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The summer gets into full swing

on June 30th, 2006 by mark

Well, that was a week. Vacation Bible School has passed and as the director, I can only say–thank God. It was indeed a lot of fun and the kids loved it. Perhaps the very best thing that happened was that our church sub-leases our facility to a Korean congregation and they joined us for VBS […]

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Birthday Eve or loads o' links

on June 28th, 2006 by mark

What a year. Oh–well, a year passed since my last birthday–and that was the big 40, and it was a crappy day. Woke up that morning in Reno, NV headed home from Salmon, ID after cancelling a river-rafting trip disappointing my two best friends and suffering a torn muscle and a kidney stone. What a […]

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Nothing much to see here II

on June 27th, 2006 by mark

VBS, early-waking child (6:00 A.M. or so), real estate offers, discussions, forms to sign, NO WINE, back and forth, Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks…kids, kids, kids—it is, as they say, a never-ending run. Little did I know that school would end and I would get busier, not relaxed. The result of this, gentles, is that I […]

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God, houses, humanity and a hot day

on June 26th, 2006 by mark

Well, it’s not Phoenix or Miami, but man it was warm today. And then it wasn’t. It got down to about 69 degrees at 2:00 P.M. here today and then the clouds blew over and the temp went up and it got humid. Weird, eclectic Mid-western day here in So. Cal. VBS is off to […]

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Fitting Knots

on June 24th, 2006 by mark

The thunder of a migraine hit earlier today. It is just now retreating against the onslaught of the drug Relpax. I’ve written about this drug before and I consider it nearly a miracle. This little pill digs right in and it ends the head-pain within about an hour. I still have the tingly feeling that […]

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More of this….Less of that.

on June 23rd, 2006 by mark

Ah yes…Real estate hell. I do it to myself, of course. The wanderlust from which I suffer has infected my wife. The house we live in is fine, comfortable, personally designed and decorated. It’s ours. We can afford and live in it. It is, however, a bit small. It doesn’t hold everything we’d like it […]

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Surprises

on June 21st, 2006 by mark

There was an apparent attack on the Bluehost site rendering my post last night into so much air-fodder. Nada—zip, nothing made it to the site from my humble prep page here. So–oh well. Let’s start again. A former student of mine, Ryan Gonzales, has written a book which absolutely pisses me off. He never ran […]

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Live for Life

on June 19th, 2006 by mark

Before we begin, I am remiss in not publicizing and announcing the following: My pal Edd, about whom I’ve written previously, will hold the second “Live for Life” concert at Crossroads Community Church in Camarillo on July 8 at 7 in the evening. I’m playing the bass guitar with Edd in the first set and […]

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Happy Father's Day

on June 18th, 2006 by mark

What a grand kick off to the summer. Friends, family, bbq-ing, great wine, swimming for Peanut–just a whole lot of what summer is supposed to be. Today, as it is father’s day, Sue let me sleep in until about 8:00 A.M., made breakfast and then she and Peanut gave me some wonderful gifts that I […]

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Years that ask questions…years that answer.

on June 16th, 2006 by mark

15 years down…I don’t know how many to go. I got home today in a state of exhaustion so complete, so wrapped up in the day, the graduates, the moving of classrooms after 6 years in the same room and the utterly weird 90 degree temps (unusual for early summer, late spring here on the […]

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