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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-21-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 AT HOME / ENTERTAINMENT 3 Setting the record straight OK, it's time to set the record straight, confront the gorilla in the proverbial room, call a spade a spade, and so on and so forth. I recently published a column on "The Portal" – the black hole in aca- demic cyberspace that has trapped many a mother – in which I used the female pronoun almost exclusively. I am told by a 60-year-old grand- mother who agrees, she says, with "most" of what I write (which is about all I can ever hope for), that I offended women by implying that the female parent is the parent most likely to become obsessed by and enslaved to The Portal. According to my accuser, my "1950s prejudice" was showing. I counter the assertion with the prevailing 21st-century prejudice: One should not tell the truth if the truth might disrupt someone else's view of themselves. This prejudice is why so many teens are cutting them- selves, on medication for depression and various anxieties and phobias, and running for the shelter of "safe spaces" on college campuses all over America. In contemporary America, feelings trump the truth, which is why child mental health has so precipitously dropped since the 1950s. Feelings trump the truth also explains why and how this thing we now call "par- enting" has been transformed from something once done straightforward- ly and matter-of-factly into the most difficult, stressful thing a woman will ever do in her adult life. When children were simply raised up to adulthood by adults who pos- sessed a practical understanding of what that responsibility necessitated, child mental health was about as good as it's going to get (at least 10 times better than it is today) and mothers did not agonize about chil- drearing micro-details. Then the col- lective "we" bought into the bogus notion that people with impressive capital letters after their names – psy- chologists and other mental health professionals mostly – knew more about raising children than the aver- age grandparent. Mental health people stress the importance of feelings, so the pri- mary concern became that of making children feel good about themselves. (That, by the way, defines the salient difference between childrearing Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND See PARENTING, Page 8 Blackstone River Theatre presents Eileen Ivers and Universal Roots CUMBERLAND – Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., will present an evening featuring Eileen Ivers and Universal Roots on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. Grammy-awarded and Emmy- nominated, Eileen Ivers is the groundbreaking musical star of Riverdance, a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, and one of the most awarded All-Ireland Fiddle and Banjo champions ever. Ivers' most recent CD, "Beyond the Bog Road," focuses on the influences of the Celtic tradition on roots music – bluegrass, French-Canadian, Cajun, Appalachian, Americana – and how the music journeyed on to become a fundamental ingredient of the American Country music tradition. Irish Music Magazine calls it "a tri- umph … a musical Magnus-Opus" and the album reached number one on the Alt-Country Roots Music Chart. Ivers has been called a "sensation" by Billboard magazine and "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin," by The New EILEEN IVERS AND UNIVERSAL ROOTS will perform at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. Admission is $26 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. See IVERS, Page 8 Dining Guide Appetizers • Antipasto: prosciutto, salami, sharp provolone, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, artichokes, roasted peppers & much more • Large Stuffed Artichokes: Bread stuffing with olives, Fully cooked • Stuffed Mushrooms: Tasty cracker stuffing with roasted pepper & olives soups • Chicken Escarole pAstA • Lasagna • Stuffed Shells & Manicotti stuffings • Bread Stuffing • Italian Bread Stuffing • Cranberry Orange Stuffing Desserts • 10" Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Pumpkin, Custard, Pecan, Coconut Custard or Squash • Cream Pies: Chocolate, Banana, Apple Pauly Penta's G o u r m e t I t a l i a n D e l i 722-3222 too busy to call? e-mail your order: fArm fresh prepAreD turkey We will clean, stuff, season & tie the turkey of your choice. You just place it in the oven. We will give you baking instructions. VegetAbles • Peas w/ Rice & Onion • String Bean Almondine • Mashed Potatoes: Traditional Mashed Potatoes: Red Bliss Oven Roasted Potatoes • Glazed or Roasted Carrots • Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes • Glazed Sweet Potatoes • Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole • Mashed Butternut Squash • Mashed Turnips & Carrots-mixed • Cranberry Sauce • Orange Cranberry Sauce 1290 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence Thanksgiving Dinner 2019 To Go At your house! New England Steak and Seafood ~ Announces ~ Turkey with all the fixins Fresh Birds •Never Frozen Cooked or ready to cook with reheating and cooking directions "Let us do the work for you." Call 508•478•0871 NOTE: PLEASE ORDER EARLY!! Please look for our Christmas Dinner To Go Special All orders must be in by Nov. 26th and picked up on Nov. 28th between 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. $ 315 .00 $ 175 .00 Approx. 22-24 lb. Turkey Approx. 12-14 lb. Turkey (feeds approximately 14 people. 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