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Wicked

on May 31st, 2008 by mark

I have to admit I was enchanted by the Los Angeles production of Wicked at the Pantages Theater. It is a visual masterpiece and the songs are so catchy, so good–it’s a really interesting, fun and delightful show. I’m no theater critic and though I’ve “trod the boards” in community productions (and one professional Shakespeare […]

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Ahhh….Friday

on May 30th, 2008 by mark

I told you I couldn’t wait to get here….to Friday night posting duty. And I couldn’t. But I did–now I’m glad I did. It’s been a long and arduous week capped off by the aforementioned tragedy that I cannot really discuss here. Suffice to say it is loss, compounded with tragic circumstances and that’s all […]

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Random Notes

on May 29th, 2008 by mark

Castoro Cellars has about as delightful a Central Coast Pinot Noir as I’ve tasted. I bought a six-er of the Reserve Pinot from Bien Nacido vineyard. It’s mellow, smooth and jammy, but with just some of that nice mineral around the edges that doesn’t allow it to become a California fruit bomb. I’m excited about […]

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Beginnings and Endings

on May 28th, 2008 by mark

Nevermind the wine. The end of school is coming in quickly and none of us can wait. Sofie’s ready to head back home, her year in America coming to an end. It is fundamentally hard to believe that Sofie will be leaving us and we think it has hit Peanut hardest. Right now, Peanut’s world […]

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What's really Happening

on May 27th, 2008 by mark

I’m late in writing tonight because I’ve been busy…writing. Well, sort of. I’m researching and then writing in the morning. Got a wine feature to do for the magazine and I know a lot about the place, but was certain I’d written a piece on them previously from which I wanted to draw. Cannot find […]

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Honoring the Fallen

on May 26th, 2008 by mark

Michael Diraimondo was a student in my 8th grade English class when I taught at Valley View Junior High School in Simi Valley. He was aboard a Blackhawk helicopter as part of the elite 571st Air Evac. unit and his bird was shot down with an RPG in January of 2004. He was 22 years […]

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Beverages and less…

on May 25th, 2008 by mark

Well, the hops shortage is finally making the mainstream news. Those of us who are around this stuff have known it’s been coming for sometime. There’s little to worry about, though the price of beer will indeed go up. It’s just one more trouble spot on a map full of things like a falling dollar, […]

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Feckless

on May 23rd, 2008 by mark

It’s a tired, cold and a bit rainy, Friday. A long week ended with enough ambivalence in the events of the week to find me glad it’s over. It’s been emotionally exhausting, physically demanding, overly frustrating and with a whole lot of drama. I’ll not go into all as I’ve written about the worst of […]

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Dogs, deadlines and domains pt. II

on May 22nd, 2008 by mark

The week improves. The Yearbook got delivered today and though I’ve only done it three years, I am so very pleased that each year has gotten better. This year’s is by far the best one yet and I’m so very pleased with it. The kids even won an award from the publisher for Excellence in […]

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Back to Square 1

on May 20th, 2008 by mark

Which is actually a good thing. Making progress–and it has to do with what I originally posted about Peanut’s issues. Yes, the end of the school year, yes a little fear about 2nd grade, a little fear about Sofie leaving, Karina leaving and uncertainty about her future. Talked with a few people, among them a […]

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