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Random Randomness

on April 28th, 2011 by mark

One week ago tonight, I was drinking good wine in Solvang with my girls enjoying a rare–and quick–night away. It was a grand time and the past week went awfully fast. For one thing, it was testing week at school–the most spectacularly inefficient waste of taxpayer dollars on the planet. But hey, what do I […]

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Falling Up

on April 25th, 2011 by mark

For posterity’s sake, I continue the battle of the bulge. I’ve plateaued between 212 and 214, but I’m working on breaking that with more exercise and leaner-not to say less–eating. Snacking remains the enemy and Easter with a 10-year old in the house means candy. If it doesn’t, you’re robbing your child of a quintessential […]

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Easter 2011

on April 24th, 2011 by mark

A bit of phlogging for the Holiest day of the year. Mission Santa Inez in Solvang, CA                                                                     A fine break and […]

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Chocolate Horses

on April 20th, 2011 by mark

Peanut finishes up horse camp tomorrow. We were getting ready for bed tonight and she said, “sometimes, I dream about chocolate horses and chocolate people. They all dance around saying my name and they’re always happy. I love it.” I was so taken with the dream that I can’t get it out of my head. […]

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Spring Un-Break

on April 19th, 2011 by mark

Well I am pleased to announce that I am still successful in the battle of the bulge. Having now lost about 13 or 14 pounds, I can honestly say I feel a little better. I’m not there yet. I need to lose another 13 or so-but I am close. I seem to have plateaued again […]

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Good Night, Gentles

on April 18th, 2011 by mark

The gray clouds portended doom and it was back to the classroom to pick up where we left off today. It was, in ways, a disappointing day. There seemed no end to the frustrations that manifest themselves whether in students doing what they shouldn’t do or just the bureaucracy of what education has become. I […]

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Livin’ the Dream

on April 15th, 2011 by mark

I prophesied this moment. Even mentioned it in last night’s post during which I said that vacation would end and I wouldn’t recognize that I had had one. I’m right, of course. But then-I’m always right. At least on my blog I am. One of the downsides to being a parent of a child ensconced […]

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Perspective

on April 14th, 2011 by mark

Radiant blue skies with cotton puffs of clouds, wispy as they traveled via wind east from the ocean, then slightly north. Golden light dappled amid blooming trees, flowers and shrubs, everything breathing, striving and reaching. The cool mornings, nearly cold, slowly melt into warm days, even hot in the full sun, out on the road […]

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Building John Adams

on April 12th, 2011 by mark

Tufts of polyfil, a printed picture of a long-ago painting, Sharpies, scissors, glue and sheets of velvet cloth littered the table. As my pal Shawn and I poured over the materials, we talked of Colonial politics and Revolutionary dogma. We drank clear, cold flavored bubbly water and a spring breeze blew cool through the screen […]

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Spring Break 2011

on April 11th, 2011 by mark

The first day of spring break from school and I was working. No pity, please–I am not in need. I chose to do this and want to do it. Since Peanut and I don’t share spring break this year, I figure if I can’t be off spending money with her, then I’ll make some and […]

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