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Water Water Everywhere…

on May 30th, 2011 by mark

We spent Saturday at our friend’s 40th b-day party (young pup) at the couple’s rented beach house at Faria Beach just north of Ventura. It’s in the middle of what is known, worldwide really, as the Rincon-a seriously major surfing attraction. But it’s ‘purty’ too. A bit of phlogging…   It’s deceiving because in this […]

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A little Inventory

on May 25th, 2011 by mark

Newly Updated in the Health Category! Knew you’d be interested…:-) Third day of 15 hours or so. I’m pretty beat in general, but there’s a lull in the reporting tonight as I’ve turned in five stories already this week. It’s also been a tough three days at school. Budget cuts are hitting home and we’re […]

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Shut up and Sing

on May 22nd, 2011 by mark

…Laura Ingraham said that first, I think. Downloaded some live R.E.M. tunes from their concert recording in Dublin. Nearly bought the whole album, but just wanted a smattering, so I got 7 songs. I love the band and always have, but I just could do without the political pontificating. Honestly, even if I agreed with […]

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Chops

on May 20th, 2011 by mark

The week was brutal, more than 5000 words for editors while getting ready to go to the Tri-Counties Journalism Education Association competition today. The TCJEA is run largely by those of us on the Oxnard plain as the president is our own Mark Riley of Pacifica High School-a good friend and a fine teacher. Those […]

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For Scoop

on May 15th, 2011 by mark

“Yes, my dear,” returned Bob. “I wish you could have gone. It would have done you good to see how green a place it is. But you’ll see it often. I promised him that I would walk there on a Sunday.”–Charles Dickens It wasn’t his grave site. That’s not walking distance, a thing about which […]

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Point the car North…

on May 15th, 2011 by mark

Friday, the fam and I headed north and got up to San Simeon. I write for Broughton Hospitality magazine and one of the fun perks is that occasionally, rather than pay me for the articles, I get a couple of free nights at some of their select hotels. One of them is called The Morgan, […]

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Straightening me out.

on May 9th, 2011 by mark

Two comments–both on the post below–attempt to set me straight. God knows I can always use more of that. That said, brother Jerry’s comments, while certainly true to an extent I agree with, don’t sum up my point about demographics. My point about “demographics is destiny” is that in the U.S. more affluent neighborhoods tend […]

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Mother’s Day

on May 8th, 2011 by mark

For a Sunday night, it’s rather quiet and nice. A good mother’s day with church and then home for a day. Simon and I did 5 mile this afternoon, something of a record for the two of us and he still had energy when we got back. This after a portion of our walk was […]

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Pray for Guidance

on May 5th, 2011 by mark

It was a surreal moment, I have to admit. Today is the National Day of Prayer and I covered the Camarillo gathering for the newspaper. I know so many of those involved-including a good chunk of the 17 pastors that together organized the event. So, as I was making the rounds and interviewing folks, I […]

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10 Years of Fighting

on May 1st, 2011 by mark

I remember well the sunny morning I left for work in September, 2011. We lived in Ventura and the Peanut was a baby just shy of 6 months old. She was awake when I left and eating breakfast with Sue and I kissed them both and drove off. I had gotten to the bridge over […]

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