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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Short fiction and nonfiction topics by the author of A Twist of Fate and other books.


Assessing Child Abuse Risk Factors

16 Aug 2022 2 minute read 0 comments MarkJ011

     The first thing to realize about child abuse is that there is no “typical child abuser.”  Most tend to be ordinary people, with no history of severe mental illness.  Most child abusers are also familiar with the children they abuse, being relati...

The Battle of Plum Run Bend

16 Aug 2022 2 minute read 0 comments MarkJ011

In 1861, early in the American Civil War, the Union built seven ironclad ships to serve on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.  The USS Cairo, Cincinnati, and Mound City were built at Mound City, Illinois, while the Carondelet, St. Louis, Pitt...

A Manager vs a Leader

15 Aug 2022 1 minute read 1 comment MarkJ011

   A manager is simply one who accomplishes tasks through the efforts of others, generally because of a position of organizational authority.  A leader provides vision to others, and does not necessarily have to be a manager.  Considering management-...

What is Fanfiction?

15 Aug 2022 2 minute read 0 comments MarkJ011

   Fan fiction is fiction based on another person’s characters or fictional world, generally posted or published with other material relating to that world.  For example, there are numerous web sites that relate to Star Wars, generally created by fan...

A Day to Remember: St. Valentine's Day

13 Aug 2022 2 minute read 1 comment MarkJ011

     In 1878, The Book of Days stated that "Valentine's Day is now almost everywhere a much degenerated festival, the only observance of any note consisting merely of the sending of jocular anonymous letters to parties whom one wishes to quiz, and th...

What is a Credit Union?

13 Aug 2022 1 minute read 0 comments MarkJ011

   Basically, a credit union is a cooperative created to provide financial services to its members.  That says it all, but it makes a very short article, so a bit of detail may be in order.      A credit union is a cooperative.  This means that it is...

The Original Bluebeard’s Demise

11 Aug 2022 2 minute read 0 comments MarkJ011

The story of Bluebeard usually refers to a story written by the French author Charles Perrault in 1697. In the story, the young wife of a blue‑bearded chevalier is forbidden to open a certain room in their castle. Curiosity eventually causes her to e...

A Day to Remember: April Fool’s Day

11 Aug 2022 1 minute read 1 comment MarkJ011

The authors of The Book of Days could not find the origins of April Fool’s Day, but one of the earliest references they found was from 1713, where Swift entered in his “Journal to Stella” a plotted April Fool’s joke with two friends.  Unfortunately,...

On the Edge

9 Aug 2022 2 minute read 0 comments MarkJ011

Cora stood on the edge of the tower, staring off into the pale blue of the day, watching the wisps of clouds twist and turn a dance of joy in the high winds.  One small step, and the building suddenly began to flash past.             They say you die...

The Hand of God

9 Aug 2022 2 minute read 0 comments MarkJ011

The fight began when one of the priest’s supporters took the doll from her.             Jack, crouched in the ferns outside the priory, clenched a fist in triumph.             Suddenly he could hear the police breaking up the brawl.  Martha, his unwi...