Hello! Welcome to MarkFord.net
This is the open-for-inspection half-way home for my writing!
What you’ll find here are essays, stories, book chapters, poetry, and journal entries, as well as words and images from others that I want to share.
The bulk of the essays will be about business, wealth building, and personal productivity. But there will also be things I’m equally or more interested in, such as art, education, economics, physics, philosophy, psychology, neurobiology, fitness, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Since much of what you’ll be reading here will be early drafts of work meant for publication I welcome any comments or suggestions you might have that will help me strengthen them.

How the World Will Change

January 18, 2012 in Poems

First the sharks will descend a thousand feet
Gulls and then larks and then blue jays will find shelter in aeries
Deer will disappear from the clearings
Dogs will howl and crawl and hide
The locust will cease their racket
And even earthworms will dig for shelter
A clear blue sky will become electric and dark
And suddenly our ears will be filled with an eerie humming
The ocean will recede five thousand feet
A wall of black a mile high will appear at the horizon
And then everything will be changed forever

The End of Privacy Is Near.

December 12, 2011 in Briefs


John Hurt in "1984"

Communications technology made it inevitable. Human nature – which wants to out the truth – demands it. Charles Bukowsky, Lenny Bruce and Howard Stern prepared us for it. And economics makes it profitable. The public has an insatiable desire to inspect the most intimate details of their fellow creatures. And the media is giving it to them – with the rise of the paparazzi and reality shows, etc. Even when we are outraged by the media’s reach, we cannot stop looking. The Rupert Murdoch fiasco will not stop reporters from using technological tools to invade private lives. The backlash against Murdoch’s papers will only force the media to hide their tactics for a while. Tools that invade privacy are like steroids for news agencies. They will be necessary if you want to compete.

9 Ways to Beat Depression

February 15, 2011 in Briefs

  • Count your blessings. Literally. Write them down. Read them aloud.
  • Do NOT complain about your problems.
  • Take a walk, swim or bike ride.
  • Realize what is external and what is internal-write it down and see the reality.
  • Do one thing that is important but not urgent, like play the piano.
  • If tasks overwhelm you, write them down and do one of them. That is important-even if you only spend 15 minutes doing it.
  • Smile 25 times in a mirror
  • Imagine your funeral. Imagine what you want people to be saying about you. Start doing the things you want to be remembered for.
  • Do something kind or beneficial for someone else.
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