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Bars

Bars

The best moving boxes for books come from bars. I own a lot of books. I was moving from Michigan to Illinois...

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Sociology

Sociology

It is difficult to hide one’s tears on a plane. The flight was Chicago to Los Angeles.  My in-flight...

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Notebook

Notebook

 ”Look!  He’s taking out the notebook!” When I was a high school teacher in the 1990’s...

Popcorn

In the theater, I like my popcorn buttered in the middle and on top.   This particular day, I purchased the jumbo...

Popcorn
posted on: Feb 4, 2014 | author: Mark

Bump

“Look! She’s showing off her baby bump!”   We celebrate human life in the womb with words like “bump” that...

Bump
posted on: Jan 21, 2014 | author: Mark

Gleaning

Stan gave us a hand up, not a hand out. I was teaching a group of students about government and taxes. They had just...

Gleaning
posted on: Jan 14, 2014 | author: Mark

Fiction

Students cannot wait. We begin the study of Gothic horror fiction in two weeks. Yes, I know.  Teenagers like horror....

Fiction
posted on: Jan 7, 2014 | author: Mark
Babies

Babies

posted on: Dec 31, 2013 | author: Mark

“I just heard the news today, seems my life is gonna change.” Creed, With Arms Wide Open Babies change our lives. Scott Stapp wrote the...

Spitfire Grill

Spitfire Grill

posted on: Dec 24, 2013 | author: Mark

There are many kinds of prisons. There is only one kind of escape. Imagine a Sundance Audience Choice Award going to a Hollywood movie which was...

Desire

Desire

posted on: Dec 17, 2013 | author: Mark

Desire: it’s not what you think. Everyone has desires. Most of us just don’t want to discuss them. Indeed, our desires are so complex it takes...

Classics

Classics

posted on: Jul 9, 2013 | author: Mark

“When you see a book with Leland Ryken’s name, buy it; ask questions later.” For the past 25 years this has been my mantra whenever anyone...

Patriots

Patriots

posted on: Jul 2, 2013 | author: Mark

A U.S. Marine can be your best friend or your worst enemy.   My father enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought in the Korean War. I prize his Marine...

Music

Music

posted on: Jun 25, 2013 | author: Mark

My nephew Luke texted me with great excitement.  He had recently purchased his first copy of Animal Farm. The classic tale from George Orwell...

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