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Onward

on October 31st, 2009 by mark

Halloween Saturday and it comes at the end of a simply brutal week. Sue’s hospitalization and the subsequent piling up of child and house-care duties combined with paper grading, lesson-planning, administrator-appeasing, deadline meeting and fundraiser planning, left me wanting a bit. She is doing better–recuperating if somewhat slowly. Her whole body seems to have gone […]

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Going to Ground part II

on October 29th, 2009 by mark

“I am about wrung out,” as my grandmother used to say. Sue is home, she is healing and mending–but several odd things have happened. Her knee has swollen up and become hot to the touch and after all she’s been through, it’s a terrible thing. I did some research tonight on the web, I won’t […]

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Going to Ground

on October 28th, 2009 by mark

I have ignored posting because things went haywire on Sunday… By 3:00 PM, Sue was in bitter and remorseless pain in her abdomen. She couldn’t keep food down and she was having severe pain in her right side. She had a hysterectomy on Oct. 5 and so all of the markers pointed to some kind […]

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Running on Empty

on October 25th, 2009 by mark

A long day that has seen Sue back in the hospital. She’s still there, but sent me home while the E.R. folks treat her. Her hysterectomy went well a few weeks back–but she’s had some pain and nausea the past two days and earlier, they thought she had a simple infection. Now-they’re not sure–but blood […]

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"…things I know, things I wonder, things I'd like to say…"

on October 20th, 2009 by mark

It’s not that I’m worried about swine flu. I mean, if we define our terms-I don’t wake up in the morning wondering whether I’ll get infected. I don’t get the thousand-yard stare considering what might happen should my family or I get the illness. But, I do think about it. I do get concerned. My […]

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J. Paul's Vision of Paradise

on October 19th, 2009 by mark

It’s those little things that go un-noticed and need to be more…well, noticeable. Mom was in town and stayed with us for 10 days. Originally, it was supposed to be a week, but we begged her to stay a few more and to help sweeten the deal, we took her to the Getty Museum. Now, […]

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Sleeping un-Beauty

on October 16th, 2009 by mark

Better writers than I have tackled the subject of parenthood and I would be foolish for attempting to trump them. My own parenting trials are wrapped up in Peanut, who never did have a good relationship with sleep, getting worse at it. Having “tried everything” late this summer, I was absolutely at wit’s end when […]

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Dissatisfaction

on October 14th, 2009 by mark

I didn’t do what I needed to do today. What I needed to do was eat more fresh fruits and veggies and maybe a small sandwich at lunch. Instead, I ate a Pastrami sandwich that was oh so good, but came back to haunt me. Then we had the fundraiser for Peanut’s school at Snapper […]

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A Nation at Risk

on October 12th, 2009 by mark

There comes a time when you have to let people choose and when you’re a teacher, that moment comes quite often. But of course, teaching has so radically changed since I entered the profession nearly 19 years ago that it hardly resembles what I used to love. The stakes, now a battery of standardized, multiple […]

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Tumbling Down the Waterfall…

on October 9th, 2009 by mark

“Like a twig on the shoulders of a mighty stream.” As the kids say, “I’m down for a Friday.” My previous post was climbing up the waterfall–I need to be careful about my metaphors. When I write those, I start to get them for the rest of the week. I’m overcome with a kind of […]

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