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Measuring the Wall

Measuring the Wall by Mark Lyons Image by kalhh from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism). Visit us at www.sammysocksetc.com.             “Dum, dee-dum,” hums Mark as he extends a metal tape measure up one of the walls in his master bedroom.             “Uh, Honey?” asks Sally. “What are you doing?”             “Dee, dum-dee. Oh, hi!” replies Mark. “I’m measuring the wall.”             “Yes, I can see that,” says Sally. “Why?”             “For the rock-climbing wall,” responds Mark as he spreads the tape horizontally across the wall. “Dum, dee-dee-dum.”             “The what?” asks Sally.             “The rock-climbing wall I’m going to build,” says...

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The Clipboard

The Clipboard by Mark Lyons Image by BRRT from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism). Visit us at www.sammysocksetc.com.             “Today is the day I am going to get started on my To Do list for the home,” said Mark. He rolled out of bed at the unspeakably early hour of 9:30 am. “So, this is what it is like to get up with the chickens!”             “So many things kept me from getting to the list: COVID, the holidays, summer, TV, lunch, the Super Bowl, weekdays,” said Mark. “But now it’s painting, sawing, hammering, nailing, cleaning, mowing, cutting, and more mowing....

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The Clear Blue Sky

The Clear Blue Sky by Mark Lyons Image by jplenio from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism). Visit us at www.sammysocksetc.com.             I gaze at the clear blue sky, the brightness of the early morning sun streaking through the budded branches of the trees surrounding me. This is the same vast sky Galileo, Copernicus, Sagan, Kepler, Halley, Hubble, deGrasse Tyson, and all the other greats studied, searched, observed, and wondered over. They were all inspired by the same thing – What is out there beyond what we can see with the naked eye? Are we alone in the infinite confines of the...

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Mark and the Social Media

Mark and the Social Media by Mark Lyons Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism). Visit us at www.sammysocksetc.com.             “How do they do it?” mutters Mark as he hunches over a small cell phone screen. “I’ve got to get smaller thumbs. I wonder if Medicare pays for thumb reduction surgery. I think it’s now the second most requested procedure next to that, you know, looking younger one.”             Tap, tap, tap.             “Rats!”, yells Mark. “Blasted autocorrect! It’s not greasy socks! It’s great socks!”             Tap, tap, tap.             “Okay, got it,” sighs Mark. “Two hundred eighty...

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What Will Be!

What Will Be? by Mark Lyons Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism). Visit us at www.sammysocksetc.com.             What will be for Samuel? As parents of an autistic adult son, my wife and I always struggle with this.             Have we done right by Samuel? We second guess our decisions about and for him all the time. Should we have done this or that differently? It is a constant battle with what is best for his safety, his independence, and his emotional state.             Lots of people are ready and willing to offer advice. Many of these same...

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