Food for thought?


Sometimes I like to talk while I eat… not with my mouth full – my mother taught me that –  but just for a little conversation with the people I’m with. It’s especially nice in restaurants. But the other day, at a table too close to anybody with normal hearing within a city block, somebody’s kid was trying out for the Guinness Book of World Records in the Screaming while Running Around category. Worse than that were the (so-called) grownups laughing at how funny the kid was. Really folks? Is sensible parenting really a lost art?
Contributed by 

Ann Offal Noyes
& A. Hugh Nokitov

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Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.