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Jun.18.2012
Fascinating listening to the Monday morning meeting and watching the notes being posted. The exchanges are so often about the language. What do you mean by this acronym? I thought it means that? The acronym means both. Which do we mean here? Do you have an update? I have an update but not an update...
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Jun.17.2012
These are the bad things I've learned about reading. This is a personal list, scoured from decades of reading. I want to share these observations with others. I hope it helps them. Perhaps it would have helped me to know these things but my Father, Mother and teachers never mentioned it. Well, I'm...
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Jun.17.2012
Friends sent this video link.  http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=qybUFnY7Y8w They've connected things, set one thing in motion with another, setting off an odd series of fascinating actions and responses. I guess we can call it toppling. You used to see these sort of things with dominos...
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Jun.16.2012
Typing, you notice and dismiss things. People pass. The bathroom door opens and closes, opens again. People order drinks, come and go. The door opens. A man runs up to me and asks, "Did you see a little boy come out of the bathroom?" I flip back through the last few minutes of sounds and images. "...
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Jun.16.2012
Weird Al Yankovic is known for his song paradies. I especially like the send up of Greg Kihn's song, Our Love's In Jeopardy. Weird Al sings, "I lost on Jeopardy, baby." Sitting here writing and typing, I took a break, stretched, swigged some water and prepared to continue. Where the hell were...
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Jun.16.2012
Let's talk about vaginas. Excuse me, did I offend you? What would you have me call it? Before you answer or I make suggestions, do you know LMFAO's song? The duo's hit, Sexy And I know It, is a mash up of words, rythms and catch phrases - Girl look at that body Girl look at that body  Girl...
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Jun.15.2012
It's coming up on us, the mid year. It's a leap year so that means we have 366 days this year, if I'm thinking about this correctly. So mid year would be like 183 days.  July 1st.  That's day 183 on the Julian calendar in 2012. Mid year.  I can't believe it. How fast has this year...
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Jun.15.2012
Funny - I meant to type loving this attitude. I like them both - living, loving. (Wasn't that a Journey song?) Hope I can keep this up. I'm feeling good about everything - work, writing, the world.  Sure, the world still has some issues. We've had too many issues for too long. We manufacture...
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Jun.15.2012
Water melon. Cold and juicy, it was a sweet ending to a lovely day, a buildup to summer's formal beginning next week.  It's different eating water melon now than when I was a kid. First, the way Mom cut the pieces. Mom was generous about it. We ended up with these big half circles the size of...
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Jun.15.2012
1976. Twenty years old, I was in the US Air Force and stationed at Clark Air Base in the PI. I was an emergency actions controller and flight-follower, working the the 3rd Tactical Air Wing's Command Post, coordinating daily flight activity and training for disasters and war. I'd been married a...
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Jun.15.2012
Got to love music. Just moves me, lifts my spirits, and takes me away like nothing - wine, beer, coffee, computers, walking -- can do.  Day had an inauspicious start. Computer episodes arising from a lack of internet connection. No connection! Cold turkey time. What the hell was I to do...
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Jun.14.2012
There are story ideas popping up everwhere, from advice about having varied potato recipes, people with their ears cut off, and totems. Three people in the past three weeks have revealed their totems to me. Each revelation was a surprise. Such serendipity, that three people tell me their totems...
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Jun.14.2012
Sorry if this seems repetitive. I'm writing to reflect my thinking as I walked today. It helps me cement my conclusions and establish my directions. Just because I've written it, you don't need to read it.  Therein lies a burden. I write to think but I know others read it. They comment. How...
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Jun.14.2012
Yes, I'm a bit disgusted. No, I'm saddened by some things I've read. After President Obama and Mister Romney's comments about hiring teachers, there was an article in Reading Eagle about the 110 teachers that Reading was terminating.  Down in the comments, some people pinned the blame right...
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Jun.14.2012
5 AM. Moving slow this morning - body, mind, computers. Even cats seem to be moving slower. No one asking for food or attention. Boys just wanted out. Lady is sitting there, looking at me. Seems befuddled, sleepy. Still wet from shower. Computers are sluggish, VPN recalcitrant. Connects at last....
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