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Happy New Year

on December 31st, 2010 by mark

To all those who have stopped by for a read, a look or a just a quick glance–thank you. May 2011 be bright and prosperous for you and yours.

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A Melange

on December 29th, 2010 by mark

Weird, wild day. Rain this morning-good strong rain. Then came the break in the clouds and then came the sunshine-then the wind and then the cold. Now, it’s really cold-wind is gone with just a few clouds. Simon seemed to feel the change. As I mentioned, we’re on a current regime of some three walks […]

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Working Dogs

on December 27th, 2010 by mark

My pal Jason and I were back and forth texting a bit today. Jason’s a smart punk kid, a former student of mine and he is now at Disney trying to rule the world–and coming close to succeeding. He works hard and he loves doing it. He has an end goal in mind and he […]

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Burger Wars

on December 26th, 2010 by mark

The day after Christmas and yet another one played close to home. Church this morning and then lunch at Five Guys Hamburgers in T.O. There has been a lot of media hype about Five Guys and I thought it might be worth it to see if the media hype was warranted. It isn’t. That’s not […]

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Merry Christmas

on December 25th, 2010 by mark

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Christmas Harmony. Sort of…

on December 24th, 2010 by mark

Yesterday started off so very grand. There was love and harmony. There was a two-mile walk with both dogs, Lucy and Simon during which they neither growled at nor bothered one another. They walked next to each other the whole time and they nosed one another when they were communicating, but no snapping, no biting, […]

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

on December 22nd, 2010 by mark

The day is coming and anticipation is high here at the Storer manse. Peanut is chomping at the bit, as Dickens might say, for Christmas to get here. The fun in that, of course, is letting her learn what it took me years to learn as well…the best part is the waiting. The Advent. Speaking […]

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Pre-Christmas Politics

on December 21st, 2010 by mark

I remember when President Bush was in office, his most vehement critics, including some friends of mine, would berate the man constantly. One of my favorites was when they said, “there is no terror threat! Bush is just using the threat to keep us in a police state!” Never mind that the police state never […]

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What ifs?

on December 19th, 2010 by mark

Steady and constant rainfall since Friday night. It’s so needed and we are happy to have it. All except Peanut. Her worried little brain conceives of a great flood. “What happens if it rains too much?” My only reply is, “go ask someone who lives where it rains too much…” She doesn’t get the answer. […]

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Christmas Break, 2010

on December 17th, 2010 by mark

December 17 and school lets out for two glorious weeks. I’ve been in need of this particular break for some time now and glad to have it upon me as I stated in last night’s post. I think there is no denying it-the solutions required to fix education are simple and plain and right in […]

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