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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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Chile Chili

on February 16th, 2013 by mark

I have not added up the photos and sound yet for the rocket launch. That’s largely because I’m lazy–or rather, I’m swamped with 100 other things and by the time I get to the computer, the last thing I want to do is….well….work. So the weekend comes with Conni off in Hawaii for a few […]

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OK, so I blogged about wine…

on December 9th, 2012 by mark

Just back from a lovely trip north to San Simeon. We went with friends Randy and Janel and spent the weekend in a kind of wine and food hedonism. Just adults–took a break from parenting duties and stayed at the Morgan there on the beach a stone’s throw from William Randolph Hearst’s monument to himself. […]

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Days of Wine and Apples…

on October 17th, 2012 by mark

It’s been rather nice, actually. We decided to take breathers from our various schedules. We can’t and didn’t do anything extravagant–no overnight stays, no hotels–nothing like that. But on Saturday night, Shannon had a sleepover at the Navy base with a friend from her soccer team whose family lives on base, and so Sue, Aunt […]

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Weekend Update

on July 21st, 2012 by mark

Continuing to mend neck and shoulders–hopefully it will do so without serious medical intervention. Frustrating to have the ache and pain after five years. I injured it five years ago and it has, at times, acted up on me–but always goes away. Still waiting for this one to go away now, too. Saturday morning after […]

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A New Wind

on July 7th, 2012 by mark

The deadlines started coming hot and heavy and I was busy these past couple of days. Nice to have a recuperative weekend now. Last night up to the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing with our great friends, the Streeters. Good show, good time and my friends, the Browns’ were sponsoring the […]

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Alchemy

on May 24th, 2012 by mark

Oh, gentles….a long week and a longer week–and even longer days. But enough about me. There are two weeks of school left in my 21st year of teaching. Harder to believe is that I still rather like it. Sure–I’m kind of broke, but who isn’t? I’ve had some deadlines this week, the biggest one dealing […]

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A-jumble, atwitter and Asleep

on April 12th, 2012 by mark

Oh gentles, it is not for lack of anything to say. Humblest of apologies, mea culpa. Easter was grand and delightful at the Perez family’s house. Dear friends we’ve known for years. We go to the same church and they’re one of the reasons I have hope for raising a child. Randy and Janel are […]

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Art, flowers and corned beef

on April 4th, 2012 by mark

I have been pummeled by my daughter’s cold and it seems to be a bit angrier with me than it was with her. This could be because she’s 11 and I’m 46. Or, it could be because I have some sort of mutant version. I hope not. But it didn’t stop us from taking a […]

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Story dogs

on April 2nd, 2012 by mark

A revamp of the “About Mark” part of the blog because I finally was able to put into direct words what it is I do–and what it is I care about. Today I was able to do a great deal of story-telling, indeed. The newspaper editors have been kind enough to give me a few […]

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