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April 3, 2014
Coffee Shop Culture


Christine: Bats Talking in Squeak!

Steve: Spanking? No thanks!

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(Photos General) Coffee_Kitty.jpgAbout 10am the door burst open and I heard a voice say "I need chocolate!  Does this place have chocolate?" The voice came from a sturdy, cheerful three year old boy.  "Mom" was right behind him. Grandpa followed with baby in arms.

Mostly I work from home, however I'm traveling and right now and I've discovered the heavy-hitter coffee shop culture.  I'm sitting in a coffee shop in Boulder, Colorado putting together newsletters. Boulder is a thriving, bustling town with entrepreneurs, students and every imaginable shopping opportunity to serve students, professionals and retired silver hairs. 

Most people are working quietly, many with ear buds, but occasionally one cannot help overhearing conversations. Two women 70+ have been talking non-stop for an hour now.  One finishes a thought and the next begins, with not a pause between turns, so it's almost a steady feminine hum.  Earlier it was totally quiet when someone's computer said "Meowwwww". Everyone laughed! Nice change of pace.

(Photos General) Dog_CoffeeShop.jpgRight beside me was a conversation between a young man and his buddy's girlfriend. He was asking for advice on a new wardrobe because he was going to be a grad student and wanted to upgrade his appearance, so they went online to see what would appeal to him. I snuck a glance at him. He was wearing standard jeans and faded t-shirt. But the scruffy, wild beard might have to go, or does it?

The student near me has a service-dog-in-training beside her. He's the quietest in the entire room. Sometimes people talk on their phones in regular voices but others step into a nearby hallway. There's music in the background playing classic oldies. If this is where your college kids are hanging out, it's a productive environment.

What has amused me the most is the regular afternoon appearance of parents and children, doing work and homework and having a snack, apparently staying until homework is done.  Sweet!  I like this coffee culture.

Have you heard about the playgrounds that look like a junkyard and allow children to set fires and engage in other dangerous pursuits?  They're enough to give a helicopter parent a panic attack, but after reading the article you may become a fan.  Read "The Overprotected Kid, A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery -without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution" by Hanna Hoisin in The Atlantic Monthly.  It may just change your mind about how to raise your children.

(Photos General) Seahorse_TiffanyandChild.jpgSeahorse Swim School and Make A Splash Foundation are partners in bringing free swim lessons to children who need financial assistance. "Participation in formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%," a worthy goal.  Please spread the word about this program.

Enjoy! Parmalee

 

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  Christine: Bats Talking in Squeak!

(Photos General) Bat.jpgThere is lots of research that focuses on bats. These are very cool and interesting creatures. They are very unusual mammals and have very distinctive characteristics. In a word - they are fun to study. There have been many studies focusing on their ability to use sound to navigate through their world. Now there is a new study that shows the Big Brown Bat uses their interesting vocal capabilities to warn off other bats when they are chasing food.

The scientists noticed that there were calls that as a group were lower in frequency, longer in duration, and always occurred in sets of three to four calls.The researchers watched the behavior during these calls and noticed some interesting things. These calls only happened when multiple male bats were hunting together. Solitary bats never did this. Females tended to either hunt alone or with family members. When a male made one of these distinctive calls, the other male sheared away and let the caller have the food. 

These calls are as distinctive as a birds song. The scientists were able to distinguish each bat by its call to a 96% accuracy. Other bats have been found to "sing" just like birds but there has been far more research on echo location as opposed to social communication...read more>>>

Christine is a local mom and scientist who makes the mysteries and complexities of science easier to understand.  You can read more of Christine's science explanations here!

 

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  Steve: Spanking? No thanks!

(Photos General) SteveSpitalny.jpgThe other day I was driving with the radio on. A parent advice show came on so I listened. I don't know who the speaker was or what the show was called because my radio soon lost reception for that station. One thing the speaker said was, "Now, I am not recommending spanking your young child, but if you do spank make sure your child understands why they are being spanked." I wanted to call in but it wasn't a call-in show. To put it mildly, I was appalled and angry. The speaker spoke as an authority and had a captive audience with no space for different perspectives. I have a different perspective!


First I'll get to the point. I recommend never spanking your child. Don't spank in anger, and don't choose to spank while calm. I don't like hitting as a persuasion method or boundary delivery technique. There, I said it. Now I'll explain. 

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"I'd love to hear from you about what YOU are struggling with so future blog posts can reflect what you are working on.  If you like this blog, please sign up to subscribe - and tell your friends too"! Steve Spitalny is a local educator and speaker.  You can visit him, his writings and speaker events  at Chamakanda.

 

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Gateway School K-8, Auction Gala 4/12

 

 

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Seahorse Swim School
FREE swim lessons - Make a Splash Partner Program- and free level assessments
Saturday, 4/5
Ages: 6 months and up 

(Photos General) SeahorseS-thumbsup.jpgFree swim lessons and level assessments for all ages, levels and abilities. Swim instructor will also assess your level and suggest a good class for you to join if you want.

As part of our NEW local partnership with the Make a Splash Initiative, Seahorse Swim School is offering:
FREE SWIM LESSONS, Level assessments & Jr. Guard Tryouts for our Summer program at SCHS
~~ Saturday, April 5 :: 12- 2pm. ~~


Thereafter the 1st SAT of every month at Lifestyle Fitness, Watsonville.

Bring a friend, we will assess your levels too.

Why Make a Splash?

  • 70% of African American children cannot swim
  • 60% of Latino children cannot swim
  • 40% of Caucasian children cannot swim
  • Ten people drown each day in the U.S
  • Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of childhood unintentional death for children under the age of 14 

(Photos General) SeahorseSwimSchool_3girls.jpgTiffany Harmon
Seahorse Swim School, Inc.
(831) 476-SWIM (7946)
www.SeahorseSwimSchool.com
Programs out of Aptos, Santa Cruz & Watsonville.

Location: Santa Cruz High School, Myrtle & Taylor Streets, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7946 •website Watsonville

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Date: 04/13/2014 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
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