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My Name is Mark Halliday (Staff Sergeant, US Army Retired). 
I grew up in Garden Grove, California.  I had piano lessons as a kid, and played flute in marching bands for 4 years. My first college attended was Santa Ana College, which was interrupted for two years while I served as a Mormon missionary in north-eastern France and southern Belgium.  While finishing my first AA in Liberal Arts, I played keyboard synthesizer with my friends in a band that focused on Beatles songs, surfer music, oldies, and pop songs from the 80s.  I started learning to play guitar around 1985.

Besides being involved in music, I like to draw.  My favorite hobby is reading.  I especially like military-science-fiction writers such as David Weber, David Drake, John Ringo, and Eric Flint.  I'm also fond of books by Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Tom Clancy, Harold Coyle, Harry Turtledove, Frank Herbert, Ian Fleming, W.E.B. Griffin, Clive Cussler, Jack Higgins, Arthur C. Clark, and writers for Star Wars novels such as Kevin Anderson.
 
I enlisted in the US Army (1987) near the end of the Cold War to be an Intelligence Analyst/Russian Linguist.  I later cross-trained into the Serbian and Croatian languages during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts, and spent time with UN Peacekeepers in Macedonia.  I also spent a year in Mosul, Iraq, helping train the Intelligence section of an Iraqi infantry battalion staff. I spent about a third of my service time in Germany, as well as Missouri, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Maryland.  I taught Russian, then Serb-Croatian, then French at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, California, where I finally retired in 2007. 

I met my wife Nelly while visiting Paris, France, during the bicentennial of Bastille Day in 1989 (see my quatern poem A Soldier's Foreign Woman).  We have two sons.  We are still together, and happily still best friends.

While still in the Army, I earned an AS in Ornamental Horticulture at Monterey Peninsula College (and have enough credits for another in Business Administration), and a BS in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on European languages and culture.
I work full time as an Army civilian Supply Technician at the DLIFLC in Monterey, and on call as a commercial charter bus driver for a company in Marina CA (see my poem The Butterfly Flutters by).  I've been learning bass guitar the last few years and also using a keyboard workstation.  I'm slowly learning to record my songs on computers, too.

This is how I got into poetry.  I was 'in-like' with one of my French converts back in the 80s; she sent me a poem or two, so I reciprocated and started writing sonnets and songs (see my lyric Odessey), ever since about 1983.  Today my normal focus is on writing songs instead of poems, so in a sense many of my recent poems are ideas that I could not easily make into lyrics....not quite failures per se, but not successful towards my first priority.  As of this writing (May 2014), I am working on recording my songs Tropical Getaway, Something you Left Behind, Egyptian Dancer, Lady Luck Stomped Out, and the children's song Blow More Bubbles.

My dream is to create a band called the Retropolitan Underground, which plays new songs using older musical styles, probably heavily into old pop-jazz fusions.


New to blogging.


Blog Posted:5/23/2014 11:12:00 PM
Never made a blog before.  Testing the waters.  My big toe is turning blue from the effort!  Trying to figure out how to add some of my drawings, too.




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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 9:21:00 AM
    So nice to see you! Welcome to the bloggers!!

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 7:28:00 AM
    Mark, very interesting bio, looks like you've been around the world a tad more than most of us! Welcome!

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  1. Date: 5/24/2014 12:57:00 AM
    Hi, Mark, hope you can think of something interesting to tell us. don't worry if you can't do pictures yet. You are not the only one!

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  1. Date: 5/23/2014 11:24:00 PM
    Well to the land of blogging, Mark........Goodnight... Linda

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Date Posted: 5/23/2014 11:12:00 PM

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11/4/2014 C'est la vie Verseparis,travel,work,
11/4/2014 Garnished Sauerkraut Epulaeryufood,wine,
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10/31/2014 Mighty Waters Versenature,river,water,
10/31/2014 Lorraine Cemetery Haikuhero,soldier,war,
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10/14/2014 Stressing I do not know?change,fear,future,life,s
10/10/2014 Around the corner Alliterationfamily,fear,future,life,
10/9/2014 moi-meme Bioart,bio,conflict,inspirat
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10/3/2014 Warrior Poet Acrosticbio,books,culture,food,id
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9/28/2014 Fleeting Serenity Trioletdesire,life,simple,spirit
9/25/2014 Columns and Ranks Quaterndeath,england,eulogy,loss
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9/20/2014 Bedroom Eyes Lyricchildren,desire,family,ho
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8/21/2014 The Seasons Of Our Love Sonnetage,appreciation,devotion
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8/18/2014 To my lover on Saturday mornings Footledesire,love,sensual,sexy,
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6/25/2014 Colours Quaternamerica,bereavement,death
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6/20/2014 Wasted Youth Senryuchildhood,dedication,loss
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