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  • Playing well with others

    Playing well with others by Mark Oppenneer — read more…

    music
  • I am not inside of me

    I am not inside of me by Mark Oppenneer — read more…

    music
  • Crazy World

    Crazy World by Mark Oppenneer — read more…

    music
  • The Matriarch

    You don’t mind staying? they asked. Do you want anything? Some coffee, maybe? I’m fine, I say And they left for dinner, the brothers and their families I sat next to Ethel in her withered shell watching, wondering which shake of her palsied hands would be the last What words describe the soft leather of — read more…

    biography | essay | poems
  • Playing well with others

    An album of collaborative music All instrumentation and vocals by other people unless otherwise noted Read album and song liner notes on bandcamp. playing well with others by Mark Oppenneer — read more…

    music
  • Stained Glass #4

    Click each image to see a close-up. A found object glass piece I made using lantern slide panels I discovered at a library rummage sale a few years back. Very cerebral and brooding. — read more…

    stained glass
  • Piano Snippets for Possible Podcast

    I recently recorded a few snippets of solo piano. They are a conversation starter for my friend Juli who is starting a podcast. Thanks to my friend Bob Hill for engineering the session. Burning snail drawing is mine from a long-ago journal. There is a bit of writing under the original as well… — read more…

    music
  • Following Her Bliss in a Model A

    Joseph Campbell’s statement “Follow your bliss” is a call to action that has captured the imagination of many people seeking to expand their knowledge of self and make their lives more meaningful. My Aunt Diane (Dad’s sister) is following her bliss in a most interesting way. I’ll let her explain… this is from her email — read more…

    people
  • Citations

    Some references to my meager output of scholarship. Makes me happy. Yay! — read more…

    ideas
  • Eat All You Take

    In 2013, I lost 50 pounds and blogged about my experiences. Along the way, I wrote about food addiction, eating disorders, depression, and so on. Here are some excerpts from that journey: There is a reason I am the way I am. I have a curse that has been passed down through my family since — read more…

    biography
  • Paper Cuts #3 and #4

    Feels good to set aside some time for a project. Puts me in a good place… cut #3: Newest #4: — read more…

    paper cutting
  • i am thankful for…

    the good and noble heart of my dear friend thaddeus dickson, playing marbles at the big tree in dambach, josh golden tipping me off about the keyboard sale, rain and the key of e minor, the time i spent learning from and meditating with captain waco walter – and our adventure up dobangsan, the way — read more…

    ideas
  • The Ethnos Project

    Since 2008, I have directed the Ethnos Project. Visit the Ethnos Project The Ethnos Project is a research portal and resource database that explores the intersection of Indigeneity and information and communication technologies (ICTs). We are interested, for example, in the cultural impacts and implications of: open source databases for Indigenous Knowledge management information and — read more…

    biography | ideas
  • Blue Bowl Breads

    I started Blue Bowl Breads to honor the tradition of bread baking passed on to me by my mom, Betsy Oppenneer. Mom was a world-renowned author and baking instructor whose honey-sweet Southern charm and deep knowledge of the kitchen led Julia Child to call her The Pied Piper of Bread Bakers. Each post, I share — read more…

    biography | food
  • Stained Glass #3

    A gift to my inlaws. Currently held in Wellesley Island, NY. — read more…

    stained glass
  • Cold Veggie Pizza

    Aside from Breads From Betsy’s Kitchen, I think The Oppenneer Family Cookbook (pictured below) is my favorite of the books my Mom wrote. Much yummy goodness and many fine memories in these pages… On page 37, you can find the recipe for my Cold Veggie Pizza. When I was 17 years old, I worked in — read more…

    food
  • Leadership Academy

    In June of 2015, I graduated from a year-long Leadership Academy progam at Excelsior College where I serve as Director of Digital Engagement Services. My project was titled ECCentral 2.0: Re-imaging Excelsior’s Intranet and looked at ways that the institution’s internal communications platform could become a strategic asset. If you accept the metaphor of institution — read more…

    biography | design | presentations
  • Paper Cuts #1 and #2

    For shits and grins, I recently started paper cutting. I looked around for a first project to cut my teeth with and found a delightful paper artist named Clare Margaret (see her work on Etsy). I used her piece “Summer Nights” to make Becca’s Mother’s Day card… I designed a simple Moroccan-flavored piece to match — read more…

    paper cutting
  • Cashmere

    So, this post isn’t so much about me. It is about my cousin Susan. I haven’t spoken many words to Susan over the years (when we were younger, our 8 years difference was much more pronounced). She is one of four daughters belonging to my Mom’s sister Martha and my uncle Lowell. I have nice — read more…

    people
  • Reach

    I reach up to find that Time has reduced my harvest shrunk my field and left what stalks remain gray and brittle I reach to the middle and find that he has given gravity the gift of my girth prepared me for a famine I shall never face made me kingly in far cultures yet — read more…

    poems
  • Shiny Objects & Salvation

    I just got back from Mexico City where I was honored to deliver a keynote address for the 1st International Congress on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (El Primer Congresso Internacional Patrimonio Cultural y las Nuevas Tecnologias). You can view the presentation here: “Shiny Objects and Salvation: Navigating new technologies for intangible cultural heritage preservation.” — read more…

    presentations
  • Consulting the Memex

    A major refrain in Vannevar Bush’s As We May Think article is the notion of ‘consulting’ – how are we to wrangle, sift, or otherwise make sense of the growing the mountains of data humans are creating. Throughout his exploration of possibilities in regards to what he calls the Memex, Bush prophesies the advent of — read more…

    ideas
  • Listening to books

    We get older. We get busier. I used to be a voracious reader of words. Fiction and non-fiction. Poetry, histories, newspapers, novels, short stories, mythologies, ancient cabalistic charts (odd, I know). Used to write a lot of words. And as a storyteller, well… there was never a shortage of words flowing in and out of — read more…

    ideas
  • Dad is a mythologist

    I was raised in a Protestant household, regularly attending church until I was thirteen. As I grew older, I associated less and less with the belief system of the church and explored the world as a spiritual freelancer. From my early twenties on, I began exploring the stories and traditions of cultures across human history, — read more…

    ideas
  • Remembering Gerald McDermott

    I met Gerald McDermott in the spring of 2008 at a Joseph Campbell Foundation workshop at the Esalen Institute. He was the kind of person that was instantly familiar – as if you had known him for years. I was immediately drawn to him. I met the man before learning about Gerald as the artist. — read more…

    people
  • Recognizing Veterans

    On Friday, Excelsior College (where I work) honored the Veterans who work there with a recognition ceremony. It is the first place I’ve worked since I left military service (both the Army in 93 and the National Guard in 2000) that has made a point to honor its Vets in this way. The ceremony was — read more…

    biography
  • A dark place

    When I met my wife, I was a musician and entertainment manager in Seattle. This was post-grunge, mid 90’s Seattle and the music scene was fertile and full. When you live that lifestyle, a lot of your time is spent in clubs. Booking, scouting, networking, seeing other acts that might compliment the bill with my — read more…

    biography
  • Stollen Memories

    I realize I’m jumping the gun on this post. Halloween hasn’t yet arrived and I’m posting a holiday piece about baking Stollen. But a few days ago, I was thinking about my Mom and got to wondering if I could find any of her television appearances on the interwebs. I found this one of her — read more…

    biography
  • A Horrible Husband

    I was addicted to nicotine for roughly twenty years. Mainly I chewed tobacco, but I also smoked cigarettes and cigars. I started chewing in college. I played intramural baseball and someone always had a bag of Redman on them. I learned that nicotine was a good study aid, especially when mixed with caffeine. When I — read more…

    biography
  • Careless

    I have been careless I have filled my bag to overflowing It is hard to carry along the way Like a serpent who has just eaten a rabbit I leave a trail in the dirt where my belly sags where it nearly bursts And like a serpent I seek to shed this burden I have — read more…

    poems
  • A pendulum inside

    There is a pendulum inside of me. Some days it swings toward me disappearing and some toward me devouring. Today I start another climb toward the pendulum’s root where I might release the weight and the notion that the pendulum must swing at all. — read more…

    poems
  • The Bridge

    an allegory There was once a man and a woman who lived alone on opposite sides of a deep chasm. He lived in the forest on his side and made his living as a carpenter. She lived in the meadow on her side and spent her days painting pictures of the wildflowers that grew around — read more…

    stories
  • Escape

    The sweet strains of Billie Holliday floated from an old tube radio in an apartment somewhere below my perch, echoing off faded bricks and streaked cement. The thin cacophony of traffic thirty stories down honked its way across town and from the next building over, the voices of a man and a woman shrieked in — read more…

    stories
  • I am not inside of me

    An album of instrumental music All instrumentation by Mark Oppenneer unless otherwise noted Note: Track 3, Dim Badu, was created using stock Garage Band samples. If it sounds like a familiar TV commercial or board room presentation, that’s why. I made it while waiting for a flight at JFK a few years back. Read album — read more…

    music
  • Chaos

    An album of instrumental and vocal music All instrumentation by Mark Oppenneer unless otherwise noted   Chaos keyboard, voice, instrument samples Unthinkable keyboard, instrument samples: Me vocal sample: Charles Manson vocal sample: Narrator speaking not about Charles Manson, but rather John Lennon Golomb Polyomino keyboard and instrument samples Ideas & Integrities keyboard, voice, instrument samples: — read more…

    music
  • Stained Glass #2

    A gift to my inlaws. Currently held in Utica, NY. — read more…

    stained glass
  • The Sun Has a Way of Finding You

    On a recent visit to my Dad’s house, we sat around my Dad’s office sorting through the family box. The family box is a mini-museum of Oppenneer artifacts extending back several generations including memorabilia from my folks’ families as well as our own. During this brief excavation, I uncovered some old cassettes of songs I — read more…

    music
  • Mom

    My mom passed away on October 3, 2011. The picture above is from the beautiful memory book my wife Becca made for the occasion of my mom’s memorial service (yes, that is Julia Child). Although later in life, my mom left the food world behind and identified herself more with the dachshund breeding community, I — read more…

    biography | people
  • Autumn Requiem for Betsy

    I haven’t recorded a song in a couple of years. Been busy with stuff I suppose. When my Mom passed away on October 3rd of this year, I wrote this song for her memorial. The memorial was really very nice. It was presided over by Pastor Pat Williams, a wonderful woman and good friend to — read more…

    music
  • Seeking Hatsune Miku

    “Hatsune Miku is clearly a more complex phenomenon than I initially assumed. Requires further study.” @GreatDismal William Gibson’s Twitter Feed On March 9, 2010, several thousand glowstick-waving Japanese fans gathered at the Zepp Tokyo music hall for a concert performance by the phenomenon known as Hatsune Miku – an amazing feat when you consider that — read more…

    essay
  • Puzzling

    In December of 2010, I made a puzzle packet for the boys (and Becca) with word searches, a crossword puzzle, a word jumble and some word boxes. I just found it during a brief bout of digital rummaging and thought I’d post it here. I have always enjoyed puzzles – both doing and creating – — read more…

    puzzles
  • Crazy World

    An album of vocal music All instrumentation and vocals by Mark Oppenneer unless otherwise noted Read album and song liner notes on bandcamp. crazy world by Mark Oppenneer — read more…

    music
  • Loans With a Global Reach

    Start-Up Aims To Facilitate Loans With a Global Reach D.C. Trio Hopes to Aid Poor, Rural Communities By Timothy Wilson Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, October 1, 2009 [Source] After graduating from college in May, Benjamin Lyon came to the District to delve into the mobile currency industry that has sprouted in poor, rural communities — read more…

    biography
  • Tricksters

    We didn’t know he would be the Trickster refusing to appear when it was time The doctor would have to cut a door to coax him out Sure knew how to make an entrance, though (I am child, hear me roar!) Stolen clocks, we would have no time Stolen pillows, we would have no sleep and — read more…

    biography | poems
  • Glide ’08

    Glide ’08: Global Interaction in Design Education In 2008, I was the Master of Ceremonies for Glide ’08: Global Interaction in Design Education, an online conference presented by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Conference Details Troy, New York (United States) – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the American Institute of — read more…

    presentations
  • A Great Fall

    “Quick, call the guards!” I heard one say. There was much twittering and womanly shouting as the crowd gathered to see me rumpled and twisted at the foot of the West wall. A voice close to me whispered, “Stay with me, man.” Stay with me, indeed. For forty long and miserable years I’ve lived in — read more…

    stories
  • Bad Guys

    The cell is cold. I sit on the bench nearest the narrow window, trying to absorb what little warmth filters through the frosted leaden glass. Waiting. The guard comes over and calls for one of my cellmates. “Barber! You made bail. Let’s go.” And Barber rises from his spot in the corner, a tiny whisper — read more…

    stories
  • Wanskawongan

    A couple of years ago, I served as the organizer for the Saratoga Native American Festival (2006 and 2007). During the 2007 festival, I had the opportunity to sit in with Abenaki storyteller, author and linguist, Jesse Bruchac, for the first song of his set. Here are two cuts: the first is Jesse on drum — read more…

    music
  • Saratoga Native American Festival

    In 2006 and 2007, while working as the Education Director at the Ndakinna Education Center (a non-profit cultural arts organization in Greenfield Center, NY), I had the opportunity to organize Saratoga’s first Native American festival along with an all-star cast of folks. Here is a media packet I put together for the 2007 festival: If — read more…

    biography | ideas
  • Romeo & Juliet

    Hi R——, I was thinking about you tonight and thought I’d drop a line to say hello. I used to feel odd about how much I reminisce about the past, but then, teaching high school does tend to keep one rooted in their teens. I’m covering Romeo and Juliet with my freshmen and got into — read more…

    biography
  • To skin a cat

    1. Off the cliff to razor rocks 2. Table saw in Grandpa’s shop 3. Whirring silver blender blades 4. Skidding to a stop 5. Needle under furry nape 6. Blackberries and arsenic 7. Flying buckshot from a gun 8. Mother’s rusty sewing kit 9. New York Yankee’s baseball bat 10. There’s more than one way… — read more…

    poems
  • I’m Coming Home

    What luck! I thought this one had died in the proverbial fire. The PC that used to be my studio died sometime ago and with it several of my songs in progress. At some point I burned a copy of this to listen to and make some mental notations. The levels are way off and — read more…

    music
  • Tynan A-Go-Go

    When my son Tynan was born, I wrote a couple of instrumental tunes that we could dance around to and be silly. He’s now older – all grown up and serious. I’m still dancing around and being silly. So it goes, so it goes… Tynan playing piano Tynan A-Go-Go — read more…

    music
  • Teaching World Mythology

    From 1998 to 2004, I taught English at Gloversville High School in Gloversville, NY. One of my favorite courses to teach was World Mythology, a senior English elective. I developed the entire curriculum and had the flexibility to change it as needed when I wished. Below is the textbook I created for the course… — read more…

    ideas
  • Fulcrum

    My life has stretched across years now and sometimes I feel old not always the kind of old that belongs with wisdom and grace but often the kind that belongs with withered and dead things I remember who I once was and cannot deny that my kick is not as strong and that my screams — read more…

    biography
  • A “Restorative” Hermeneutics of Myth

    Updating the Map: Toward a “Restorative” Hermeneutics of Mythology Mark Oppenneer (2002) I have a picture in my mind of a worn and yellowed map. In the center of the map is a vast uncharted region with no terrain features, roads, or points of reference drawn in it. Along the meandering perimeter of this void — read more…

    essay
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh

    Epic of Gilgamesh: Origin, Subject and Function Mark Oppenneer (2002) The purpose of the essay is two-fold: it will explore The Epic of Gilgamesh by fielding what Robert A. Segal, in his Theorizing About Myth, calls the “three major questions [that] can be asked of myth: what is its subject matter, what is its origin, — read more…

    essay
  • The kitchen sink

    Back in August of 1999, Erik Rockom, Donovan Curry and (I have recently been reminded) Bryan McGriff were chilling out in Erik’s living room working the 4-track. With Erik on bass guitar, Donovan on percussion, Bryan on shaker, and me on piano and flute (though obviously not all at the same time)… I think this — read more…

    music
  • Mystery

    See also this piece. — read more…

    poems
  • Happy Guy

    Happy Guy is without a doubt the happiest piece of music I have ever written — read more…

    music
  • Digger

    What it does is dirty — read more…

    poems
  • My Arse Poetica

    A parody of Archibald MacLeish’s “Ars Poetica” — read more…

    poems
  • Black Citroën

    An album of original live and generally poorly recorded music — read more…

    music
  • Holiday Reunion

    In 1995, I played flute Joseph Rojo’s “Holiday Reunion” album — read more…

    music
  • Walk Around the Block

    Becca’s 1995 children’s music album, Walk Around the Block — read more…

    music
  • Mail Order Bride

    In May of 1995, I interviewed my Dad — read more…

    biography
  • Salamander

    Salamander was a staple of the early 90s post-grunge Seattle music scene — read more…

    music
  • Unbreakable

    I will give you a gazillion imaginary marshmallows if you can decipher this — read more…

    puzzles
  • Kangaroo Court

    “Take your clothes off,” a voice said in the darkness. I beg your pardon? — read more…

    biography
  • Word Search for an Ugly Day

    Dot-matrix printed puzzle therapy — read more…

    puzzles
  • Since Childhood

    Without apologies for its synth patina, from the cassette vault — read more…

    music
  • Traci

    What I remember about Traci — read more…

    poems
  • Christkindlesmarkt

    Memories of the magic of Christkindlesmarkt — read more…

    biography