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Happy Halloween, 2007

on October 31st, 2007 by mark

Cooler than last Halloween. It’s in the 60’s with a mild ocean breeze blowing and a few wisps of cloud in the sky. Last Halloween was hot and dry–so was 2005. This one, not so much. I remember last Halloween it was that a colleague said to me that “clearly, global warming is happening…I mean, […]

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Mending and Building

on October 29th, 2007 by mark

The neck is mending, but not nearly as fast as I’d like. I have good and bad days and this has caused a conundrum. Way back in the summer, I bought a ticket along with pals Scott and Shawn to go to the Big Smoke in Las Vegas. It happens on Nov. 10th and it’s […]

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Subverting the Dominant Paradigm

on October 28th, 2007 by mark

I’m guessing barely anyone read yesterday’s post. I read it about a dozen times. It was an odd sensation and while it wasn’t the first poem I ever posted at this site, it was a very personal experience to put those up. Rather cool. The weekend’s end is always sad and Monday is full of […]

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Of hurricanes and poetry.

on October 27th, 2007 by mark

My friend Gary Taylor and I had been exchanging e-mails this week. I met Gary in Biloxi, MS when shortly after Katrina, I decided to get personally involved by making a phone call to the first random church I found on a list provided by Hugh Hewitt. I called Bethel Lutheran Church and Beauvoir United […]

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If it's Friday…

on October 26th, 2007 by mark

Most of the fires are near full containment, though getting there is a couple of days away. For now the winds have abated and this evening was cool–in the 60’s and dropping–with fog coming in from the coast. That’s supposed to change, unfortunately. Another offshore flow will develop by tomorrow evening and by Sunday, we […]

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Politicizing Catastrophe–an American past-time.

on October 24th, 2007 by mark

The damage is bad. But if you listen to the hype by either MSMers or even locals (the ones who have not been affected badly by the fires), what you hear is “this is the worst its ever been.” Well, not really. I was wrong in my post below, too. In the fires of 2003, […]

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Fire updates…

on October 23rd, 2007 by mark

So many people are saying, “I don’t remember it being this bad.” The only thing I can say is (to myself), “you don’t have much of a memory.” The Day Fire last year, the Moorpark/Simi/Fillmore/T.O. fires of 03, the fires in Malibu and around the state in 93. It’s been this bad before, though I […]

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We're on Fire…

on October 22nd, 2007 by mark

Yeah, the whole southern part of the state is on fire. There are more than 20 incidents in total and some are simply huge. For us in Ventura County, the big fire is called the Ranch fire and it is burning up near Piru at the L.A. County line across into Newhall and Saugus and […]

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If it's fall, it must mean So. Cal's on fire!

on October 21st, 2007 by mark

Ah, Autumn in Southern California. The sky turns a lovely shade of black and orange, drowning itself in Halloween colors while smoke plumes fill the sky. Yes, it’s the Santa Ana winds! The one weather condition with absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The warnings went up by Friday–the wind was coming–and get ready. How does […]

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Governor-Elect of Jindal of Louisiana

on October 21st, 2007 by mark

Since Hurricane Katrina, I have followed Mississippi and Louisiana politics, if only to get a read on the dichotomy between the two. There is no question in my mind that FEMA made many mistakes, though not the ones for which most people accuse them. FEMA is not a rebuilding agency, they were not designed to […]

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