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Mark and the Big Bad Bird

Mark and the Big Bad Bird by Mark Lyons Image by gabicuz from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism)             “If I put on my gray hoodie, put up the hood, duck down real low, and run as fast as I can, I think I can make it to the mailbox,” whispers Mark as he peers cautiously through the peephole in his front door. He backs away from the peephole and makes a few notations on a yellow legal pad.             After a few more minutes of contemplation, Mark adds more to his original assessment. “If I throw in some zig-zags and...

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What If?

What If? by Mark Lyons Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism)             “Hmm, should I have the cardboard bran cereal with 25 grams of fiber or my homemade granola wheat toast with the gluten free, tofu based, omega-3 fatty acid infused, flaxseed salmon spread? Oh, nuts, I’m just going to IHOP.”                         Oh, hi. My mind was wandering, I mean, I was just thinking. After forty-four years as an educator and now retired, I sometimes think about what my life could have been like if I had chosen a profession other than teaching. I loved my...

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The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Retired Teacher

The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Retired Teacher by Mark Lyons Image by Michael Jarmoluk from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism)             Being a retired teacher is not all it’s cracked up to be. I used to look forward to all the days off at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break. Summer was a big deal. Now, I’m off all the time.             People would call me Mr. Lyons and Sir. No matter how much I try, my wife will still only call me Mark, Honey, Sweetie, and Cutie Pie.             There were those special days when we could look forward...

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The Bipartisanship of Socks

The Bipartisanship of Socks by Mark Lyons Image by tookapic from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism)             It is the wish and dream of American elected officials from the Republican, Democrat, Independent, and any other political party to work together for the good of the American people. One thing all politicians agree on are socks. (Oh sure, there may be a few “free-from-all-apparel” free thinkers out there who might disagree, but for the most part, they all agree.)             Politicians of all parties have had a long and storied relationship with socks. Check out any painting of the signing of the...

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Socks and the Art of Love

Socks and the Art of Love by Mark Lyons Image by autumnsgoddess0 from Pixabay SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and the Father of Sammy (a Person with Autism)             You are so romantic! When people look up the word “romantic” in the dictionary, your face shows up.             Chocolates! (bought from the stuff left over from last year’s Valentine’s Day)             Candlelight! (actually 3 cans of sterno)             Soft music! (a mixed tape of heavy metal ballads from the 80s)             Flowers! (grabbed out of the dumpster behind your local drug store)             A movie! (an apocalyptic, vampire and zombie rom com)             A fabulous meal! (the finest money can buy...

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