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Summer’s End

on August 31st, 2010 by mark

Though the kids start tomorrow, I was up and at ’em early and in my classroom before 8:00 Am today setting up for the year that will be. This summer has been so stupendous and yet it was difficult to start it as I noted back in June. I still miss my Shakespeare kids and […]

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The Week…the summer….that was.

on August 30th, 2010 by mark

I forgot to pay the bill on the domain name. That’s why the site was down today. I sheepishly apologize. There are no excuses, though it has been a truly busy and momentous week. To wit: -We feared Sue had lupus and were plagued with concern for two weeks. She does not–she is in the […]

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Momentous News

on August 27th, 2010 by mark

The update is this: Sue does not have lupus and for this we are most grateful. She has a few immune imbalances, a vitamin-D deficiency and a few hormonal imbalances and this has caused a lot of her issues. We are extraordinarily grateful, of course, for the news and it’s given us a wonderful lease […]

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Bless This Time

on August 26th, 2010 by mark

I wrote this piece for Ventana a while ago. But those same wonderful men invited me, well one of them did anyway, back this evening for a Syrah tasting that was exceptional. These were all Paso Robles Syrahs. Some drank like velvet smooth and smoky silk and others drank like fruit was attacking my esophagus. […]

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Phlogging the last week of summer break

on August 24th, 2010 by mark

Well, summer does draw down. We are spending the week between home and Carpinteria, a perfect beach town about half an hour from here. We go back and forth and spend time on the beach and come back here to do some work, stay the night or whatever. Last night in Carp, Peanut succumbed to […]

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No Trumpets

on August 22nd, 2010 by mark

It is with no ceremony of any kind that the last week of summer 2010 starts. It has been an amazingly good summer, though shadowed a bit by Sue’s bouts of symptoms that have led us to a specialist-a rheumatologist who is checking for lupus or other such things. We take comfort in knowing a […]

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The Rembrandt Affair

on August 19th, 2010 by mark

I devour Daniel Silva books like I do tacos al pastor–with a great deal of joy and, unfortunately, as fast as possible. I found that this was true recently only of two other sets of books–in 2005, I read Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy for the second time in my life and later, I […]

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Reasonable Chaos

on August 17th, 2010 by mark

The wine box, a 2006 Scion I bought in October of 2005, has never given me a lick of trouble. I’ve never noticed a thing gone wrong. I replaced a couple of lightbulbs in the driver’s side rear of the car and I’ve done small bits here and there–but, never any major trouble. Until this […]

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Decompression

on August 16th, 2010 by mark

The decompression of the weekend was aided by my pal Larry’s birthday celebration to which the whole fam was invited. We dutifully attended and had a good time. Larry bbq’d Carne Asada and Sue made a tremendous Mexican Caesar salad complete with Cotija cheese and Cilantro dressing-organic veggies, too. Peanut played with their daughter and […]

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Allow me to LLink you…

on August 13th, 2010 by mark

Gentles- In the past three days, I’ve written in excess of 10,000 words. In short, I am spent. So, tonight-I bring you llinks! Ok…links. These links are to words recently written. Say that five times fast….no, not “that.” Words recently written five times fast. Ah, nevermind. You’re mocking me. I know you are. I’m overly […]

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