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46 and Holding

on June 30th, 2011 by mark

My friend Greg’s sense of humor works for me. He posted this. It’s become my new motto, though I know it’s old to some of you: That’s just funny, isn’t it? And for all of ou who don’t think it is–the question was rhetorical. Please do not write comments to me about how you don’t […]

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Coming Home

on June 28th, 2011 by mark

I am to a point where covering military homecomings has had such an impact on me that I dream about it. These men and women come home, most of the ones I’ve seen are Navy Seabees arriving from Afghanistan, looking dazed and confused, exhausted and somewhat lost. They generally greet family, friends, girlfriends, wives, children […]

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Compromise

on June 27th, 2011 by mark

I have spent the last couple of weeks rationalizing with myself that I need an ipad–that it would be a useful and even sometimes necessary tool for me to have. And after all this time, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s simply not true…I don’t need one. I don’t really even want one. They’re […]

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Happy 17th Anniversary…

on June 25th, 2011 by mark

And on into the summer. Full summer, Ventura County style with fog occupying the morning and evening hours, keeping temperatures here at the coast quite pleasant, if a little dull and gray at times. A busy summer, too, gentles as the writing schedule has been keeping me busy and while I rekindle my love and […]

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No one gets to their heaven without a fight

on June 20th, 2011 by mark

It has taken me a long time to learn to listen to and appreciate Rush’s Snakes and Arrows album. I’m a fan going back to Moving Pictures when I first heard Rush as a 15 year old musical neophyte at El Camino Real High School in the San Fernando Valley. Rush opened up new vistas […]

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Father’s Day, 2011

on June 19th, 2011 by mark

It is late Sunday, Father’s day 2011, after a grand day of doing largely what I wanted. I got to go to church today and it was good to be back, to get into that rhythm and that vibe again. Craig’s sermon was short-but as always, powerful and a reminder of what faith is for-to […]

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New rhythms

on June 16th, 2011 by mark

To say I was on vacation for the past few days would not be entirely true. I wasn’t. My wife and daughter were and my daughter’s friend was with us. We went to Carpinteria, about 40 minutes north of here, and rented a house owned by a friend of mine from school. It’s a block […]

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Monday Monday

on June 13th, 2011 by mark

I was right about the hospital-Sue went yesterday morning at around 9:30. They drew her blood and gave her an ultrasound, but it turned out to be nothing–that is to say, they found no gallstones and her blood counts and such were normal. Meanwhile, Peanut woke up this morning vomiting and wretching. Whatever happened, she […]

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Summer Starts

on June 11th, 2011 by mark

Sue isn’t feeling well tonight. This has happened before. She’s asleep now and we’ll hope she is better in the morning–but for the life of me, she’s got all the symptoms of gallstones. Temperature isn’t very high at all, 98.9, so that’s good–but unless she’s markedly better in the morning, I fear a trip to […]

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20

on June 10th, 2011 by mark

It is the end of my 20th year as a high school English teacher. I intended tonight to look back at the posts I’ve had for the past few years about what it felt like to wrap up the year. I remember last year not being ready to let go of the senior class because […]

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