Back in 2009, I made a little video called "The toy train" and published it to YouTube. As 2017 turned into 2018, that video was seen more than 25,000,000 times. Almost ten years later, I made a follow-up video that can see it here or on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Caxq70zwjI The tracks were set up for my … Continue reading The toy train II
We're expecting a baby! 🙂 Ligia's three months into her pregnancy and we're soon going to be parents! We don't know and we don't want to know whether it's a boy or a girl (I want a girl) until the birth. Two more tidbits: we're raw foodists, which means the baby is going to be … Continue reading Big news at home!
As debates about the direction of educational systems take place in the US and other countries, it's worthwhile to take into consideration the possibility that we're teaching the children too much theory and too many arcane concepts rather than practical things which will prepare them for real life. There's nothing wrong with knowing physics or … Continue reading The real role of education
Have you seen the trailer for the French documentary entitled "Nos Enfants Nous Accuseront", made by Jean-Paul Jaud in 2008? You should watch it. It's about the effects of pesticide-laden foods on children's health, and the bio (organic) movement in France. More info is available on the documentary website, at nosenfantsnousaccuseront-lefilm.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXu3w2PqAZw
Updated 11/02/2018: This video now has over 25,000,000 views. Thank you! My wife gave me this great little train set as a Christmas present a couple of years ago. I thought it'd be fun to film it in action one day, and when I edited the video, I looked for the right kind of music … Continue reading The toy train
Human trafficking is a practice I condemn deeply, particularly the practice of sex trafficking or sexual slavery, because it could have touched very close to home. My wife went to college in the city of Constanta, Romania, which is one of the main cities in the country where abductions and other crimes of sex trafficking … Continue reading The problem of human trafficking
On October 11, the Youth Choir from the Canto department of the Schaffhausen Music School, Switzerland, gave a concert at Margarethenkirche (Church of St. Margaret) in Medias, the same church where organ concerts were held this summer. Medias is a medieval city in the province of Transilvania, Romania. The choir sang a wide selection of … Continue reading Schaffhausen Music School’s Youth Choir at Margarethenkirche, Medias
This is a question I keep asking myself every time I turn on the TV and look at the Cartoon Network, or The Disney Channel, or Nickelodeon these days. It's unbelievable how much thoughtless, cheaply made programming they shove into their slots, with little or no thought for substance, style, quality and most of all, … Continue reading What cartoons are your children watching?
There's a Looney Tunes cartoon from 1944, entitled "Brother Brat". It stars Porky Pig and speaks eloquently about child discipline. In it, Porky becomes the unwitting baby sitter for a Rosie the Riveter type super-woman who's pulling long shifts at the factory, helping out with the war effort. When she leaves her brat, Butch, with … Continue reading Sometimes you need to use a book the right way
I recently re-discovered a show I used to watch and love as a kid: The Raccoons. I can't remember if I saw it in the US or in Romania as I grew up, but I remember the characters quite well. My wife remembers watching the show as a child, too. Now, thanks to Boomerang, I … Continue reading The Raccoons