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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-19-2020

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22 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION said "memory outbreaks" include just about any dumb, antisocial, self-destructive thing human chil- dren are prone to doing whether adopted or not. A tantrum, for example, is not simply an expression of a child's natural self-centeredness, requiring a firm disciplinary response. It is an expression of the adopted child's ongoing grieving, requiring that his parents cuddle and rock him to help him fill in the emotional gaps in his earlier childhood. I did not make that up. It is precisely what adoption specialists told the above mother. Another specialist told a mother that her 5-month-old adop- tee knew, from Mom's heartbeat, that Mom wasn't really Mom. That borders on criminal. Sadly, it is not a one-off. I have long concluded that adop- tion specialists primarily specialize in infecting adoptive parents with "adoption bogeymen." They claim, for example, that nearly every adopted child has "reactive attach- ment disorder," one of the most ill- defined of all ill-defined psychiatric diagnoses. The diagnosis, as bogus as it may be from a scientific per- spective, allows adoption special- ists to point to just about anything and say, "See! Reactive attachment disorder!" In that fashion, they infect adoptive parents with anxiety and self-doubt, and a self-fulfilling prophecy is invoked. It is a fact that the more anxious a parent, the more the child will begin acting in ways that affirm the parent's anxiety. Around and around this dynamic begins to spin, the result being a parent who is increasingly beset by worry and sinking ever-further into self-doubt, and a child who is increasingly the subject of much anxiety and confu- sion. When I said to the mother in question, "The adoptive bogeymen that you have let into your head are paralyzing your ability to discipline effectively," she responded with, "That is precisely correct!" Adoption is a compassion. There is nothing inherently risky about it. The risk seems to be the con- sequence of getting involved with certain adoption specialists. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond.com, parentguru.com. PARENTING From Page 17 Black Plain Road to perform at the Stadium WOONSOCKET – As part of its Revival Series, the Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, will present a concert by Black Plain Road on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Originally playing under the name The Old Man Band aka TOMB many years ago, founding members Tim McGee, Ron Miller, and Marcel Labreque and later joined by Joe Sturm, continued the band under the name Black Plain Road. Since then the band has grown in size to include Tim Paul on drums, Gary Chabot on lead guitar, and Tara Girard on vocals. Playing classic rock and blues covers from Aerosmith to ZZ Top, along with alternative and bluegrass, performanc- es will be held in the Grand Hall. The Stadium is following the state of Rhode Island health guidelines. The bar and concessions will be open dur- ing the show, but there will not be an intermission. Tickets are $26. For tickets, visit www.stadiumtheatre.com . MoWC launches annual Appeal and Raffle WOONSOCKET – The Museum of Work & Culture has launched its annual Appeal & Raffle to support the museum's free educational and public programming. This year's raffle will feature an early incentive drawing on Wednesday, Dec. 9, for 10 gift certificates to local eateries and entertainment venues. The final drawing will be held on Sunday, April 11, during the museum's annu- al Salute to Spring event and will include over 30 prizes. "We are more reliant than ever before on the generosity of our supporters," said Director Anne Conway. "They have made it pos- sible for the museum to remain vital during these challenging times and grow our reach with free virtual pro- gramming that has benefited thou- sands of students and individuals in 2020." Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five tickets. Donations may be made at www.shopmowc.com and raffle tickets may be requested by emailing mowc@rihs.org . Be sure to include your full mailing address when requesting raffle tickets. KATHRYN NEWTON, left, and VINCE VAUGHN star in the body-swapping comedy thriller "Freaky." shows up and dispatches the quartet in a gruesome and bloody way. He also grabs an ornate knife from the house that has ties to ancient Mayan culture. Then we meet the cute but shy and bullied Millie (Kathryn Newton) who is struggling to fit in but thankfully has two great friends in Josh (Misha Osherovich) and Nyla (Celeste O'Connor). Millie is secretly crushing on one of the football players, Booker Strode (Uriah Shelton). He is her partner in shop class which is run by Mr. Fletcher (Alan Ruck) who isn't too keen on Millie either. There's also an annoying class gossip queen, Ryler (Melissa Collazo) who posts everything on TikTok whether she's actually friends with people or not. The setup for revenge is plated early and when Millie is attacked after the big game by the Butcher and there's some sort of magical mix-up; the next morning the pair wake up having swapped bodies, Butcher in Millie's and vice versa. This is where the real fun begins and the film gains traction. The teen girl in a grown man's body invites all sorts of laughs and one super cringeworthy moment with her football crush. Vaughn is absolutely hilarious here acting like a 17-year- old girl, batting his eyes and coping with a lack of strength he no longer has. The Butcher is stuck in Millie's body and is soon lashing out at everybody at the high school that has done her wrong. There are some great callbacks to many classic hor- ror films too. Booker's last name is Strode ( Jamie Lee Curtis' character from "Halloween") and most of the murders use weapons that Michael Myers, Jason and Leatherface used in their films. Millie's two best friends also provide some great comic relief. There's a ton of laughs and an equal number of jump scares in this. "Freaky" is easily one of the best films I've seen in the last few months. The film is rated R. FREAKY From Page 19 answers

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