Monday, 09 October 2006
I've always liked those writers who can be able to share what is on their mind without really stating the facts...until the very end. One writer I like is Dave Berry. I enjoy his style of writing, always able to add that sense of humor into something a little more serious without hitting someone over the head with the preverbial 2 x 4.
Take, for example, an instance where a letter arrived that spoke about racism and our culture today. Somehow, by some means, Dave would relate it to an incident he had while unclogging a toilet (it's just a hypothetical, but that would be the style). And at the end of the article, the point would be made that we all need to buy stock somewhere in the arctic oil reserves. How he does it, I'll never know. But like Click and Clack , a message gets across...and at the same time, your entertained while being educated.
Somehow, I find that our educational system needs some serious help. I remember my 5th grade teacher, Mr. Kimsey. He would make sure that we did our homework. He had our parents sign a form that said if your kid didn't do his/her homework...he'd call your parents to pick you up, and you weren't allowed back into class until the homework was done. It worked. As my son get's older I hope that he has teacher's like that....except maybe a little more strict.........dating to back in the day, when you put the kid in a cap and placed him in the corner.
Gone are the days where discipline is cast aside due to the negative affects that it can have on a child. Quite honestly, I think that if I didn't get the spankings, I wouldn't be who I am today. And I mean that in the completely positive sense. I can't say that I'm scarred due to the spankings, unlike some other people.
My parents were strong in many ways, and when I was disciplined...most of the time, I deserved it.
But this is nothing compared to a racial discussion, or stock market prices of oil in the arctic.
Those issues you should study more.
I'll have another post about my opinions on race,religion, and those moments where a plunger just doesn't work...later....................much later.
until then, I'm fried.
Battlefield 1942: The Complete Collection
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