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The Lesson of Big Bird -- which I haven't seen anyone making -- is that:

Romney on his first freakin' day in office is going to cut PBS funding -- can't borrow money from China for that.

Billion dollar subsidies to the oil industry? Well, they might be on the table, if other cuts are made first. Apparently, we can always borrow money from China as long as it's going to the wealthy.

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Lance wrote:

... and, oh , how I still miss Thomas and his friends. The sight of that little blue tank engine can make me tear up way faster and easier than yellow feathers or red fur.

(Warning to young parents. There are things you'll be happy to see your kids outgrow. But there are other things that will break your heart all the rest of your life.)

Right there with you, Lance. My son, now a huge "Walking Dead" fan (books and TV), was too scared of Diesel 10 -- gratefully, it turns out -- to watch the feature length video, but was otherwise enthralled with the island of Sodor. Though untouched for years, his extensive collection of Thomas and friends are the last toys he refuses to give to rummage. Coming at a very stressful time in my work life, curling up with him to watch a Jan Brett video before tucking him in was a relaxing tonic I truly miss.


Lance, this post was such a balm. All of it. Mr. Rogers, and Thomas, Percy, Edward and friends. Kermit always breaks your heart. Childhood and silence. A pre-school administrator described the years as those when children still have stars in their eyes. If they're protected and honored, as they so deserve.

But now, I'm all in a dither because I can't locate the little engines who were put away for safekeeping. I may turn the household inside out tomorrow. Recommended to young parents -- when safekeeping, make a list. I can't find Tucker the Turtle, of Lullaby River either, but he's here somewhere, safe. Pooh Bear still resides on a shelf upstairs.

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