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In Which my OCD Geekdom Pays Dividends

on January 25th, 2013 by mark

Conni arrived Tuesday night at Burbank Airport. She’d been traveling and flying for 26 hours. Poor thing was exhausted. Conni is our new foreign exchange daughter. She succeeds Sofie, our F.E. daughter from Belgium who was here for a year in 2007/08. Conni is from Austria, near Vienna, and at 16, will start at the […]

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Time is What We Have

on January 20th, 2013 by mark

Time has flown so fast since Christmas that I hardly know where to stand. Part of this manifests itself in my teaching schedule, which is new this year due to my teaching English 4. But let us not blame circumstance. I know who I am and what I’ve neglected and the blog is one of […]

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Who We Are

on January 13th, 2013 by mark

The past couple of weeks starting with Christmas Eve have been a little tough on the waiting. It began with symptoms that seemed to indicate a kidney stone or at the least, perhaps a kidney infection. I’ve suffered a stone before and though I did not end up in the hospital, nor did I get […]

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Christmas Vacation’s End

on January 5th, 2013 by mark

The last free evening of Christmas vacation from 2013. It’s bittersweet. There was much to love about this one-close to home, quiet evenings, and the love of my family and friends. Dad and Joanne were here for a longer time than they’ve ever been, the weather was chilly and, at times, rainy which I love […]

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New Year’s Day, 2013

on January 1st, 2013 by mark

I hardly slept last night. As the clock rolled to midnight and the year advanced to 2013, all three of us lay upstairs-awake, watching a video recast of the Times Square ball dropping. At the strike of the hour, the idiots in the neighborhood started launching fireworks-explosions shaking the windows. It was loud, obnoxious and […]

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