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By Judy Blake on 2/24/2013 3:34 PM
I think Ryan has been pulling his hair out for several months now.  I don't recall exactly but it's been about that long.  Some would say that I should constantly remind him not to do this.  Others would say don't call attention to him doing it.  What is the right answer?  I'll never know.
By Judy Blake on 2/20/2013 5:28 AM
Ryan attends a wonderful public high school.  A terrific principal and dedicated teachers - they all work hard to help Ryan succeed.  Unfortunately, the school is very large with almost 3800 students.  I've said before that I truly wish I could have sent him to a smaller private school but that was not in the cards.
By Judy Blake on 2/16/2013 8:14 AM
As I posted earlier, Ryan will be taking the SAT for the first time.  When I helped him sign up, I had the option of receiving e-mails with the SAT question of the day so that I could help him prepare.  Ryan is bright in many ways but on tests like these, it is not his strong suit.  His PSAT score was not great and I anticipate the SAT score will be the same.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not selling Ryan short.  But the higher level thinking skills needed for this test are difficult for Ryan.
By Judy Blake on 2/12/2013 8:03 PM
Like in any city, the weather is unpredictable.  For most of us, we manage and just deal with heavy rain, snow or icy roads.  Living in Houston, I don't have to worry about snow or ice but the rainfall can be problematic for Ryan.
By Judy Blake on 2/11/2013 8:13 AM
Our apartment complex has 2-3 activities a month for the residents.  It's a wonderful time to see our neighbors and another chance for Ryan to do something out of the apartment.  This night it was "Burgers and Bingo"!  He was very excited because the last time we played, I won a gift card to a restaurant he likes.  The chance to win another gift card was very appealing to Ryan.
By Judy Blake on 2/7/2013 9:12 AM
Three speaking engagements this past week - completely different age groups.  The first  were 5th and 6th graders, the second were 7th graders and the last group were 10th-11th graders.  All very different yet all so insightful in their own way. 
By Judy Blake on 2/4/2013 12:10 PM
Last year, Ryan took the PSAT.  His score wasn't anything to write home about and I wasn't surprised.  Now that it's time for the SAT, I expect his score to be similar or even lower.  Ryan is very bright in some subjects like math.  History is a strength if he has to recall historical facts.  English is a tough one because he has trouble understanding some of the characters and the story line.  Forget creative writing, he missed the creative genes in that department.  It's important that he take the test because he will probably attend a local community college.
By Judy Blake on 1/30/2013 6:07 PM

What would I do if I were President Roosevelt?

Ryan is mainstreamed for History.  His teacher is so understanding and has even had me speak to his classes about hidden special needs. 

His latest assignment was to pretend that you were Roosevelt during the depression.  The student is to rename the programs that were enacted and to compare the President's beliefs to those of John Maynard Keynes, a respected British economist. 

By Judy Blake on 1/23/2013 4:02 PM
Part of me is so happy to write about this and part of me is very sad.  As many Houstonians know by now, a fabulous waiter at a local restaurant is being hailed as a hero.  And he is a hero!  Working at Laurenzo's restaurant, he was waiting on a couple of tables.  Both sets of customers were regulars and one of the tables had a special needs child with Down's Syndrome.  
By Judy Blake on 1/20/2013 7:41 PM
Sandy Hook.  Two words that I will never forget and our country won’t either.  It took me weeks before I could even blog about what happened in Connecticut.  Like everyone else, I was devastated by the news that so many innocent people had perished.  I didn’t know it at the time but one of my son’s friends moved to Newtown several years ago.  A friend of mine talked to them when the tragedy happened and they couldn’t even speak because they were so distraught.  They live one mile from the school and knew some of the children that had died.  I can’t even imagine the nightmare these families and the community are feeling.  Heartbreaking, tragic, crushing – the list of adjectives is endless as to how we all feel about the shootings.
What a great summer!
Many thanks to Outback Steakhouse!!!!!
There are those moments in life.....
Another field trip made possible....
The chicken sandwich tragedy....
Name that teacher.....
How empathetic would you be?
Going home already?
Not bashful this time - make yourself at home....
Adopting??? What do you mean???
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