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Living the Dream

on February 26th, 2010 by mark

If you click here and scroll down to “health inspector nazis,” you will see what I mean by having hit a nerve. The story that the bullhorn duo John and Ken picked up on is mine from the local paper. For those that don’t know, John and Ken run the most listened to AM afternoon […]

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Something for Nothing

on February 24th, 2010 by mark

I’m sitting here doing exactly what I tell my students to never do–I’m staring at a blank page. In this case, I’m staring at a blank screen. Well, really no. It’s not blank. It’s a word press site so there are all kinds of things on the margins-but the area that I’m in control of […]

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Seeing Stanley

on February 21st, 2010 by mark

I’m 13 years old living in the dappled sunlight and heat of the San Fernando Valley. I’m digesting a steady diet of Journey and Boston-ballad bands that run through the FM radio rotations like merry-go round horses and once in a while, catching a glimpse of my big brother’s favorite bands who have a more […]

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Where it stands now

on February 17th, 2010 by mark

I’ve not been resting on my laurels these past few weeks. Doing so would indicate that I had laurels upon which to rest. But truly, I have kept a busy and expanding freelance writing schedule, re-written the curriculum, along with my colleagues, for the journalism classes offered in our school district, worked with Jason to […]

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The Continuing Saga of Scoop the Wonderdog

on February 15th, 2010 by mark

Without question, the highlight, or lowlight, of today’s hike through the Malibu Hills was Scoop happening upon the same corpse of a raccoon, now more decomposed than two weeks ago, and rolling in it as though he was a wolf bringing the scent back to the pack. Only problem is that we’re the pack and […]

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Too Much Sunday

on February 14th, 2010 by mark

The cathode glow of the television tube has kept my daughter’s attention for too long today. This is unusual on two levels. First, she is not much of a TV watcher. She will of course watch before bedtime, like most kids, but normally she’s not all that interested. Secondly, even when she wants to watch, […]

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Friday Night Slow Down

on February 12th, 2010 by mark

The day was another busy one in pursuit of some deadlines I needed to meet. Tomorrow, I have another story to produce and I’m not at all unhappy about any of it. I am, however, unhappy that I decided on pizza for tonight’s dinner and we ended up with a couple of “gourmet” frozen ones […]

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Bits and Pieces

on February 11th, 2010 by mark

Humble apologies. Allow me to catch up on a few things…. I’ve had to take some classes this week as Sue and I wind up the preparation portion for the adoption to go forward. We just finished CPR and First Aid tonight. I’ve also been very busy on deadlines and have been writing this week […]

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Sunrise Sunset

on February 8th, 2010 by mark

The evening is here and it brings with it the usual February stuff. Peanut, who has been doing marvelous well since Christmas, has a sore throat. We’ll see if we can’t nip it before it becomes something more sinister. But you know, she’s changed and matured. She said, “dad, I’m going to go to bed […]

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Saturday evening post

on February 7th, 2010 by mark

It’s a rare Saturday evening post, to coin a phrase. Home tonight from dinner with friends we don’t get to see very often. Had a nice time, though I suppose it would have been nicer if I’d gotten a decent night’s sleep last night. Mexican food, normally among my favorite things, just didn’t work. Too […]

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