Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-03-22

Special Day for Special Kids

My son has autism and by definition that makes me a special needs parent. Although we’re a relatively small community, it’s unfortunate that we’re also a somewhat rapidly growing community. So many parents, so many children – as well as so many adults – whose lives are defined by a different sense of normalcy.

It’s important to note too, however, that despite how we might feel sometimes, we’re not a forgotten group. There are programs, advocacy groups, non-profit organizations and a slew a wonderful volunteers who just want to help, to be there and do what they can to make our lives a little less demanding.

One such group – again, among many – is the Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-02-06

Spartan Sprint, Arizona style

Five times.

Five times I’ve gone online – on Facebook, Twitter and of course this blog – and proudly proclaimed myself a “Warrior”.

First I was just a warrior. Then there was the repeat. Next I conquered the battleground in Nebraska before eventually completing the Warrior Dash in Phoenix, Arizona.

Thus becoming a five-time back-to-back, multi-state, multi-time zoned warrior.

I won’t say I ran great nor was I even remotely in what anyone might define as being in “good shape”. But I did it and am proud of the title.

Then there was the Arizona Spartan Race.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-01-25

Dinner at Hooters

This past weekend the family and I went to Hooters for dinner. Kids eat free on Saturdays and when you’ve got 6-year old twins, well, that’s never a bad thing.

Now I know what some of you are thinking (and probably rolling your eyes while doing so): Well. You only go there because the girls are half-naked. Let me quote Chicago Blackhawks color analyst Eddie Olczyk by saying “Stop it right there.”

Granted, our waitress did go a long way in restoring my long wavering faith that Hooters could, in fact, hire attractive women. She did a fine job of showing off her flat midriff and certainly lived up to the perceived reputation of the restaurant. But truthfully, I really do like the wings.

This night, however, was not memorable because of the food.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2015-01-20

A Bad Day

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything about young Matt and as I look at recent blogs about his efforts to kick autism’s ass, I can see why: the kid continues to show improvement and that’s not really news anymore. I mean, there are only so many ways I can tell you that he’s doing great.

Matt on the playground

Matt insisted on holding hands out on the playground

As a matter of fact, he recently got in trouble at school for talking in class. Obviously that’s not what we want, but at the same time it is! He’s socializing more; engaging others. He’s been playing with the neighborhood kids, saying “HI” to everyone and is going out of his way to be part of a group. I was told that just today he, himself, tried to convince his aid that class was cancelled. It wasn’t, of course, but he deserves an A for effort.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2014-12-29

2014, we hardly knew ye

Comic strip about the future

The future – Mimi and Eunice – from

Over the weekend I was watching ABC News and saw that many of the anchors and pundits had recorded short, :15 second, teasers going into – and coming out of – commercial breaks. These clips opined what news stories, events or even people made a significant impact in 2014. They were small reminders of some of the biggest stories of the year.

One mentioned the NFL and the Ray Rice scandal; putting a big spotlight on domestic abuse in this country.

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