Category: Musings

Jake played 2 minutes in the 3rd, Wolverines lose anyway.

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Tell Your Friends1931    Wearing Wolverine green and white and in front of a home town crowd, Jake got his first taste of the hardwood tonight. He warmed up with the boys, and got to play with just over 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. The crowd cheered when he subbed in, and though he didn’t …

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Hanukkah is Cool

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Tell Your Friends22     Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn, and you will. Last year during our Christmas shopping, Beth kept mentioning how she finds a menorah beautiful.  So, I bought her one for Christmas with a pack of candles.  Like a ton of candles.  Little did I yet know. I …

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An Occasional Mishap

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Tell Your Friends13     I don’t mean to throw shade at the US Postal Service, but this is funny. I received a healthy portion of a piece of junk mail in an envelope from the USPS.  I didn’t think much of the envelope until I realized it was already open, and it contained a flyer that looked …

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What’s Your Favorite Failure?

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Tell Your Friends      What a weird question, right? We don’t often think of failures in positive terms like “favorite”. Yet successful people, or at least those with open mindsets, are quick to refer to failure as a chance to learn something. I was listening to a Tim Ferris hosted podcast based on his new book (which …

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The Good and The Bad: An Attempt at Thank You

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Tell Your Friends      When I posted my first post in July of 2013, the first of the 415 I’ve published since, I had no idea what I was doing.  Actually, most days I wonder if I’ve learned anything in the last four years. I’ve had an on and off relationship with this site.  Every time it …

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Annie: Sept 2012-Nov 2017

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Tell Your Friends      Things took a major turn for the worse with Annie overnight. I got a call this morning from Dr. Nesin at the Chester Animal Hospital.  Annie wasn’t getting better.  In fact, she was declining, and doing so rapidly.  Her liver was still in failure, and now her kidneys were, too.  Her white blood …

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Annie’s Saga Continues

Annie Golden Retriever and Gabe at Vet Office

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Tell Your Friends      We got home this morning around 6 a.m. Firstly, thank you to those who have reached out with support.  Here’s what we’ve been up to since my last post. Gabe and I went to visit Annie last night and see if she’d take some food for us.  We were hoping she’d be better …

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Man! If It’s Not One Thing, It’s A Sick Dog

golden retriever Annie

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Tell Your Friends      Things were going pretty smoothly for Thanksgiving week.  I should have known the other shoe was going to drop.  It always does, right? The company was great.  The turkey was perfect.  The Christmas shopping was going along swimmingly (online, of course).  The only hitch?  Annie wasn’t feeling well. It’d been 4-5 days since …

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Introducing MrsWhitehouse.com!

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Tell Your Friends      I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous before heading to Medway Middle School this morning.  I’ve never taught before.  Sure, I’ve given lectures to student groups and adult classes, and even family support groups, but never have I had to give the same lesson to four back-to-back classes. It was …

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Getting To Try Some New Things

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Tell Your Friends      I’ve been a blogger now for about 408 posts, and I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or two.  Maybe three.  No, more like two, who am I kidding?  But hey, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. This is Beth’s first year teaching writing at Medway Middle, and …

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

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Tell Your Friends      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 …

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Happy Golden Anniversary To Bob and Skip

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Tell Your Friends      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. …

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