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The lump of a day

on July 9th, 2015 by mark

The lump in my abdomen only made its presence known to me two nights ago and it was an accident. In hindsight, I wish I’d never have found it. I wish I’d just simply carried on–but I wish that because I wish I were…more assured. Summer 2015 began like so many others but with so […]

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Teaching Me

on May 15th, 2015 by mark

The bright sun doesn’t catch me in bed these days and, in fact, hasn’t for some years. I’m up by 5:30 in the morning and out the door by 6:30. That part of the routine hasn’t changed. But a new life has begun for us all in this new place, a house we rent from […]

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Old Flames

on April 15th, 2015 by mark

What happens to dreams that die? Does it mean the imagination is no longer active, that age, care and worry, the slings and arrows of all have somehow overwhelmed? I can’t remember my dreams anymore–not the nightly stuff of sleep and unconsciousness, but the dreams I once had for doing something new, finding something great, […]

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Notes from a narrow room

on March 21st, 2015 by mark

The light through the window in room 2305 fades with the plastic blinds and they move, as if some unseen breeze generated by the beehive of activity in the halls, pushes them. It is a tiny space with barely enough room to turn around without hitting a door, stumbling over a wire or tripping over […]

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The Instability of Clouds

on February 1st, 2015 by mark

The sunsets have been fiery and full of impossible colors that whirl through the western sky and dance off over the horizon. January has not been a good month-but the sunsets have been promising pink and purple, blue and lavender, gold and orange. Control is a cruel and unhappy taskmaster. It cannot be a mistress, […]

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Breaking Faith

on December 25th, 2014 by mark

Sometimes the warm embrace of Christmas carries with it weight of such unbearable charge that it’s hard to be happy, jolly or even optimistic. The biting years gather at night and they climb the walls, drowning you in a cold chill of memory and time, age and decay. You learn to survive, of course. You […]

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The Sacred

on November 9th, 2014 by mark

I stood today and watched under a warm sun with cool breezes as a curtain of fog and cloud rolled in from the Pacific. It’s the first time we’ve seen fog like that in quite a few months and with Halloween’s sudden but brief rain storm, it was a welcome nudge out of the heat […]

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on October 25th, 2014 by mark

The ineffable pull of direction as I grow into middle age is harder to manage. It’s not demands on my time that I mind, it is demands on my personality and my sense of self. Until suddenly, I awake with that very feeling I didn’t expect–the one I should have dealt with many years ago, […]

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A race built for rats

on October 12th, 2014 by mark

When the sky darkens, as it must inevitably, the whole world is full of fire. News of epidemic outbreaks, ceaseless war and all of the thousand natural shocks that come each morning with the daybreak, are constant topics of discussion and constant sources of impotence to stop or change them. Our own world was rocked […]

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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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