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Happy Halloween

on October 31st, 2006 by mark

I don’t mark it as a societal progression that more homes on my block, which we moved into recently, were dark than I expected. I’d say a good half of the homes in our neighborhood target trick-or-treating area were dark. Maybe the families had other plans, maybe they were out of town, maybe they practice […]

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A prayer

on October 30th, 2006 by mark

The pain that many suffer, perhaps most suffer, is beyond imagining. The loss of loved ones, the fight to survive, the hardship of circumstance and the reactionary response to the “thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to…” It is a night for knowing such things. It is, in fact, a night for feeling it. […]

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Fall Back (F$^%*$&#!)

on October 29th, 2006 by mark

I’ve never understood why we have to do Daylight Savings Time and then “fall back.” It’s not as if the majority of the nation is in need of the process. We’re not agrarian anymore. So, why do we keep this inane tradition up? Do we still have lamplighters for city streets? Do we still need […]

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Move along…nothing to see here.

on October 27th, 2006 by mark

Late Friday night. Rare for me. I don’t much stay up late anymore. This is mainly because the career of 16 years has put a crimp on that. We teachers are supposed to be at the school by 7 in the morning and the result of that is bed before 11. Usually…. But for some […]

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One more day….

on October 26th, 2006 by mark

I wish I could pour out my heart here to admit the mistake I made today. Alas, that isn’t possible. Just not the right thing to do. But let me say—and more importantly let me record here—that the mistake I made today as a teacher, a professional, breaks me up. I have no way of […]

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Things that do matter.

on October 25th, 2006 by mark

I got home today wrecked and tired. I do mean tired. This was a day filled with…well, with just stuff. Work that I couldn’t really point to with much pride–at least for myself (the kids put out the second edition of our school newspaper today and the first one was this month, too. This constitutes […]

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Badges?

on October 24th, 2006 by mark

Badge Pinot Noir and my sommelier skills are slipping badly. Truly, I tasted this dynamo and didn’t even recognize it as Pinot Noir. I’m quite ashamed, truth be told. The stuff is incredible with jammy, luscious berry and dark fruit notes and a finish that lasted for days. That was tonight–a Tuesday. We spent the […]

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A Weather Sidestep

on October 23rd, 2006 by mark

The Santana’s seem to be subsiding, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Now, the talking heads are talking El Nino. OK, I have seen it in the past, but I’ll tell you—I’ll believe that when I see it, too. I’m beginning to think that weather exists on a spectrum of sorts. At the […]

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Sunday Night…

on October 22nd, 2006 by mark

…And all’s well. A grand day of rollicking around Solvang doing a bit of wine tasting at Rideau and some beer swilling and grub eating at Firestone’s tap room. The tap room, my friends, is good eats all the way ’round. And more importantly, it’s good drinks. I have no expertise in beer at all […]

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Red Beans and Red Tape

on October 21st, 2006 by mark

There is something stunningly absurd about forcing veteran teachers to take a Cultural literacy class en masse. Such is the mania of the No Child Left Behind Act, that all of us–if we have not already done so, must take the psychological brainwashing that is CLAD. So it was that I decided to do the […]

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