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The North Providence Breeze 04-07-2021

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12 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME APRIL 7-13, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION Typical answer: "Well, um, because, um, he, um, I mean, he won't." I should mention that the kids in question are boys, usually, and the parents in ques- tion are moms, always. No offense, ladies, but moms seem to think their job is to make everything perfect. To clarify, that describes many of today's moms. The moms of 60-plus years ago did not fit that description at all. An apt aside: My wife and I are in thrall to a dog named Mazie who enjoys playing "catch me if you can." Mazie will let us know she wants to be walked, but then, when one of us goes to leash her, she begins darting about, hiding under furniture, running up and down the stairs, and so on and so forth until finally cornered. If, however, when she demands to be walked, we ignore her, she eventually comes to us and humbly submits. Zen dog management. My point: Like Mazie responds to being chased, the boys in question are responding predictably to being micromanaged – they act as if they require it – and as long as their moms micromanage, they continue to act as such. Micromanagement begets irresponsibil- ity like an egg begets a chicken, or something along those lines anyway. So, I inform the mothers in question of all that and tell them to do what every fiber of their modern maternal beings protest: to wit, stop checking, even asking. Above all else, do not go to the stupid school homework portal (created by micromanagers to encourage micromanagement). Read a good book. Chew your fingernails. Anything but what you have been doing. The response on the part of these moms begins with "but." You can imagine the rest. They quickly discover, however, that I am a better salesperson than they are microman- agers. With great reluctance, and fully expect- ing the end-times "Academic Apocalypse," they agree. Every single time – mind you, "every sin- gle" is not hyperbole – the boy-child in ques- tion begins doing his work as if he wanted to do it all along, which he probably did. The rules of parent-child physics will not be overridden by mere mortals. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond. com, parentguru.com. PARENTING From Page 11 BRT presents Mari Black and Troy MacGillivray Saturday CUMBERLAND – A streaming concert called "Music & Mischief" featur- ing Mari Black and Troy MacGillivray, presented by the Blackstone River Theatre, will air Saturday, April 10, at 7 p.m. Ticket price is $15 and an additional $3.66 charge is added on by the stream- ing platform. As a bonus, with ticket purchase, viewers can watch again or later at any time during an included 72-hour rebroadcast. Black and MacGillivray have chosen Blackstone River Theatre to be the only New England presenter receiv- ing a 20 percent cut of all Blackstone tickets sold. The dedicated ticket link for BRT is: noonchorus.com/black- stone-river-mbtm . Champion Scottish and multistyle fiddler Black and Nova Scotia/Cape Breton fid- dler and pianist MacGillivray will team up for a duo musi- cal adventure. The evening will feature the driving Celtic dance tunes these two pow- erhouse musicians are both known for, but also new origi- nal material, explorations into different styles, according to organizers. Black burst onto the interna- tional stage when she became Scotland's Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion, two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and two-time Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, all within a three- year period. MacGillivray is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to cul- ture in Canada. ACROSS 1. One who manufac- tures 6. Science degree 9. Database manage- ment system 13. Desert 14. Inventor Musk 15. Welsh valley 16. Round Dutch cheese 17. Saying 18. Comedian and TV host 19. Uppermost por- tions of the brain 21. City in Transyl- vania 22. Where astronauts go 23. Men's hairstyle 24. Indicates position 25. One point east of due south 28. Businessmen may have one 29. Grass part 31. Running back Gurley 33. Unwavering 36. Options 38. Annoy 39. Greek mountain 41. Pastas 44. Fishes 45. Wrap 46. Potentially a criminal (slang) 48. Seize 49. The Constitution State 51. Upset 52. 1991 men's Wim- bledon champ 54. Central Chinese province 56. Predisposition 60. A notice of some- one's death 61. One-time Ken- tucky Rep. 62. Swiss river 63. Dried-up 64. Finger millet 65. __ Allan Poe 66. German river 67. Brew 68. Kenyan river DOWN 1. Millisecond 2. Acts as military assistant 3. Knot in a tree 4. Husband-and- wife industrial designers 5. The Ocean State 6. Point the finger at 7. Parts in a machine 8. Midway between northeast and east 9. Portray precisely 10. Blister 11. Mental illness 12. Nose of an animal 14. What students receive 17. Semitic peoples 20. Beats per minute 21. Family of drugs 23. Atrocious 25. Type of micro- scope (abbr.) 26. __ or bust 27. Icelandic poems 29. A citizen of Pakistan 30. Very pale 32. Metric linear unit 34. Sea eagle 35. Biblical judge of Israel 37. Isaac's mother (Bib.) 40. Sino-Soviet block (abbr.) 42. Cool! 43. Large hotel room 47. Type of boat (abbr.) 49. Picked 50. Type of hookah 52. Attack 53. Directs 55. Belgian WWII resistance fighter 56. Finished negoti- ation 57. Heroic tale 58. Middle Eastern country 59. Protein-rich liquids 61. Malaysian Isth- mus 65. Spielberg's alien Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 13. Do you know someone celebrating a May Birthday? The Valley Breeze Birthday Club for MAY will be printed on April 29, 2021. Forms should be received by The Valley Breeze by Friday, April 23, 2021. Send in the name of someone with his or her May birth date and $2 per edition and we'll include them in the club. 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