination.

Having taken my Mom to see a touring company of South Pacific for Mothers Day a few weekends back at the La Mirada Theatre, I had finally decided I ought to read the book from which the musical sprang so I ordered a copy of James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific.  I’ve been spending the day learning more about the men and women (remember there were nurses nearly wherever the soldiers were sent) who patrolled the Pacific in the early days of WWII.  It’s a kind of double-major moment since it’s also allowing me the chance to consider which of the many tangential stories Oscar Hammerstein chose to include in the adaptation.  

Review of the La Mirada Touring version of South Pacific

It’s also allowed me to recognize a part of my reader personality that I don’t think I had ever noticed – books hit me like the lightning bolt of Italian romantic myths.  Tales of the South Pacific has always been available to me but it wasn’t until I had a reason to read it that suddenly I found a way to slide some reading time into my busy grading and writing schedule.  And then I swallow that book I’ve been meaning to read in a couple of days – like taking a vacation from life and work for a few hours without the cost of fuel or lodging.  Books – the world’s cheapest vacations!

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Getting to meet Cito, the Humboldt Penguin during Channel Island Fox Working Group Conference at the Santa Barbara Zoo. 

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