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Ethics Week

Somehow or another, probably because I've been a pastor and have a degree in "divinity", I've been assigned the chairperson's seat on the Ethics Committee of our county Hospice. It happened, and I was informed of it in May. Last Monday was the first meeting of the committee since.

There were a lot of new committee members. So the first order of business was bringing the non-initiated up to speed with various ethical frameworks. That took most of the hour.

On Tuesday my friend and mentor, Tonya Mork, gave a talk for the WPSessions webinar series for WordPress Developers. I attended. She did gre...

Jun 16, 2018

Countdown to Summer

I launched a new website this week. Sandstone Family Dentistry went live on Tuesday. The Potsdam Chamber of Commerce had also tentatively scheduled the launch of their new site last week, but the launch was contingent on having an intern who could continue to update it. The plans for the intern fell through, so the launch for that site is again delayed for at least another couple weeks.

Another project I've been working on (with a small team of others) over the past few months is nearing completion: The Beans Theme Framework for WordPress is getting close to a new release. I've written softwar...

Jun 09, 2018

May Days

The last 2 weeks of May had something either going on or about to. Track season came to an end. My parents came in from Ohio for the last meet of the season. We had a good visit. It was the first time my father had ever been to a track meet. Ever. So, that's why I can't remember him being at any track meets when I was in 8th grade. I'm sure my mother must have come to a few, but my recollection of it is not clear. We took pictures this time. So there will be photographic evidence of their being at Silas's meet, if anyone ever will have the time and patience to sift through the thousands of dig...

Jun 02, 2018


Silas, left, finishing the 100m dash We're nearing the end of the track season already. Grandma and Grandpa are coming up this week to see the last of them this Wednesday.

The kid came in 2nd in the 100m dash a week ago, Friday. Monday he came in 4th. This past Friday the coach switched him into the 200m. He's been the anchor for the 4x200m relay all season, where he made up for lost time in several races to bring the team into 2nd place finishes. I think she wanted him to have his own 200m time on the record books for next year in case he gets to the varsity team.

The kid has also started his new session of Taikwondo as a blue ...

May 19, 2018

Tempus Fugit

Last week we finally got to pull out the grill. We've had a couple days in the 60s and nighttime temperatures mostly in the 40s and 50s. It's come with a lot of rain, but we'll take it. Now that it's May, we're finally getting some April weather!

We had our first thunderstorm of the year on Friday, which cancelled the season's first track meet. We haven't had any word yet about it's being rescheduled. I suspect it will be a washout. (Ba-dum-bump!)

The previous week, school break week, we spent a couple days downstate in Old Chatham, NY visiting our old friend, Regina. Her son, Andy, was home a...

May 05, 2018


Today looks like it might finally be the first sign of spring here in the north country. It's also my mother's birthday. So, as one of the only readers -- and actually one of the intended readers -- of this blog: Happy Birthday, Mom!

It's been a week of electronics glitches here.

On Monday one of the cars had an electrical glitch -- which seems a few days later to have cleared itself up. But it got us thinking that it may be time to start looking for a new -- or at least new-to-us car.

Also on Monday, my computer started having a glitch that locked it up every time I tried to disconnect any of...

Apr 21, 2018

Farther Down the Track

It's been one of those weeks that seems like there's been a lot of activity but not much got done.

The kid posted a 7-minute mile at track practice on Monday. On Tuesday, during sprint practice, it was confirmed that the Kid is the fastest sprinter on the team. Granted, it's not a very large team, but he was pleased to feel like there is finally something he is the best at.

We had a parent meeting with the track coach on Friday. We were told that if he wears underarmor for a meet, depending on the referee, he may be asked to take it off. I'm not sure what underarmor is. When I ran track in 8th...

Apr 14, 2018

Hospice, Tires, Track Meets

I was up at 5 on Sunday morning, making a breakfast casserole for the church next door to serve at their Easter breakfast. A breakfast which, after the last time I ate there, I didn't attend.

This morning, I'll be at the St. Lawrence County Hospice's annual meeting and breakfast. It's at the Presbyterian church, and it's catered. I've been on the Hospice board of directors for a year now. My first term was 1 year, filling in for someone who had to quit. It's been a good year, so I'm staying on for another full 3-year term. I got involved with Hospice a few years ago when they contacted me abou...

Apr 07, 2018

Holy Week

It's Holy Week, for those of us in church land. It starts with Palm Sunday, then it's quiet for a few days. Thursday and Friday both involve special church services. Sunday is Easter. And April Fool's day: the weather report is calling for light snow, so the joke's on us.

On Monday, I changed the church sign for the occasion. The sign has changeable letters on both sides, so people can see the message from both directions. It took 2 tries. On the first attempt I switched two letters on one side so it read "EATSER WORSHIP". One of the church ladies pointed it out to Brooke. I got it right on th...

Mar 31, 2018

The Week of Dizzy

When I picked the kid up from school on Tuesday, he told me he had had "an incident".

"Oh? Had an incident?" I said.

In second period, during tech class, he had been standing in the classroom listening to instructions when all of a sudden he felt a little dizzy, and his hearing became muffled, and his vision got blurry. His friend took him to the nurse's office. On the way, he stopped at a drinking fountain. By the time they got to the nurse's office, the spell had passed, but he stayed there lying down on the cot for about 10 minutes before getting up and going back to class. He said he still...

Mar 24, 2018