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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-08-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 Living THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER QUICK INDEX Calendar 8 Entertainment 2 Real Estate 7 Recipe 4 Classifi eds 11 @ Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND Children's feelings should not rule the home One of my favorite rock songs of all time ("Hello, I'm John, and I'm a rock 'n' roll addict") is "For What It's Worth," written by Stephen Stills and originally recorded by Buffalo Springfield. It begins, "There's some- thing happening here; what it is ain't exactly clear…." That lyric occurred to me as I con- templated the ever-increasing number of stories I am hearing of young chil- dren with clothing and food "issues." Specifically, these kids complain that their clothing itches or feels tight or their food tastes or feels "funny." Reports of hysteria and throwing up are common. These complaints and over-the-top behaviors often result in a diagnosis of Sensory Integration Disorder, con- cerning which there is zero hard evi- dence verifying the pseudo-scientific claims being made by diagnosing professionals. When they say things like "your child's brain has difficulty receiving and processing sensory information," and "your child experi- ences things like taste and texture differently than does a normal child," they are throwing darts blindfolded. These claims are unprovable, to say See PARENTING, Page 6 Lewis Black: Making ranting fun again When we first connected, Lewis Black was ranting about his phones. "I couldn't get to you, because two other people called me just before you did. Telemarketers. Thank you very much to whoever's in charge of blocking those." The gratitude was sarcastic. Very sarcastic. I asked him how things were going. You know, to break the ice. "They're as good as they can be," he started to say. Then he stopped and said, "It's appalling. It's beyond belief. This is not the way we should be conducting ourselves." For those who don't know Black, he's a comedian. Specifically, a political comedian. One who's given to ranting about things. If he doesn't like something, you'll know. For instance, the U.S.Congress. "A cesspool of immaturity" is his term for the elected body. Black is not a happy camper, and it's mostly due to the current state of our world. But is he truly upset? "Sure, I get upset for a little while at home, but then I head for a theater and say, 'OK, let's have some fun,'" he says. Black will be performing at the Providence Performing Arts Center tonight, Nov. 8, the latest stop on his Joke's on US Tour. "I found ways to talk about this nonsense," he says. 'I don't dwell on it." The current administration is a favorite target, but he never men- tions the president by name. "If you love him, if you don't like him, you've heard his name enough," says Black. "I've made jokes about him for 40 years. Enough. I know if I say the name, his ears perk up." Black agrees that his act is a blend of bitter and funny. "I try to offer a solution to deal with the madness," he said. He talks about health care. "I have a whole section about drugs people are taking, people are self-medicating. They're responding to drug ads. That's why we're pay- ing so much for health care, we're paying for those ads." He talks about spending 10 days in a hospital in Ireland. "You hear all this talk about 'if the people ran health care, it would be horrible.' My experience in Ireland was tremendous." Ireland has social- ized medicine. "I went to the ER, I went from diagnosis to treatment in 45 minutes. And the Irish have medical equipment eerily similar to ours." He finds the anti-socialized medi- cine rhetoric to be "nonsense. It's all made up." He believes politicians spend too much time calculating how to get re-elected instead of By FRANK O'DONNELL Valley Breeze Entertainment Writer Lewis Black's The Joke's on US Tour Providence Performing Arts Center • Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. • Call 401-421-ARTS • Visit See LEWIS BLACK, Page 6 Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 Visit our new website: Maryellen Malloy Photography T.H. Malloy is now DELIVERING PROPANE throughout Rhode Island

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