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Memorial Day, 2010

on May 31st, 2010 by mark

This story in the Wall Street Journal surmises it eloquently. It’s not enough to say thank you and throw a barbecue, though that is inevitably what we all do, myself included. At the very least, it’s a moment to stop and think about the service these men and women have provided for our country. The […]

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Not Quite the Black Dog

on May 28th, 2010 by mark

Often on a Friday, I’ll get a bit euphoric at the thought of a weekend. It seems fitting that with a three-day weekend upon us, I’d fill it with true kick-up-the-heels, gas bag happiness. That would be the right and honest thing-three days without serious obligation and time with the family and with friends. That […]

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Cold Comfort

on May 26th, 2010 by mark

There is a scattered quality to the end of the year, aided and abetted this year by a returning weather pattern of gray sky, cool breezes and an indecisive sun. At once, too much to do and at once, nothing to really get done. I could grade, but I’m in no hurry. I could lecture, […]

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The Wedding

on May 23rd, 2010 by mark

I would have to search through here a bit to find the last time I was sick. I simply don’t recall it. I refer to it at times as “the dreck” and during 2007/08 for example, I got it frequently. But I haven’t been sick for a while and I’m kind of happy about it. […]

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Never Say Never Again…

on May 21st, 2010 by mark

Finally Friday and a week of true honest to goodness work is out of the way. Two competitions for our journalism kids and took Peanut to see my friend Richard’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with several of my students in leading and supporting roles. They were fantastic, all of them and the show […]

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A night of Revels

on May 18th, 2010 by mark

I’m writing this with Scoop the wonderdog on the couch next to me. Still battling the sore neck and shoulder, but I have faith it will come around. Been down this road before. When I got home it was after a faculty meeting, a rather large waste of time, and a hard-ish day. So I […]

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Ridonkulus Ramblings

on May 17th, 2010 by mark

About 10 days ago, I was stupid in my exercise routine and jogged. This is hard on my neck. And it’s even harder on it now. I’m hurting and it was a stupid move for me. I have a disc issue up there and jogging is not a generally good thing to do. I think […]

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Bad to Good

on May 15th, 2010 by mark

It is safe to say that I enjoyed The Tooth Fairy more than I enjoyed Avatar. I guess I’m not really a geek at heart, as much as I would like to be. But, when I see a movie I do look for a compelling story and that is something Avatar, for all of its […]

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Manifesto for Today

on May 12th, 2010 by mark

The great whine fest is underway at school. Mostly seniors, but a lot of juniors, simply whining that anything substantive is expected of them. It’s less funny each year, I have to admit. And though from the seniors, I rather expect it and joke with them about it, the juniors are far less….humorous. 16 or […]

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Going Out with a Whimper

on May 10th, 2010 by mark

I am aware that if I use my posts to talk about my busy freelance writing, I am rather defeating the point of having a blog, so I will spare you… I’m in the mode of feeling bitter from a political point of view. I’ve just about finished reading Jon Krakauer’s Where Men Win Glory, […]

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