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A Farewell to LOST

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Last night Cam and I stayed up until 11:30pm (on a school night!) to watch the long awaited series finale of LOST. We've watched LOST from the beginning, through the twists and turns, crazy story lines, improbable and unbelievable plots, and a couple of seasons of "what the...?", which I'm sure contributed to its cult following, with viewers dropping off along the way because it was just getting too weird. I, for one, is glad I stuck with it, no doubt due to a little peer pressure from co-workers and friends that helped keep me engaged. But, through it all LOST has stayed loyal to one very important element of any story: the depiction of richly drawn characters that the viewer cared about and felt connected to and invested in.

The finale was particularly touching as many of the characters lost along the way (no pun intended) were joined together through fatefully orchestrated meetings. I'm still trying to understand what the finale meant, and I think my understand…

Germany comes to Fairport

Last night, around 11:30pm, our German exchange student, Belinda Fischer (with 20 of her friends) landed in Rochester as part of a Fairport exchange program with a high school near Stuttgardt. Belinda's visit has been highly anticipated by everyone, but especially Annalisse, who's been in constant contact with her through Facebook, and by Cameron, who's also been in touch but not as frequently. Over the next two weeks Belinda will go to school with Cam some of the time, and take various Central and Western NY field trips the other days. She will be with us for the next two weekends, and a lot of the weekend time will be spent at regattas. Luckily, there are five or six crew families hosting German students, so the kids can all hang together.

Here's what we know about Belinda so far:
Her mom is American, and is from Fairfax County, VA. They visit the states every summer for a month (it used to be twice yearly, but these days flying is too expensive). So, she definitely ha…

Coxswain Gold

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You're looking at the coxswain for the Girls Varsity Lightweight 4 boat that won first place (GOLD!) for the NYS club championship this weekend at the Saratoga "States" Regatta. Congrats to Annalisse and her team for a job well done! Very happy girls, indeed!!

Another Mother's Day, Come and Gone

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Another Mother's Day has come and gone, and, well, it turns out today was just like every other day, the same as all the other Mother's Days so far. It's probably my own fault that today wasn't more special (I suppose I should get my mileage worth), but I'm really not one of those to encourage spending (which I would probably end up paying for anyway) on cards, flowers or gifts. Just give me a good dinner out (as if I need an excuse to eat out), and I'm happy.

I did come across a really good column by Ana Vaciana Suarez, who writes for the Miami Herald but whose columns are sydicated in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, entitled "What I Want for Mom's Day." It's a great piece which pretty much sums up what all mothers want for their children on Mother's Day: a life well lived. Great insight! While my kid's actions me sometimes drive me crazy, most of the time I'm so proud of what they are becoming - Mother's Day reminds me…