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Education & Family

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Many times I get email messages from folks who want to ask a question about education or family issues. I truly enjoy hearing from my readers and try my best to answer their concerns. However, sometimes an email crosses my desk and makes me wonder if anyone can help the writer. This is one of those letters.

Dear Dr. Smith,

I have been reading your columns for a long time now and want to ask you a question. What should a kid do if his parents have fallen down on the job?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

One of the regular readers of this column recently emailed a question to me. She wanted to know how she could encourage her young children to love reading. In this world of Game Boys, Xboxes, and computers, enticing children to pick up a book can be an exasperating experience. I do have some ideas, and I'll share them with you.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

When our grandson Jordan was born almost 21 years ago, our daughter had a dog named Tibet. Tibet was a Heinz 57 Variety dog –mostly Chow, but a large mixture mutt that Jen had bought at a shelter. A loyal animal, Tibet loved Jennifer a lot. He tolerated the rest of us.

When Jennifer's first son Jordan was born, Tibet sensed that something new had entered the house. He sniffed and sniffed at the baby seat. He wanted desperately to be close to the newborn. When Jordan cried, Tibet's ears perked up.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The newscaster was smirking as he announced that a young woman was suing the Walt Disney Company.

Apparently, she felt traumatized by an encounter two years ago with a Disney employee who was wearing a Donald Duck costume. Why it took her so long to sue is anybody's guess. My guess? She saw dollar signs and could use some extra cash.

According to the lawsuit, the wayward Duck accosted the female park guest at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Florida. The feathered felon "molested" the woman by bumping up against her chest.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

If you believe in Darwin's Theory of Evolution, you believe that mankind evolved from basic organic elements. Today's human being, then, is the product of millions of years of change and growth. However, if you believe in the religious theory of Creation, then God's miraculous invention of Adam and Eve took place instantaneously. No evolution involved at all.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

If you sit in an empty bathtub and run water slowly into it, letting it get warmer and warmer, when will you begin to scream as it burns you? Chances are that you won't notice the heat until it's too late because it crept up on you. If you stepped into a bathtub full of boiling hot water, you'd quickly step back out.

Society in 2010 reminds me of a very hot bathtub. Over the past few decades, we have been sitting in the tub, running warmer and warmer water into it. I, for one, am ready to scream. I'll give you a few reasons.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

On Memorial Day in 1957, I played my clarinet in the Jim Thorpe High School band. This was not a typical Memorial Day parade. It was a parade to honor Jim Thorpe, the All-American Olympic athlete whose name our town had taken a few years before. Jim's Indian name was Wa-Tho-Huck, which means Bright Path.

On that Memorial Day, the townspeople of Jim Thorpe dedicated a $10,000 mausoleum that contained the remains of Jim Thorpe. The high school band led the parade up North Street amid thousands of onlookers who had come to witness the event.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Our new development – "On Top of the World" in Ocala, FL – is full of friendly folks.

When our moving truck pulled into the driveway, a group of our neighbors gathered on a nearby porch and watched as we unloaded. We didn't expect them to come and help us, since the average age of those watching was about 85.

When we took a break from unloading, we walked over to say "Hi." One of the women said, "Oh my, we have some young'uns on our street!" That made us giggle, since ages 65 and 70 don't seem young to us. However, age is relative, right?

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Dear Dr. Smith:

Recently I read your column in the Times-News about "Myself." I liked the poem, but I didn't like the rest of the article. You sound like you're trying to excuse yourself from being an "expert." Having read your work for a few years, I always thought of you as a good writer, an expert, and an honest person. Why are you trying to escape responsibility? Just because your family might have some problems is no reason to make your readers think twice before they contact you. I, for one, don't know if I'll be asking you any more questions.

Disappointed in Weissport

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Whenever I go to a store or a restaurant, I can't help but notice families with children. I watch the interaction between the parents and children and between the siblings. I look for positive signs of healthy family life. Sometimes, I find those signs. Usually, I don't.

You can tell a lot about a family by watching the members in public. For, if the behavior of the family is negative in a public place, one can only guess at how poor it is when they are at home. Let me give you some examples.