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Happy Birthday Peanut!

on March 31st, 2007 by mark

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Birthday-eve

on March 30th, 2007 by mark

Tomorrow, Peanut turns 6. She is very excited about her party and she has been busy all day with pre-birthday plans. I came home on my prep. period to go with Sue and my mom over to her school where we served pudding cones with crumbled Oreo cookies on top and gummy worms put in. […]

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Changes

on March 29th, 2007 by mark

As I sit here and write this peanut is still awake much to my chagrin. What happened? Routine changed, that’s what. Grandma arrived and for some reason that counts as throwing everything out of whack. So, I was slated to lay down next to her while she fell asleep tonight–this is a process that normally […]

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Data Mining and other worthless past-times

on March 28th, 2007 by mark

Well, WASC (see below) has come and gone from our fair school. I grew a little bit weary as I stood at the culminating meeting today where a bunch of well-meaning educators stood up and announced that the data, the statistics, the mining, the scores, the API, AYP, and the rest of it–all meant that […]

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Allow me to enumerate

on March 26th, 2007 by mark

* WASC is at our school evaluating us. We’re all trying to be good. *The newspaper, perhaps our best yet, comes out tomorrow. 16 pages, lots of diversity–and the kids did a pretty solid job. *This is the last deadline week for the Yearbook. *I have 68 2 page test-essays to grade by Wednesday. *Period […]

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Time

on March 25th, 2007 by mark

45:46. That was mine. I was 8th in my age group and I had fun. It was my first 5K and I’m a walker, a hiker, not a runner. I kept a good pace and there were mild hills, nothing beyond that. As for exercise, it was pretty good, but nothing like the hikes I […]

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Paso Robles

on March 24th, 2007 by mark

From there, gentles. Here in the Black Oaks lodge where last I stayed with my wife some 6 or 7 years ago. Scott’s running a half marathon here in Paso and they have a 5K walk that I decided to sign up for when Scott asked me to ride along. Running 13 miles for a […]

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Hyperbole

on March 23rd, 2007 by mark

Wait a sec. Strike that last—let’s start over. It’s a fairly small community I live in–small for California, anyway. Well, no–small for Southern California. Actually, the state of California is filled with small towns…from Firebaugh to Cambria, from Los Osos to Cayucos, it’s a state filled with small towns. My town has about 60,000 people […]

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Radical Change

on March 21st, 2007 by mark

They are closing my daughter’s school. Mind you, I fought my wife on sending her there. It’s a structured school and my original thought was that wasn’t for Peanut. I was wrong-and Peanut has thrived in the environment. She’s had her rough spots and she does get ahead of herself, races to get work done […]

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Sleep Deprived

on March 19th, 2007 by mark

I was able to sit tonight for a time on the patio with a fire in the outdoor fire place and a glass of Pinot Noir in hand. The fog was in and the cool air was augmented by the warm and glowing fire, which is slowly dying as I write this. It was a […]

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