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Happy Anniversary

on June 25th, 2012 by mark

Shimmering heat warmed the blacktop parking lots and streets of Thousand Oaks. Evening came with a little relief, but our little apartment’s air conditioner was employed through the night-not that any of us were sleeping much. June 24, 1994, my best man, Keith and my roommate and good pal Shawn as well as our friend […]

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Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, 2012

on June 19th, 2012 by mark

Lightning bugs filled the dusky sky as night dropped in on us in Catonsville, Maryland. We were in my Aunt Virginia’s backyard, the same backyard where, as a boy, I chased lightning bugs—fireflies—with my brothers and my cousin. Now, it was Shannon’s turn and though we visited Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Hershey, Lancaster and Annapolis, the […]

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1776

on June 10th, 2012 by mark

Traveling has never really been my thing. I’ve done a bit–at least in the US anyway. I’ve lived in a lot of places, too, so I guess I feel well-rounded… But, couldn’t pass up the chance to come east with the girls an so this morning, Uncle Doug took us to LAX where we boarded […]

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21

on June 8th, 2012 by mark

21 years into a career I still think about leaving. But I can’t. I love teaching. And I’m not demanding more money for it–I’m losing money. And I contribute to my own pension and my own healthcare. I’m a teacher, though. I’m passionate about what I do. I get to read and write and teach […]

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Timing

on June 4th, 2012 by mark

I am sitting here watching footage of last winter’s protests in Wisconsin as the state prepares for a rather unprecedented recall election tomorrow. Barring any real surprises-or cheating, however, Governor Walker of that state looks to be able to hold his job. And no–that doesn’t upset me. It is all such a political blur, such […]

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Good Marketing Starts with a Good Product

on June 3rd, 2012 by mark

As any good and trustworthy marketing rep will tell you (and I’ll grant that there may not be as many of those as there should be), one can have the finest marketing department with a large budget and all the gadgets he wants–but if the product isn’t worth marketing, it won’t do any good. Case […]

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