About Mark Nielsen

Mark at his gallery showing of 3 mixed-media sculptures, Winter 2009.

This is the way the world ends, this is the way the work ends, this is the way to weekends… not with a bang but a whimper.

(apologies to T.S. Eliot)

Mark S. Nielsen is a freelance writer, teacher, filmmaker, artist, musician, Rennaissance Man and all-around pain-in-the-ass from Chicago, IL. He currently resides in Bloomington, IL with his fiancé. He attends a Mennonite church, a Catholic men’s group, funky Emergent church or secular peace and justice conferences, writers’ workshops, plus any number of music and theater events. He’s also a big supporter of the music, art and poetry scenes throughout the Midwest. He mentors college students, spirituality groups, and ecumenical/interfaith co-conspirators.

Mark has worked as a documentary film director and executive, a K-8 Mennonite school teacher (theater and P.E.), a college writing teacher, a mall Santa Claus, and a pharmaceutical industry IT Project Analyst. If you have any other ideas for what to do next, he IS entertaining suggestions.

He is presently at work on a twisted Christmas pageant script, two novels, one work of nonfiction, two blogs, a business start-up, his curve-ball, and the reduction of the paunch around his midsection.

He can be reached at mnielsen34@gmail.com.

My GH II guitar controller

Blogger since 2006. WordPresser since 2007. MySpace refugee, April ’07. (Now where did I put those durned archives again?) . Northwestern University & Loyola University of Chicago alumnus. Age indeterminate (“I was so much older then… I’m younger than that now”).

Warning: Shameless self-promotion ahead:

I occasionally teach a series of classes for teens, homeschool groups and adults called “Faith on Film”. I would gladly teach the class for your conference, school or church group for a reasonable fee. Additionally, I have conducted multi-disciplinary arts practicum and spirituality workshops/conferences (called Spirit of the Creator), for both youth and adults

— Email me at mnielsen34@gmail.com if you want to sponsor a single or multi-session *Faith on Film* or *Spirit of the Creator* event. I adore discussing God, music, tv, movies, fine arts, social justice– and introducing others to new material in a safe, nondenominational way.

I have worked in the film industry and/or education for over thirty years. I’ve done portions of this course for Catholics, mainline Protestants, conservative evangelicals, Mennonites, and secular students. I somehow manage to find common ground with all of them, not to mention the occasional Jew/Muslim/other looking to expand their mind and heart and community. You name the group or context, I can teach ‘em — and *without* ticking them off. Talk directly and honestly to the Spirit of God at the core of every person, and the rest just falls into place.

Oh yeah… and if you need some juggling, puppetry, or clowning for your event, I can do that, too.

I don’t, however, do windows.

The Wandering Monk (The Early Years) “The Wandering Monk”, the early years. (that’s my son Graham, btw…)

Responses

  1. Above we see the Wandering Monk: The Early Years… (actually it’s my son).

  2. Are you the Mark Nielsen who graduated from Ashley High School in Gastonia, NC in ’69 or ’70? Just curious!

  3. I was four in 1969. Wish I could have been 18 in the Summer of Love, though.

  4. 🙂

  5. thanks for being here. A good voice, a good blog

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  6. nice blog. keep up the good work

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  8. I agree with everyone here. ,

  9. I am new to “blogging” and would like to subscribe to your site.

    … oh, tell me how!

    Thanks, Barry

  10. enjoy your writing! Blessings!!

  11. Mark, you are truly the renaissance man I remember. I look forward to future paths crossing.

  12. Hello, Mark! Mike Morrell asked me to contact you because he really appreciates your blog and thinks you’d be an excellent candidate for his Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info


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