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Peanut and Me

on November 29th, 2009 by mark

My family should have its own bench at the local hospital. Mind you, I am fortunate in every way I can think of. Most people call it “blessed” and I call it that, too…sometimes. But I’m often afraid that what that means is more to God than it is to me–and I worry that I […]

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Faith and fires

on November 27th, 2009 by mark

Hard to believe that it’s Friday night already but here I am posting and the week has gone. It’s been a wonderful one, too with brother Doug arriving on Tuesday and a fine, if somewhat unnecessary pre-Thanksgiving feast at Roscoe’s Chicken ‘N’ Waffles in Hollywood. I’ve written about Scoes before, so I won’t be redundant. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

on November 26th, 2009 by mark

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclomation: “Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to […]

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Selling Souls

on November 23rd, 2009 by mark

Matters of faith are very hard to disprove. That’s why so many of my atheist friends get frustrated with me-or other Christians-when they say they can prove God doesn’t exist. The problem and obvious philosophical fallacy here is that they cannot prove it. And, as Dennis Prager says, it takes just as much faith to […]

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Poor Man's Big Smoke

on November 22nd, 2009 by mark

It’s the buzz in your head, like a line of electricity moving across the back of your eyes, through your nasal cavity and out your ears. That’s the feeling of true physical exhaustion as I’ve experienced it. You can hear it hum through your head and your reaction time to things is markedly slower, like […]

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Snarky Tangents

on November 20th, 2009 by mark

I’m finding it very hard to see the downside. OK, yes, the state of California is circling the drain and has been for a couple of years. One good flush and it is all over. And yes because of this, I took a 5% plus cut in pay in my job as a high school […]

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Move along-nothing to see here.

on November 19th, 2009 by mark

Well, Peanut seems to have come through the swine flu pretty well. The past two weeks for her were pretty hard and the fever, the lethargy, the sore throat, headache, sniffles, all of it-were remarkable. And now, she’s getting better. And that’s a good thing. Meanwhile, the furlough days that constitute our cut in pay–or […]

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Coming Home

on November 16th, 2009 by mark

Peanut was continuing her recovery from the dreaded swine flu this morning and she wasn’t quite school-ready. Mom had a pretty important meeting to attend, rare for her, and so I did the dad duty and stayed home, played checkers, watched Disney Channel, read, made all my appointments for the week of interviews for articles, […]

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Whew

on November 15th, 2009 by mark

As I write this, it’s taking all my energy to consider maybe taking the dog for a walk… Yesterday, was a long and half good day. The bad that has gotten better is that Peanut is on the mend and seems to be fever free now since yesterday afternoon and evening. Her temp was low […]

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Going to Ground III

on November 13th, 2009 by mark

It seems we are not as yet out of the woods. Peanut awoke this morning with a recurrence of fever and a sore throat. The long and short of it is that the doc put her on Tamiflu and is treating it like swine flu. He’s fairly convinced that she had it last week and […]

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