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Happy New Year

on December 31st, 2011 by mark

New year’s eve with brother and sister-in-law and a lovely meal and some good company. Simple Not fraught with stuff. And that’s kind of where things are tonight. 2012 will be another year of changes as I’ve signed on to do some writing and PR work with some new folks. When we firm that up, […]

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Continued Nothingness.

on December 27th, 2011 by mark

The midst of the Christmas vacation has me, well, vacationing. The first week was busy with articles and writing, but this week has been slower–sort of by design. The Star’s editors are mostly out this week with a couple of exceptions and I’ve done one story with another one in the offing. It may pick […]

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Merry Christmas

on December 25th, 2011 by mark

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Christmas Eve

on December 24th, 2011 by mark

There are a great many things from which I have derived good, from which I have not profited, Christmas among the rest. But I’ve always thought of Christmastime as a good time, a kindly, forgiving, charitable time; a time when men and women seem, by one consent, to open their shut-up hearts freely to their […]

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Christmas Eve Eve

on December 23rd, 2011 by mark

Took a week off to enjoy the Christmas-time Holiday doings and do some work. Things are headed into Christmas and I’m happy to have it. Such a glorious time of year, Christmas. Sue, Peanut, Simon and I walked down to Gemini Street earlier this evening and had a great time. It was packed with Holiday […]

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Non Vacation Vacation

on December 18th, 2011 by mark

One week until Christmas and we’re off for the break. Two weeks of glorious, unbridled freedom from the system. Peanut is gleeful at the break and yet is still forced to ask the question, “what are we doing tomorrow.” Thing is, she’s old enough now to hear this answer: “I don’t know what you’re doing […]

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Christopher Hitchens

on December 16th, 2011 by mark

When I first heard Christopher Hitchens speak, I was immediately enthralled. It was probably his British accent at first, and his erudite diction, syntax and absolute command of language. I don’t remember how old I was, but I don’t think I was quite 30. I thought, “this is what a journalist can do-a single individual […]

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An Entirely Useless Post

on December 15th, 2011 by mark

The coming weekend is filled with ample opportunity to work and I’ll be using that. To be frank, my writing energies are being focused there. In fact, I just took a break here now as my cell phone buzzed and it was a woman I need to interview on Monday. This is really what I […]

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365 Days

on December 13th, 2011 by mark

Today is Simon’s one year anniversary as a Storer. He came to us December 13, 2010. I wrote about that here. It was less than two weeks after Scoop passed away and I wrote then that he wasn’t mine–at least not yet. Well….now he is. He has succeeded, not replaced, Scoop as my walking companion […]

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Simon Meets His Match

on December 11th, 2011 by mark

Call it seasonal allergies, what have you. I am suffering from them. Every couple of hours, it feels like two corks have been shoved into my nose and except when occasionally, I have to sneeze. The tongue, which suffered from thrush not too long ago, has canker sores and I’m just a mess from my […]

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