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Balancing Acts

on May 30th, 2012 by mark

I’ve been captivated the past few nights by the History Channel’s rendition of The Hatfields and McCoys. It’s a pretty good piece of film and Kevin Costner turns in a very fine performance as Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield while Bill Paxton, who plays really good Southern Bumpkins, plays a really good Southern Bumpkin-who happens to […]

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Memorial Day and Michael Diraimondo

on May 28th, 2012 by mark

Michael Diraimondo was one of the first students I’ve had the pleasure to teach. A squirrely seventh grader, then eighth grader at Valley View Junior High School in Simi Valley, Mike came from a loving family-all of whom smiled regularly and showered me with the kind of attention that teachers absorb like sunshine. After 21 […]

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Alchemy

on May 24th, 2012 by mark

Oh, gentles….a long week and a longer week–and even longer days. But enough about me. There are two weeks of school left in my 21st year of teaching. Harder to believe is that I still rather like it. Sure–I’m kind of broke, but who isn’t? I’ve had some deadlines this week, the biggest one dealing […]

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Saturday Morning Post

on May 19th, 2012 by mark

Shannon home and back into the swing after a great trip to El Capitan State Beach where she and 60 of her closest friends (well…56) spent four days and three nights away from home discovering the wild and themselves and each other and learning to be independent. That wasn’t the stated goal, of course. But […]

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Marking time

on May 15th, 2012 by mark

Day 2 with Shannon away has ended. She left yesterday morning for outdoor school. Screaming fifth graders on a bus an hour north along the coast and so far, she seems to be having a great time. It is harder on Sue that it is me-but I confess to missing my daughter a bit. More […]

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For Sue

on May 13th, 2012 by mark

Mother’s Day is not a day I ever thought I’d be celebrating all that much beyond my own mom and some friends. I never thought I’d be trying to outdo myself every year on a creative gift for Sue, or smiling as our daughter presented gifts to her mom she made herself. No-until about 12 […]

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Sick, sick, sick.

on May 11th, 2012 by mark

I cannot tell a lie. I have been sick for over a week. The headache I posted about led to a bad cold (yes, I’ve shared with other members of the family. I’m a giver…) and I have lost my voice nearly entirely. It sounds like I’m talking through sand when I talk at all. […]

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Almost Worth Your Time

on May 6th, 2012 by mark

Wednesday of last week began a spiral that continued for days. Indeed, it’s not quite over yet. I got a little dehydrated and wound up ill–that morphed into a migraine headache that lasted all night and then all day Thursday. It didn’t really respond to the OTC Rite Aid migraine preparation and then it kind […]

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Barely worth your time

on May 2nd, 2012 by mark

I am laid up with the beginnings of a migraine. I can feel it starting–so I’ve taken my pills and I’m drinking water to rehydrate which I need to do because….well, short version, because I’m stupid. Meanwhile, Shannon and I are sitting here watching horse shows because she’s obsessed with horses. She’s created a little […]

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