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HMS Bounty

on October 30th, 2012 by mark

A steady mist poured from the sky that mid-June day in Maryland. Sue, Shannon, Aunt Laurie and I had been on vacation for about 9 days and it was our last day before heading north to Philadelphia to fly home. We got up at my Aunt’s house that morning, ate some breakfast and headed for […]

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On a blue-green Sea.

on October 28th, 2012 by mark

Saturday was a zombie-day. Up at 5:30 with the alarm. Was supposed to be 6, but I blew it. No point in going back to sleep. Up to the church to pick up Shannon from a sleepover and lock-in at the church where she got something like 3 hours of sleep herself. Out we went […]

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Simon’s Very Bad Day

on October 25th, 2012 by mark

My schedule currently allows me to escape for lunch on occasion, however briefly. I came home today and said hi to Sweet Sue, but was quickly interrupted with a nervous, nudgy and overly-affectionate greeting by Simon, the wonderdog. He was panting a bit and wanting attention, so I patted his head,  rubbed his flanks a […]

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What Cyrus said.

on October 24th, 2012 by mark

Cyrus Nowrasteh has become a friend over time. I had his son, Alex, in my class years ago–he’s married now, living in Washington, D.C. and setting the world ablaze with his brilliance. So is Cyrus–so it meant a lot to me what he said. “It’s always about finding your voice,” he said. “I don’t care […]

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Seven Years

on October 19th, 2012 by mark

My students were very kind and informed me that today is the seventh anniversary of this particular blog. My but does time fly. When I started writing this, they were my daughter’s age and younger–she’s 11. Sigh. Where does the time go? I have less to say than I did that evening. But, I have […]

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Days of Wine and Apples…

on October 17th, 2012 by mark

It’s been rather nice, actually. We decided to take breathers from our various schedules. We can’t and didn’t do anything extravagant–no overnight stays, no hotels–nothing like that. But on Saturday night, Shannon had a sleepover at the Navy base with a friend from her soccer team whose family lives on base, and so Sue, Aunt […]

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Thank you For this Good Life

on October 10th, 2012 by mark

Ugh. Three deadlines, four interviews, 1500 words, about 17 e-mails, several verification phone calls. All today. On top of a full day in the classroom. And I still have time to do this. It’s a good life, I tell you. But it’s a busy life, too and it’s a breakneck pace. So far, so good. […]

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No Rest….

on October 7th, 2012 by mark

October is here–and in typical So. Cal. fashion, it doesn’t know whether to be hot or cold. It’s opting for the warmer side of the spectrum, at least in the daytime–but at night, it cools down. Still, the a/c kicks on in the middle of the night sometimes. For those of you reading this disgusted […]

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Turbulence on Take-off

on October 2nd, 2012 by mark

The new normal here is a few days–sometimes a week or even 10 days–between posts. The schedule is hot and heavy and it’s hard to get a break at times. I’m usually swamped busy from about 7 in the morning until around 9 or 10 at night–yes, I take breaks for dinner and lunch–and most […]

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