Jun 17 2016

Tomorrow We Climb

The bags are packed, the kid is as prepared (brainwashed) as I can think to make him, and we’re on the eve of adventure! Jake has even been rehearsing his lines, and giving me mine, for when we wake up tomorrow.  I’m going to go get him, and he’s going to say, “What’s the meaning …

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Jun 15 2016

A Shade of Vampire sucks! Read this instead.

I love a good book as much as the next guy, so when Beth asked me to read this book hailed as the next great thing since Harry Potter, how could I refuse? She wasn’t telling me because she’d read it, or even knew someone who has, just that she knows I love books and …

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Jun 15 2016

Oh Crap. Plan B!

Looks like I spoke too soon. I thought things had all been worked out that Jake would spend the night and following day with Meme while the rest of us climbed the mountain.  This wasn’t true.  Meme isn’t going to be around on Saturday. Find someone else! I can hear you saying.  Aha!  Were it …

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Jun 14 2016

Does anyone care about site design?

I’ve spent a lot of hours dowloading, previewing, and tinkering with various site themes, designs, and options.  I have a dozen+ widgets to make the user experience better. My latest evolution has been the Dyad theme, which I think gives the site a nice magazine look, with big pictures and an easy-on-the-eye appeal.   However, …

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Jun 14 2016

That’s Not Fair!

Sometimes you have to exclude your child with special needs from the fun events the rest of the family is going to enjoy.  You will feel very guilty.  It will be OK. Cerebrally, it will make sense to you, but your heart won’t forgive you.   I’d like to say that it gets easier with …

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Jun 13 2016

Not-So-Obvious Spectrum Diagnosis; A Mother’s Concern

Beth and I were approached by a parent this weekend with an excellent question, and a head-scratching situation.  She asked for our help, and agreed to let me share her story.  Author’s note: you can ask me a question without fear of publication 😉  Here’s a summary: This mom has a son who has been …

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Jun 12 2016

How can the weekend be over already?

What a blur! Friday night the Mrs and I loaded up the Buick and headed down to the Queen City for a little anniversary getaway.  A real hum-dinger.  We went to Walmart for a new microwave, and then grabbed some wings at Geaghan’s.  We were home by 10:00.  Apparently, we’re getting old. Saturday we were …

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Jun 11 2016

Electronics Use and Autism – Taking Questions from Wanda

What are the pros and cons of limiting electronics use, for example YouTube and Minecraft? asks Wanda.  She’s been getting conflicting advice from people who, she says, don’t deal with this issue. In our personal experience, electronics use has been a wonderful thing on many levels.  I’ll start with an explanation of those positives. YouTube …

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Jun 09 2016

Bethany Ann

Bethany Ann Lyons began her promise to be my spouse and soul mate, until such time that death parts us, 15 years ago today. It is a promise we re-make to each other on a daily basis.  We have been a couple since we were 15 years old, and after I turn 38 this weekend, it …

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Jun 08 2016

Bass and Books: taking questions from Dennis, Jan, and Shawn

Today, I am again answering questions posed from the readership. Dennis’ question is pretty straight forward.  It’s funny, however, that he thinks I have any ideas in this area:  Where are the bass post spawn? Dennis, a quick Google search tells me a few things:  Bass are fish They spawn This led to an Images search, …

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Jun 07 2016

Parenting Fail or Life Fail?

I didn’t want to post twice on the same day, but I was riding high from yesterday’s apparent win when we fell victim to today’s fail. I had to share. Jake and his classmates went on the 8th grade class trip today.  We had pre-planned, pre-taught, and even stopped at the ropes course place in …

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Jun 07 2016

More than one way to skin a boy?

Jacob has gone full on teenager.  He stinks, he’s got acne, his pits are hairy, and so is his face.  So much so that it’s starting to gross out Beth. We went through a tentative trimming a while ago to attack the line of lip fuzz he’s been sporting.  I got a useless little trimming tool to …

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