Jun 01 2016

ISO: BFF

When we were pre-teaching Jake for the favorites video I’m planning to make with the kids, I asked him who his best friend was.  “I don’t have any” was his response.  It had been lighthearted up to that point – favorite color, chicken or beef, Mario or Luigi.  This time he quickly answered and looked away, …

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Apr 27 2017

Canaan York: A Real Class Act

I was doing some beginner spring cleaning the other day, when I found a letter Olivia had written to family friend and author, Canaan York after he had visited her class.  It’s a sweet little letter.  It reads: “Dear Cannan, I REALLY love your books!  I want to be a author when I grow up …

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Apr 24 2017

The End of Jake’s YouTube Channel?

Jake’s in trouble. He’s violated YouTube Community Guidelines, and not for the first time.  He is posting unwanted and copywritten material in a pervasive and persistent manner to the popular site.  He’s pretty freaked.  We didn’t know for a couple of reasons.  1.  Who reads the fine print?  2.  Jake doesn’t check his email  3.  …

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Feb 11 2017

What a wild week!

It’s been a wild week.  We’re at the epicenter of the Super Storm that is basketball, cheering, pep band, and show choir.   All Star Rec Basketball and Pep Band are almost over, but Competition Cheering and Show Choir are ramping up for the upcoming regionals.  It leaves precious little free time.  Mix that in …

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Feb 06 2017

Rec Away Game

The day after the Super Bowl.   Everybody was up too late last night and apparently up too early this morning.   Everybody’s tired.  Everybody’s cranky.  Everybody had a Monday.   Here we sit on the sidelines at the Patten Rec Center, 30+ miles from home with zero chance of getting to bed early.   …

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Feb 05 2017

How to join Jake’s Team or simply make a donation.

If you want to join Jake’s Team and walk with us in the 14th annual ASM Walk for Autism, to be held on April 30th, here’s what you do.  p.s.  Please join us!  It’ll be fun!  Just click on the following link, which will take you to my personal FirstGiving page. BIGCALFGUY’S FIRSTGIVING PAGE This …

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Feb 04 2017

2017 ASM Walk for Autism: Jake’s Team

I remember the first time I became aware of the Autism Society of Maine.  Jake was 2, and had just been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  I, being shy, had talked about it with anyone who would listen, so naturally the whole hospital knew.  This was probably mid-March.  I got a call one day …

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Feb 03 2017

Ridiculous Boy

Quick story. Last night for dinner, I made one of those Facebook recipes.  Old Fashioned Goulash.  It was pretty good.  It may have been better if I could have found Goya Adobo seasoning at Hannaford, but alas, I could not. Knowing this Hungarian goodness would probably not be favorited by the boys, I cooked the rest …

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Feb 01 2017

Mary’s Birthday Logo Bloopers

Jake is a fan of slapstick.  He loves the unexpected.  If you ask him which direction is up, he’ll point down.  He finds that kind of thing to be the pinnacle of comedy. He also fancies himself to be quite the videographer.  He loves to film himself playing video games in the basement and post …

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Jan 30 2017

Creating a monster

Last August, as we sat gathered around the television watching the world’s finest athletes compete in Rio, Jake announced that he would one day like to be an Olympian.  Beth asked him what sport he would compete in.  He announced that he’d be a swimmer.  He is pretty fast in the water.   In real …

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Jan 22 2017

Killing Me Softly {Guest Post By Beth}

Ever hear the song ‘Killing Me Softly’?  I used to listen to the Fugees sing it over and over.  This is kind of how I feel when I read some of my husband’s blog posts.  I’m not sure if I can put into words how it feels to have your life put into words for …

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Jan 20 2017

My not-so-little drummer boy

The same child of mine who, for years, avoided a gymnasium like the plague, has become a social butterfly at the several-times-per-week high school games we now take part in.  You should see it.  It’s pretty remarkable.  It’s the loudest and most boisterous place in town on any given weeknight, but I think the fact …

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Jan 19 2017

Opposite of a diary

I guess the best way to begin is to thank my readers for the outpouring of support and love from yesterday’s post. BigCalfGuy is, for me, the opposite of a diary.  I don’t write things down to keep them secret from the world.  I honestly don’t do it to receive accolades and reassurances that I’m …

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