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About Us

Welcome to the Brookston family blog. We'll post updates here on what's going on in our part of the world, and especially with our son, Porter, who has been diagnosed with some form of autism. Our hope is that this blog will help us deal with all the issues we'll be facing and keep our friends and family informed as well.

Jay B.


Sarah J.


Porter Brookston
born September 10, 2001


Alice Brookston
born July 7, 2004

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February 17, 2008

There’s Nothing To See Here

Categories: General — J @ 8:48 am

Obviously there haven’t been any new posts here for quite some time. That’s not going to change anytime soon. I’ll keep this up here for a little while as an archive, but look for an announcement soon of a new photoblog that will take the place of the Brookston Family Blog.

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August 23, 2006

BBQ Dancing

Categories: General, Alice — J @ 3:09 pm

At the BBQ and Beer Festival last weekend, Porter and his new friend Amir were dancing up a storm toward the end of the festival. Amir is a bartender at Russian River Brewing and is also a teacher. He and Porter hit it off immediately and spent a lot of time playing that day.

Porter tugs at Amir’s shirt, presumably to throw him to the ground.

Almost got the leverage and a good grip.

But Amir got away with Porter still in hot pursuit as Alice joins the dance.

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July 29, 2006

The Brew Am Golf Tourney

Categories: General — J @ 9:14 am

The 2nd annual Sasquatch Brew Am took place Friday morning at McMenamins Edgefield Pub Course. Edgefield is a 17-hole (don’t ask) course of all par 3 holes, the longest being only 83 yards. The tourney was for a very worthy cause and put on by the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation. I also sponsored a hole at the tournament.

Nico Freccia, of 21st Amendment, tees off.

I can’t say for sure how this happened, but on our very first hole, after enjoying some delicious Blue Dot Double IPA and Adam served to us by Alan Sprintz, owner of Hair of the Dog Brewing, Nico teed off and his ball sailed through the trees. As it did so, something it hit fell to the ground and initially I thought it was just a leaf. But when we walked up to the green, this baby bird was sitting quietly in the fairway beneath the tree. Did Nico knock it down? Hard to say.

A view from the hills. McMenamins Edgefield Pub Course.

Me at Hole No. 2, the hole I sponsored.

Hole No. 2.

Shaun O’Sullivan and Nico, co-owners of 21st Amendment, at Hole No. 12, the hole they sponsored.

The McMenamins gardens with the ballroom and water tower behind them.

Shaun teeing off.

Shaun’s little brother (who only managed to join us for the last five holes), me, Nico, Shaun’s brother’s friend and Shaun.

Lisa Morrison, Paul Walker, Abe Goldman-Armstrong, Noelle Blake, and two golfers from Lompoc Brewery in Portland.

Lisa Morrison and Bob Brewer look on as Quentin Falconer, organizer of the Brew Am makes a toast in the ballroom after the tournament.

The tournament participants relax in the ballroom.

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July 14, 2006

Wrestling on the Bed

Categories: General — J @ 2:33 pm

The other day the kids were goofing around on our bed, jumping and wrestling together.

Porter and his fake smile.

Starting his cartwheel.

Porter doing a cartwheel.

Landing on a pillow after his gymnastics.

Wrestling with Alice.

Alice escaping her brother’s clutches.

But laughing all the way.

Alice on the bed in high spirits.

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July 1, 2006

The Yellow Sub in Open Water

Categories: General — J @ 11:25 am

Porter’s new yellow remote-controlled yellow submarine went for its maiden voyage in our swimming pool a couple of weeks back.

Porter very excited to be lauching the yellow submarine.

Porter watches as the sub sets off on its around-the-pool mission.

While Porter waits on shore.

Meanwhile, Alice and Sarah relaxed in the hot tub.

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June 28, 2006

Wacky Wednesday Name Game #12: Mormon Names

Categories: General — J @ 11:59 am

This is our twelfth wacky acronym or name that’s computer generated using some theme. This one determines your Mormon Name. You type in your first and last name, and voilà, it tells what your Mormon name is. Let us know what yours is.

Here are our Mormon names:

Jay = Jayden Brockston

Porter = Arther Brockston

Sarah = D’Shara Houston

Alice = Albine Brookanna

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June 24, 2006

Sarah’s New Hobby

Categories: General — J @ 10:44 am

Sarah’s got herself a new hobby — and his name is Nathan Fillion. Sarah’s Mom had the movie Serenity on her Christmas list last year and we picked it up for her. It’s essentially a sci-fi western based on the cancelled television series Firefly, which was written by Joss Whedon who’s best know for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The concept sounded mildly interesting so I innocently suggested we rent the original series before borrowing the film from RuthAnne. We both enjoyed the series a lot, but Sarah picked up something more: an obsession for the actor who played Malcolm Reynolds (Mal to his friends), the captain of the spaceship. He’s a Canadian actor named Nathan Fillion.

Hi Sarah, I’m Nathan. What’s your sign?

Over the last several months we’ve watched the series two or three times and the movie at least three times, too. We have copies now of both, although Sarah’s sister Kit seems to have kidnapped our DVD of Serenity — but that’s another story. It really is a great show. It’s funny, smart, and enjoyable. The stories are intricate and generally well-written. The dialogue is especially memorable and the chemistry between the esemble cast is terrific. But for Sarah it didn’t end there. She now spends countless hours on Firefly forums and message boards.

She’s picked up DVDs of the entire TV show Two Guys and a Girl because Nathan Fillion was in the last three seasons. I’ve been subjected to some of the cheesiest films ever made because Nathan made an appearance in them. The capper has to be a very cheesy soap opera in which for a few episodes he played a minister with a bad haircut who sleeps around. Bad writing, bad acting, bad everything. He was also apparently once on One Life to Live.

Why this is funny to me is that I’m usually the one with the obessions. Lots of them. Sarah has been giving me shit about that for almost a dozen years. I obsess a lot. So to finally be able to turn the tables, even once, has been great fun. In fact it’s become a source of continuing amusement. I know I’m probably enjoying this a little too much but I’ve been waiting over a decade for it to not be me.

Nathan as Malcom Reynolds, Captain of the Serenity, a Firefly class spaceship.

Ah, Jefferson High. Sarah looking over my shoulder informed me this photo has a nickname. It’s known as the Blue Shirt of Sex. Hilarious.

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June 21, 2006

Bye to Tuck

Categories: General — J @ 2:45 pm

We had a great time at Debbie and Tuck’s Father’s Day barbecue but eventually it was time to go. The kids were exhausted and Porter in particular was not happy about leaving. He loves his Uncle Tuck.

So Tuck tried tickling him into a good mood.

But in the end Porter was very upset to go. C’est la vie.

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June 7, 2006

Wacky Wednesday Name Game #9: Vampire Names

Categories: General — J @ 11:59 am

This is our ninth wacky acronym or name that’s computer generated using some theme, having skipped last week due to the bi-birthday shenanigans. This one determines your Vampire Name. I chose this one today for my sister-in-law Margaret, who likes vampires and is going through a rough time right now. You type in your first and last name, and voilà, it tells what your vampire name is. Let us know what yours is.

Here are our are vampire names:

Jay = Uriel du Coudray a.k.a. Gawain of The Highway Thieves.

Porter = Baron of The Ghastly a.k.a. the Scourge of Russia

Sarah = Sorceress of Drac a.k.a. Poison of Bats and Shadows

Alice = Empress of The Ghastly ak.a. the Scourge of Beggars and Lepers

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March 28, 2006

Snoopy Airport

Categories: General — J @ 4:15 pm

Okay, technically it’s not really the Snoopy Airport but since he’s the only Peanuts character who flew planes, it might as well be. Porter’s been bugging us non-stop to go again to the airport and especially to see jets. None of that propeller nonsense for him. He “feels the need … the need for speed.” So his grandparents took him to the Charles M. Schulz Airport (fka the Sonoma County Airport), which is also the location of the Sonoma Jet Center. Unfortunately, there weren’t any scheduled flights when they were there but they did have an extensive gift shop, which seemed to be an adequate substitute. When he got home, Porter literally carried upstairs a box as big as he is full of airplanes, books and a snoopy pilot doll.

Porter opening the box of aviation wonders and showing us Snoopy the pilot.

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March 24, 2006

Jimbalaya

Categories: General — J @ 1:45 pm

Our friend Jim is still in town and he played a gig last night, with his old musical partner Tom, at a place called Tiki Tom’s in Walnut Creek. Sarah and I went while the grandparents were kind enough to watch the kids a little — okay much — longer last night. It was great fun seeing Jim perform again, and, fingers crossed, were hoping he’ll moving back to the Bay Area soon.

Jim and Tom perform at Tiki Tom’s.

Sarah with our friend Bob R.

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March 21, 2006

Jumping & Sliding

Categories: General — J @ 10:12 am

One of Porter’s favorite things at the park on Sunday was jumping off this platform onto the sand below. There was a fireman’s pole there, too, and I could tell he wanted to slide down it but he seemed afraid. So I lifted him up to the tp of the pole and then slowly let him slide down. We did that a few times and each time I let him go a little faster until he built his confidence so he could do it by himself. Once he wasn’t afraid anymore, he kept sliding down the pole over and over again with delight.

Standing on the platform … and then jumping off.

In mid-jump.

Landing in the sand below.

Here’s three Quicktime movies of Porter first jumping off the platform, then sliding down the pole and another pole sliding. You can either download the movie to your desktop or just click on the link to play it in your web browser (assuming your web browser has the quicktime plug-in installed).

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March 1, 2006

Fly Daddy: Day 22

Categories: General — J @ 8:11 am

Day 22 the FlyLady ponders the question “have you been procrastinating about building your Control Journal?” How did she know? It’s uncanny. That, or she’s just playing the odds. Anyway, it will have to wait as we’re off for Las Vegas tomorrow for a long weekend away.

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February 8, 2006

Monochrome Pallette

Categories: General, Photos, Humor, Art, Food — J @ 2:29 pm

Porter also decided to try his hand last night at a new art medium, ketchup fingrpainting. Although he also used fries as a brush in addition to his fingers so I suppose it also could be called fry painting, too.

Abstract No. 1 in Catsup

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December 28, 2005

Alice’s Abstract #1

Categories: General, Alice, Art — J @ 10:01 am

Alice’s second work of art was more abstract. But notice the bold lines and confident strokes.

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