Jun 22 2016

Odds and Ends from a Tired Dad

Have you ever been so tired you can’t even write a blog post? Here’s some odds and ends that are rolling about in my melon.

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Jun 21 2016

Hormone Superhighway

Jake and I had to have a talk just the other day. He loves girls, especially blondes.  He thinks girls are a wonder of nature, which they are.  They are especially mysterious to 14 year old boys.  I’m 38, and I still haven’t begun to crack the code. He has what I would consider a typical biological …

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Jun 19 2016

Mom’s in Trouble!

On our way to pick up the kids yesterday morning at the mouth of Fire Road 16 (they spent the night with friends), we stopped into Dunkin Donuts.  I was in desperate need of a wicked big coffee! Clearly I have no idea what it takes to operate a Dunkin, but I think Corporate’s decision …

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Jun 18 2016

King of the World!

Today was an epic win!  I’m not sure who was more surprised that Jake completely nailed the mountain today, us or him. I woke him up at 4:30 a.m., and we both said our parts.  He was still in the process of waking up when he remembered his script, smirked, and delivered his line.  I …

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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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