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Where in the World



I stumbled upon this link.  Actually, Lisa or better her actual link to this. http://lifeofanelpasowoman.com/2016/04/06/where-in-the-world/

The concept seems rather complicated.   I’m from here what is your story? And how did you get here?  Forgive me, I like simple things.


I’m Mark.   Most of you might know that.   Above is where I reside, outside Cleveland, Ohio in the US. This is height of summer.  True disclosure, today it’s more like this….


My family is small Mom, one older sister, a couple nieces, a nephew,  and a wife.  All of us are within a half hour of each other.  

My family is a big mix of mostly German and Irish, with some French. Although, most of the descendents vane over to the US in the early 1800’s. The Irish part was originally Quakers. Until my Grandfather (mom’s side )married a German there was a noone not Irish. Of course, Grandma (moms side) was pure German. Their Lutheran family didn’t mix either. My dad’s side was
more diverse, there were French and German.

Mom and Dad decided this was a good place to live.   We have nice summers.   Decent autumn weather.  Spring sometimes shows up, this year looked promising.  Winter is lousy.  Six feet of snow!  Winds bring snow quickly,  and often.

We are blessed with plenty of farmer markets.  We have world class museums.  Lucy (maybe the first human now stays here) in the Natural History Museum. We have three professional sports teams (no championships in 62 years). 

We even get to watch Donald Trump implode a whole political party here in July!  OK maybe not.  But the county fair is a week later the clowns should be done with the tent by then.

Hello, I’m Me


Challenges?  Who doesn’t love a good challenge.  But oh dear God?!  What the hell is a straight take on my best qualities?   Vanity surely rests at this web address.  But it’s really best sneaking through the weeds, or hiding in a shadow. … that shadow that doesn’t have an obvious light casing it.

I’m mean there’s a great comfort in the edge of darkness.   Not that it hides all the bad things, but you are forced to explore it.  Curiosity demands you step into the twilight areas.   Even if you just poke your head around that corner.   The line from “Dirty Harry”, “I’s just got to know” fits snugly here.   Shadows allow every thing your mind can create to come home.   Your vision betrays you.  Your smell and hearing go crazy at a hint of anything.   Touch is limited to safe things like walls, other people who came into the darkness with you.  Look around you now.   Has your mind come to my dark place.  Hopefully, you’re not alone.   But if you think you are. .. sure it must be true. ……

The setting of a place, descriptive writing and view points are what I feel highlight my qualities here.   Vanity allows multiple answers here.   But my shy quiet writer side resists.  My public speaking past tells me that communication is the preferred trait.