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Walking by Faith

on May 31st, 2009 by mark

It has been an extraordinary weekend. First, Admiral Kraft, then today I met Lincoln Brewster and Josh McDowell. Both are Christians and were here in town for a gathering called “One.” On Pentecost Sunday, 14 local area churches gathered together at the football stadium of Camarillo High School (the place were I teach), and held […]

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Meeting Terry Kraft

on May 29th, 2009 by mark

Aside from the fact that the newspaper industry is dying, there are many joys to being a reporter–especially since, in the first case, I’m a freelancer, or what the paper calls a “correspondent.” You know–like Dickens, Hemingway and Steinbeck before me. OK. Maybe that’s pushing it. One of those many joys, however, is meeting fascinating […]

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Just like James…

on May 28th, 2009 by mark

James Lileks says everything I want to say and far better. I would so very much like to sit and have a “wee dram” with the man someday. I believe it would be both a very entertaining and a very fruitful conversation with lots of good wine. His latest “bleat” is a must read. Key […]

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Doing the Duty

on May 27th, 2009 by mark

Still sore from the workouts and though I continue to stretch and to demand more of myself, I am pretty sore. The neck and shoulders have been acting up on account of the push-ups. I may have ameliorate those a bit. Today, did the cardio over at the track and brought Peanut along. She played […]

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The least in-shape man in the room

on May 26th, 2009 by mark

The muscle pain and burn was tough to deal with all day. I slept OK last night, but rolling out of bed this morning was nearly impossible. Even now, more than 24 hours later, getting up out of a chair and sitting down in one hurt to the point of impossibility. Am I complaining? Yes. […]

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I'm Too Tired To Write This…

on May 25th, 2009 by mark

Memorial Day Weekend is always a raucously good time and we never really plan it that way. But, a few bbq’s, a family visit with my brother, swimming parties and good friends later–we’re beat. Exhausted, actually, beyond the capacity for rational thought. I know, cliche. My brother Doug is a bit of a work-out fiend […]

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School Daze

on May 22nd, 2009 by mark

No excuses that work. I got busy writing and forgot to….well….write. So, here I am. The two plagiarists quickly became four plagiarists with a suspicion of a couple more. It happens that way a lot. You find your first one or two, then you become extra careful about the papers being handed in, so you […]

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The Long, Slow Slog to Summer

on May 18th, 2009 by mark

I’d like to chalk it up to time of year and maybe that feeling the kids have, regardless of the reality of the world, of the job market and all the other stuff, but I can’t. It wouldn’t be honest and honesty is what this is all about. I caught two confirmed plagiarists today and […]

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A Slow Rush to Judgment

on May 14th, 2009 by mark

I’ve posted before about music and my playing of it, listening to it and my concert going years. No need to rehash that I suppose. I still have a vivid memory of the day I went down to the Topanga Plaza shopping mall (which isn’t called that anymore) in the San Fernando Valley and bought […]

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A teacher votes No

on May 13th, 2009 by mark

I really don’t like to write about politics anymore. Seriously, I don’t. But I also think that in a free society, you have to stand up for important stuff, no matter what side you take. So….here is one such brief post: No on the California ballot propositions, 1A-F. No to more tax hikes, no to […]

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