How A Book Becomes Deadly

Cover of "To Train Up A Child"

Cover of To Train Up A Child

Preacher’s Spanking Book Linked to 3 Child Deaths
But author says he is not to blame

‘The pastoral mood in the hills of Tennessee offered a stark contrast to the storm raging around the country over the Pearls’ teachings on child discipline, which advocate systematic use of “the rod” to teach toddlers to submit to authority. The methods, seen as common sense by some grateful parents and as horrific by others, are modeled, Mr. Pearl is fond of saying, on “the same principles the Amish use to train their stubborn mules.”

‘Debate over the Pearls’ teachings, first seen on Christian Web sites, gained new intensity after the death of a third child, all allegedly at the hands of parents who kept the Pearls’ book, “To Train Up a Child,” in their homes. On Sept. 29, the parents were charged with homicide by abuse…’
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/us/deaths-put-focus-on-pastors-advocacy-of-spanking.html?_r=2&hpw

 

Dickens More Relevant Than Ever
So do yourself a favor and read him
By Michael Levenson

‘Dickens! Should’st be living at this hour and should’st be writing for Slate and publishing fiction online. The world needs vivid laughter, wider vision. Even just to recall the names of characters—Smike, Scrooge, Guppy, Copperfield, Nell—is to wake to lost possibilities of what novels can reach and do. All our talk of the middle class these days is fine, but Dickens knew the higher and the lower, the much lower: the mudlark, the wasting orphan, the prison child, the crossing sweeper, the dun, the dustman, the shabby clerk, the street philosopher. He knew the textures of their everyday lives, their talk, their walk, and the urban abyss yawning near…’
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2011/11/why_now_is_the_perfect_time_to_read_dickens_.single.html#pagebreak_anchor_2

 

Funny Thing with my Freelancing
While my contract with a resort client is apparently still alive, another resort site subscribed to my weblog Plato on-line. And it’s fortunate that there’s no question of loyalty with me since both sites are on different locations. But my main point is what do you do with a client which doesn’t respond to draft submissions for weeks? At least it’s not the payment yet I’m waiting for.

Public Awareness / Avaaz.org
My WebIt link: http://bit.ly/cqt5Fs

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