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Conni

on June 28th, 2013 by mark

When you sign on to take in a foreign exchange student, it’s pretty clear what is supposed to happen. A new person comes to live with you, share your life, learn something and hopefully create a lifetime’s worth of memories. But then, they have to go home… That happened in 2008 when Sofie, who lived […]

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Vacation, Family and Love

on June 22nd, 2013 by mark

Simple things often rely on synergy, time, distance and perhaps a little bit of luck-or at least-natural selection. That’s true of relationships on some level, but I don’t let that confuse me into believing that relationships are a matter of fate. Love is a choice and the people with whom we choose to share it […]

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22

on June 17th, 2013 by mark

June again. 22 times I’ve done this now-more time than I’ve done just about anything else consistently. I’ve no moral lessons this year, none anyway that wouldn’t be a repeat from the last couple of years. Neither am I plugging away incoherently. Each year, particularly the last few, is a new commitment to the craft […]

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This is just to say…

on June 8th, 2013 by mark

The hospital third floor was clean, airy and inviting. Out the window, one could see the tall palms swaying in the onshore late spring breeze as wisps of thin and passing gray fog lined the blue sky. Summer is right next door and spring is fleeting. Sue came home a month ago with tummy trouble. […]

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Crosses and Cares

on June 3rd, 2013 by mark

The weeks have crunched together and brought me to this point, the end of my 22nd year as a high school teacher. It’s not hard to believe. I can see the path, I just feel like I want some of the path back–Time Stand Still and all that, as I’ve written before, I know. The […]

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