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A small Slump

on August 30th, 2007 by mark

I’m bereft of things to say–and this is mostly because school starting up is taking me out of the loop on anything other than lesson planning, kid discussions, yearbooks and newspapers. This, combined with the ongoing bulging neck disc saga leaves me rather wasted at the end of a day and the result is…not a […]

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The wonders of Bordeaux

on August 28th, 2007 by mark

I would be hard-pressed to tell you that tonight’s dinner was a meld of great partners. It wasn’t. For, it was taco-night in the Storer household and my wife was hard at it making all the fixin’s and setting them out for all of us to build our assorted crispy or soft tacos. I had […]

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The beginning of an Interesting Year

on August 27th, 2007 by mark

I know that I should have something spectacular to say on this, the first day of my 17th year of teaching. But, nothing. Plain old–nuttin’. The day was hot–“…the Capels abroad and if we meet, we shall not ‘scape a brawl…” OK–enough Shakespeare. But it was hot–and sticky. I smelled myself by third period. Got […]

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A fireplace, a glass of Eberle Cab–and summer's end

on August 25th, 2007 by mark

It is perhaps a nice tribute that on this last weekend of summer, I am sitting in what I lovingly term “my office” which is in fact the side patio of my home which is accessed by a set of French doors off the dining room. I have a fire burning in the chimineia, not […]

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My 17th Year in American Public Schools–Sofie's First

on August 23rd, 2007 by mark

Sofie arrived safely last night and slept until around 10 this morning. Her travel plans were some 20 hours from home near Antwerp to here in Ventura County. What a day! It’s now 8:40 and she just bid me good-night. I imagine she’s pretty tired. We kept her busy with school registration and some swimming […]

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Laugh….Really Hard!

on August 22nd, 2007 by mark

As part of my public service, I provide Jim Gaffigan for your listening and viewing pleasure. This guy is very funny–and I’ve become such a fan, I’ve started to talk like him. Enjoy….

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School Daze

on August 21st, 2007 by mark

Wine is scarce, but school’s kicking in. I’ve been back at it the past few days getting ready to welcome my 17th batch of young uns to my classroom. I printed out class management and syllabus papers today along with a few other goodies–got some time to arrange my room, get into the groove as […]

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Dean Makes Landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula

on August 21st, 2007 by mark

There is no doubt that hurricane Dean caused some major suffering, killing 12 in the Caribbean before its landfall at the Yucatan Peninsula this morning. But–the fears of so many have vanished, thank God, with the fact that his landfall was in a sparsely populated area and when he hit, he nearly immediately dropped to […]

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I sold out…

on August 20th, 2007 by mark

So, yes-I did it. I became an Amazon.com associate last night. I’d been thinking about it for quite a while but I didn’t do it because I was afraid that people wouldn’t like the idea of me peddling things on my site. But, realistically—it’s not a hard sell. If I come across a book, an […]

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Dean Moving South-Eye of Storm misses Jamaica

on August 19th, 2007 by mark

While we’re on the subject of hurricanes, I strongly recommend the following book–a Lutheran initiative–about the help and service offered to the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Katrina. Yes, I’m an Amazon associate–and this book is my first offering. So, humor me please, follow the link and buy yourself a copy. You will not […]

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