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Notable Notes of Note

Notable Notes of Note

“ Mark, you’ll have your first piano recital at Juilliard in two weeks.” When I was ten years old, my piano teacher was a wonderful young Japanese woman named Mieyae Ogeso. She was kind, patient and endlessly encouraging and was a student at the Julliard School of...

Tween, Teen And In-Between Stories

Tween, Teen And In-Between Stories

“You’ll love it. We have kissing parties all the time. I kissed Annie 40 times.” The summer before I moved to California in 1962, I was eleven years old and was spending June, July and August in our country home in Heath, Massachusetts. My best friend Stevie Wolf’s...

Adventures Across The Pond

Adventures Across The Pond

“It’s not often that you get to pick up your own wife hitchhiking.” My friend David and I were hitchhiking on a gray and rainy November day on the coast of Wales, trying to make our way to a very rural youth hostel when a friendly and jovial young man pulled over and...

The Famous and The Infamous

The Famous and The Infamous

“I Have A Dream!” The first time I tried to stand up against the vast, ongoing (now Trumpian) scourge of American Racism was when I was just 11 years old. On our second 3,000 mile cross country drive with my parents, we stopped in Swathmore, Pennsylvania and got on a...

Birds Of A Feather & Things With Wings

Birds Of A Feather & Things With Wings

A Crow On My Head When I was five years old, my family was at an outdoor barbecue in Amherst, Massachusetts, when a crow suddenly flew out of the skies, landed and perched on my head. Since that unlikely event, I have had a natural affinity for crows and ravens. I...

A Selection of Mark’s 2023 Artworks and Photos

A Selection of Mark’s 2023 Artworks and Photos

This gallery features some of my favorite artworks and photos that I created in 2023. A book of the bird images (Avian Ascensions) can be seen here. A book of my recent street photography (A Mirror on Main Street) can be seen here. [envira-gallery...

2023 & Me – Mark and Karen’s Year In Review

2023 & Me – Mark and Karen’s Year In Review

2023 has come and gone. Tomorrow today will be yesterday. The years seem to rush by at a more and more rapid and frantic pace the older we get. Time is limitless, and fortunately it remains priceless. Here are a few highlights from Karen’s and my past year Spending...

Spirits in the Material World

Spirits in the Material World

Ano Nuevo Collage • Mark Brown “Sometimes, just when you give up, your prayers are suddenly answered.” We had been hiking all day, out in the sand dunes between Franklin Point and Ano Nuevo Point, an area that few people ever went to, and one which to this day I still...

Lightning, Bioluminesence, Northern Lights and Lava Field Lightbulbs

Lightning, Bioluminesence, Northern Lights and Lava Field Lightbulbs

“We Need to Wait to Start the Wedding Until the Thunderstorm Is Over!” The Storm King We pulled up to Dave and Suzannah’s beautiful, leafy rural-suburban home in Croton-On-Hudson, an hour north of New York City near the Hudson River. The afternoon was hot, humid and...

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