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Confessions of an (Unintentional) Co-sleeper

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
Hello, my name is Diana Dionne, and I co-sleep with my babies*. It isn’t something I planned to do, or even part of some “philosophy”. In those first bleary months of their lives, while I was awakened by an alarm every couple hours each night to ensure those tiny nuggets …
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And today? Today I just sat.

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 10:35 a.m.
It was a regular Wednesday in the third week of school. Slowly, but surely, we all got into our normal routine and in the rhythm of the ‘normal’ week. Husband went to work like usual, kids went to school, and their afterschool activities as piano, Robotics, soccer, cross country and …
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That Time I Stumped a Gallup Pollster

on Sept. 08, 2016, at 1:39 p.m.
I recently answered a call from someone conducting a poll for Gallup. After ignoring their first couple attempts at calling, I eventually picked up while walking the dogs, an activity that passes for my “free” time.  Anticipating simple “who will you vote for” questioning, I was surprised to find myself …
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The powerful role of play – let’s look at education from a different perspective.  

on Sept. 06, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
Have you seen photos of the Google offices on the Internet? Did you feel a pang of envy? Beanbags, scooters, pool tables, putting greens, bright bold colors, sometimes even a slide. If you didn’t know any better, you probably thought you were looking at pictures of an upscale preschool. I …
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Back to school, but not back to boring

on Sept. 01, 2016, at 3:46 p.m.
Just because it’s time to go back to school, that doesn’t mean the adventures are over. I just need to expand my thinking.
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The DeLorme gazetteer taught me everything I know about Maine

on Aug. 30, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
The news that Garmin will continue to make the DeLorme gazetteer that defined my childhood was a great relief. Now I just need to take my kids driving.
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Line drying laundry as an easy way to reflect

on Aug. 30, 2016, at 7:38 a.m.
I pride myself in being ‘earth conscious’: having solar panels, and energy efficient appliances, doing composting and recycling, and during the summer I line-dry most of my laundry. There is something deeply satisfying about doing laundry that way: I plan it in the morning, so the laundry has all day …
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Top ten hopes for the new school year

on Aug. 28, 2016, at 8:35 p.m.
Twas the night before school starts, when all through the house not a creature was stirring… Heck, who am I kidding.  Everyone is still stirring.  There’s an air of excitement, despair, hope, and sadness.  No one is really ready for the summer to end.  Summer brings about more carefree days …
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Snap back to reality

on Aug. 28, 2016, at 9:41 a.m.
Oh! There goes gravity. Basically how I’m feeling right now. As I sit here on an overcast Sunday morning after my first full week back to work, watching Paw Patrol for the 753rd time, I’m trying to find my get up and go. But I can’t. I have a to …
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What is inclusion and why does it matter?

on Aug. 25, 2016, at 8:47 a.m.
Inclusion. It’s a word that is stressed by parents of special needs often. It’s simple. Inclusion is the act of including. Inclusion means feeling part of something larger than yourself and feeling like you belong. It’s a feeling, we all take for granted, but if we never had that sense of belonging, it would make a seriously detrimental impact on our lives.
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The Pants Policy (and other house rules)

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
In the spirit of summer, my boys have spent some time chilling in just their diapers. Then one day, things took an unfortunate (and messy) turn. Having been put to bed in just a diaper, at some point in the night, Abel realized the freedom that comes with the ability …
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To my friends in the North Woods: please don’t worry

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 12:43 p.m.
I haven’t written about the now-happening North Woods national monument before, which is perhaps odd for a Maine outdoors blogger. My excuse is that it was such a hot topic and I could see the arguments of both sides so clearly that I just sort of stood on the issue …
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5 Things I learned to love about Maine

on Aug. 21, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
If you are on vacation in Maine right now, there is a chance you have at least once exclaimed: “Oh, I wish I could live here!” followed by a quick “In the summer, of course, definitely not the winter.” When I first visited Maine (in July) I fell in love …
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Reporting on the Olympics: a game on its own?

on Aug. 14, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
This year the number of female athletes for Team USA competing in the Olympics outnumber the guys. That’s great news for women who have been advocating for equal rights in the sports world. However, even in 2016, it seems to me that we are far from equal rights and equal …
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Eyewitness to his story, or the whirled according to Trump

on Aug. 14, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
They say history is written by the victors, so apparently the polls are dead wrong and DJ Trump is a cinch to win the election. I say this because he and his spokespeople have been rewriting history throughout his campaign, saying Trump was always against the Iraq war; President Obama’s …
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Getting out of (not out in) nature

on Aug. 07, 2016, at 1:40 p.m.
Any mention of a “big tent” herein is not intended to be political in nature.
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Happiness in the shape of sleek rectangle box

on Aug. 05, 2016, at 7:18 a.m.
Last week I bought an iPhone. My first. I know, I am a bit behind. I wanted an iPhone so badly, but just never could justify the use. At first, we lived in a neighborhood where there was barely a cellphone signal. I wasn’t working and the few times that …
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“Hookable” Moments

on Aug. 04, 2016, at 12:12 p.m.
Don’t worry; this is still a family blog. I’m referring to a technique that my husband taught me to help you remember those fleeting thoughts…the ones that often get lost when your attention is pulled elsewhere, a phenomenon that is all too common when your primary occupation is Toddler Wrangler. …
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When It Clicks and Abstract Ideas Become Concrete

on Aug. 03, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
Most children on the spectrum, learn best by really repetitive teaching like ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis).  Brian responds well to this and has learned many things over the years, that some professionals tried to say he’d never learn. However, sometimes children on the spectrum have a really hard time generalizing …
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What do you do on a rainy day in Bar Harbor?

on Aug. 02, 2016, at 9:44 p.m.
You’ve come all the way to Bar Harbor and Acadia, and it rained. What can you do on a rainy day in Bar Harbor? I’ve four things to keep everyone busy.