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  • J. Mark Bertrand is the author of Back on Murder, Pattern of Wounds, and the forthcoming Nothing to Hide, crime novels featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and lived in the city for fifteen years. After one hurricane too many, he and his wife moved to South Dakota. Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, was the foreman of a hung jury in Houston, and after relocating served on the jury that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. In 1972, he won an honorable mention in a child modeling contest, but pursued writing instead.

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October 20, 2008



Thanks for mentioning the post (it's Caddickisms, btw - no 'r'). I'm totally with you. If you can hit the "What's in it for me?" mark, you've at least got their attention. Handing them over-simplified "vapor-ware" though, just turns them right back off again. And rightfully so. Now if I could just get the VPs of the world to buy into that...

J. Mark Bertrand

Thanks, Jeff. I fixed the typo. My favorite corporate training moment? I took my department (three people and me) to a Microsoft Office training in the mid-90s only to discover when we showed up that there were no computers in the room, just workbooks. At the first break, I led them out. We went to the movies all day -- saw Pacino's Looking for Richard and the then-new Twelfth Night movie. Best training ever, and no one ever forgot it.


HA HA! That's great. Was the instructor Harold Hill? Sounds like the THINK system to me...

J. Mark Bertrand

I don't remember who put it on, but I did keep the terribly depressing b/w workbook on my desk for a long time as a talking piece. It was held at a hotel and the room was packed. I don't know how many were left by the end of the day, though!

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Books by Bertrand

Book Description

  • Everybody has a worldview, a perspective on life, and sometimes we're forced to re-think. The world can surprise and overwhelm us, and when that happens, it helps to know what's really important in life. Rethinking Worldview explores some essential questions from a Christian perspective, starting with what "worldviews" really are, how they are formed and how they change. It's a chronicle of one man's intellectual journey, written to encourage fellow travelers along the way.