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    • chrisf48

      The best advice I received as a new parent was about getting the baby to sleep through the night. When the baby wakes up in the night, for any reason, keep all the lights off and do not make any sound. If the baby needs a feeding, feed it in the dark and do not talk to it or engage it. If the baby needs changing, change it in the dark in do not talk or engage the baby. If you miss miss a little bit of stuff, don’t worry about it. You can clean in the morning. The point is do not turn on anything make any noise or engage the baby in any way except to deal with the immediate business. That way the baby will learn quickly that when it is dark it’s time to be asleep. If you do turn on lights, tablets, computers, music, the baby will learn that when it’s a wake in the middle of night it’s playtime. Very bad. This trickwork excellent work my wife and I both our daughters slept through the night at 1 1/2 months old. Do it. It works.

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      I can relate to several of these whisper confessions. I had a successful career in commercial art and completely burned out. While it paid the bills & fed the family…. It killed my love of art. Having to be creatively on all the time, like at the flip of a light switch on, at the companies owners whim, my passion died slowly. I rarely do art anymore and I don’t think I’m wasting my talent. I used it up. I moved into real estate / property management. When young people tell me they are going into the art fields, I tell them to keep it as a hobby & do something else for a living. Overall, it’s just sad how art has become cheap & easy in these times. Just like music. Anything that can be copied digitally loses its value.

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      Blame it on No Doubt or blame it on Sublime, but by the middle of the 1990s, very little of the music that was described as ska had anything to do with Jamaican dance music of the early ’60s. Too many bands whose sole connection to the musical style had beenafew singles by the Specials or the English Beat got it all exactly backward, with the punk influences drowning out what little Jamaican influence remained: the result was basically Green Day with horns, and it wasn’t any good for anyone. It was all goofy band geek clowns playing bad circus music to createasoundtrack foracomedy basketball skit. Most third wave have next to zero soul. Hepcat, Aggrolites, Slackers andavery few others are excepted. They are the best in the business these days. It’s best to go back to the 60s stuff and work back towards today to stay on the honesty track. There is hope & soul left in ska, reggae & rocksteady.