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Round the Bend

on February 28th, 2011 by mark

Sleeping a bit better. Feeling a bit better. A bit. The big red splotch in my eye kind of changes things a bit, though. I imagine Elvis had one of these ere he shuffled off this mortal coil. Burst blood vessel, I think. I dunno. It’s ugly to look at–itches a little. Right eye, lower […]

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Addiction

on February 26th, 2011 by mark

I have been toiling with the discomfort of a nose as dry as the Sahara and I have not been successful in my many attempts at fixing the problem. This is not something I’ve been writing about because…well, because it’s so pathetic. I have known that I have a sinus problem for sometime. It’s probably […]

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Bother

on February 22nd, 2011 by mark

Do you know how difficult it is to maintain good humor in light of pain? You do? Oh….OK. Nevermind. I thought I was the only one. Cuz my neck is bothering me a bit after a long day and other than that I’m in a good mood, but the neck kind of slows the mood […]

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To sleep, perchance to Dream…

on February 21st, 2011 by mark

Surreal, bizarre and strange. Yes, all of the above. I went and had a sleep study last night. Yes, I snore. Yes, my wife wanted me to go. Yes, I get totally that apnea is bad. Yes, I have apnea–though not every night and no, I don’t always suffer ill effects. Last night I did, […]

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A visit from the black dog

on February 20th, 2011 by mark

The weeks have blended in one to another and Friday came to a halting and, well–not altogether pleasant end. I’ve been on a number of assignments and work has been good. On Friday, though, I pulled off the off-ramp of the freeway and was rear ended by another car. Nothing terribly serious–both of us were […]

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Just in Time

on February 16th, 2011 by mark

I’m in this strange mode. Tuesday feels like it didn’t happen. There was so much going on from the classroom to the editorial drafts that I simply melted into bed around 11 after writing more than 2500 words, teaching five classes and conducting something like four interviews. Today was easier, if somewhat jumbled by all […]

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Happy V.D.

on February 14th, 2011 by mark

In danger of dropping off entirely, I suppose. Sue and I recovered from the ravages of dreck and went to bed earlier than usual Friday night. On Saturday morning, awake before the sun, we drove north and arrived in Lodi, CA by lunchtime where we met big brother Doug and his fiance, Katy-did (as she […]

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The Dreck Continues-but abates.

on February 10th, 2011 by mark

The dreck took over and I spent a couple of evenings upstairs hoveled in my room, sleeping, reading and sipping tea. Felt good, too. I’m still kind of there, but I feel much better. I get tired awfully easy, though and so bedtime arrives earlier than usual. I didn’t take any time off teaching and […]

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An Education

on February 6th, 2011 by mark

For many years I’ve been a conservative, but it wasn’t always so. In point of fact, in my everyday life-and in my dealings on a daily basis, I am not a very political person. Part of this is because I make a living in two worlds, education and media, that are predominantly liberal. If nothing […]

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Ticking away…

on February 5th, 2011 by mark

The illness continues. Yesterday, Peanut spiked a fever that has stuck around by and large. Low grade, which is nice, but it’s there. We called the doc–she’d been there on Monday–and we thought she’d be getting better by now, but no such luck. Doc was thoughtful about it and decided a course of amoxicillin was […]

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