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3 Things I Learned From My Dad (and I Am Still Learning)

3 Things I Learned (and I Am Still Learning) From My Dad John Edward Heffernan, III (February 10, 1934 – January 20, 2019) The first thing I learned from my Dad is to do things you are interested in.  I learned many … Continue reading

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John E. Heffernan III

John E. Heffernan III of Monterey, MA and formerly of Enfield, CT passed away January 20, 2019, at home, surrounded by his family, from glioblastoma. John was born on February 10, 1934 in Peabody, MA, the son of John E. … Continue reading

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Aidan’s Take on Naraya

Aidan and I recently attended the New England Naraya ceremony.  Here is what he wrote about it.  [I retained some of the invented spelling.] Clyde Clyde is the head of Naraya. He does all these dances at night. And all the … Continue reading

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Everyone was complaining about the cold today.  I think it was -9 this morning.  It is 14 now.  Just got back from a wonderful snowshoe.  I was actually hot.  The New England forest is so beautiful in the winter.  And … Continue reading

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Loss of Our Cat Amara

We lost our cat, Amara, last week.  We rescued her at about 1 year old and she lived with us for some 14 years.  It was much harder than I thought it would be.  I am very attached to my … Continue reading

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True Vacation

I’ve been thinking about how vacation time has eroded and changed over the years.  I have been very active this summer with my robotics work, graduate schools, and some side consulting, as well as the usual emails and requests and … Continue reading

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Stress and Crabbiness

I got a good look at the relationship between stress and crabbiness yesterday for Aidan’s first day of Kindergarten. It was easy to see Aidan’s anxiety being manifested as difficulty picking out clothes. When I suggested a certain shirt (a … Continue reading

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Dog Agility – Timing and Affective Aspects

I was thinking a lot about timing in dog agility this weekend as I thought that my timing was off. What is the correct timing for Wyatt? Why is it on sometimes and off other times? When it is on, … Continue reading

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What Makes A Great Agility Run?

I have been noticing that when you are in the midst of a great agility run, the biggest difference is that there is more time and space. What I mean by that is that you don’t feel overly rushed and … Continue reading

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Letter to Conway Conservation Commision

7/30/2011 Dear Conservation Commission Member, I recently went for a bushwhack hike in Conway. I started in the Town Forest hardwood section, which was selectively cut recently. This was after spending about an hour cleaning up the landing area, which … Continue reading

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