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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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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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