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Taking Inventory

on January 31st, 2011 by mark

We have a great many things Tupperware, or Tupperware-like in our home. We have tall and short containers, big and small ones. Some so big, they hold a half gallon of liquid or such–and some so small, they hold enough salad dressing for maybe two salads–maybe one, depending on your dressing enjoyment quotient. We have […]

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On a Sunday Evening

on January 30th, 2011 by mark

Rain came today and it was welcome. We’d had one of those common and nasty heatwaves with Santa Ana winds last week and the temperatures soared well into the low 80’s. A lot of So. Cal folks like this. I don’t. But, I write too much about weather and weather is decidedly something over which […]

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Stick-to-it-ivity

on January 29th, 2011 by mark

The week that was was finals week and the previous post details my thoughts on that. Yesterday was a student-free day and so the workload at the school was light. I brought all of it home with me and sat over sheafs of paper reading essays, grading, updating and calculating grades. Most of that I […]

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Crucibles.

on January 24th, 2011 by mark

Finals week at school. Payback time, as I like to call it. Normally, of course, that’s just a silly little thing to say. This year, rather unfortunately, it seems true. I am disheartened by the number of students I have who either willingly, or simply through serious neglect, have failed the class. I have never […]

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Navel Gazing

on January 22nd, 2011 by mark

At the core of a very busy life is…well…a very busy life. No, seriously. At the core is what drives us to it–the delicate balance between paying homage to the god of money and understanding that it is no god–it is a tool. And like most other tools, it takes a bit of practice to […]

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The King’s Speech

on January 18th, 2011 by mark

I am, at heart, a bit of an Anglophile. Just a bit. I have affection particularly for British literature and I love Shakespeare, teaching a course on the Bard every spring. So, when I get to see English movies, it’s always a bit of a treat for me and if it is a movie based […]

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A winter of discontent

on January 15th, 2011 by mark

Awash in the glow of a Friday night fronting a three day weekend, I make my humble apologies for essentially taking the week off from blogging. I had work to do, gentles. I was not loafing. Could I not have taken the time to simply regale with a tale of this or that or t’other? […]

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True Grit

on January 9th, 2011 by mark

I imagine that before lines are rehearsed or props are set, before cameras are turned on and trained onto marks and before actors walk onto the set-that Joel and Ethan Coen spend days, weeks-even months or years, pouring over language in their scripts. I’m not a Coen follower, per se. I’ve seen a few of […]

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One Era ends, Another begins

on January 9th, 2011 by mark

Yesterday was a good day. It was a straight line of joyful moments, flecked here and there with sadness and anger, the kind of day that seems to mimic a life-the day imitating life, a moment for each person to live their individual personality, to see and feel it, and then to slip slowly into […]

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2011: Week 1

on January 6th, 2011 by mark

The last post was number 1240 and I just enjoyed looking at the even number, so I didn’t post anything for about five days. OK. That’s a lie. I had every intention of posting the other night when, hands over the keyboard, I looked at the clock on the Fios box and it said 9:58. […]

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