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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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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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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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A game of Faith’s Perfection

on September 20th, 2015 by mark

With apologies to Gus Van Sant, Sean Connery and Rob Brown, last night’s Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers game was for me, a distinctively faith-based enterprise. I’m relatively new to baseball mania. As a kid, I went to a few games, my first was at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh in 1974. The Cardinals […]

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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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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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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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