November 2013 archive

Adventures In Facial Hair

It hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to live with an ever-growing caterpillar on my face for the past month. It’s been fun.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself. I didn’t quite meet my goal of $500 for the Movember effort – I came up short with only $150 raised.  It’s kind of disappointing, but hey – what …

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Review of the Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor with Voice-Guided Operation & Intelligent Hypertension Indicator

I received my Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor with Voice-Guided Operation & Intelligent Hypertension Indicator as payment for my review. I received this item from business2blogger.com.  The opinions expressed are entirely my own. The Ozeri BP5K is a neat little package.  I applied for the review job because I have a …

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Traditions – Gramp’s Stuffing

Tradition is an interesting thing. Sometimes we do things simply because we’ve always done them that way.  Sometimes we mock tradition and forge ahead trying blaze new trails simply for the sake of progress. I think tradition has its place, especially around the holidays. Kids need to understand and experience their family’s stories to feel …

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Week In Review / Crazy Monday

Holy Cow! Doesn’t time fly when you’re pulling your hair out! I swear, sometimes I think I’m in control of my life, and other times I feel like I’m hanging on for dear life.   The last few days have been more like the latter.  Case in point, it’s 8:30 and I’m just getting this post …

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A Letter To Weary Dads

Dear Weary Dads, I know where you are. I know where you’ve been. I know how you feel. I’m a weary Dad too. I’ve got more responsibility than time. I often feel like I’ve got a dozen plates spinning, and I can’t afford to let one drop. My plates are my kids, my wife, my …

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Autism Perks

Hey, We’ve been together too long for me to blow smoke up your skirt and tell you that everything about autism is sunshine and rainbows.  It’s not. Look around in the media; not a lot of up-side. What I’m thinking is that you, faithful reader, may not fully appreciate the hidden up-side of the disorder. …

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Jake’s Headphones

Santa’s hat. Captain America’s shield. George Burns’ cigar. Jake’s headphones. Some things just become a part of someone over the years. It’s hard to imagine that person without their signature item. For Jake, it’s a pair of Winchester shooting headphones. With autism, the amount of sensory information offered the body is often overwhelming. By this …

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The Internet Thinks I Have Autism

Have you heard the one about the comedian who used the internet to diagnose his elbow pain? It hurt on the outside of his elbow when he gripped. He did an exhaustive internet search, and discovered that it was one of two things: 1. tennis elbow; 2. cancer. Since he wasn’t much of an athlete, …

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BigCalfGuy Week In Review – 11/17/13

It was a VERY busy week here at BigCalfGuy.  I know I promised a new backdrop for this week’s vlog, but things got out of hand and before we knew it – it was Sunday night. I swear we’re going to have to start recapping the weeks before they end.  That, or I’m going to …

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BigCalfGuy Book Club Update – Only Two Weeks Left!

Hey there, There’s only two weeks left before we discuss Carly’s Voice! I’m not finished it yet myself, but let me tell you, it’s amazing!  It’s the story of Carly Fleischmann, a little girl with severe autism and profound behaviors. It’s not too late to pick up a copy of Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism …

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Words Have Power

Words have power; sometimes too much power. I agree that the pen is mightier than the sword. I understand that words make the world go ‘round. I get frustrated, however, that people like Jake live and die by the written words of others. Recently, Jake and I lost our fight against the state regarding Section …

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The Night I Became A Dad

“Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough” – Wilhelm Busch It all started with a pair of double lines on a pregnancy test. I was pacing in the kitchen of our Biddeford apartment, and Beth was sitting vigil with the test as it fermented? Aged? Culminated? She came out …

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