Month: October 2016

Helping Kids Deal with Natural and Unnatural Violence

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

Recently a violent summer storm swept through the Atlanta-area community where we live near our grandchildren. My seven-year-old grandson Owen, who only a few weeks before had finally become comfortable with July 4th holiday fireworks, rushed from his bed to his parents’ room.

Earlier in the evening, there had been reports of expected high winds or even tornadoes. As the thunder pealed and the lightning flashed, the possibility of a tornado seemed paramount in Owen’s mind. For the next 15 minutes or so, he besieged his Dad with questions. “What’s a tornado again, Daddy?” “What do we do if a tornado does come? Do we hide in the basement?”

Finally, after receiving patiently delivered answers and a series of hugs, Owen fell asleep again.

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The Monkees Make Daydream Believers 50 Years Ago with TV Debut


This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

Fifty years ago this month Monkee mania began sweeping America and then England as The Monkees, a TV show based on the success of The Beatles and the madcap antics they had displayed in their first movie A Hard Day’s Night, debuted on the NBC Network.

The new made-for-TV band consisted of Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork, each chosen to display characteristics demonstrated by John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

In fact, the original short description for The Monkees said the show would be about an imaginary band that wanted to be The Beatles, but was never that successful.

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