September 2013 archive

Can You Keep A Secret?

I’m not supposed to be writing this. I worked all day yesterday at the nursing home where I moonlight on weekends, then spent the next several hours on the computer writing a post, reviewing a book and putting together a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Oh, and I completed the Clinical Performance Instrument to grade my PTA student, …

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“On Blazing Wings” (#Review and #Giveaway!)

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L. Ron Hubbard, New York Times bestselling author, does it again in this action-packed adventure! And I’m giving away two more books! “On Blazing Wings” tells the story of two men – David Duane, ace fighter pilot gun-for-hire, and David Duane, sensitive poet and artist.  Fighting with the Democratic People’s Government of Finland, simply because …

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Unexpected Intelligence

This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, but guess what?  People are different.  People think differently.   People have different strengths. When I went to University of New England, all of the incoming Freshmen took a battery of tests in order to determine our individual learning styles.  This way, we could be aware of what …

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Gulf Hagas

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I had a rare half-day off today, and decided to take advantage of this beautiful fall weather we’ve been having.  Looks like fall, feels like late July.  We loaded up the van (an understatement), and headed over to the Katahdin Iron Works – specifically, Gulf Hagas. What an ordeal!  I don’t even remember what it …

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Jake’s Pumpkin (with video)

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The other day, the family all loaded into the Dodge Grocery-getter and headed on down to the North Chester Apple Orchard And Place To Buy Pumpkins. It’s an annual tradition.  We told the kids that they could paint their pumpkins for now, because it’s not yet cold enough to support carved ones outside.  They’d be …

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Brown Chicken?

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As any parent knows, sometimes you have to think outside the box to get your kids to do just what you want them to do. Not lie, per say, maybe just bend the truth. This is one of those stories.

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The Pasta Shoppe (Review and Giveaway!)

Who knew fun shaped pasta could be so … well … fun? The good people of The Pasta Shoppe sent me a big sampler package of their wares to review.  Look at all the fun stuff! There was a big package of Spinach Basil Garlic Angel Hair nests.  Each nest is 100 calories.  There was …

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The Shoulders of Giants

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“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” -Sir Isaac Newton
Though often incorrectly credited to Sir Newton, the point of this quote is that together, more can be done than by working alone.

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Retarded?

Not anymore, it isn’t. No longer is “mental retardation” considered a medical diagnosis.

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Autism Billboards

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To advertise or not to advertise?  Isn’t that really the question? There are lots of different autism t-shirts out there.  Some pro, some con.  I think the one thing we can all agree on is that we LOVE OUR “fill-in-the-blank” WITH AUTISM.  Many people are eager to wear their affiliations with the disorder, literally, on …

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Finally, Five Extra Minutes

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I’ve come to the conclusion that I either need a bigger backpack, a smaller camera, or to hit the snooze button one less time.

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Tragedy Strikes Jake

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This is a tale that’s not easy to tell. It’s a tale of heartache, frustration, anger, and fear. It’s also a tale about awareness, love, and understanding. This is the story of when Jake got hurt at the hands of another child. Initially, we were hoping that maybe we could help impart a lesson from …

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