I really did mean to add a regular WWWW post yesterday evening to go live at 6 am this morning as is my norm. However, I was reading this pretty good book and got distracted. So my post is a little late, but it comes with awesome news! I’m going to be interviewed on the radio tonight.
Growing up in Houston in the 80s and 90s meant there were a lot of different radio stations over the years for me to find rock n’roll music. But the one that stands out among all the others is 101.1 KLOL.
Most people who lived in Houston from 1970 to 2004 and listened to the station will be familiar with the name Outlaw Dave. He will be interviewing me tonight at 9:15pm CST. I met him once in an elevator at the Clear Channel office. I was too tongue tied to say much but I did smile. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk tonight.
There aren’t many books I remember reading in my childhood. The ones I do remember stand out for different reasons, but usually because of the illustrations. We lost not only a wonderful author, but a phenomenal illustrator on Tuesday. Maurice Sendak passed away at the age of 83, from complications after a recent stroke. His passing is the ending of a chapter in children’s literature history, and he will be missed.
From the website:“Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.”
World Press Freedom Day is tomorrow, and I think this a time to reflect on exactly what that means.
What is “free press”? According to Dictionary.com, it’s a noun that means “a body of book publishers, news media, etc., not controlled or restricted by government censorship in political or ideological matters.”
Wikipedia says: “Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through vehicles including various electronic media and published materials. While such freedom mostly implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state, its preservation may be sought through constitutional or other legal protections.”
So do we have “free press” in the United States? Really? This being an election year, I think I can safely say hell no, we don’t! As anyone can see, the media is under the mistaken belief that there are only two political parties. There aren’t. The media in general is also overly obsessed with actors, musicians, professional athletes and people who somehow have found their way onto our televisions. In the grand scheme of things, every little thing those people do is not news. It’s gossip and I’m sick of seeing it on the front page of anything. So while I think World Press Freedom Day is a great idea, and certainly should be acknowledged, I also believe the general press in this country needs to reevaluate. Just what does freedom mean? While it means they can report on absolutely anything they deem worthy, I think they truly need to stop and think, But should we?
I’ve been addicted to puzzles of all kinds most of my life. I have a collection of completed jigsaw puzzles gathering dust beneath my bed, and a box of various puzzles sitting behind me on my office floor. So, discovering an online outlet for my addiction was a really, really bad thing. It’s the ultimate time-suck. Not only can I do various themes but the site even offers a multitude of cuts for each puzzle. It’s amazing and horrible at the same time. I can’t get other stuff done once I click on the site, and I’m too weak to resist visiting at least once daily. Honestly, it’s worse than Twitter and Facebook combined because it actually relaxes me. I’ve written almost a complete book in my head while mindlessly completing a puzzle
Now I need to wrap up this post and go do a puzzle!
Most everyone who even glances at the internet from time to time heard of the father who shot up his daughter’s laptop and posted it on Facebook. There was a huge outpouring of support for his tactic as well as quite a few critics. However, I found this photo and article in the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday and have to wonder why it hasn’t gone viral yet. The article mentions a psychologist who claims this sort of humiliating punishment doesn’t work. I call bullshit on his claim. I guarantee if I ever had cause to make my daughters do something of this nature, they would never commit the crime again. And why is that? Not just because this punishment is humiliating. But also because it fits the crime to some degree and my daughters would realize there are dire consequences to those actions. I think what a lot of parents don’t realize, or forget, is that children sometimes just need to know there ARE CONSEQUENCES! Maybe because the parents were never held accountable for their actions, or still aren’t as adults.