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My Dad has been living near us in an assisted living facility for the past three years. It’s not always been very easy for him or the entire family. He had a massive stroke at 63 and has been disabled ever since. When my Mom died, he stayed in their house for another year because he wanted to prove he could (with much assistance by a home health aid). But he was lonely and the situation was growing untenable. So, despite the real estate crash, we were able to sell his home and move him close to us. The benefits have been great. I feel he’s safer there and gets more care. He sees the girls almost every week and we participate in all their holiday events. Lyra and Ripley really know their Grandpa and enjoy going to his place to eat in the big dining room and run around. My Dad isn’t a big talker, but I feel he really appreciates all our visits and seeing the girls grow. Let’s remember this week that it is Father’s Day on Sunday, and Grandfather’s Day, too.  


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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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