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World’s Worst Mom

There is a new TV show on tonight you all might like. It is World’s Worst Mom, and it is on the Discovery Life channel (which used to be their Fitness & Health channel).

Lenore Skenazy was labeled the “World’s Worst Mom” when she let her then 9-year-old son ride public transport in New York City. He was more than capable of doing so and found it quite empowering. Lenore now has a blog, Free Range Kids that deals with the sort of helicoptering parents that are afraid to let their kids do anything. These are the sorts of things that we older folks did all the time in our youths. These days, we even see parents getting arrested or investigated by Child Protective Services for letting their kids do totally innocuous things. Lenore is also frequently featured in the libertarian Reason.

In one instance, Lenore was written to by a woman who had the police bring her children home for being barefooted outdoors. I wrote about it here: Free-Range Bare Feet. These sorts of issues help explain, I think, at least some of the opposition to people going barefooted.

In the show, Lenore tries to help some parents work through their unreasonable fears. Tonight’s two episodes are about a mother who treats her 10-year-old boy like a toddler (not even letting him ride a bike), and another mother who will not allow her 6 children to go outside or use public restrooms.

You can catch the two shows tonight at 9:00pm and 9:30pm EST on the Discovery Life channel. Check local listings, as they say, for when it airs in your area.

But He Might Hurt Himself!

But He Might Hurt Himself!

 

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Here Comes the Br(oads)ide

You know, sometimes I wonder if other blog writers are having trouble coming up with material. Why else would the New Orleans Bride Magazine ask on their “Wediquette Wednesday”, Is it OK to go barefoot at the reception?.

And even moreso, how could they come up with the answer they did?

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How to Draw a Foot

I generally have little artistic talent. I tend to draw the way I tend to dance: mechanically. On the other hand, drawing well takes more than talent; it also requires knowing the mechanics and practicing.

I recently came across a web page that teaches the fundamentals of drawing feet. It is quite fascinating.

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Barefoot Waitresses

Yesterday we found out about the barefoot waitress in Reserve, NM back in the 1960s.

But are there more?

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Barefoot Spinning

Did you know there is a Facebook group for “Fiber Artists & Yarn Spinners”? Of course you should know that. There’s a facebook group for everything.

Anyways, there was a recent discussion there about spinning (that is, spinning yard) barefoot.

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Restaurant Tips

Yesterday my wife and I had lunch at a restaurant. The waiter did look at me kind of funny for a moment, but didn’t say anything. It probably helped that he looked fairly young and hip. It probably helped even more that we were at an outdoor cafe.

But I thought I’d give a few tips for eating barefoot at a restaurant.

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Renewal

Last Wednesday I did another hike into the northern “wilds” of Cantwell Cliffs. It wasn’t a particularly long hike, only about 2 miles, but it is pure bushwhacking through a trailless area. I also did it (as I do in this area) doing what I call “abo hiking”, that is, not wearing much at all, similar to the Australian aboriginals.

In many ways it is barefooting writ larger.

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