local news…

Here’s a couple of tidbits dished up out of the local paper, The Catskill Mountain News….

umm thanks for keeping our kids safe, here’s  your crappy cafeteria thank you meal….


and this other little nugget of kookiness….


say what??



  1. j
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read about this; apparently it is very good for building children’s self esteem because the dogs just love to hear someone talking to them. But then I’ve heard it is much better for the child’s self esteem if their parents would actually listen to them, but whatever.

  2. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Permalink


  3. Mame Johnston
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Actually, children while learning to read, would rather read to someone who is non-judgmental, such as a dog. They just listen; they don’t correct errors. Hence the children feel empowered to continue reading aloud. I have had students in the past tell me that they would sit in fear all class period waiting to be called on to read in a prior teacher’s class. They would just be petrified about being called on to read. This takes the stigma out of it, I guess. Dogs can be very comforting to them as well.
    Kids today have a tough uphill battle in the upper Catskills, as you know. The economy is so depressed that it’s almost like Appalachian Kentucky. My daughter-in-law would tell you some stories that would make your hair stand on end. When I taught there up until 1983, things were much better as there was more work for people. Now with no farms left and no industry, I just can’t imagine how people are making it. Taxes are outrageous, as you well know. Local people can’t afford to purchase housing. ‘Nuff said.

  4. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    You raise a very good point, I never thought about how scary it would be to read aloud. I think schooling here must be very different than what I received in New Zealand.

  5. Mame Johnston
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    I assure you it is very different today than it was when I began in 1969. Most classrooms today would benefit from having a full-time psychologist within the four walls. Kids bring so much baggage with them from split homes, non-functional parents who think that giving them all they want, not what they need, no discipline because these same parents don’t want to say NO for fear of being too hard on them, etc. The last year I taught, which was 2001 in affluent Wake Co., NC, 8th grade students by the drove were picked up by limos on the final day of school. Give me a break! No wonder there is such a sense of entitlement in our country!

  6. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    I’m pretty glad I was born in the era I was… that’s for sure.

    • Gabriel
      Posted April 30, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

      Okay now back to the Leonbergers. Didn’t you post a Leon Burger recipe a while back? Or was it……oh never miind.

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