Pushing From Behind (32 Month Update)

July 4, 2013 by  
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Pushing From Behind - 32 Month UpdateWhen raising kids, one quickly learns that there are no limits on what you are willing to do to keep your sanity.  Children are irrational creatures and dealing with them sometimes requires desperate measures.  Since the beginning of time, creative parents have found unique ways to sooth this irrationality. Read more

Big Record, Small Turntable (31 Month Update)

June 1, 2013 by  
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Big record, small turntable - 31 Month UpdateAs a kid, I remember being fascinated by my parents’ record player.  As an inquisitive child, I never did figure out how a record could spin around and produce music and voice from all the tiny little grooves.  There was something magical about sliding a record out of its sleeve, placing it on the turntable, and then having the freedom to physically move and place the needle wherever I wanted.

The average record player has three speed settings.  Every record is formatted to either 33 1/3, 45, or 78 rpm’s.  For it to sound right, the record must be played at the right speed.  If the wrong speed is chosen, the record sounds completely different.  Songs played too fast or slow are so different from the norm that they upset our human sense of order and balance. Read more

I Broke My Wife’s Hand (30 Month Update)

March 7, 2013 by  
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Broken Hand - 30 Month UpdateIf we stop and reflect on exactly how we are living, it becomes apparent that our life has evolved based on how we have conducted ourselves in the past.  The reality of today is generally a result of the choices of all our yesterdays.

On a typical day, we go about our business without worrying about all of the decisions, large and small, that have molded us into who we are.  If life is going well, most of our days fit into the category of “typical days.” Read more

The Wisdom of Santa Clause (29 Month Update)

February 16, 2013 by  
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Every child knows the rules of Christmas.  Behave well and Santa will bring presents.  As a child gets older, they begin to assess Santa’s generosity.  He is clearly a fair and generous man.  Therefore, the presents should be distributed evenly among the children according to the level of their behavior.

The only problem with “fairness” is that every child considers fairness in a different way.  Read more

A Day of Aphasia

August 4, 2012 by  
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The memories are fuzzy, but they are there.  Memories of a life of capability… one where talking and thinking came so easily.  Life may not have seemed easy at the time, but in retrospect those were good times.  It was a time where I felt like I understood my place in this world.  The days went by without thoughts of doubt, depression, or loss.

Following a traumatic brain injury, I sometimes wonder if those days will ever return. Read more

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