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More, please…

on November 30th, 2006 by mark

Well, a quiet Thursday. Too quiet as the Peanut and Sue went out to the beach to visit her brother Herb. He’s down here at the family time-share for the week. We went as a family last weekend and as I was occupied by ye olde Happy Hour tonight, the girls went westward. So, Sam […]

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Priceless

on November 28th, 2006 by mark

I never expected that a mere $150.00 purchase would ease me, relax me–even, perhaps, calm me–more than a $5,000.00 purchase. But, it did. I’ve owned two spas in my life. I confess to falling prey to the charms of swirling warm water, cool evenings with a mist of rain falling and a sky leaden with […]

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Spirit

on November 26th, 2006 by mark

Hard for a holiday to come to an end. It’s pretty important, actually, that I’ve noticed how this year–I really need the break. This isn’t to say I haven’t worked hard the past 16 years…I have. But this year, I’m working much harder–and not necessarily smarter. That I am attempting to fix, but as an […]

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Thanksgiving Plus One

on November 24th, 2006 by mark

Chappelett has a reputation as one of the finer distinct wines that California has produced. I was honored today, flattered, humbled…name your descriptor…when my pal Lance brought over the leavings (yes, quite literally) of a vertical tasting of Chappellett from 1980-1984. It was, in a word, extraordinary. There was cassis–licorice and herb. There were hints […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

on November 23rd, 2006 by mark

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Practice

on November 22nd, 2006 by mark

There are definitive reasons that become clear only over coffee cups on early cool mornings….like this one. I awoke earlier than usual, before the sun, before the clock even got to 5:00 in its orbit, actually. I lay still as long as I could, but a nasty allergy attack left Sue a little noisy in […]

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Giving Thanks

on November 21st, 2006 by mark

Finally, the day cooled and the temp never did get much above 70. Around here, that counts as chilly. When the sun started down, I was with Sue and Peanut down at Burbank Airport awaiting the late arrival of my mom’s airplane. Southwest is pretty nearly always on time. But tonight–Holiday travel, you know—the plane […]

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Drive

on November 20th, 2006 by mark

Is there something that drives us that, at times, disappears? It is not enough to be ambitious. Ambition must be tempered with human spirit and maybe even a dash of humility, just as justice is tempered by mercy. At the heart of this balance is a fierce hopefulness–a candle whose bright flame only shines under […]

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Detours pt. II

on November 19th, 2006 by mark

The weekend was not what it was supposed to be… Friday night late, I checked the answering machine and there was a message there from Dr. Searle. He’s a good man, Dr. S–and caring and kind. He is our dermatologist, Sue’s and mine. Both of us have had bouts with skin cancer (mine are generally […]

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Detours

on November 17th, 2006 by mark

Back late after a long night of driving around Los Angeles. Edd and Leanne–along with Jacob and their newest addition, Kyle (recently adopted-and Jacob’s natural sibling!) were headed first for Colorado to see Edd’s family for Thanksgiving–and then on to Miami, Florida where Edd will undergo his first round of screening for a liver transplant […]

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