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Some Scoop news and a new article up

on January 28th, 2009 by mark

As I write, Scoop is here on the floor next to me. He’s breathing normally, but there is a kind of labor to it. The blood tests came back and this time, platelets are OK, on account of the prednisone we’ve been giving him. However, his red cell count is way down and that constitutes […]

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A bit of Fun–and a challenge

on January 27th, 2009 by mark

What a unique opportunity I had this evening. My principal was called by the Reagan Library and Museum which is not far from where I live and where our school is. I don’t think he was interested in having a big contest and as the journalism teacher and such, he asked me if I would […]

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No, Virginia-the Antarctic is not warming up…

on January 25th, 2009 by mark

So, since it’s Sunday and I actually had not planned to post this evening on account of a LOT of homework I need to do, I was merely planning to peruse the net just now and get some news for my addictive fix. In so doing, I came across this piece in London’s Telegraph once […]

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A short post-worthy of your time…

on January 24th, 2009 by mark

That’s what this is. Link here, my good friends. Go and read–and then do what you must, I suppose. We’ve started down the Obama path. But know this–those of us who believe we’ve had foisted upon us the myth and absurdity of “global warming” are not buying it any more. And now, it’s the sane […]

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Reviving

on January 23rd, 2009 by mark

An extraordinarily productive day in which I filed two pieces, both wine related, and worked extensively on a couple of others for the newspaper. School was out today for the kids and I had a meeting with the journalism advisers from the other schools in our district this morning. It was a great meeting and […]

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The Whole Point Pt. II

on January 22nd, 2009 by mark

Life and death decisions are, by their nature, not easy. The past few weeks of dealing with the mortality of our dog, Scoop, have taken their toll. From short tempers, to tears, to general melancholy and moodiness, the whole family has watched as Scoop’s decline continued unabated and sank to a tempo so low, it […]

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The Whole Point

on January 20th, 2009 by mark

Scoop is now in our hands. This is indeed the post I didn’t want to write, for as I do, Scoop has come downstairs, unwilling to eat and therefore to get his medication properly, limping badly and looking forlorn and lost. In other words, right now, his quality of life is next to nothing. In […]

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Time

on January 19th, 2009 by mark

I fear that if I keep writing on this meme, it will turn people away. Life is going on, you understand–we went today to the Reagan Library, met my brother there and spent the morning touring–looking at Air Force One and then Doug had to leave, so we ate lunch together, the four of us, […]

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Scoop Dog Update

on January 17th, 2009 by mark

I tried this earlier, but lost the post and I’ll be less inclined to be as verbose now as I am pretty tired. I spent the day up in Santa Ynez and Lompoc visiting with my friend Doug Braun of Presidio Vineyards. I recently finished a piece for a local magazine that featured Doug and […]

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A long night's journey into day…

on January 16th, 2009 by mark

…began last night when Scoop, after having been to the vet’s office in October and then again on Monday of this week, had trouble breathing. He seemed labored, tired and lethargic and his breaths were shallow. He whined and seemed to wince with the pain in his leg–the diagnosis for which so far has been […]

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