Author Archives: Mark R. Trost

About Mark R. Trost

Writer. Editor. Consultant.


I went to a funeral today. One of my closest friend’s father died. A very nice man. The Mass was held in the church of my childhood. The building’s changed. Now it looks like a concert hall but the communal … Continue reading

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November 16, 2017


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Civil Discord

I stood beside the entrance table. A floral arrangement centered the lobby. Tall and perfect. Synthetic or authentic? I didn’t care enough to discern. I watched a young father pay for a pizza and pass it to his kindergartened sized … Continue reading

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Crossed My Mind

So many vivid memories. Leaving Junction City Kansas after Dad’s work week and heading toward Saint Paul. Climbing into the backseat of a two-toned salmon and white Chevy and watching my Father’s jacket collar as we motored along US Route … Continue reading

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She Was Too Much

She fleshed gluttony: too talkative, too loud, too desperate. Although she feigned conversation with her companion, she delivered her monologue to her captive audience. We weren’t captivated with interest; it was need. We needed procedures. We waited in the waiting … Continue reading

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Stop Politicizing Abuse

Sexual harassment and sexual abuse are not gender issues; they’re crimes. Stop politicizing abuse. (Photo Courtesy of

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