Today would have been Fred Rogers' 90th birthday. That's a sentence that in and of itself isn't all that urgent or important, but there's a quiet revolution calmly flowing from underneath. His message of love and peace and learning has come around again, and it's doubly welcome in today's avalanche of awfulness.
To celebrate, Twitch is running a marathon of 90 of the most popular episodes from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on twitch.tv/misterrogers, followed by a run through all 886 episodes of the series running 24 hours a day starting today. I'm echoing it on my channel, if you are concerned about the possibility of questionable comments in the main feed's chat stream. There's nobody in that chat, for sure. ;) I've had it running in the background all day, and it's been a great accompaniment to the things I've been working on around the house.
My gang used to love the show, and not just because it was on right before Mighty Morphin' Mind-Suckers. It was fascinating to see how every day things were made. I'd forgotten how much I loved Picture Picture, too. I remember how the one about making toothpaste stopped a huge debate at my house.
So, happy birthday Mr. Rogers. And I hope thinking of him makes a lot of us think about the ways we deal with our world and our own neighborhoods.