About Mark Aldrich

My name is Mark Aldrich. I am a one-time winner of the New York Press Association’s Best Humor Columnist award in its annual “Better Newspaper” contest. This blog, “The Gad About Town,” is about many topics, from social habits to baseball to art and movies. I am a gad about town.

People who see this photo think I have a podcast. I do not.

I have written about social justice issues for decades and have been participating in the social media movement to free Saudi blogger Raif Badawi since January, 2015 (several dozen columns, a few of which have been re-posted on the RaifBadawi.org web site).

I currently live in New Paltz, NY. There are many writing and editing jobs on my resume, even some full websites and technical instruction manuals. In the early 1990s, I became a writer and performer with a radio comedy group, the Magnificent Glass Pelican, which continues to produce and perform improvisational comedy.

I was diagnosed with a form of spinocerebellar ataxia in 2012, which was revised to spinal muscular atrophy in 2014. My mobility is impaired, and I write about issues that concern people with disabilities as well.

All that said, I try to publish humorous columns a couple times a week.

Mark Aldrich is a journalist, award-winning humor columnist, and writer/performer with the Magnificent Glass Pelican radio comedy improv group, now in its thirtieth season:

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  1. Billie · February 3, 2014

    You have just received the Liebster Award. Go here to find out more: http://ireland-ms.com/2014/02/03/liebster-award-3/


  2. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon · May 20, 2014

    Well since your good at HUMOR,…..I just can not make this humorous at all!!??….You are my WINNER of a copy of my current book, “Addicted To Dimes”…That’s if you haven’t read yet?

    You always pop up on my recovery blog with support, humor, and a wee bit of Sweetness each visit…LOL. I appreciated your kind Happy Anniversary wish’s. Yes I know, it’s only a book not a MILLION dollars, but it’s the best I can do 🙂 LOL.

    If you will EMAIL me your address to where you’d like me to mail the book which will be UPS, to tomcatt59@yahoo.com
    I’ll shall get it out to you pronto!

    Hugs & Blessings,
    Author, Cat Lyon 🙂


    • Mark Aldrich · May 24, 2014

      I will be emailing you shortly. Thank you so much. I am getting back to blogging after a very interesting month-plus.


      • Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon · May 24, 2014

        HHHMMMM…..I noticed you were not around as much? Hope all is OK & well… 🙂 🙂


        • Mark Aldrich · May 24, 2014

          … and thank you thank you thank you for your very kind words …


  3. Allison Andersen · August 21, 2014

    Thanks for the read. I really enjoy your style of writing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jeff Helton · April 7, 2021

      Mark can.you text me Its about am a 4 I’m 55 and dealing with something similarsma 4


  4. Marpay Fitness · September 10, 2014

    Thank you for following our blog. We sincerely appreciate your support. Cheers!

    -Marpay Fitness

    Liked by 1 person

  5. thereluctantbaptist · October 7, 2014

    Forgive me, Mark, but you have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. So get gussied up and accept your nomination here:

    Liked by 1 person

  6. mkvecchitto · October 13, 2014

    I love your blog, so I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! 🙂 Details here: http://stepstimestwo.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/the-one-lovely-blog-award/

    Liked by 1 person

  7. movingtowardsthelight · October 19, 2014

    Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and for the ‘like’, good meeting you! Vonita 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Martha Kennedy · December 10, 2014

    With things not working as they should on WordPress I took it as a chance to roam around a bit and I found your post on Sylvia Plath’s words. Very interesting — much more interesting than the prompt (which seemed to come from BrainQuotes.com — yeah, I’m a snob having taught so many people who were actually told “Find an interesting quote on the internet and use it to open your essays.” Context didn’t matter.) Beautiful work all over! Thank you, also, for your encouragement on my blog. It has meant a lot.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. unbolt · January 11, 2015

    Thank you, Mark!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mark Aldrich · January 11, 2015

      I enjoy your thought-provoking, tightly written, poems. Thank you for them.

      Liked by 1 person

      • unbolt · January 11, 2015

        I’m really flattered, Mark.
        I’m just a bold upstart 😛


        • unbolt · January 11, 2015

          I’m not a native English man, Mark.
          Sorry for my mistakes…


  10. Catnip · January 24, 2015

    I like your style. Thanks for reading and following me. It’s an honor.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Swoosieque · February 17, 2015

    Hi Mark, it takes me a while before reading blog-friends’ about pages, I am so glad I finally visited yours! Sorry about your physical woes but I am so happy to hear that you are treating yourself with regular doses of hysteria, comedy, laughter, guffaws and belly laughs. Laughter is a potent medicine, free and legal too! Be well my friend! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mark Aldrich · February 17, 2015

      Thank you for your many kind words, both right here and in some past spots. You’re a very encouraging reader.


  12. julial213 · March 12, 2015

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  13. LindaK · March 15, 2015

    Thanks, Mark, for the support you’ve shown by following my blog and liking my posts. In times of darkness, when I think, what the hell am I doing here, acting like the world gives a damn about what I have to say, you have been my loyal, albeit silent, knight. I’ve chosen to believe you believe in me, and that faith spurs me to keep putting myself out there in hopes of doing something good in the world. I like your panache and hope we can connect more over time. Take care … Linda

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Thom Hickey · May 28, 2015

    Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox Mark. I hope you are finding lots to entertain you and maybe making some discoveries. If you haven’t visited for a while check it out again. Please feel free to add comments. Regards Thom.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Julie · June 18, 2015

    Hi Mark, I am here to inform you that I have bestowed The Versatile Blogger Award upon you. You can read about your nomination here: http://thereluctantbaptist.com/2015/06/18/award-hoard/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mark Aldrich · June 20, 2015

      Thank you so much, Julie. I will be doing a thank-you column this coming week. Thank you.


  16. Xena · August 30, 2015

    I’ve nominated you for the Real Neat Blog award. The details are at:


    Liked by 1 person

    • Mark Aldrich · August 30, 2015

      Thank you! I saw this earlier in the week and I will be writing a post this week. Awards are always welcome, a true kindness. Thanks-Mark


  17. Diya of Pen2Needle · October 23, 2015

    Greetings and salutations!

    I’ve just nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. You can read more about the nerve wracking burden it entails here:


    Please don’t hate me.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. rogershipp · December 29, 2015

    I just wanted to wish you an early Happy New Year. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement this past year. May you find renewed fulfillments in your blogs this New Year and may your blogging families ever increase. Blessings. Roger

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mark Aldrich · December 30, 2015

      Thank you, Roger.

      Happy New Year to you and your loved ones-Mark (TGAT)


  19. Gail · January 17, 2017

    I came across your blog today by way of the daily prompt. My brother-in-law was diagnosed with OPCA many years ago (his mother was diagnosed with it late in life and he was told he had a 50% chance of having it). He started having some balance problems in 2005 (I believe). He was in his 40s when the neurologist told him he also had OPCA. A few years back, he went to see a neurologist at Vanderbilt and his diagnosis was “revised” to spinocerebellar ataxia. His latest tests show is is stable but he feels his symptoms are worse. He struggles with ataxia and now some speech problems. I’m very interested in reading more of your blog. I am sorry for your physical disabilities but am glad you write about it and share with others. Nice to “meet” you Mark.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Leigh W. Smith · January 29, 2017

    Hey, Mark. Sorry I’ve not been able to read/comment of late. So much going on! Anyway, I ran across this call for applications for residencies for writers (and artists) with spinal cord injury. Not sure how interested you are in traveling to Vermont, but anyway, passing this link/name along. (“RESIDENCIES FOR ARTISTS AND WRITERS WITH SPINAL CORD INJURY: http://www.artistcommunities.org/creativeaccess
    In 2017, the Creative Access Fellowships Program – in partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities – will expand to include 12 residency stays at four host sites: Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), PLAYA (Summerlake, OR), Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL), and Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM), selected for their accessible facilities, innovative programming, and reputations for excellence. Creative Access offers artists with SCI the rare opportunity for concentrated time dedicated to their creative practice in a supportive residency community. Twelve awardees will receive the invaluable opportunity of a two to eight-week residency at one of the four host sites, including room and board, a $1,000 stipend, and travel award for a personal assistant/caregiver if needed.”)
    It’s from the 27 Jan. 2017 Funds for Writers newsletter, which I highly recommend. BTW, this newsletter also says King Features is looking for columnists who want syndication, if that applies to you currently. Good luck! Oh, and FF to erase this or moderate it out once you’ve gotten what you need from it. Cheers, Leigh

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Greta Lamfel · January 30, 2017

    Hi Mark

    Thanks for the follow! How have you been and how’s your blog doing?
    I created a blogger tips group to connect with all my long last WordPress blogger friends, and to help all of us to learn from each other. I would love for you to share your knowledge in the group and connect with other bloggers. Here’s the link:
    Blogger Tips Group

    Finally, here’s a blog I thought you may find interesting:
    The Ripple Effect of Blogging

    Best regards,
    Founder of Healthy Living

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Terrt /r, · October 6, 2019

    Hi Mark. It’s Terry R., I’ve met your before at noon in New Paltz, and not too long ago I saw you in Stone Ridge. I had a writerly topic I wanted to discuss with you. If you see this, drop me an email at terrence@coffeesystemhv.com, or give me a ring or a text at 845-399-2333.


  23. Jerome Maas · February 27, 2021

    At the moment I am reading Dale Carnegie’s ‘Win Friends and influence People’. In the book I came across the name of a Lowell Thomas, which I never heard before. So I looked it up on Google and chose your article on both men actually. I liked the content and your tone of voice very much. So I shared it on my FB site. Thank you so much.
    From Switzerland, with love,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mark Aldrich · February 28, 2021

      What a kind note to write. Thank you very much for letting me know, Jim. All the best to you, Mark.


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