Category: Essays

One Door

One Door

The difficulty of a door despite the obviousness of a doorknob. A short film made for the Monthly Movie Challenge April 2024 theme: “Is It Any Wonder.” Watch on YouTube or right here. Credits below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHaTB720Yrk Film & Music Mark…

Mon Ami, L’Idiot (My Friend, The Fool)

Mon Ami, L'Idiot (My Friend, The Fool) Short Film

A meditation on foolishness in its variety and wisdom. A short film made for the Monthly Movie Challenge March 2024 theme: “Am I The Fool.” Watch on YouTube or right here. Credits below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVBum_oquUY Film, Music, Narration Mark S. Meritt…

Not the Hole Story

This guy’s walking along when he falls in a hole. It’s so deep he can’t get out. Sitting there in the hole, the guy remembers hearing a story about someone falling into a hole just like he did. In the…

Feel

Watch the video, or read below: A few years ago, I wrote about things I want. A couple of years before that, about talking about depression. Today, the two come together with me talking about things I feel, and it’s…

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…