While we hold down the fort in Concord, Jeanine attends a celebration for her nephew Luke to commemorate his graduation from North Central High School in Indianapolis. Luke plans to attend the Heron Art School in the fall and his girlfriend Audrey will go on to the Pratt School of Design in New York City.

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Playing soccer on crutches can’t be easy but then again, Nico is able to make shots others cannot. Here he rises up to make a perfect pass over the defense and onto the foot of a waiting forward. For what he lacks in speed he more than makes up for with deadly accuracy and thoughtful distribution. After his game we checked in with Maya who was on her way to soccer practice and then left for Lancaster to watch Kyle play in his second match of the day in the State Cup tournament. Twenty five minutes into the trip it was raining so hard that we decided to return to Concord. We were both in the mood for cow (as Nicolai describes his carnivorous craving) and satisfied that craving with a nice dinner at a local pub.

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Today the family had a mere 4 soccer games and one soccer practice. Although Nico’s team lost he had a very nice assist and won several headers. I was back on the pitch for the first time in several weeks having nursed my injured knee back into service. I was only able to play at about 85% intensity and am still unable to take a shot with my right leg. Still, I was able to contribute to the team. Even though we lost, I was happy to be back in the game and to have emerged without a relapse.

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Kyle played in the first round of the Massachusetts State Cup Soccer Tournament and his team came away with a decisive 6-0 win. Kyle spent several hours doing landscape work before the game so I think it was fortunate the competition was relatively weak. Tomorrow he has two more games to finish the first round and the opponents are some of the top teams in the state.

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Nico refereeed two games today. Fortuanately, one of them was Maya’s which allowed me to combine one trip. During halftime he entertains himself at center field.

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Maya fends off a larger defender as she carries the ball down the field. Maya made several forceful attacking runs and helped her team to an exciting 2-1 victory. Jeanine left for Indianapolis yesterday where she is celebrating with her sisters the high school graduation of her nephew Luke. I am left alone to run the Calabria taxi service.

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Although I miss the natural beauty of my commute route to Avid, my Sonos commute is not without interest. This sculpture, titled On The Bri-n-ck, was designed by students in Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. It was constructed robotically from uniform 2×4 pine wood blocks and glue. The setting does not lend itself to photography but I will return again with an ultra-wide angle lens and see if I can capture an image which better portrays the unique work of art.

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Occasionally Jeanine will wake up before I do and can either be found at her computer writing or on the sun porch recovering from writing.

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Yesterday I received a call from the father of Kyle’s (pictured on the left at age 8) childhood best friend. Tucker, now a strapping 180 pound, six foot tall, multi-sport athlete (but not wrestling) recently took on the heavy weight wrestler from his school’s team and pinned him three times in as many minutes. He told his father that I would be proud of him given I shared some of my techniques with him when he was a youngster. His dad called me to pass along the message and it reminded me of this sumo wrestling photo I took of the boys when we lived in Indianapolis.

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It occurred to me today that I did not include any photos of the ocean from our Ferry Beach excursion last weekend. Pictured here are the dunes which have been recently seeded with local grasses to help minimize further erosion.

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Another Ferry Beach weekend comes to a close and we leave for home with fond memories and nourished souls.

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Fortuantely my photographic duties prevented me from participating in the Best Over 40 Male Legs in Spandex competition, one of the more popular adult acts.

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Each year I cannot believe the talent show will surpass the prior years performance and each year I am proven wrong.

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Jeanine relaxed with friends and made a good showing in the croquet tournament. Together we did some serious kayaking this weekend. Our first outing was on the Scarsborough Salt Marsh whose meandering paths could be best described as a maze filled with birdlife. We did our second outing with a group and made an open water crossing from Ferry Beach to Biddeford Pool. It was Jeanine’s first experience in ocean chop but she overcame her fear and handled herself with aplomb. The return crossing with the tide and wind at our back was much easier. I returned after a little snack while Jeanine lingered with friends for a more substantial lunch.

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Maya spent most of her time on the beach but did take time out to study gravity and human flight.

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Nicolai was inseperable from his group of friends and when he surfaced he could usually be found on the basketball court.

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