Category Archives: Mark’s Life

How I abused my blender and saved my life

A few weeks ago, as you may remember, I suggested that a particularly horrific dream that I’d had involving Ted Cruz may have come to me because, just a few hours before going to sleep, I’d broken a “self-imposed, month-long ban on sugar, wheat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, fried foods, and everything else that […]

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It’s a beautiful day in Ypsilanti

As I write this, I’m sitting on the roof of 209 Pearl Street with a cup of ice cold cider after a long day of work, listening to the Hare Krishnas chant in the distance, and watching strippers roll joints in the alley below. It’s kind of magical.

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Totally Quotable Arlo: “A New Super Hero Is Born” edition

On the continuum of greatness, Toothbrush in Sock Man may not grade out as high as, say, Spider Man, but not everyone is lucky enough to be bitten by a radioactive insect. No, some of us have to do it ourselves, using just those things that we can reach on the bathroom counter. [If you’ve […]

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According to researchers who have looked at 50 years of data on 160,000 children, spanking not only does not stop unwanted behaviors, but actually gives rise to them

I was spanked as a kid, as I suspect that many folks of my generation were. I don’t fault my father for it. That’s just what people did back then, when I was a kid growing up in the south. And, while we’ve never talked about it, I’m certain that, when my dad was a […]

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Burying Freeda’s ashes

It’s been a few weeks now since Freeda, our 14 year old pit-lab mix, died, and the kids and I decided yesterday morning that the time had come to dig a hole in the back yard near where she liked to lay, build a little wooden box for her ashes, and give her a proper […]

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