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Needs and Wants

on April 30th, 2006 by mark

It’s been a weekend with a lot of surprises not the least of which was last night’s post. I spoke to my friend Bill this evening and out of deference to him and his family, I will write nothing of that conversation. Suffice to say that Bill and the kids are doing as well as […]

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Over the Falls

on April 29th, 2006 by mark

I’d like to write about wine tonight and so much of what I did today centered around it. But instead, I’ll write about Joan. Joan and Bill went to our church and we got to know them quite well. The birth of their two children changed their lives, as it does all of our lives […]

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Modest Accomodations

on April 28th, 2006 by mark

Yes, it’s Friday. Yes, there is wine coming–working a tasting tomorrow for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and I’ll update all on what I pour, how it tastes and what it costs. Weird, the whole thing is just weird. Committee work, you know—I’ve already commented on that. But as it is Friday–my mom is in town […]

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"Go sell all you have…and follow me"

on April 27th, 2006 by mark

Every choice has a consequence. Buddhists believe that this knowledge can ultimately set us free; their version of salvation, if you will. And while I am no Buddhist, I do think they might be onto something. Freedom comes when we surrender, give up and walk away–not when we strive for power, for more or for […]

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Still surly after all these….hours.

on April 26th, 2006 by mark

I’m still surly. No, it is not because of the invariable sliding down of the American education system. And I’m relatively sure that ultimately, good families will raise good kids who will do good things. But I’m surly because everyone is looking for the quick fix–the fast buck, the easy way out. This includes educators […]

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Things I hate.

on April 25th, 2006 by mark

It is testing week at the school and so any will I have to do anything nearly creative has been sucked out of me, deflating my very will to write or even to think, not to say–live. I’m sure I’m not the only one who will dream tonight in rote memorization fashion–with little bubble sheets […]

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Traveling Mercies

on April 24th, 2006 by mark

If there are reasons for everything that happens, it will surprise me. A Category 5 hurricane appears on monitors and screens as a monster. It was a monster, at least in the very loosest definition of that term. But Frankenstein-like, it was a natural aberration, one that wasn’t created by man, but still had natural […]

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

on April 22nd, 2006 by mark

Dangerous Liaisons was a hit movie when it came out. It’s been remade several times including the most recent Cruel Intentions. It’s a darkly powerful story about a woman whose machinations result in tragedies, malevolence, evil–and in the end, a Romeo and Juliet like love. Last night’s community theater performance in Thousand Oaks was extraordinary. […]

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Unfettered

on April 21st, 2006 by mark

Happy Friday. I post early as my lovely and gracious wife and I are out to see a community theater play this evening–Dangerous Liaisons as it happens. I’ll review it tomorrow. In any event, so much of the business has let up and I’m feeling less burdened–mostly because I got a lot of the charity […]

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Ticking away

on April 20th, 2006 by mark

Nothing inspiring, though I would like to be inspired. I’ve had the wind knocked out of the old sails as I have been on the go from sunrise to dark everyday–beginning at 6 in the morning and not ending until 8 at night. Meetings for the Kingsmen Shakespeare wine function, deadlines for some charity PR […]

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