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Wet Dogs

on July 27th, 2011 by mark

The sweating and jarring over the debt limit is palpable, no? I’m interested as far as it goes, but I have to admit that the most interesting thing is that the Republicans have largely held the line. Oh, I think Boehner’s plan will prove pretty bad and I think we’re going down a long-term suck […]

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Almost Making It

on July 23rd, 2011 by mark

Over at Fermentation, Tom Wark is writing about his experiences in Charlottesville. I’m an American history buff, a wine aficionado and a writer–so a little envy is the name of the game tonight. Tom, as usual, writes as though he walks into the room unawares and reports it just so. He’s a little like Huck […]

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i don’t pad

on July 18th, 2011 by mark

It’s big news that I have hinted at before, gentles–but time to unpack this particular bag. I’ll be writing for winefox.ca upon going up to Portland on a whirlwind trip to write about Wilammette Valley wines. The piece is travel-centric in nature, but focusing on traveling for the sake of wine and so I’ll write […]

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The Show of Shows

on July 15th, 2011 by mark

Honestly, I am to the point where watching politics is circus-like. The Democrats are trying to scare us, the Republicans are the only ones afraid of them and so there’s no point talking. To be honest, I really hope there is an impasse and I hope that the debt ceiling isn’t raised because I don’t […]

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Lack of Substance…

on July 12th, 2011 by mark

There has been a lapse in the past couple of days because I have been in the dumps. I spent quite a few days pounding away at the keyboard over on the dining room table. And I know I shouldn’t. That’s because I have a wacky neck that, at times, reminds me that it is […]

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Cars 2

on July 7th, 2011 by mark

I’ve written before about Pixar films and will again, I trust. And some of what I’ve written, I cherish as an accomplishment. I  know, it sounds prideful and I don’t mean to. But Pixar’s films inspire me and always have and I trust will again. But Cars 2? Not so much… Oh, it is not […]

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Lauren’s Ordeal

on July 6th, 2011 by mark

I first met Lauren De La Torre when she was actively involved at my daughter’s school where her husband Walt, teaches. I didn’t know then the impact she would have on me personally and professionally, nor did I know then that she was a job-share teacher herself with kindergartners at a school across town from […]

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America, America

on July 3rd, 2011 by mark

I have posted this previously, but perhaps yearly is a good reminder about who we are and where we come from in the U.S. Not ancestrally, but philosophically and ideally: John Adams’ famous letter of July 3, 1776, in which he wrote to his wife Abigail what his thoughts were about celebrating the Fourth of […]

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