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Bread, Beer and Europe.

on July 25th, 2014 by mark

I’m home now. I miss bread. I miss beer. I miss Europe. This is the first of a number of posts after many days of tossing and turning over how I was ever going to post about the longest vacation my family and I ever took to Austria, Hungary and the U.K. We’d never been […]

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Home Sweet…ah, nevermind.

on June 30th, 2014 by mark

Summer begins this year with less heraldry than most years. Mostly, I’m reminded again of letting go of things; my journalism class seniors, who I miss every day, my routine of daily early rising and go get ‘em attitude from 5:30 am on. I’m still rising early, 6:30 or so most days-and still I form […]

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Monstro

on June 11th, 2014 by mark

Monstro came to us in 1999. No kids at that point and on the verge of getting a dog, we had fish. Had. Within a few short months, he ate all his tankmates. I’ve written about him before and I thought I’d be more poetic. I’m too exhausted–it’s a busy time of year. He was […]

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That was Then…

on June 1st, 2014 by mark

I awoke this morning earlier than perhaps I would have liked. I took yesterday off entirely after having been out late with my father. I hopped on a spontaneous opportunity to go see my favorite baseball club, the Pittsburgh Pirates, play at Dodger Stadium. Dad lives about three hours north of here, but I sent […]

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Balance

on May 12th, 2014 by mark

The heat wave has come slowly, but come it did. 90′s today and hotter through Thursday of this week–maybe even Friday. Wind, too. Lots and lots of wind. But none of that prepared me for this evening which turned out to be, not cool, but cool-ish. So Shannon and I hooked up Simon for a […]

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Grace

on April 26th, 2014 by mark

“To him all good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.” ― Norman Maclean. Art does not come easy. It’s also, at times, vastly over-rated as a kind of spiritual entry point. If your art is good, your salvation will be assured. I’m […]

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Breaking Spring

on April 16th, 2014 by mark

Spring break a year ago was feverish. Literally. Shannon’s birthday arrived and with it, a gift of the flu for me. I only mention it because it doesn’t seem possible it was fully a year ago–more now, actually. This year so far, germ free thank God, and enjoying myself. The smells coming from the kitchen […]

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Footpower vs. Horsepower

on March 30th, 2014 by mark

I never thought to hate an object so much as I do now. And it is an obscene object, at that. It’s black and heavy, covered in soot and soil, dirt and grime. But everywhere I go these days, I have to carry it with me–like a ball and chain, limping along, the report of […]

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Riding the Low

on March 15th, 2014 by mark

I’ve wanted to move forward from the last post about which I was rather pleased. It was cathartic for me to write that in some ways but in other ways, it took a great deal of effort to process it once I’d written it. I know that in these pages, I’ve recounted my childhood and […]

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How Writing Saved My Life

on February 8th, 2014 by mark

Sometimes the walls just closed in. A hotel room can be a place of liberation, yes. When you’re seven-years old and your parents take you for the first overnight that you remember. You’re far from home, the sea is right on the other side of the bluff where your room is, and the waves crash […]

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