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My Daughter’s Hundred-Foot Journey

on September 14th, 2014 by mark

Writing now in the post European adventure era is a little more daunting than I expected. What can compare to journeys abroad into parts unknown and experiences that, in moments, changed our lives? Well the answer surprised me, too. Last weekend, Shannon and I had a daddy-daughter night out while Sue and friends had Bunco […]

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Austria X: The End of it All

on August 30th, 2014 by mark

“and so there ain’t nothing more to write about, and I am rotten glad of it…” Huck Finn. Well, actually I’m not rotten glad of it. We’ve been home now well over a month and we’re back in our routines. Shannon and I are back at our respective schools and I’m writing several stories for […]

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Austria IX: Leaving for London in the Sunset

on August 22nd, 2014 by mark

The day before we left for London, 650 miles to our east, a small group of Russian separatists or rebels–the media has different names for them depending on who they like on a particular day–targeted a Malaysian airliner as it flew en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Whether or not they knew it was […]

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Austria VIII: Fuschl Am See

on August 12th, 2014 by mark

Bursts of sunset through pink, grey and even red clouds defined the dying minutes of daylight in Fuschl. One morning out of the five we were there, a driving rain poured from the sky, but quietly and softly with birds still chirping through it as the green hillsides lapped up the moisture and the swans […]

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Austria VII: Crossing the Border

on August 10th, 2014 by mark

I remember walking up the stairs from the basement at Conni’s family’s house. Sue and I were quartered there as was Aunt Laurie in another room. It was cool and comfortable for us and it beat the summer heat. I was heading up to join the others on the patio and I stopped short of […]

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Austria VI: Family and The rearview mirror

on August 6th, 2014 by mark

Dad and Joanne came to the house today mainly because it’s Sue’s and Aunt Laurie’s birthday. A good time was had and of course it included photos of the trip. We must have bored them to tears with more than 1000 photos of various kinds and places. As we sat going through photos, we revisited […]

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Austria V: Meandering Rivers

on August 3rd, 2014 by mark

I live in Southern California, which means I live in a southwestern desert. It rains but little here in good years and in drought years, it rains hardly at all. As I write this, I am looking outside at cloudy skies and all over social media in Southern California this morning, everyone is commenting on […]

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Austria: Living the Dream

on August 1st, 2014 by mark

I haven’t been sleeping as well as I’d like since we got back from Austria and London. Chalk it up to the time change, yes-but also the change in routine, which has always been kryptonite for me. Add to this that the routine I’m adopting now is my freelance routine, not my teaching routine. During […]

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Austria: Little Victories

on July 29th, 2014 by mark

As I write this, I’m sitting in the morning sun that comes in through the blinds to the living room. I’ve poured the first cup of coffee this morning and I can’t help but reminisce. Coffee, like almost all of the food stuffs on this trip, was one of our favorite things in the Englisch […]

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Austria: Houses of the Holy

on July 26th, 2014 by mark

Today’s post will deal with the more non-tangible, and yet infinitely beautiful, portion of the trip to Austria, Hungary and the U.K. From the complex history that embodies Austria (“ist nicht schwarze, ist nicht weisse,”–it’s not black and it’s not white, as Rainer would say to me) to the myriad churches we visited, there was […]

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