Category - Moments

Welcome Windy Day McParks

  November swept in on Halloween night, with high winds and plunging temperatures. When I woke on November 1st and threw back the covers, I could feel the first hint of winter in the chill morning air. Sipping coffee, I browsed through email...

Bad Numbers, Hard News

For eight weeks now, I’ve eaten a vegan diet. No animal protein, but plenty of protein from vegetables, beans, and other sources. Fewer carbs, but the carbs I have eaten have been whole-grain. I’ve allowed myself one small fried veggie...

Good Dog – Goodbye, Chelsea (2002-2014)

  We said goodbye to Chelsea today, our most faithful friend these last twelve years. Just six months ago, the vet diagnosed Chelsea with aggressive liver cancer. Since then, the tumors have spread to her lungs and lymph nodes, making it...

Goodbye, Lilly (1994-2014)

Lilly, our very sweet, very old kitty, passed away today. She was over twenty years old. Like her brother, Tiger, who died in 2008, Lilly came to us when we lived in the McCoy Avenue house in Jackson, Mississippi. Tiger had the bolder name, but it...

A Bantam and Biddy Breakfast Breakup

I’m in Bantam and Biddy. I’m sitting in a corner table, waiting for my to-go order of a local farm three-egg omelet with spinach, goat cheese, and roasted chicken. Across from me is a cute couple: a petite, athletic blonde girl and her...

What You Will Treasure

I’m on a quest to discover what MadeByMark.com is about — what it means to me, and why I do it. So I pull on a shiny yellow construction hat, pick up a pick axe, and take my flashlight in hand. I make my way into the MadeByMark.com...

Meditation Practice – Falling off the Wagon

Three weeks ago, I made a commitment to reboot my daily meditation practice. I set a simple goal: ten minutes of meditation in the morning and ten minutes of meditation in the evening. I stuck with that routine for 19 days. * * * * * This past...

The Real Reason Atlanta Collapsed – Too Many Cars

SnowJam2014 left drivers stranded on Atlanta’s highways and students stranded at their schools. Commutes that normally take twenty minutes took as many as nine hours (or more). Abandoned cars and jackknifed transfer trucks blocked roads...