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A shot of Independence

on September 27th, 2011 by mark

My thanks to those of you who have sent well-wishes about the fall. I am absolutely aware how lucky I am, knowing several people who have taken similar spills and wound up in hospital with pretty serious injuries. I was fortunate enough that my fall took the shape of a kind of prat fall, allowing […]

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The Ladder and Me

on September 25th, 2011 by mark

I think it’s great the Herman Cain won Florida. I think it is wonderful that I’m liberated and happy with my choice of Mr. Cain or Mr. Gingrich for President. I’ve decided not to buy the media meme that it’s a two-man race between Romney and Perry. Sorry-don’t buy it. And Florida helped. We’ll see. […]

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Political Englightenment-Political Naivete

on September 15th, 2011 by mark

I have several very good friends who are truly left leaning and the ones at school, because of our daily interaction with one another, are always up for a good debate. Both are respectful and kind, both can be cuttingly funny and we have a good time. But in today’s discussion with my friend, Kevin, […]

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Holding Place

on September 14th, 2011 by mark

A late night post after I crashed for 15 minutes on the couch. That happened about 8 this evening while Peanut and I were watching shows together. That’s the first time this school year. I imagine it will happen more. At night, I have been taking the occasional melatonin supplement and I don’t think it […]

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Food for the Soul

on September 12th, 2011 by mark

I officially announce (though I tweeted when it first showed up last week) that winefox.ca has published my piece on the Willammette Valley.  They even fixed my byline so it shows up. Winefox is a branch of the Toronto Star and is my second official International publication, alongside Decanter Wine Magazine, a UK publication. I […]

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9/11

on September 11th, 2011 by mark

I do not recall the last time I took a weekend off from writing. Even on vacation, I was working in Sonoma, then in Oregon, while by day we tooled about and had fun together. No stress at that time, that’s true–still, I was writing. So this weekend, I had no assignments and I sought […]

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Bed Rest

on September 8th, 2011 by mark

Bone tired. Dog tired. Mega-tired. I could go on. But the blog page mocks me with its stale September 4 date and I had to respond. Jarvis, from the post below, is recuperating nicely at USC Medical center. It’s a heck of a thing he’s been through… The week for me has been one filled […]

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Hope is the thing with Feathers

on September 4th, 2011 by mark

Dr. Jarvis Streeter is a dear and close personal friend of mine. A Lutheran pastor and professor of religion at my alma mater, California Lutheran University, Jarvis and I have known each other since 1988. He married my wife and me and he has been around at all of the big milestones of my adult […]

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