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Complaints and Cures 2

on September 30th, 2010 by mark

Long day. Long, long, seriously long day. Slept poorly. Awoke with wife complaining of itches. Itches in places there shouldn’t be itches. Then, wife complained of shortness of breath. Wife has asthma and that can happen. A bit concerned, but wife said go to work-so, I went to work. Went home on prep. period and […]

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Complaints and Cures

on September 28th, 2010 by mark

The heat of this week has been remarkable. I will not go on and on, here. In my classroom, though, before the clock struck noon, the temperature therein reached 92 degrees. That’s inside. Not outside. It was 112 in parts of Camarillo yesterday. Today was in the 90’s with heavy cloud cover. I believe the […]

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Tomato Chutney and Chicken pizza

on September 26th, 2010 by mark

I’d been meaning to post this as a short phlog. Sue made homemade tomato chutney and chicken pizza. The secret was the homemade chutney in which she used a can of plum tomatoes, roasted red peppers, ginger, scallions, craisins (dried cranberries), pumpkin pie spice, cumin and other goodness. She used New Zealand organic white sharp […]

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Rat’s End

on September 25th, 2010 by mark

My rare Saturday posts are becoming….well….less rare. But, tonight we must retreat and pay homage. As the years have passed and Scoop the wonderdog now suffers from cancer, his days are numbered and we are sad here. But grieving while he still lives is pretty silly-and pointless-so we try not to. This afternoon, upon inspection […]

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The Fire This Time

on September 23rd, 2010 by mark

I’m writing from the upstairs tonight. I came up more than an hour ago with the thought of turning in. I had been downstairs falling asleep over my keyboard on the Mac down there. The Mac up here, older, more sanguine, but still useful in its agedness, drew me in as I watched an episode […]

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The Rear View Mirror

on September 22nd, 2010 by mark

I think it may well be dangerous to watch Diners, Drive-ins and Dives before bedtime. I mean, I ate and everything–but this show on Food Network is the one that causes me to want to eat. The others I can glance at with a cursory eye and ignore. I can even watch them when I’m […]

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Picking Blackberries

on September 21st, 2010 by mark

It was a better day-much better. Still some angst, but not the kind I had yesterday. Today’s angst was more about my Blackberry’s recent phase of acting up wherein it decides intermittently to take e-mails or not. Thing is, I’m a freelance writer. The Blackberry is my lifeline to editors and to quick responses to […]

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Kvetching

on September 20th, 2010 by mark

There is little giving me energy this evening. The combination of a full Monday schedule combined with yesterday’s jaunt down to Disneyland, have left me tired, cranky and irritable. Add to this mix a visit to the vet to check on Scoop’s disease and a 9-year old determined to have anyone but her do her […]

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Restlessness

on September 18th, 2010 by mark

A rare Saturday evening post, gentles, and really only because I have not posted since earlier this week… Scoop is not quite himself. Whether the disease or the prednisone, I’m unsure. I get a gut feeling that he’s not long for this world and while it makes me sad, very sad, I’ve resigned myself to […]

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Doubts and Dreams

on September 15th, 2010 by mark

There are other things occupying my mind, but the most important of them revolve around Scoop. I am actually quite blocked at this point in writing about him. What I have to say is said below. He’s with me again tonight, lying on the couch next to me. He’s tired and looks a bit worn […]

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