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Suffering for my craft

on May 31st, 2007 by mark

Dateline: Santa Maria. Insidiously hidden beneath the text of the last post was my extraordinary life and death battle with the grim reaper of pain and disfigurement…..Well, OK-not so much. But, I did tear some soft tissue, muscle and some ligaments, in my right hand. A case of wine that I purchased from the aforementioned […]

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Real Work Today

on May 29th, 2007 by mark

Ugh. Day started, inauspiciously, with the usual up at 6:ish and to work with the chilluns. We watched the end of the film The Day Reagan was Shot, which is a fantastic docudrama made by my friend Cy Nowrasteh. He’s also responsible for the film The Path to 9/11 which aired on ABC late last […]

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Memorial Day-A true reminder

on May 27th, 2007 by mark

I have written about Michael Diraimondo before. He was a student of mine when he was in 8th grade–some 14 or 15 years ago. His death in Iraq in 2004 hit me like a ton of bricks and I think of him often. Memorial day is the day I think of him most, of course, […]

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Nothing at all

on May 25th, 2007 by mark

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Atticus Finch […]

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Rambling on and on…

on May 23rd, 2007 by mark

I promise no tightly woven prose and it breaks my heart. I’m just not there. It’s a ramble, to be honest. A medium length, bloggy, nasty ramble—the kind Richard Shickel would hate. That’s OK, though–because quite honestly after reading the piece by him linked here, I think he’s a pompous windbag (h/t Lileks). My passions […]

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Click the click, if you please

on May 21st, 2007 by mark

Alright, look. I’m a writer–aside from teaching high school, it’s what I do. And I’m not above getting into the new fangled world of new media publishing–which I’ve done. So, I’ve got a piece on the recent French wine tasting in Oakland and I humbly ask you to click here to go read it. Apparently, […]

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Vive La France II-weekend edition

on May 20th, 2007 by mark

A very busy weekend has ended this evening with a tired family (yours truly included) and now a bit of downtime. My last post down there really left me with a lot of writing and I’ve produced over 2500 words on French wines, about 1000 of which are in the previous post here. The rest […]

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Vive La France!

on May 17th, 2007 by mark

Yesterday was given over to travel for a unique and delightful experience. Brian (Two Dogs) and I got up before the sun and headed out to Burbank Airport to catch a flight on my favorite airline to Oakland. Incidentally, the flight up and back were two of the smoothest, nicest flights I have been on […]

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The Play

on May 15th, 2007 by mark

We passed one of those milestones tonight–the kind that you probably don’t forget, at least for a long time. And since I had the digital SLR on duty and snapped about 65 photos, we won’t be likely to forget it for a long time. Peanut’s kindergarten class put on their spring play, the 3 Piggy […]

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Happy Mother's Day.

on May 13th, 2007 by mark

Continuing the mend. Sue is weak and tired, though she had a better evening. She ate dinner and played with Peanut and took a shower–but that was it. It seemed to completely undo her and she went to bed right after Peanut did. Both are again asleep as I write this, have been for half […]

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