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Katy Moves West

on August 29th, 2012 by mark

The rattlesnake that crept into my brother’s backyard alarmed him. At some two feet long, he figured, it hid in the planter behind the pool, his dog Tucker whining at it and yipping. Tucker didn’t get bit and my brother hasn’t gotten the snake. He’s too busy. At 51, he’s about to be a dad […]

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Ending August

on August 22nd, 2012 by mark

The end of summer is upon us and we’re sad. Shannon and I are having to think about going back to school. She’s reading each day to beef up on her skills, and I’m catching up on some much needed refreshers with the English literature that I have to teach this fall including Beowulf, The […]

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Nothing to See Here

on August 20th, 2012 by mark

The schedule heats up and the deadlines roll in-just before we get into the 22nd year of teaching. Still fighting with the neck and shoulders. Dog asleep next to me-Shannon awake on the other side, watching TV. Tired and unfocused after a hot day and a number of interviews. Weather isn’t the only thing heating […]

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Not Ready for Prime Time

on August 15th, 2012 by mark

I’m not prepared for my 22nd year teaching English. I’ve had a summer that ignores the entire thing–and I mean all of it. I’m not ready. From traveling to the east coast in June, to picking up new writing gigs, to having my shoulder and neck act up again this summer-I’m simply not ready for […]

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Hannah and the Rolling Sea

on August 12th, 2012 by mark

A chance walk on the beach with Shannon and Simon today led us to meet up with the Szakaczy family about whom I’ve written previously. It was a blessed and wonderful thing to see and talk with them again. I think about Hannah often and her death, so unexpected, so wrenching, is not something I’ll […]

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Summer’s Lease

on August 8th, 2012 by mark

It is as if June never happened. The trip back east seems so long ago–it’s like another lifetime. I miss it–and I miss everything about it. “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date,” indeed. A couple of days here in the Calif. beach city of Carpinteria has been a nice getaway for the girls. […]

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Welcome Aboard

on August 5th, 2012 by mark

Starting a new and, hopefully, long tradition here at the blog and welcoming aboard some new clients. I’m writing for the Silicon Valley Business Journal based in San Jose. Mostly digest stuff and quick hit stories, but a lot of fun and great people. Also doing some copy-editing for Velcon Filters based in Colorado Springs, […]

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