I have a theory: using young, local referees without excessive training and regular auditing is going to ruin youth sports. I’ve seen many examples of it, but what happened today really cemented it clearly for me. This morning I took my son to Keene, New Hampshire to play their ~10-year-old “squirt B” hockey team. My [...]
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We live in the Wedgewood subdivision of Durham, a.k.a. ‘Tree-mageddon’ during this last storm. It’s 12:01pm on Tuesday, March 2nd, and we still don’t have power restored. We’re doing OK, we’re on a generator, and thankfully the temperatures have been above freezing so there hasn’t been much concern for us. The problem is, we’re used [...]
Lisa and the kids carved up some killer pumpkins the other night!
Sunday the kids and I started the day building and flying all sorts of paper airplanes, then went to a community Halloween-ish event in the afternoon. After that, we came home to watch both the Patriots and the Red Sox confirm our New England pride.
Yesterday, we took the family to a local fair to enjoy the sights, sounds, rides, and food that go along with it. My wife, Lisa, a vegetarian, took great interest in the fresh veggie wraps at one of the food stands. While we were there, Amanda Dumond, a reporter from the local paper, was doing [...]
This year we figured we’d have a bit more personal involvement, and have offered to tap a tree in our yard and donate the sap to the cause. There’s something very warming about standing outside on a cold, late-winter day, tapping a tree and knowing that — after a lot of boiling (thankfully not here at our house!)
In addition to being excited about all that lies before us (including the simple idea of spending a much-needed week together!), I’m a bit anxious…. I’m just a little fearful that I might get the DTs and start shaking every time I walk past a web-enabled machine on the boat!See you on the flip side…
While watching the fireworks this past weekend in Portsmouth, NH, my son and I really enjoyed the view with the fireworks as the backdrop to the waving American flag. Couldn’t help but share.
The explanation he gave us was even more shocking: from us. When pressed to explain, he reminded us of our recent trip to the Polar Caves here in New Hampshire…. This was the first time we had explained slavery to the kids (yep, right there in the cave), and obviously it was a concept they had trouble grasping (thank goodness!).Apparently, my son had confused things and thought that the smugglers and slaves were the same people…
My friend, Ron Marks, posted a great note in his blog that really highlights the fact that, as a society, we’re way too over protective and litigious than we used to be (and yes, obviously the two go hand-in-hand)…. protect them TOO much, though, and I truly believe you actually wind up *hurting* them, and in a very big way.