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Tag Archives: Family

Guest Post: Jon McGovern – Thanksgiving Memories

Hi Members This Month is November, and we have Thanksgiving! What are your fondest Memories of Thanksgiving as a Child?  My fondest memories of Thanksgiving are being around the family and friend, watching NFL football on TV.  It is not noisy on Thanksgiving, and you get to enjoy yourself.  Getting to have Thanksgiving with my older brother growing up & before he left to go in the service.  I miss spending Thanksgiving with him.   What is one thing you liked to eat at Thanksgiving? The…

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Guest Post – Stephanie Pelletier – Keep Pushing Forward

Stephanie Pelletier, a Self-Advocate, and current Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, lives in Fort Kent, Maine explained: If I had a chance to go to Washington D.C. and talk to Democrats and Republicans, I would say that we need to eliminate the Marriage Penalty because it hasn’t been updated for 50 years. People that are with Disabilities get married and they lose their SSI benefits or their Social Security money. They should care about it because what if they had kids with disabilities and…

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Guest Post: Rose Belanger – My Journey to Guardianship

My Journey to Guardianship by Rose Hi. I’m Rose. I am working on being my own guardianship. This is how and what I had to get my own guardianship. I started by talking to my guardians. I am glad that my guardians agree that I am ready. We then talked to a lawyer. We had to do some paperwork. The lawyer’s name is Lauren Wille. I also had to print out paperwork that Lauren emailed me. One of the papers I had to fill out…

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Spring – Guest Post from Jon McGovern

Spring. It’s nice and warm. It brings JOY to people’s faces. They get to wear their spring clothes like shorts and sandals. They don’t have to wear long denim jeans or long sleeve shirts. They think about being on the beach and having a tan. Hanging out with your friends or going on vacation. Maybe it’s seeing a friend that you have not seen in a long time, or crossing something off your bucket list. Is Spring your favorite season? How many times do you…

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Guest Post: Kile Pelletier – Connecting with Legislators.

Hi everyone, it’s Kile.  I am dropping by with a blog post. March has started off to be a good busy month for me. This past weekend we had the cam am dog sled races that we have very year in March. So, you would think why I write about that?  Well, our representative from the Maine legislature and on the federal level came to together to talk the community of Fort Kent.  So that means once again I went to work on our relationship…

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Winter from Jon McGovern

Hi my name is Jon McGovern I would like to tell you a story about Winter. When you were a little kid winter was all you could think of. The Hot Chocolate. The baking of Cookies. Playing in the snow. Having snow fights. Building a snow forts. Making Snow Angles. And Waiting for Santa to come. To see if Santa was real. Christmas was the happiest time of year as a little kid. Watching the Best Christmas Movies ever. Going out to see the decorations…

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Memories: Guest Post from Jon McGovern

Hi, my Name is Jon I’m going on vacation to Groton Connecticut to where I used to live. This will bring up old childhood memories. My Dad was in the U.S. Navy, and we lived in Connecticut from 1989-1992. I loved going to the Mystic Aquarium and loved checking out Groton CT and seeing Fort Griswold. In New London CT we would go to Michael’s Dairy, where we get ice cream. They made special flavors, and some of my favorites were pumpkin ice cream or…

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When Your Goal Takes a Detour; Guest Post

Today’s Guest Post is from Laurie Coldwell, Program Coordinator and Administrator. When your goal takes a detour. This week I am on vacation. I had great plans for this week. As many of you knew I had a goal. A goal a year in the making. Every time we talked about goals, and if it was realistic, I would always share the goal I was working on for a whole year. To hike Mt. Washington for my 45th trip around the sun. I had completed…

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“Are You Ever Happy?” from Marco Orlando

“ARE YOU EVER HAPPY?” Marco Orlando I had a friend ask me recently “Are you ever happy?” after I had aired some of my grievances online a while ago. The question caught me off guard, and I didn’t really have an answer. But it did give me some time to think since then. We’ve all likely spent a fair amount of time alone in our lives. It’s something I haven’t always had much of in the past, so I’ve learned to appreciate when I have…

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Future What Ifs from Marco Orlando

“FUTURE WHAT IFS” Marco Orlando It’s not easy seeing our parents get old. No one really prepares any of us for that it seems. It’s something that kind of sneaks up on us without even trying. I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom and dad lately as they’ve both been dealing with some ongoing issues. In recent times, birthdays and holidays and other celebrations have all become just another reminder of how vulnerable my parents are and how fragile life really is. Sometimes if…

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