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Links and Thinks

on April 30th, 2010 by mark

A year or two ago (I honestly cannot remember and am too lazy to look), I got paid by a website called tibesti.com. Interesting concept that they had–they paid guys and gals like me who had expertise in a field, mine was wine, to run through a list of various products and do a sort […]

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Writing Factory

on April 29th, 2010 by mark

A fast paced, busy and hectic week that includes administering the inane and stupid STAR test to my juniors has managed a small reprieve and I’m grateful. A busy deadline week as well with some really fascinating stories, none of which have been published yet. When they are, I’ll link to them. I’m also on […]

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May I direct your attention

on April 27th, 2010 by mark

Here? I’ve been swamped, so tonight’s post is posted…well, here. I humbly ask your patronage. Thanks-

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I Don't Write Car Reviews

on April 26th, 2010 by mark

The best car I ever drove before this was probably a…well, let me think. Hmmmm. Maybe my friend Keith’s ’69 Camaro. But honestly, I don’t remember anything else. Much as I like Lexus’s and have ridden in them, I’ve never driven one. I like BMW’s too, but I’ve never driven one of those either. I […]

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Let's talk about me…

on April 25th, 2010 by mark

Been working the deadlines pretty hard and happily. Mostly, though, I’ve been on a story that should go to press Tuesday morning. It’s another “what were they thinking story” about the government, but heck–aren’t they all? Hm. I just sat here for a few minutes staring at the vast empty whiteness. Usually, when I’ve been […]

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Pluck

on April 21st, 2010 by mark

Back in the routine after the weekend which was such a great time. A busy week in which deadlines have piled happily up and allowed me to work nearly full-time as a writer this week while maintaining a full teaching schedule. You’d think I would write something here like, “I’m just burned out,” or “I […]

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Weekend Snapshot

on April 18th, 2010 by mark

If I had a camera, a snapshot of the weekend, it would be like this: Sunshine would glint off the windshield of the Mercedes Benz c300 we rented. It’s hard to explain how we came by that car, but come by it we did and drove it to the Bay area, some 400 miles north, […]

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A Tale of Two Drinks

on April 15th, 2010 by mark

Not so much a tale, actually. More like a usurpation of the English language by one too tired to write it just now…Sue and I drank too much whiskey. Yes, there–I said it. We did so this evening. Two glasses each, I made whiskey sours and I’ve rather perfected the beverage and so we each […]

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The Macro and Micro

on April 14th, 2010 by mark

The schedule has filled up rapidly this week with a number of items and the chance to write some good stories. One of the things that constantly interests me is the number of times I write about a similar subject and that happened again today. I interviewed an area man who began a local chapter […]

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Weekends North

on April 11th, 2010 by mark

Keith Cox has been one of my closest friends since I was 14 years old. We’ve gone our separate ways and done different things with our lives, but he remains as close to me as always. And so it was with real excitement and anticipation when he and his wonderful wife Tina agreed to spend […]

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