I Really Don’t Know Why We Bother Leaving The House

Maybe we’re getting too old.  Maybe the kids are. I can’t find anything they want, and I certainly can’t find anything I want to get for them. I HATE Christmas shopping in stores I’m a good shopper.  I am better prepared to find my way around the Bangor Walmart in the dark than I am …

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Happy Golden Anniversary To Bob and Skip

Today, Harold Alton “Bob” Lyons Jr. and Paulette Ann “Skip” (McLaughlin) Lyons celebrate their 50th anniversary.  What a milestone! Their love has borne four daughters, who have given them eleven grandchildren,  and six great-grandchildren to date, with one on the way! Bob and Skip have been an inspiration to me in my marriage.  I was …

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A Dog Died During Liv’s and My Special Night

I couldn’t believe it.  The dog died.  I mean, I should have realized it was going to, I just didn’t see it coming until it was too late.  It was on-the-nose funny.  We were the only ones in the theater laughing.  This was a better reaction than I got the other day.  Remember this post? …

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Anybody Else Read The Books I’ve Read Lately?

I got into a kind of learn/personal development kick this summer, with a sprinkling of fiction in there to keep me sane. Problem is, I don’t know anyone else who’s read these books, so I have nobody to talk to. Here’s my list: NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Silberman …

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We Got The Basketball Schedule, And Now We’re Freaking Out

Jake continues to work hard towards his goal of being the game-saving, three pointer-shooting, super star of high school basketball. He’s working harder than ever on his game, he’s giving it everything he has nearly ever night in the gym, and he’s keeping his new basketball sneakers in his even newer duffel bag.  He’s ready. …

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I Taught Olivia The Number 1 Movie Rule, And She Hasn’t Forgiven Me

Olivia is thirteen, and wants to watch “older” movies.  She wants to be scared.  She wants to be nervous.  She wants to experience a wider emotional range than most little kid movies allow. The problem is, most of the “older” movies have such intense language that I won’t allow it.  It’s less the subject matter, …

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Putting In The Work With Captain Jamerica

Jake is next level excited about basketball tryouts.  He’s proud that he was the first kid to pass in his signed Extra and Co-Curricular Activities policy.  He’s been working on his skills in the driveway with his siblings.  He’s got his brand spanking new basketball sneakers safely in their box at the house.  And, he’s …

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Sitting Court Side

I can’t believe it’s been a week since I’ve posted. Life moves so quickly, and I don’t always get the time I want to sit and reflect. That happen to you, too? Well, here I sit on the bleachers getting ready to watch Gabriel play a basketball game. The second of what will seem like …

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Oops! Open Mouth, Insert Foot.

I wanted to share this tale, but it’s sensitive, so I have to be careful. I don’t want to embarrass or shame anyone. With any and every volatile interaction, there’s a chance to allow emotion to overrun and blur reflection. I like to take time to decompress and see if there’s anything I can learn. …

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Unpopular Opinion

There are some things we all agree on this time of year, right?  The shorter days suck, turning the furnace on hurts a little (in the wallet), and that winter is coming. But there are less obvious things that you probably don’t think of very often, like how Bit o Honey and Mary Janes should be …

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Jake’s Screen Brain

First, a little back story.  Then the video.   Jake has a very limited diet when it comes to “cold lunch.”  He only ever brings two things to school – macaroni and cheese, and chicken noodle soup.  He loves pizza, so we were thinking about another way to get him a pizza-esque experience, without the …

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Heroic Treasure Hunt

Okay, a bit of hyperbole in the title, but who doesn’t want to be a hero? It was the evening after the Medway Lady Huskies won their semi-final game, securing themselves a berth in the final.  The kids and I were home and my mother had gone back to Millinocket.  I got a phone call …

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