Monday, September 22, 2014

Tap into this Book

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Two Weeks Until Flutie 5K!

Two weeks from today I'll be running the Flutie 5k. I run for a couple of reason's: 

  1. To support what the Flutie Foundation does for families who are caring for someone with Autism. 
  2. For my son 5 year old son Samuel who was diagnosed with Autism. Please help me support the Flutie Foundation and to also bring awareness of Autism. 
P.S. I forgot to add that I'm donating an extra dollar for each mile I run in September my current total to day is 29.6 miles which makes it. $29.60 so far!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Update:Flutie Foundation 5k

Update: For those that don't know I'm running the Flutie 5k on October 5, 2014. I'm donating a addition $1 per mile I run in September. My total as of today is 20.6 miles which equals $20.60. I run also for my soon-to-be 6 year old son Samuel (pictured above)who was diagnosed with Autism over two years ago. Please help me support the Flutie Foundation which helps those families coping with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Visit my page on the event website and register or donate today. A special "Thank you" to those that have donated already. It really means a lot.

Books: Word For Word by Andy Rooney

Word for WordWord for Word by Andrew A. Rooney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've long enjoyed Andy's writing style. His amazing ability to sometimes the simplest thoughts or ideas and just talk about them in such an entertaining manner. Sometimes just wishful thinking or serious deep thoughts. He's rarely full of himself but in fact self depreciating at times. He's aware of who he is and doesn't brag or apologize for being himself. I wish I had his ability and patience to write stuff down and make others want to read it.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Bad Animals: A Father's Accidental Education in Autism by Joel Yanofsky

Bad Animals: A Father's Accidental Education in AutismBad Animals: A Father's Accidental Education in Autism by Joel Yanofsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Audiobook)An interesting memoir about parents of a son with Autism. The author is good at whining and a lot of self pity. He is amusing at times and does shed some light on what it's like to have a son with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nobody's Fool - Book Review (and movie)

Nobody's FoolNobody's Fool by Richard Russo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I originally became aware of this story from it's movie adaptation. The movie starred Paul Newman as the main character , Donald "Sully" Sullivan. Also had Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith.

Sully is a blue collar construction worker that everyone loves and hates but seems to make some poor decisions. Kind of like the small upstate New York town who if it wasn't for bad luck they wouldn't have any.

This story has a personal meaning for me though which also attracted me to it. Both my late Dad and I liked this movie a lot although for different reason's. It's sort of an example of how people have different perspectives on the same subject.

In my Dad's eye's this reminded him of his brother-in-law with the cast of townies and their quirky characters and small town hijinks. Knowing from my uncle's stories I can see why.

In contrast I saw my Dad as "Sully" on many accounts. Both had for years not had much with his own children. Was bitter and angry with his own father and both with good reason to be. Neither I believe ever really forgave them. Not to mention both were hampered by injuries to their legs that were eerily. This is part of the reason I tried to finish the book on this day which is his birthday.

For those who seen the movie first you should expect more in depth backgrounds on many characters. It certainly brings a deeper understanding of them. It also changes a few things around that are a bit surprising but doesn't change the story a whole lot.

In contrast those who haven't seen the movie should do so. Much of the books "fat' was trimmed and like I mentioned some of the story lines have been switched a little but the characters are much the same. Much of the dialogue is almost verbatim between the book and film of which much of it is priceless.

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Levitate teaches kids to surf in Marshfield

Wicked Local Staff Photo/Chris Bernstein

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Funnies - Legging Season Is Upon Us

Flutie 5k Update

Sam waiting for school bus on first day of Kindergarten.
Along with participating in the Walk/5k I'm pledging a dollar per mile I run in the month of September. 
Had a great run along the scenic Cape Cod Canal this morning. After today's run I am up to $10.30(I know I'm slacking,lol). My goal is 50 miles which equals $50. 
My 5 year old son, Samuel, was diagnosed with Autism 2 years ago. Please help me support the Flutie Foundation that helps families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. 
Visit my page on the event website and register or donate today. I thank all those that have chosen to either participate or donate already and I hope to see more of you do so.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Does This Apply To You?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Flutie Foundation 5k

For the month of September I'm adding a dollar per mile I run and I'll add it to my donation. Started today with two miles so that's a $2.00 start. I'm running because my son Sam, the smiling boy in picture above, has Autism and Flutie Foundation helps kids and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please help me support the Flutie Foundation. Visit my page on the event website and register or donate today.