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The Forgetful Frog #12: A Strange Phenomenon

The Forgetful Frog #12: A Strange Phenomenon

I often must remind myself not to focus on the frustrations, and to celebrate the successes.

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Mind Orts from Marj #5: Pearls of Getting Older

Mind Orts from Marj #5: Pearls of Getting Older

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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The Forgetful Frog #11: The Joys of a Husband, a Cane and a Beer

The Forgetful Frog #11: The Joys of a Husband, a Cane and a Beer

I have learned not to assume that progress will be irreversible. But I am still extremely happy whenever I see concrete evidence of progress.

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Andy’s Album #5: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #5: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part five of Andy’s journey to become a guide dog, in which he attends a costume party with friends.

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Memories of Fright Night, 1956

Memories of Fright Night, 1956

By Richard Matranga It’s that time of the year when autumn gains a firm grip. The leaves turn to hues of purple, red and gold, and as daylight gradually surrenders to darkness I feel a nostalgic twinge along with the

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Andy’s Album #4: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #4: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part four of Andy’s journey to become a guide dog for the blind, in which Andy has a new adventure and acquires a new skill.

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The Forgetful Frog #10: Thoughts of Music, Fear and Spilled Salt

The Forgetful Frog #10: Thoughts of Music, Fear and Spilled Salt

It’s a fine line. On one side is the need and effort to overcome disability. On the other side is the need to accept disability in order to have a productive life. If you spend all your time learning to walk, for example, you run the risk of getting nowhere.

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FAN’s Joy of Grandparenting Photo Contest

FAN’s Joy of Grandparenting Photo Contest

The results are in for FAN’s 2015 Joy of Grandparenting Photo Contest, and they couldn’t be cuter. Click here to see the winners and a slideshow of all entries.

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Mind Orts from Marj #4: In Mama’s Mind

Mind Orts from Marj #4: In Mama’s Mind

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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Andy’s Album #3: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #3: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part three of Andy’s journey to become a guide dog for the blind, in which Andy is tempted by a missing gate and an unlocked crate.

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The Forgetful Frog #9: Exploring Why We Write

The Forgetful Frog #9: Exploring Why We Write

The author, who asks to remain anonymous, is a foothills resident in her 50s who writes with the help of a computer tablet and speech-recognition software. She hopes that her notes on coping with the physical and emotional aspects of disability will help others facing difficult challenges know that they are not alone.

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Mind Orts from Marj #3: What I Know

Mind Orts from Marj #3: What I Know

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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The Forgetful Frog #8: No Gray Area Where Burgers are Involved

The Forgetful Frog #8: No Gray Area Where Burgers are Involved

The author, who asks to remain anonymous, writes about coping with the physical and emotional aspects of disability.

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Andy’s Album #2: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #2: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part two of Andy’s journey to become a guide dog for the blind, in which Andy actually guides a blind dog.

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The Forgetful Frog #7: Success Comes to Those Who Have Striven

The Forgetful Frog #7: Success Comes to Those Who Have Striven

The author, who asks to remain anonymous, is a foothills resident in her 50s who writes with the help of a computer tablet and speech-recognition software. She hopes that her notes on coping with the physical and emotional aspects of disability will help others facing difficult challenges know that they are not alone.

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Andy’s Album #1: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #1: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part one of Andy’s long journey to become a guide dog for the blind.

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USS Constitution-1812: A Poem by Ross Anderson

USS Constitution-1812: A Poem by Ross Anderson

A poem by Ross Anderson of Sutter Creek, California.

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Mind Orts from Marj #2: Getting to Know You

Mind Orts from Marj #2: Getting to Know You

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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Mind Orts from Marj: It’s About Time

Mind Orts from Marj: It’s About Time

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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The Forgetful Frog #6: On Hospital Stays and the Glories of Wool

The Forgetful Frog #6: On Hospital Stays and the Glories of Wool

The author, who asks to remain anonymous, is a foothills resident in her 50s who writes with the help of a computer tablet and speech-recognition software. She hopes that her notes on coping with the physical and emotional aspects of disability will help others facing difficult challenges know that they are not alone.

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The Forgetful Frog #5: The Nobility of Mobility

The Forgetful Frog #5: The Nobility of Mobility

By the Forgetful Frog I don’t know why, but I find myself reflecting today on the number of times I have had to learn to walk. Like most kids, I learned before starting school. Then, in kindergarten, I had surgery

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The Beach: A Poem by Ross Anderson

The Beach: A Poem by Ross Anderson

A poem by Ross Anderson of Sutter Creek, California.

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The Forgetful Frog #4: Good Days, Bad Days and Donuts

The Forgetful Frog #4: Good Days, Bad Days and Donuts

The author, who asks to remain anonymous, is a foothills resident in her 50s who writes with the help of a computer tablet and speech-recognition software. She hopes her writing will help others facing difficult challenges know that they are not alone.

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Bigfoot reports from FAN Country

Bigfoot reports from FAN Country

By James Ingram, MUFON field investigator

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Gone: A Poem by Ross Anderson

Gone: A Poem by Ross Anderson

Poem by Ross Anderson, Sutter Creek California.

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Flying Saucers in the Foothills?

Flying Saucers in the Foothills?

By James Ingram, MUFON field investigator

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The Forgetful Frog Blog: An Introduction

The Forgetful Frog Blog: An Introduction

The author, who asks to remain anonymous, is a foothills resident in her 50s who writes with the help of a computer tablet and speech-recognition software. She hopes that her notes on coping with the physical and emotional aspects of disability will help others facing difficult challenges know that they are not alone.

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The Forgetful Frog #2: The Fight to Find Focus

The Forgetful Frog #2: The Fight to Find Focus

I am sad to report that, apparently, a lack of mental focus or continuity also seems to be a symptom of my particular brain injury. I am making this comment because I have just reviewed my brief, previous NEW entry. It was,

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The Forgetful Frog #3: Life as a Study in Contrasts

The Forgetful Frog #3: Life as a Study in Contrasts

The author, who asks to remain anonymous, is a foothills resident in her 50s who writes with the help of a computer tablet and speech-recognition software. She hopes that her notes on dealing with the physical and emotional aspects of disability will help others facing difficult challenges know that they are not alone.

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Walk with Me: A Poem by Ross Anderson

Walk with Me: A Poem by Ross Anderson

Poem by Ross Anderson, Sutter Creek, California

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