N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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Our Difficult World

Everywhere we look, there is difficulty in the world. People hardly agree on anything.  If we say what we truly think about someone or any particular subject, we are in jeopardy of being called some name we know we are not.

Many people I know have decided to stop watching the news or talk shows.  One person told me, “I just listen to music or read a book instead.”   If they feel that way for themselves, they certainly feel that their children don’t need a daily dose of what our world is becoming. How can one explain to a child why people are fist fighting at Disney…or why people are rioting in the streets around the world?

Where is love in all this?   Maybe one person that so many generations grew up with had the answer to a truly difficult world. His name is Mr. Rogers.

He was a Christian and a Presbyterian minister who knew God’s love was the way and the only way to reach beyond prejudice, politics or wars among ourselves.

He certainly understood Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan.  It was his way in trying to help children understand that we need to be kind to one another no matter whether we like a person or don’t like their actions.  Kindness was at the top of all his program messages.   The only way to get that back in our world is to find it within our own hearts and to teach it to our children by our examples.

 

Mr. Rogers wrote all his songs. One of his special songs that he sang was It’s You I Like.  The words were special because he thought they were important for a child to understand about his or herself.

Written by Fred Rogers | © 1971, Fred M. Rogers


It’s you I like,
It’s not the things you wear,
It’s not the way you do your hair
But it’s you I like
The way you are right now,
The way down deep inside you
Not the things that hide you,
Not your toys
They’re just beside you.

But it’s you I like
Every part of you.
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you’ll remember
Even when you’re feeling blue
That it’s you I like,
It’s you yourself
It’s you.
It’s you I like.

A movie has been made where Tom Hanks plays the part of Mr. Rogers.  It will be a re-introduction to children and the world to a man and his message.  Mr. Rogers probably never gave too much thought that his words could last long after his life.  What a sermon to the world!

Whether you agree with everything said in this video below or not, it is definitely worth a watch.  Enjoy….especially the children.  They are beautiful in every way….and the future of our world. 

 

 

 

 


WHAT’S NEXT…Mr. Rogers?

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Many of us grew up listening to and enjoying the books of Dr. Seuss.  The books were rhyming and fun with colorful pictures.  For many younger children, it was a time to listen to a mother or father’s voice reading to them words that they could not have read at such a young age.  Our teachers in elementary schools read them to us. We laughed and giggled because they were fun.

I have a question.  With all our political correctness and emotional responses to what is acceptable and what is not…are we going to take the fun out of childhood also?

What will be next…Mr. Rogers and the re-runs of his TV shows that most young children stayed glued to every day in his “neighborhood”? He let children know that there were good things in life and he shared those things, people and ideas with them.

Are we all going crazy as a nation?     Yes, I know that is more than one question, but here is the reason why I write this into my blog.

More than one First Lady has spent their time going to schools to read the books by Dr. Seuss.   Recently, in her efforts to enrich the lives of American children, a number of the Dr. Seuss books were sent to a public school in Cambridge, Massachusetts to celebrate National Read a Book Day by our First Lady.  A collection of 10 was sent to one school in each state.  Some of the titles were “The Cat in the Hat”; “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”; “Wacky Wednesday”; “Green Eggs and Ham”; and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”  

Liz Phipps Soeiro, a librarian at the Cambridge school, wrote this as part of her so-called thank you to the First Lady the following:

“I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to ‘excellence,’…My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science… Another fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes…”

Soeiro went on to name the books ( If I Ran a Zoo and  And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street) that she particularly found offensive and called them “racist mockery” in the art in each book.

COME ON…IS THIS FOR REAL?    Talk about divisiveness and lack of appreciation from one of our school educators…with a “graduate degree in library science” no less.  Oh, but I must not omit that after all this rejection, Soeiro did say this, “I am honored that you recognized my students and our school. I can think of no better gift for children than books; it was a wonderful gesture, if one that could have been better thought out,” 

Maybe Soeiro should read or listen to a Dr. Seuss book that I think is special,  Horton Hears a Who.   In this book, he says “every person counts no matter how small”  and “every voice counts”.   Doesn’t sound to me that he has “racist” or “harmful stereotypes” in mind.  In fact, if you read about his life, even his political cartoons that he drew in earlier years were against historical evils. (see link below)

Because of the views of Liz Soeiro, will there be librarians, bookstores or online book companies quickly pulling down these two books because they are offensive to this person?  Let’s hope the sales will go up and parents will curl up with a good Dr. Seuss book this very evening and read to their children.  Perhaps we should all go out and find the nearest used bookstore and hoard them because publishers might get caught up in this lunacy.

Who actually was Theodore Seuss Geisel?  (Dr. Seuss)   His life was not easy…filled with much heartache, but this link tells it like it is. He was also given a special Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to children’s literature.     The Life of Dr. Seuss  (taken from Biography)

In my heading, I mentioned…What’s Next…Mr. Rogers?.  Some of you may be too young to remember him.  So here he is.  A man who brought happiness each day to all children and to remind them that they are special.    Let’s don’t take away their happiness.

 

FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE… I give you a Dr.Seuss book:  HORTON HEARS A WHO.