Category Archives: Mark’s Life

Totally Quotable Arlo: “the meat just wants to go home” edition

As of a few months ago, Arlo, who just recently turned four, has decided that, with a few notable exceptions, he’s a vegetarian. I’m not sure how it started, as we never brought the subject of vegetarianism up in any substantive way, but one day he just started asking us if the food that we […]

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Start Wars: The Force Awakens… don’t call it a sequel, when it’s a remake

I liked the new Star Wars movie. As a fan of the original, I didn’t really have much of a choice about it. I mean, it’s pretty much the same film. I don’t fault Disney and J.J. Abrams for approaching it this way. In their shoes, I would have done the same thing. They essentially […]

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Monkey Power Trio 21… 60 hours in the Cleveland suburbs with a bullhorn

The weekend before last marked the 21st meeting of my one-day-a-year pseudo-band, the Monkey Power Trio. For those of you who might not be familiar with our origin story, it all began back in 1995 with a promise between old friends one hot, summer afternoon in Brooklyn. On the spur of the moment, we’d decided […]

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Totally Quotable Arlo: in utero looking out edition

The kids and I were hiking around the woods this morning when Arlo announced to Clementine and me that he knew about things that we’d done as a family before he was born. When asked how he could possibly know what we’d been doing before his birth, he responded, “When I was a baby, I […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

A few years ago, I made the decision not to write anything new for Thanksgiving, but, instead, to recycle something that I’d written the year before. And, ever since then, I’ve been posting the same damn thing. Well, here it is again. I was tempted to remove some of the old references, and replace them […]

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