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Four Men

on September 23rd, 2012 by mark

Uncle Ken’s passing was documented below this post. It remains a point of grieving and mourning in our family that he’s gone. My friend Jarvis, about whom I’ve written previously, is the man that married Sue and me. He was diagnosed a little over a year ago with pancreatic cancer. Last night, his wife, Susan […]

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The Kvetch Kolumn

on September 18th, 2012 by mark

Between the new school year and the deadlines, the following of politics and the silliness therein (and that silliness is predominantly on the left. Sorry, it just is), the middle-school beginnings for Peanut, the dog-walking and the birth of my second niece here near home, the death of Uncle Ken and the finishing work for […]

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Uncle Ken

on September 8th, 2012 by mark

Summer came and my parents went. It was 1977 and the folks separated, their marriage beginning a precipitous decline that would end years later in 1983 after several attempts at reconciliation. But for the moment, it’s 1977 and I’m 12. And I’m panicking. So, my dad packed my brother Jerry and me up and sent […]

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Dreams on the Eve of 22

on September 3rd, 2012 by mark

On the eve of my 22nd year in the classroom and I awoke relatively early this morning. There were so many dreams, some of them awful and nightmarish, some of them full of hope. The one that I remember was…well….different. There I was standing in a lunch line with Neil Armstrong–yes, that Neil Armstrong. No, […]

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