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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Snake aversion

We put our golden retriever, Doc, through rattlesnake aversion therapy a couple of weeks back. Not generally a fan of that sort of thing, it is necessary if one is to hike our local hills. In the morning and evenings especially, snakes are on the move. In our HVS days, we would have years of … Continue reading »

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My Life as a Mad Man

 Recently, Meredy and I began to watch Mad Men. I know… we live behind the curve. (We have also begun to re-watch the entire Cheers series from the beginning). When I was in high school, pretty much the time frame of this series, being an adman was what I wanted from life. At least it … Continue reading »

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Easy Money

In my early college years, Herb Chase, a man who was kind to me in many ways over the years, hired me to help layout ads for his paper, the Independent Journal, in Santa Monica.  The paper was laid out on boards, photographed and reduced to 70% and sent to press.  I liked the work, … Continue reading »

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I was shut in an empty classroom with 3×5 cards color coded and spread across two tables. I was trying to create class schedules for the some 20 odd students that comprised The Happy Valley School in 1978. Dr. Lunt, the HVS Director, keyed into the room followed by a tall bearded fellow, a prospective … Continue reading »

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