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Productivity

on February 26th, 2012 by mark

It was a four-article weekend and only two of those were for the local paper, which has the odd effect of making me happy. I owe the Star a lot for putting me through the mill of writing daily for over a year and learning efficient journalism, the craft of story-telling without subjectivity and the […]

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Of Grace and Gatsby

on February 22nd, 2012 by mark

Spent a glorious weekend in Solvang with our pals Randy and Janel. I write for Broughton Hospitality and part of the deal is a barter system in which I’m able to get a couple of nights in their splendid hotels. In Solvang, they have a set of cottages and we secured one. Comfortable, clean, delightful, […]

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Topsy Turvy

on February 16th, 2012 by mark

All the care in the world, tonight. We were visited with a letter from the I.R.S. yesterday stating that “if they were correct,” we owed them $38,057. After the sweating, nausea, headache, gnashing of teeth, cursing the government, etc.–we went and did our research. They screwed up. Yes-it appears the I.R.S. moved a decimal point–as […]

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Time Standing Still

on February 12th, 2012 by mark

The long marching line of teaching gets interrupted in February. Our school district, in all its wisdom, takes two three-day weekends in celebration of both Mr. Washington and Mr. Lincoln. Allow me to state that both men deserve celebration and I don’t hold a grudge. Nor do I have a problem taking three-day weekends. All […]

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Upswing

on February 11th, 2012 by mark

A rare and welcome day off in which Simon got his weekly dog-park trip. We met brother-Doug and Katy there. Their new pup, Tucker, as handsome as he is big, saw Simon from across the park and ran to him. At five months old, he is now bigger than Simon who is about 56 pounds. […]

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Superbowl XLVI Half Time as Metaphor

on February 6th, 2012 by mark

It wasn’t that Madonna was just awful yesterday, though she was. It wasn’t just that she lip-synched her songs, which she did. Poorly. It wasn’t just that her dance moves were more a kind of sclerotic senior citizen’s attempt to be hip, without breaking one. Those things could essentially be excused, or at least laughed […]

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The Bigger they are…

on February 4th, 2012 by mark

The Santa Ana winds always put me in a funk and today was no different. Last year was a gloriously rainy and cold year, but this year is more typically dry, windy and warmer. Not happy. Want to move to Idaho–or something like that. It’s a singular thing these days that I seem to be […]

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