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Just Keep Swimming…

on June 30th, 2009 by mark

I have just now invoiced for seven different pieces I’ve written since the 26th of this month. It’s been a busy–and therefore good time. But that’s not all that was happening. My wife Sue had been having some problems for sometime of the female variety and they’ve been going on for almost a year, now. […]

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New digs, new gigs

on June 26th, 2009 by mark

A busy time, gentles, as I have spent the week hooking up, finishing up articles, bringing on new ones and interviewing various parties. I turned in six different pieces today alone. Good times. So, I get to make the official announcement that I’ve got two new homes on the web, one of which I already […]

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15 years

on June 25th, 2009 by mark

In the movie Saving Private Ryan, Captain Miller is talking with Ryan about how to deal with his memory of his brothers. He tells him that he simply needs to remember the events that happened, the situations that each went through and then he’ll remember them. Ryan asks Miller about some of his memories of […]

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The Stoning of Soraya M.

on June 24th, 2009 by mark

Author’s Note: I saw this film a few months ago as Cyrus Nowrasteh is a friend of mine, father to a former student of mine, and a one-time guest speaker in my Composition class. It is why I refer to him by his first name here and so I come at this with intimate knowledge […]

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Night at the Museum: The Battle of the Smithsonian

on June 22nd, 2009 by mark

What’s funny about Night at the Museum: The Battle of the Smithsonian is that it’s a movie that you assume you know from watching the trailers on TV. Even if you didn’t see NATM 1, you can tell from the trailers what it’s about-or so it seems. But, it’s not really true. In fact, the […]

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Uploads and Uplinks

on June 21st, 2009 by mark

Well, I dare say-the past few months I’ve introduced some new writing projects and had some other irons in the fire that are still cooking. One, however, that I can now tout, came to fruition today at The Disney Blog. For those unfamiliar, the Disney Blog is run by John Frost, a former inmate of […]

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Dad

on June 19th, 2009 by mark

Well, the hits keep on coming, I suppose. In many ways, we are seeing the blessing of the body’s warning systems in the Storer family. My recent posts on Mom and her TIA highlighted that the TIA, while a serious concern, is not a major stroke and, if the person who has the TIA listens […]

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Home for Real Food

on June 18th, 2009 by mark

Home again after venturing out for our annual Disneyland and Sea World pilgrimage. This trip was as fun as any of them have been and included a grand hotel stay at the Sheraton Marina Bay Tower. We were on the 10th floor and had an incredible view that included the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, […]

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A Journalist's Journalist on Iran

on June 15th, 2009 by mark

Michael Totten is one of the finest correspondents working today. His site is a hotbed of activity from the Balkans to Lebanon, from Aghanistan to Iraq and now Iran. Totten has reported from all over the world and has been involved in reporting some of the most revolutionary events to take place in recent decades. […]

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Shame

on June 13th, 2009 by mark

The appropriate function of societal shame has largely been lost. We no longer feel it justified to point out the actions of another person’s unacceptable behaviors as shameful. Political correctness, by the very fact that we actually use that term, has effectively gotten rid of the necessity of shame publicly. So it is that the […]

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