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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Learning To Think

Over the years, since my own children were small, I have been amazed at the genius of the writers/creators of PBS's Sesame Street. Through the magic of puppetry and song children are shown different, sometimes difficult, life situations and, at the same time, how to think about them from different perspectives and work through them. Instead of a "don't do that" lecture, which so many of us were and are guilty of with our children, Sesame Street shows children why it might not be good to act a certain way. Children then get the wonderful opportunity to think about their actions and the actions of others instead of merely reacting.

Thinking is good. Thinking is essential. It is a vital element of being human.

It is very troubling and worrisome, then, to see leaders take on a "me first" attitude. This type of attitude sets people against one another, forces them to take sides, and creates great anxiety in everyone. We only have to look at our schools today to see how this attitude is affecting our children. After spending years of trying to teach children empathy, to understand how others feel, it is disheartening to see so much hate brewing in the country today.

A thought: Why don't we all sit down and watch some episodes of Sesame Street? Laugh a little. Play a little. Become childlike for a few minutes. It's a great stress reliever, and our children (and we) will be happier for it.

And, oh yes, think.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Poem from my latest book, "When My Feet Were Small"

Just Morning

I watch the sun lift its head
toward the waiting trees
     softly break through
     the tangled knot of branches
and my breath stops
to live that moment
     when earthly time slows to a crawl
     to reflect...
that moment I've lived
so many mornings
     yet I never cease
     to be captured
     and again
     although it is
          just morning.
©2016 Kathleen E. Fearing

Monday, November 14, 2016

Our Country, Women, and the Presidency

A bitter, contentious, angry presidential race has ended, and I am saddened but not surprised by the outcome. I had hoped that I would one day see a strong, capable, smart woman lead this country, a woman with brains, intellect and savvy who young women, girls, boys, and, yes, even men could look to with pride and confidence. I am saddened, yes, by the outcome, but saddened even more by the rhetoric used to achieve this outcome. I am saddened by the denigration of women that is overlooked and accepted, not only in this country, but around the world. I am amazed, also, at the women who listen to such garbage and say or do nothing to stop it. Taking the attitude that this type of behavior is acceptable only encourages others to perpetuate it and increase the injury to women and girls. This type of casual, passive-aggressive behavior toward women is unacceptable. And I believe this verbal battery of women should be met with opposition at every instance. I was so proud of Hillary Clinton when she stood at that microphone before the world and said she was "sorry" that she did not achieve her goal. She could have said so much more. But to her credit she encouraged women to keep the goal of one day leading this country in their hearts, to believe that leadership can be achieved and should not be abandoned. I don't know if I could have done the same. I admire her courage, her stamina, her will to keep going. As a writer I will continue to encourage girls to aim high, to have a goal, and to keep going until it is achieved. I wish I could do more, but writing is what I do, and so I will keep writing.