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Kitty cat is sick. One trip to the vet and $250 later, she’s full of anti-biotics for the infection, pro-biotics to counter the effects of the anti-biotics on her digestive system, and saline fluid to re-hydrate her.

They had to inject the fluid into her skin, so for a while until her body absorbed it she was all puffed up like a water balloon. She looked like a little Quasimodo cat.

Posted July 31, 2012 by benjaminsapiens in personal

RIP Charlie Slavin   Leave a comment

Head of UMaine Honors College dies unexpectedly

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
Posted JULY 30, 2012, at 6:49 p.m.
Charlie Slavin

ORONO, Maine — Charles Slavin, the man at the helm of the University of Maine’s honors program for the past 15 years, died unexpectedly but peacefully at his home on Monday morning, according to the university.

The 58-year-old mathematician was a jack of many trades who affected the lives of many who passed through the honors program over the years, according to Honors College graduate and state Rep. Emily Cain, D-Orono.

“At heart, he was a student of philosophy and history” who sought to understand society, arts and sports, not just numbers.

“Charlie was really my first friend at the University of Maine,” Cain said.

Cain joined the honors program at UMaine in 1998, largely because of Slavin’s support and encouragement to do so, she said. She graduated from the program in 2002, the same year Slavin successfully transitioned the program into an Honors College.

“Charlie took the work he did here very seriously and very personally,” Cain said.

I just can’t imagine the Honors College without him. I’m sure it’ll continue on as strong as ever, but it really won’t be the same without Charlie leading it.

Posted July 31, 2012 by benjaminsapiens in personal, school, uncategorized

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Ragged Lake   Leave a comment

We spent last week on our annual trip to a friend’s camp on Ragged Lake, up north somewhere between Moosehead and Baxter. This was our sixteenth year staying there; we took our first trip in 1997, when I was in third grade and Matt was four years old.

Tom’s cabin


Anna came with us this year.

Unfortunately, she got sick and Matt had to take her home the day after we arrived, but at least she got to see the cabin and the lake.


Ripogenus Dam


Mount Katahdin, viewed from the road somewhere between Ripogenus Dam and Millinocket


Car nap


Walking around the lake shore




Last day at camp

More photos here

Bodies of Olympic athletes   Leave a comment

In anticipation of the upcoming Olympic Games in London next week, here are some beautiful photographs of nude American Olympic athletes. These images are from ESPN The Magazine’s third annual Body Issue, which is that sports media outlet’s classier, artistic answer to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Abby Wambach

Forward, USA Women’s National Soccer Team        Age: 32      5’11”, 170 pounds

Photograph by Carlos Serrao

Danell Leyva       

Gymnast, US Gymnastics Team       Age: 27      5’7″, 165 pounds

Photographs by Peter Hapak

Walter Dix

Sprinter, USA Track & Field Team       Age: 26      5’10”, 195 pounds

Photograph by Olugbenro Ogunsemore

Oksans Masters

USA Paralympic Rower       Age: 23       5’8″, 125 pounds with prosthetics

Photograph by Martin Schoeller

Ashton Eaton

Decathlete, USA Track & Field Team       Age: 24       6’1″, 185 pounds

Photograph by Carlos Serrao

Anna Tunnicliffe

Sailor, USA Sailing Team       Age: 29       5’6″, 146 pounds

Photograph by Stephen Lippman

Tim Morhouse

Fencer, USA Fencing Team, Silver Medalist at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing       Age: 33      6’2″, 200 pounds

Photograph by Peter Hapak

Carlos Bocanegra

Defender, US Men’s Soccer Team      Age: 33      6’0″, 170 pounds

Photographs by Richard Phibbs

Heather Brown, Alisha Glass, Megan Hodge, Cynthia Barboza, Stacy Sykora, Nellie Spicer, Destinee Hooker

USA Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team

Photograph by Art Streiber

Carmelita Jeter

Sprinter, USA Track & Field Team       Age: 32        5’4″, 135 pounds

Photograph by Francesco Carrozzini


Summer with Anna   Leave a comment

Fourth of July parade:

Strawberry picking:

Kitty drinking out of the hose:

Jenkin’s Beach:


Posted July 19, 2012 by benjaminsapiens in personal