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    does not involve "birding".  It includes bird watching and studying.  Ask any real zoologist.

    Your little memoir was enjoyable in that as a city kid growing up in Cleveland, I was allowed to seek out the vacant lots and even roam many blocks away from home before I was 12.  It was safe to do so then.  But then, in the early 1950s came white flight.  Real estate moguls would pick a neighborhood and sell a house to a black family.  Almost like mushrooms, for sale signs started popping up.  Our house was one of those.  My parents couldn't move us to the suburbs fast enough.

    The good news was that we lived next to an open field and I could do all that exploring on my own most of the year, even in winter when the snow wasn't too deep.  I became a scientist and science teacher as a result.

    Today's kids are locked into electronics for all their inputs.  It started when moms had to join dads to work and earn enough to create the great American dream for their children.  I'm older than you, but I was on the cusp of seeing that happen when my mom went to work a few years before I was to go to college.

    We are now in about the 5th or 6th generation since the great depression where the survivors of that social disgrace "wanted it better for their kids" than they had it.  This current generation will be the first since the 1930s to have it WORSE than their parents because of everything that has and is happening and all the enabling and frivolous law suits, etc.  Now, those two jobs are just enough to maintain the status quo while all the good stuff is on credit.

    Where did it all go wrong?

    "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

    by dolfin66 on Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 08:06:24 AM PDT

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