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Having interviewed dozens of families, visiting with many for lengthy periods of time, and observing carefully parental learning, loving and leading of children with autism, aggression, physical limitations, environmental challenges and anti-social behavior, I’ve come to believe I know very little. I am totally amazed at how much effort it takes on the part of these parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and others who love these children greatly to help these often gifted children see normal development for their individual lives.

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Just as the automakers announce their new offerings every fall, so do the major security software publishers. In recent days, I have seen announcements and promotions for the 2012 offerings from Kaspersky, AVG, Panda, and TrendMicro. 2012 editions from McAfee and Norton may be available by the time that you read this. With each new model year, just like the automakers, the computer security software companies typically offer more features and improved performance.

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It is likely that nearly everyone remembers where they were 10 years ago when the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. were attacked by a terrorist group and where a group of brave passengers on Flight 93 made the decision to rush the cockpit – giving their lives – to save others. But do you remember how you felt on Sept. 12?

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It does seem more like the beginning of summer than the beginning of fall. There was an extended winter last year with very little springtime before the hot summer began. With a cold dry fall and a hot dry summer, many of the duck ponds have disappeared. With the bluewing teal already migrating into our area, the folks that have water will have teal.

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I love snakes. NOT! In fact, in my way of thinking, the only good snake is a dead snake. And yes, I know that there are a lot of “good” snakes that keep the rodent population under control around our homes. That was going through my mind this week as I dispatched not one but two big rat snakes that just about gave me heart failure.

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