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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Photography How-To: Shooting In The Dark

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Hey, I was looking through my facebook pics the other day looking for a supporting photo for a post planned for Sunday, when I became aware that I take a lot of pictures at night.  You may have heard that the worst time of day to take a picture is “high noon.”  This is because …

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Guy Stuff

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We all know that I was raised by women, so I get excited when I get the chance to do guy stuff. Or, in this case, watch guys who do guy stuff. Maybe I’ll learn something, right?

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Helping Your Child With Autism Succeed In School

At the heart of autism is an expressive/receptive language disorder. Stereotypically, kids with autism have trouble expressing themselves, and trouble receiving the information given to them by others. This leads to kids who often feel anxious in new situations, and have trouble making friends. Here’s how you can help:

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“Under The Black Ensign” Review and Giveaway!

With today being International Talk Like A Pirate Day, what better time to review Under The Black Ensign by L. Ron Hubbard. And, I’ve been authorized to give away two copies!  Written in the 1930s as part of Hubbard’s ‘Stories from the Golden Age’ series, Under The Black Ensign is a fantastic book about pirates, …

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How This Autism Dad Stays Married

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I read a list (blog readers love lists) of the six ways Laura Shumaker of www.laurashumaker.com claims to have stayed married to her husband for 29 years, while simultaneously being parents of a child with autism.  Her post was titled, “How This Autism Mom Stays Married.” It’s not a bad list, but it got me thinking.  My …

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Only One Week Left Until Dr. Sleep!

I’ve written before of my love of books.  I’ve mentioned my gateway novel (Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King) into adult literature.  Being able to read King novels is what, in my mind, constituted having made it to the Big Show.  Once I had gotten through Eyes, Mom let me read anything I wanted.  …

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Congratulations Piano Wizard!

A week ago, I put out a plea to Big Calf Guy Nation to help fund a pretty amazing app that would help kids (or anyone else, really) learn to play piano.  You really came through.  Thank you so much!  When I posted my call-to-arms, Piano Wizard was nearly $4,000 short of reaching it’s $20,000 …

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Skinny Jeans, Really?

I don’t usually shop for myself.  When I get a few bucks, I’d rather spend it on my kids.  As a result, my meager wardrobe rotation gets pretty threadbare before I finally break down and try to replace something.  Thank God for ‘Jeans Day Fridays’ at work, because I was down to four workable pairs …

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Mom’s Angry Letter Backfires

First, a little back story. Do you remember the letter, featured on Yahoo back on Aug 19th about the anonymous “pissed off mother” who had left the angry letter on Max Begley’s grandmother’s door?  Max has autism, and stays with his grandmother during the day in the summer. 

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Autism Parents And Schools – On The Same Team

This may well have been titled – “Partnering With Schools.” Now that school’s back in session, many Autism Parents (the term I’ll use) are again turning their thoughts towards those semi-annual nightmares – IEPs. IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan.  This is the special doctrine or mandate that outlines in writing the expectations that parents, …

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Gabriel Joseph

I brag a lot about how awesome my kids are, and frankly, it’s because they are.  Let me shed a little light on this guy right here.  He’s my little man.  My Gabe.

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