Try It, You’ll Like It

Disclaimer:  For dinner last night, I roasted some split breasts of chicken, and served them with fresh tomatoes, white rice and cut green beans. Tonight, however, is a different story.  It’s a typical Wednesday when the kids are pulled in a bunch of directions, and everyone’s scrambling to get homework done before taking off again …

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Blogger Problems

“He who knows, and knows he knows, is wise; follow him.” My good buddy Will used this as his yearbook quote.  It’s good advice.  I’m just getting to the point in website authorship where I have an idea of the things I don’t know.  It’s somehow a scarier place to be than when I started …

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Introducing the BigCalfGuy Book Club!

Who doesn’t love a good book? I ALWAYS have at least a couple I’m dragging around; and that got me to thinking.  Why not start a book club? Behold! The BigCalfGuy Book Club! Here’s how it will work:  Every month, we’ll select a book, preferably in the genre of autism, autism awareness, special education, tolerance, …

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This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

As you no doubt have heard, Disney has been forced to change their policy regarding Guest Assistance Cards, or GACs.  The GAC is a magical thing that is offered to parties of up to six guests, providing someone in your party needs special accommodation.  Today, October 8th, will be the program’s last day the policy …

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We Have Winners!

WooHoo!  We have winners! Thanks to Rafflecopter.com and the folks at Random.org, we at BigCalfGuy are pleased to announce the winners of two giveaways! The winners of Under The Black Ensign are Michael S. and Shree K.  They will each receive a free copy of a great book! The winner of the Pasta Shoppe giveaway …

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BigCalfGuy, Sibshop Facilitator!

If any of you know me at all, you won’t be surprised to hear that Beth is the uber-organized one, and I’m more the ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ one in the relationship.  It should further not surprise you to find out that I was sitting in a Portland conference room, getting ready …

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Goliath: 1; David: 0

I get it.  Nobody has any money.  What money there is needs to be spent wisely.  I get it; I do. It just sucks to be on the small end of this balance.  Whenever cuts need to be made, its the elderly, the school children, special ed, retired and/or disabled veterans who take the brunt. …

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Gabe SMASH!

We had this 20 year old tube TV go on the fritz.  It needed to be thrown away, but that’s boring.  I figured it would be way more fun to smash it.  Problem is, the timing was never right, and it sat in the corner of my mudroom until today.  I swung by our local …

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Six Things To Consider When Creating A Sensory-Friendly Classroom

In our last discussion, we started talking about how sensory processing and dysfunction can ruin a kid’s day, and inhibit their ability to be successful in school (and life). There are lots of different ways to set up your classroom that will improve your students’ ability to feel safe, which will also increase their participation …

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The Hardest Question

It always starts something like this: Me: “Three kids; 7, 9, 11.  A boy on either end with a girl in the middle.” Everyone else, ever: “Three kids?!  I bet they keep you busy (or some variation).” Me: “Especially since my eldest is also kind of my youngest – he has autism.” Everyone else, ever: …

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Confession

I had asked my nephew Drake for some ideas on what he’d like to see covered at BigCalfGuy.  He wanted to know how I find the time to do all the things I do, and I admit to doing a lot.  That got me thinking.  Time management and multi-tasking is fun, but nobody cares to …

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Hardened Criminal

Subtitle: Perks of a small town Here’s the setup: I moonlight in Bangor most weekends.  I stopped into a local gas station to fuel up, but only get enough gas to comfortably get to Bangor.  I was planning on taking advantage of Sam’s Club’s low low fuel prices.  I got 15 bucks worth (twice what …

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