Philosophy, research, satire, educational, social issues, craft beer, DIY
Brewing craft beer, auto repair, gardening, arborist, computer manufacturing, philosophy, baseball, hockey, football, DIY, home construction/remodeling, education, research, non-fiction, historical fiction, fiction, childrens stories, politics, satire, pop-culture, social issues, techonology
From 2001 to 2005 Mark attended John Carroll University, a liberal arts university in the suburbs of Cleveland. Despite the hardship of losing his brother in a 4th of July tragedy after the end of his freshman year, he returned to school and went on to complete a degree in philosophy with a minor in history. He had originally planned on majoring in history and education, but depression and uncertainty with the direction of the teaching profression pushed him to philosophy, which he pondered teaching at the college level upon graduation.
After applying and being accepted to the University of Pittsburgh elementary certification program, he found himself writing philosophy theses in the back of the classroom while taking pre-requisite coursework. The day before Pitt orientation, he bowed out of the program and decided to apply at Duquesne University armed with a great thesis on a new model of philosophical thought. In his first night class, learned that this great idea had was called phenomenology and it had existed for some time. This was punishing, but he floated through the program while working full time and playing amatuer sports. He has never been one to focus on one thing or another and is always in the middle of a score of different, unrelated tasks. He was offered a TA position with the chair of the department, but being young and stupid, he chose to work a very low paying job instead. He routinely palm-slaps his forehead for this decision. He graduated with flying colors and along the way had found great interest in Martin Heideggar. His notion of living authentical partially guides his vast array of interests and knowledge-bases that he ever seeks to expand.
Mark has written many projects for elementary students from corrupted fairy tales to historical fiction as a contract writer. He was then hired onto the writing team for the client and created over 120 unique works over the course of the year for both primary and secondary audiences ranging from 100 to 4200 words. Despite the age range, minimal editing was required to adapt stories to unique age groups from first through twelfth grade.
During a salaried position as a writer, Mark authored 25 video scripts focusing on mathematical topics in Algebra, Pre-Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, and Calculus. Despite not having a math class in 15 years, he had to re-teach himself these subjects, break down their complexity, and create scripts for instructional videos. He was never given a script back for revisions.
Mark was formerly a freelance contributor to since-discontinued Pittsburgh Dish, a online blog that chronicalled local events around Pittsburgh. His work was heavily researched and based upon facts and events, but was written purely for reader entertainment. His contributions to the site were worthy of his own index and direct link from the site's landing page.