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Happy Halloween

on October 31st, 2010 by mark

To the rat-bastard punk ass little pukes who stole my daughter’s five pumpkins and smashed them in the street: May someone do the same to you and what passes as your brains. Ah, yes. Teenagers at Halloween. What is that happens? I’ve been teaching adolescents for 20 years and I’m more confused than I was […]

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These are Fine Times…

on October 29th, 2010 by mark

These past few nights have again seen me fall asleep here at the keyboard. It’s Friday and I don’t feel like that’s going to happen, but how do I know? I’ve certainly been working hard–and that’s not a complaint, but an observation. So, there is ample reason for me to fall asleep. Still… Peanut has […]

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Wandering Wanderlust

on October 28th, 2010 by mark

I must take a shameless moment to give a rare–indeed, unheard of–shout out to Uncle Ken and Aunt Alice. Sue’s people, you know? Wonderful folks who have visited us here several times. They are based in Florida, but drive a well-equipped RV ’round the nation at various times of the year and are happy doing […]

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Random Rambles and Tangential Tangents

on October 26th, 2010 by mark

I’m as busy as a writer with…..four pens. Or laptops. Or something. Writing for a few different places, interviewing a number of different people–and trying not to mix them up. This is why God invented the white board and it’s why I use one. It’s pretty marked up right now. And I was going to […]

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Friday Night Was Fun

on October 24th, 2010 by mark

It was, as aforementioned, the official Halloween party at The Studio Bar.

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Memories and Surprises

on October 22nd, 2010 by mark

When I woke Friday morning, Scoop bounded down the stairs looking for his morning treats. Later, we went for a brief walk. Took a walk today, too. Spoke to Dr. Perkins and took Scoop in. “The tumors are larger and they’re growing, but so far, he’s OK. He’ll have bad days. It’s when they pile […]

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One page turns

on October 20th, 2010 by mark

Scoop’s time may have come. The past two days have seen a marked decline in his behavior and wellness. He’s tired all the time and his breathing is labored. He wanted so badly to go on a walk this afternoon and I took him. We walked a full two and a half miles, but as […]

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And down goes the day…

on October 18th, 2010 by mark

You know, the day was going too well. It really was. That’s actually quite rare for a Monday and so, I was happy about it. I got caught up on all of my grading at school and with the juniors, we finished reading The Crucible together. So today, I began showing them the film made […]

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Secretariat

on October 17th, 2010 by mark

I bought a copy of Seabiscuit when it came out on DVD. It was and is one of my favorite films of 2003 and I continue to think it one of the best films of the decade. So, when Disney announced it would make and release Secretariat, I was skeptically excited. I’m a Disney fan, […]

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The Speed of a Week

on October 14th, 2010 by mark

It has been a smokin’ fast week. No sooner did I get home from Mammoth on Sunday, exhausted but joyful, than I was off and running at school and for the newspaper. I have had two interviews a day or more everyday this week and I’ve written four stories. I have three more to do […]

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