Before I talk about how my knee began talking to me, I want to mention some of the places I ran, when I was running. It’s a modest list compared to others who have run in every state and every country in every hemisphere,  but I’m proud of what I’ve done. Los Angeles, Chicago, New […]


Part One: Run On July 17, 2022, I finished a half-marathon, 13.1 miles from Napa to Sonoma in Northern California. This is the story of how a tall awkward uncoordinated young man became a tall awkward uncoordinated half-marathon-finishing senior citizen. I never played team sports. Not that I haven’t enjoyed watching them. I loved seeing […]

Does Self-Help Help?

“Hello. My name is Mark, and I’m a self-help bookaholic.” “Hello, Mark,” answer thirty million people. Like so many buyers of self-help books, I see a title that promises to address something I’m feeling in the moment, an emotional need. So I buy the book. By spending money on a book, I have helped myself. […]

A Slight Obsession with James Bond

Speaking as someone with no qualifications whatsoever to discuss childhood development (aside from having once been a child), it seems to me there’s a point in a person’s growth—around age nine, ten, or eleven—when parents or parental figures are no longer the most important adults in said person’s life. Young humans then turn to the […]


Some people think I’m joking when I tell them I grew up in a motel. Other people can’t believe Nutter is my real name. Sometimes these two groups of people intersect, in a Venn diagram of skepticism. Nutter is my real name. I suppose people think that because I write comedy, I changed my name […]