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Universal Studios

on July 29th, 2009 by mark

I don’t really know how to start this. I thought for a while that I was becoming my father and in fact, I may well be. We certainly have a lot in common. But, I followed through where he would not have today. To wit: Dad would simply have not paid those prices. He’d have […]

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Of Freedom and Fear

on July 28th, 2009 by mark

The new-found freedom of the Blackberry was in full force today. No, it’s not an iphone–see below. But, it’s not double plus ungood, either. In fact, I’d say it’s double good. Perhaps not double plus good. It works. It works well and I like it. It has a very nice camera feature which I always […]

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Sadder and Wiser

on July 27th, 2009 by mark

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Another Saturday Night, and I ain't got…a brain.

on July 25th, 2009 by mark

There are any number of reasons not to post tonight. My head isn’t in it, but as I have now trained myself to be a writer, my heart is in it. Trouble is, I’ve gotten to the point where I think I know the difference. If the heart wants to write, then it’s purely evocative. […]

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Noise

on July 22nd, 2009 by mark

This will not be about the President’s presser. My feelings on the man’s policies are fairly clear. I only mention it here because everyone else is mentioning it and I have to jump on that train. But I’m jumping off now… When I write, whether here or an article, or whatever, I have the TV […]

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A summer's day…

on July 21st, 2009 by mark

The dreamy and heavy heat, at least as far as what we’re used to, has arrived. The days are hot and the nights don’t cool off much. I suppose that the greenies out there want you to avoid using air conditioning. Me? Well–I say turn that sucker on. And I have done. I don’t wish […]

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Not so bad…

on July 19th, 2009 by mark

Heat today–lots of it. But I have family in Phoenix and they read this and my guess is before they even get this word, they’re cursing me and calling me namby pamby and all the rest. And they’re right. It was maybe 88 degrees today. A bit humid, so it feels higher but the evening […]

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An Act of Subversion…

on July 16th, 2009 by mark

Sheridan Blau is quite possibly one of the most innovative thinkers it has ever been my pleasure to know. He is a professor of English and Education at UCSB, where he began and ran the South Coast Writing Project. SCWRIP is a yearly summer seminar for elementary and secondary English teachers who come to share […]

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A brief Respite

on July 15th, 2009 by mark

I’m about ready to go to bed, but it’s hard to do for me because I am a creature of habit. The habit is that Sue and I tuck Peanut in and then I come downstairs and I write, research, etc. But the girls went to a birthday party and aren’t due home till a […]

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Dreams for my Daughter

on July 12th, 2009 by mark

Great fun today and perhaps life-changing excitement as I headed over to the airport to learn more about my new role as a volunteer at the Commemorative Air Force’s Southern California Wing located right here in Camarillo. But it was less about the actual event and more about the thing that almost didn’t happen…. It’s […]

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