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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

on August 30th, 2011 by mark

I’m watching Tony Bourdain, who though he can spurt invective that does him no credit, is the coolest TV personality and food writer I can think of. And he’s in Italy and he was interviewing a chef who gets his own seafood by snorkeling and diving right off his own coast. The guy is bald […]

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I’m not looking back, but I want to look around…

on August 28th, 2011 by mark

Forgive the Rush lyric headline…The summer officially ends for me this evening. Tomorrow, I head back in to start year 21 as a public school English teacher. It’s hard to believe. Where did the time go, blah blah blah. But the time did go and in many ways, because of my teaching career, I can […]

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Meeting Susan Hart Hellman

on August 25th, 2011 by mark

It was meant to be a coffee shop meeting to interview someone about whom I was writing an article. I’d pitched the piece to my editor and she accepted. Susan Hart Hellman is going to be teaching a class in writing memoir here in my fair city and the class is being offered through our […]

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Passions

on August 24th, 2011 by mark

The summer is drawing near an end and it makes me sad. This was one of those grand summers, one that Peanut will remember for a very long time-with travel and Uncle Doug and Aunt Katy’s wedding, two new states-Oregon and Washington-and this week, the added bonus of a week long class in horse camp. […]

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Of Air Races and Music

on August 21st, 2011 by mark

The weekend was a good one. Carpinteria’s beach, aside from having the “world’s safest beach” moniker, is simply beautiful. We rent a house there from a friend of ours and it’s a block from said safe beach. I even slid into a wetsuit and boogie-boarded out in the waves, though I have to confess–putting on […]

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Summer’s End…

on August 20th, 2011 by mark

Sleep has been in short supply. Not sure of the reason, though I suspect it is because of the life-changing vacation/writing spree I took to Northern California and Oregon. I’m home and so, I’m thinking about teacher prep and that’s not what I wanted. Ah…the joy. I’m actually not home and I’m feeling guilty. The […]

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It’s the Simple things…

on August 14th, 2011 by mark

My childhood memory in California is flecked with bits of wondrous joy and banal familial destruction. My parents’ divorce happened when I graduated high school and it was a painful time-but a necessary one, I suppose. We all have our various crosses to bear and all that. But before all of that, in the first […]

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The Hammer Speaks…correctly.

on August 12th, 2011 by mark

I have long admired Charles Krauthammer’s writing. Today’s (or last night’s) piece in the National Review is one more reason why. It’s absolutely spot on. I’ve spoken with several people about the current political stirrings and some of them, friends of mine, say how broken the system is. Nonsense. The system works and works well. […]

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Phlogging the Vay-K.

on August 7th, 2011 by mark

Returned this evening from a long working vacation that took us up to Sonoma and then to the Oregon coast and then a quick few hours into the Dundee Hills Oregon wine country. Brother Doug’s wedding was on July 30 up at Buena Vista winery in Sonoma and we spent from the 28th through August […]

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Bytes of Eno…

on August 5th, 2011 by mark

May I humble direct your attention to my latest on Sonoma wineries over at Enobytes.com? Please do visit the site. I’ll post more here in a couple of days. But for now, I can be read there.

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