Hello, my name is Mark and I’m a pessimist

Hello, my name is Mark and I’m a pessimist.

This is how I used to ask girls out on a date when I was in high school:

“You wouldn’t want to go out on a date with me, would you?”

When they said no, as they usually did, I would reply:

“I didn’t think so.”

I’ve found […]

By |July 29th, 2020|MYM Blog|

The great escape

Sometimes, you just gotta get away.

Away from the news.

Away from social media.

Away from fireworks.

Away from tourists.

Away from politics.

Away from….everything.

That’s what we did on July 4th. We packed up the truck and headed out to BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land. It was just for one night, but it was peaceful, beautiful […]

By |July 16th, 2020|MYM Blog|

We all need somebody to lean on

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

— Bill Withers

Talking about depression and anxiety

One of the most important things we can do when struggling with mild depression or anxiety […]

By |June 29th, 2020|MYM Blog|

Minding our minds isn’t about being happy all of the time

I haven’t felt this anxious in a long time and I’m trying to be okay with that. There is absolutely nothing easy about what’s going on in our world and country right now. While we all have different perspectives and ways of coping, minding our minds feels incredibly challenging these days and more important than ever. The pandemic, injustice, violence […]

By |June 17th, 2020|MYM Blog|

Ciao Facebook

It’s official. I’m off Facebook.

Yes, I see the irony. If you’re reading this blog you were most likely directed to it by my Facebook page. But I’m jumping ahead of myself. Explanation later.

It’s hard to admit it but I’m one of those typical males who doesn’t talk much about their depression. I consider […]

By |June 1st, 2020|MYM Blog|

I’m trying something on for size…


For the past two weeks, I’ve only been drinking calorie-free beverages. That means no cream in my coffee, no kombucha and no alcohol. I realize that two weeks is nothing. I have friends who don’t drink at all. I have friends who give up drinking for a month or more (Sober […]

I’m not Medusa!

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit like Medusa, the monster in Greek mythology with wings and venomous snakes for hair. Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve seen my stylist, but that’s unrelated. According to legend, those who gazed upon Medusa’s face turned to stone. These are scary times for sure and […]

By |April 15th, 2020|MYM Blog|

Who’s the parent here?

That moment you realize your “kids” are parenting you…


The other day, I was on the phone with my friend Shellie. Shellie and her husband Rick are dear friends and our kids went to school together.  Hearing her voice always lifts my spirits and I needed that more than ever last week. She […]

By |March 31st, 2020|MYM Blog|

Good Deeds, Rock Chucks, and the Seven Deadly Spoons

Apparently someone has “stolen” all of the toilet paper and other items at the big box stores and markets in town. Whoever has taken these items, please return them and there will be no questions asked.

Wouldn’t that be lovely?

Could you imagine a long line outside the market with people returning items they over bought? Imagine how that image would warm […]

By |March 18th, 2020|MYM Blog|