The Flowing Waters of Lake Jefferson

Folk Plus Saturday March 1, 2003
Some quotes from Fred Rogers, blended with some contemporary folk, and kid's releases.

For three decades, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" has been an oasis of peace and calm, familiarity
and safety in a kid-unfriendly world.  (from

1. Mr. Rogers - Won't You Be My Neighbour

2. Michael Yarmush as Arthur -(J.Fallon)  Arthur vs. the Piano
Arthur and Friends - Rounder Kids
Mr. Rogers shared that his outlet for anger was his piano and exercise.

3. Red Grammer - Use a  Word
Teaching Peace - Red Note Records
"When children use words, they are less likely to hit." - Fred Rogers

4. Red Grammer - Shake Your Brain
Teaching Peace - Red Note Records
"I was an only child for 11 years, and had to make my own fun" - Fred Rogers

5. Marlo Thomas and Friends - Sisters & Brothers
Free To Be You and Me - Arista Records
"When I was

6. Jim Landry - Do What You Can
Life is Good - ISG Records www.
"Its important to look for what people are able to do, and once you find it appreciate it"

 While the rest of the world was getting faster and faster, and other  good children's programs such as Sesame Street aped the rapid-fire style of commercial  television, Rogers stuck to his  formula of a soft voice, a constant smile and a cast of embarrassingly  low-tech puppets.

7.   Lui Collins - Things To Do
Leaving Fort Knox - Molly Gamblin Music

 "I Loved drama, music, puppetry, and I liked Television, philosophy and religion.
All could be used in the service of children and family that's when i knew who I was."

8. Nancy Tucker (Mankita) Why I'm Here in this World
Treasures From the Attic -

" We need desperately, I feel, a noncommercial alternative to what  commercialism is trying to do  to us. I'm not for censorship, but I'm certainly for self-censorship  when it comes to producing  or purveying products to America's children. I think that for people  who make anything for children,  their first thought should be: Would I want my child to see, hear or  touch this? And if the answer  is no, just don't make it."  ("Mister") Fred Rogers

9.  Kat Eggleston - On My TV
Second Nature - Waterbug

10. Limelighters - (Stains) Place in the Choir
Until We Get It Right - Cresendo

 " As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare
 and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else
 has-or ever will have-something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to
 encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its
 expression. "  - Fred Rogers

11. David Roth - Sister Helen's List
Irreconcilable Similarities - Wind River

 ``We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's  easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' then there are those who see the need and respond.  I consider those people my heroes.'' - Fred Rogers

 12. Chuck Brodsky - Radio
 Radio - Red House

Fred's grandfather, made a point of saying how time spent with him was special. "I'm so glad that you've come. You've made this day a special day, just you being yourself is what matters to me"

13. Kate MacLeod - Talkin' About Good News
Constant Emotion - Waterbug

14. Carol Elliott - The People I Meet
The People I Meet - Heartsong Records

16. Fred Rogers -  singing
"It's such a good feeling you know, that we're friends"

17. Susan Graham White - Just Like You
Sounding Land -

He died Thursday. When I heard the news, it was followed by an old interview, and one sentence of his struck me:
"How do we make goodness attractive?"  When you look at the cover choices for newspapers we are reminded that  tragedy sells, I paused and thought "How do we make goodness attractive?"

Continuing on Folk Plus without Fred Roger's voice, today on Folk Plus I want  to honor, role model behaviour and goodness.

18. Roches - Anyway
Zero Church - Red House

19. Laurie McCalin - (Wolf) Give yourself to love
Trumpet Vine -

19. Michael McNevin - Mr. Mayes
Sketch -

20. Joe Jencks - On Belay
I Hear Your Voice -

21. John McCutcheon - One in a Million
Greatest Story Never Told - Red House
honoring unconditional love of a mom

22. Kevin Briody - At the End of the Day
Familiar -
honoring unconditional love of a dad

23. Terri Hendrix - The Ring
The Ring -
honoring love of a man for a woman

24. Amy Grant & John Hiatt - Thank Someone
Free To Be...A Family - A & M Records

25. Darryl Purpose - Mr. Schwinn
Travelers' Code - Tangible Records

26. Rose Vaughan Trio - Sally's Song
Sweet Tarragon - WildRose Records

27. Mae Robertson - (Campbell) Lanterns on the Levee
Smile - Lyric Partner

28. Garnet Rogers - All That Is
Sparrow's Wing -

29. Laurie McClain - Give Yourself to Love
The Trumpet Vine -

30. Rodney Crowell - I Know Love is All I Need
The Houston Kid - Sugar Hill Records

 "Dear Neighbors,  Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your Who Reads What project.  I'm honored to be a part of this project. It seems like a wonderful way to encourage reading in  your community, and we're always glad to help librarians. The librarian in my hometown was very  much a part of my growing up.  Her love of books and reading was contagious, and I know how important  librarians can be for children and for adults.  As my choice for your booklet, I would offer The Little Prince by  Antoine de St. Exupery.  One of my favorite quotes is in that book, and it's framed on my office wall: 'What is essential is  invisible to the eye.'    Sincerely,  Fred Rogers

Gilbert Becaud - Le Petite Prince est revenue
L'important c'est la rose - Capital Canada

great page for  parents on many topics.
Fairy tales and literature, assembled by Mr. Rogers.


Other quotes:

 "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from learning.  But for children play is serious learning.
 Play is really the work of childhood." ~ Fred Rogers-(Mr. Rogers)

" All children need to see that the adults in their lives can feel angry
 and still not hurt themselves  or anyone else."

 ``You know, you don't have to look like everybody else to be
 acceptable and to feel acceptable.''

"the whole wide world seems so very very wrong, what do you do
stop when you've planned a thing that's wrong, do something else instead."
i can stop when i want to, when i wish scary to feel out of control

That's probably one reason why so many young children are attracted to stories about heroes and villains. Those figures may often represent a "good" inside force which can win out over a "bad" inside force. Young children, with their shaky controls, cannot always be sure what the outcome of the good-bad struggle inside them will be, and it may reassure them to find the "good guy" winning time and time again.

Offering as many creative and constructive outlets as possible is an important way parents can help their children learn to cope with anger. Of course, the ways we ourselves express our anger will influence our children the most. That, as well as our reactions to depictions of anger in stories or television.
Anger is a difficult feeling for most people - painful to feel and hard to express. It can help us and our children to remind ourselves that having angry feelings is a part of being human, whether we like it or not. It's simply a fact that lovable people get angry sometimes. We can't expect our children never to be angry, any more than we can ask that of ourselves, but we can help them find healthy ways for them to deal with the mad that they feel... and help them know the good feeling that comes with self-control.

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