Message from Mark...
There is just something about everyday life that is funny. Humor is
clearly present in our daily events that randomly happen to us.
Sometimes you have to look very closely to find it. Other times, it
jumps out and slaps you in the face. On certain occasions you will
know it is humorous when it is happening, but other times you can
only find the humor after some time has passed and you are able to
take a look back. That's exactly what I did with these stories. I
took a good, long look back at my life so far and pulled out some of
my funniest moments.
I am so glad to have this opportunity to read these stories for you.
I chose them from my book "Colorful Comedies and Creative
Celebrations" first published in 2000. As I read them, I was
able to transport myself back to the times when the events actually
happened. And yes, they did ALL happen!
I hope you are able to relate to this everyday humor in some way.
Maybe you have some relatives just like some of the ones I describe.
Maybe you have a friend that falls into the same category as some of
mine do. Whatever the case may be, I hope these stories will cause
you to forget about your worries if only for a little while and
allow you to take this adventuresome journey through my life with
me. I hope when you are finished listening to my stories, there will
be a big smile on your face. That would make me so happy! So, come
on in, pull up a chair and let's "sit a spell." We have a long and
winding journey ahead of us!
Buy the 2-CD
Since childhood, Mark Allen Ballard, known to television viewers as
THE ARTIST™, has combined his incredible artistic talent with
a marvelous sense of humor to amaze and entertain.
In 1996, at the urging of friends and clients who had attended
fabulous parties and tours that Mark organized for area charities,
he held a seminar on holiday entertaining and decorating. The "fans"
called for more and, as a result, Mark now combines his artistic
talent, wonderful sense of humor and storytelling ability to
entertain standing-room only crowds at frequent seminars and
speaking engagements, at public appearances and on regional
television several times a week. Mark made his national television
debut in February, 2004, hosting the pilot of ModernStyle. He has
also appeared on the Do-It-Yourself Network. His annual one-man
comedy shows are standing room only affairs that benefit non-profit
organizations in his hometown.
Mark’s first book, a cookbook, Blossoms & Bees, Peaches &
Poundcakes, was published in the fall of 1999 and is now in its
seventh printing. His second book featuring stories of growing up
and living in the South, Colorful Comedies and Creative
Celebrations, A Lighter Look at Life as Told by a Raised
Right Southern Gentleman, was published in 2000. His third book
- The Four Seasons with Mark Ballard - was released in 2003.
Delightful and Sinsational, Mark's compilation of stories
about battles with weight and great recipes was written after he
lost over 100 pounds. His newest book, In the Kitchen with Mark
with over 250 recipes, stories and color photographs was published
in October, 2005 Mark’s advice column on decorating, entertaining
and crafts is featured weekly in The Macon Telegraph and in
each issue of Macon Magazine.
At an early age, Mark focused his talent on the visual arts,
graduating with honors from the Atlanta College of Art at the High
Museum in Atlanta. Mark’s paintings have found their way into
private, corporate and public collections all over the United States
and in several foreign countries. In addition to one-dimensional
paintings and murals, Mark is also known for his exquisite painted
furniture, lamps, porcelains and fabrics. In recent years, he has
also been in demand in the areas of floral and interior design. His
line of note-cards, limited edition prints and porcelain plates are
carried in finer frame, gift and stationary shops nationwide.
Please visit Mark's website at