The Guys

Thus far, a lot of my entries have been "where has mark been?" rather than "where is mark?" My apologies. In order to get back to the present, we present... who are these guys?: a totem-pole of mark's business partners* Terry, aka Bossman The godfather of Terry Elston Construction and Kitchen Cottage, Terry is seldom …

Six Degrees of Europeans

As I have been preparing for Scotland, I have run across a few people who have friends all over Europe. Because I would like to travel as much as possible, if any of you have friends in continental Europe (particularly Eastern Europe) or in the UK, please let me know!

Jesus and the Outsider

The story in Luke 7:1-10 is one of many in which Jesus encounters the "Other": someone outside of his religious sect, outside of his cultural milieu, different in nearly every way. In the seventh chaper, Luke weaves a tale of a Roman soldier who asks Jesus to heal his slave. Immediately, Jesus declares the slave …

Peruvian Heartache

"'Lima doesnÕt deserve these boys,Õ said one of the thirteen guys on our 2003 Spring Break trip after day one in the overcrowded, crime-ridden Peruvian capital. He was talking about LimaÕs Òhuman trash,Ó or Òpiranhas,Ó the orphans that make up a large part of the cityÕs exploding population. Most of the boys come from homes …

Adventure number one: the Real World

If only I had pictures. Then it might be believable that I'm doing something like thisfor Christmas Break: But since I don't, those of you that know me as either a)guitar/djembe/vocal chord-playing-Mark, or b)liberal, english-teaching, community-service Mark will just have to take my word for it. Yes, that's right. Construction. Framing and cabinet-installation under a …

Here Goes Nothing

Come one, come all! Thanks to my brother Robert, inspirater, initiator and owner of my very own look-at-me webpage, designed to provide an answer to its appellative question: Where is Mark? As of now, the answer may be more obvious than I'd like: Shreveport, LA. And most likely, either on Thora Blvd. (home) or John's …