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Time

on January 30th, 2012 by mark

Long and languid weekend with plenty of family time. Simon got a run at the T.O. dog park and he was grateful for the chance to chase the birds above the grass while Santa Ana winds blew strong to the west and kicked up dust in our eyes. Friday was what is known as “semester-break” […]

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A Good Story that Should Never Be Told

on January 27th, 2012 by mark

I remember Ian, a student of mine in 2000 and 2001, who came back from Iraq and Afghanistan where he was with the U.S. Army. He was in the 82nd Airborne when they went into Baghdad and the 101st Airborne when they went into the mountains to fight the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. He came back […]

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Smaller Things

on January 22nd, 2012 by mark

Yes, Newt Gingrich won South Carolina. The news isn’t that–it’s that people thought he wouldn’t. All kinds of fun news this week, I suppose. Or not so fun, when you think about it. It’s just that for the first time in a long time, I’m not paying that much attention to it. The epiphany I […]

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Kill SOPA and PIPA, Not Liberty.

on January 18th, 2012 by mark

Rarely do I get activist, but this story is big and I’m thrilled. Rubio and others are backing away from support. From the BBC-key graphs: The list of senators no longer backing Pipa includes Mr Rubio and Mr Blunt, and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, all Republicans, as well as Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland. In […]

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Nothing is something…

on January 16th, 2012 by mark

Well, it’s not mono that Sue has. We’re glad. But, of course, there’s the next question. What is it? Symptoms persist-but blood work has proven normal and fairly good, but issues persist. It’s a little scary, but again, there’s faith here and we’ll cling to that. Sue says she’s just frustrated that she doesn’t know […]

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Consequences

on January 15th, 2012 by mark

Regrets are a most human thing. Some are healthy. It’s good to regret the way you treated someone when you were in a temper. It’s also good to regret bad choices you made which, when faced with similar situations in the future, you’ll change. But, buyer’s remorse, particularly on big-ticket items, is almost universally destructive. […]

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Faithful

on January 13th, 2012 by mark

My favorite band, Rush-has a song called “Faithless.” I don’t have faith in faith I don’t believe in belief You can call me faithless I just can’t get behind it. My friend Jarvis, a Lutheran Pastor and professor of Theology, who is dealing with serious health issues–says he attributes atheism to a conscience rejection of […]

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Healthscares II

on January 12th, 2012 by mark

Speaking of healthscares–word from the inestimable Steven Hayward over at Powerline that one of the researchers who claimed that resveratol in wine was so good for you has been faking the data. He did it more than 100 times and so, for most people–climate change believers notwithstanding–that means that the tidbit that that ingredient is […]

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Healthscare

on January 11th, 2012 by mark

As I sit here, a commercial for the nuts over at World Wildlife Fund just ended. They actually still have the gall to say that “in 50 years, polar bears numbers will diminish by 50%…” or some such nonsense. I don’t think that’s a clear quote. It’s just nuts. These are claims based on emotional […]

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Full Plate

on January 7th, 2012 by mark

Tonight was something. All were busy in one way or another today. Peanut had a friend over, Sue and her siblings went to help move my father in law to a new apartment in his assisted living facility and I built a new gate with the help and guidance of my friend, Dave, for our […]

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