Monthly Archives: July 2011

Whose Goals Are These Anyway?

On Monday, one of Nate’s professors and her partner came over for dinner. The original intent was to show off Nate’s art and give a tour of his room, which we always present as a walk through Nate’s mind. His walls … Continue reading

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Voices Inside His Head

Years ago, Nate was so compulsive about The Simpsons DVD box sets that it distracted him from school and drove him to wild extremes. His frustration lead to tantrums and serious outbursts. After another day came and went without a release … Continue reading

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The Jumble

A new feature of our morning is Nate, concentrating at the kitchen table, working diligently on the daily Jumble. Nothing sums up Nate’s life better than a “word jumble,” mixed up letters waiting to be deciphered, sometimes easily, sometimes with great … Continue reading

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End of the Line Reflections

Today is Robbie’s Graduation/Goodbye Party. In less than three weeks, he’s off to Brazil for a year of Rotary Exchange and, unlike Nate, is well on his way to an independent life. It’s odd to go through oldest child changes with your … Continue reading

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My New Favorite Reader

I do worry when I write a post on Nate that I’m violating his privacy. I try to walk that line carefully, and I check in with him to gauge his reaction to a prospective piece if I sense he’d be … Continue reading

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The World According to…

A lot of people live in their own mind, in worlds they’ve created for their own comfort. George Bernard Shaw, not Robert Kennedy, said “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I … Continue reading

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The Name of This Post is Brothers

What does it mean to Robbie and Joey to have an older brother like Nate? I’ve tried over the years to get a handle on it, to try to understand what happens to younger siblings when their big brother provides little to … Continue reading

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