Category Archive: Musings

May 03 2017

Special Olympics: Penobscot Track and Field

Today was, I suspect, the first of many Special Olympic appearances for Jake.  This path started for him back in August of ’16 when he watched with wide eyes the athletes of the world compete in Rio.  He asked his mother if he, too, could do that.  As we looked at each other across the …

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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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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 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 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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Jul 18 2016

Mike’s Kindness Lesson

The ASM’s Family Retreat Weekend could aptly be renamed The Weekend of the Perpetually Wet Towel.  The kids spend so much time in and out of the pool that the towels never fully dry.  The dorms have no dryers, so I take advantage of any and all opportunities to dry their stuff. The family had …

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Jul 15 2016

Autism Rock Wall College

Today we arrived at the Autism Society of Maine’s annual Family Retreat Weekend.  It’s been held at St. Joseph’s College for the past few years (4?), and it’s the highlight of Jake’s calendar.  Unable to fully recite the name of the event, he simply refers to it as Autism Rock Wall College. It’s a wonderfully …

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Jul 11 2016

Corny post

I had a couple of mini-post ideas, but they both sounded too corny to put out there.  I decided that hey, maybe I’m just getting soft as I get older.  Who knows? Firstly, I saw a teenage cyclist get hit by a car last Friday.  He was about Jake’s age.  He was crossing the street …

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Jul 01 2016

Princess photo experiment

I say princess because my little girl won the title of VBS Princess tonight!  She is so thrilled.  She memorized tons of verses, and was a generally great kid this week.  I love to see that kind of thing rewarded. Anyway, I found this image online a few weeks back and was really struck by …

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Jul 01 2016

What a week!

I realized this morning that I haven’t written anything of real importance in a while.  Sometimes that’s what happens.  It’s easy to blog about the big event, the life crisis, the incredible victory.  It’s harder to blog about the every day, the mundane, the routine.  But that’s the kind of week we had … Sort …

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