Category: Non-Fiction

Want

I’m going to reference Buddha and the Spice Girls, the Bible and Jerry Maguire, the Serenity Prayer and Tag Team. Because that’s just how I roll. People want things. It can’t be helped. In the space between the wanting and…

Mad Libs with A Chorus Line and Cats

I like to see connections among things. Sometimes between stories. And somewhere between “there are only 7 basic stories in the world” and downright plagiarism, there lie things like this, where odd and interesting things make two stories a little…

Crying at Movies and Songs

Hi, my name is Mark, and I cry at movies. And songs. And other stuff, too. But especially movies. And songs. Probably like most people, I’d sometimes feel tears well up while watching a movie. Maybe a few would escape…

Talking About Depression

Reasons why not to talk about having depression: Embarrassment. Shame. People will make too big a deal of it. People will make too little a deal of it. People will be on eggshells, which would only decrease connection with others,…

Some Thoughts On Humility

A Facebook Friend posted: “I hate modesty, loathe mediocrity, despise humility. They are crutches, an invented virtue for those who have nothing to offer besides how little they have to offer.” I started to write a comment in response, but…

Mad Libs with Frasier and Joey

Playing Mad Libs with Looper and The Terminator reminded me about another astonishingly similar pair of projects. Years later, here are the Mad Libs for the television series Frasier and Joey. A hugely popular NBC Thursday night Must See TV…

SpinTunes 5 Judging Wrap-Up

Except for a few loose ends (like announcing the winner) that are in others’ hands, SpinTunes 5 is pretty much done, at least for me as a judge. It’s been interesting, challenging and worthwhile. Thanks to Spin for inviting me.…