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Borne Back Ceaselessly

on April 13th, 2017 by mark

The rolling hills, green and lush grasses and trees passed by the window as I looked out. This was my childhood, Maryland and Pennsylvania and it wasn’t a pleasure trip. My dad and I traveled back to Maryland to say goodbye to my cousin, Craig. He died last November and his immediate family decided that […]

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The weight of this sad time…

on March 11th, 2017 by mark

With every attempt at writing in this past year, I’ve stymied myself–and allowed myself to be thwarted. Edd’s and Brett’s deaths are recounted in these pages. My friends, representing large swaths of my life, gone too early, leaving vacant craters behind that leave empty spaces never meant to be empty. Time has passed and I’ve […]

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on December 6th, 2016 by mark

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Brett Ropes

on October 16th, 2016 by mark

He was tall and lanky and had dark hair and bright eyes. Brett was an athlete, he had been since he was a boy, and he carried it with him into his 40’s as he continued to be an avid golfer and surfer. We met 20 years ago for the first time when he subbed […]

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“…Or you can love…”

on July 11th, 2016 by mark

The hand that reaches down to save you is never the one you expect. The salvation we seek looks so very different from how we’ve fashioned it in our imaginations–how we’ve worked over its edges and smoothed them with our memories and reflections of time. A world without Edd Hendricks is a sad world for […]

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Edd Hendricks

on May 15th, 2016 by mark

Pray without ceasing. Even when you don’t mean it. This is raw and unrefined and I may come to refine it later–and I may not. I just don’t know. For your information: This is not an obituary. I’ve written those. They are measured and temperate. This is not. Edd Hendricks died in a maelstrom of […]

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Everything has changed. And nothing has changed.

on May 4th, 2016 by mark

It is a first, I’ll admit–at least it is for me. It has to be the first time in my lifetime–and certainly the first time in my adult-life–that I just don’t care. I don’t care about Mr. Trump. I don’t care about Mrs. Clinton. I don’t think either is good for the country–nor do I […]

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A grace of time

on March 26th, 2016 by mark

For almost 10 years, I’ve identified myself as a writer. Publicly and even privately, I’ve indicated that I’m a journalist, a writer and a reporter. I have business cards that say so. My social media profiles indicate it. I have bylines in the New York Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the Ventura County Star, […]

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Sunday dogs

on March 6th, 2016 by mark

So much time and in such little parcels that it escapes. Like Simon, running off leash across the park into a barranca and up the hill on the other side to see the Sunday dogs in their yards. He leaps the distance across the small canyon with almost animated prowess. It’s as though he isn’t […]

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Heresy

on December 29th, 2015 by mark

I thought I was a geek. I saw Star Wars IV: A New Hope 22 times before I quit watching it. I owned all the little action figures. I had the X-wing, a tie-fighter, a Bespin Twin Pod and a land-speeder. I had Luke, Han, Leia, Chewy, Threepio and R2. I had a Star Wars […]

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