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Facing Change

I recently made the move from my beloved Atlanta back to Fort Lauderdale, and it’s been tough saying goodbye to my friends, my doctor and my support system. And the physical act of moving is hard. I’ve had to decide what is worth keeping and what to finally give up.

FaceBoxGrabCROPIn this video episode, I share the personal reason I chose Fort Lauderdale over Atlanta (it wasn’t the weather). And since I never can resist absurdity, something a bit surreal happens along the way. When you’re packing alone, you have to converse with something. (Thanks to my set decorators, Jenifer and Bobbin.) Are you traveling light these days? Are you holding on to old items (and behaviors) that don’t fit anymore?

I always welcome your comments and feedback. My next episodes will cover finding a new doctor; talking to HIV- men; drug addiction; and of course, there’s plenty in store when I head to Vienna, Austria in July for the international conference AIDS 2010!




  1. Karen March 25, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Fabulous! Thanks for sharing! Good luck in Ft. Lauderdale – love is worth the risk.

  2. Jenny March 29, 2010 at 9:11 am


    I watched Episode 13, my first Episode to watch, and saw the picture of you and Leslie. My heart stopped for a moment and the tears came. I remember being there with you, Donald, and many others the day he died. (It was right when Dan Curtis released the new “Dark Shadows” and I know how disappointed Leslie was that he’d miss the series). I keep the pictures I have of Leslie in his signed copy of a Clive Barker book and pull it out from time to time and think of him. He is loved and missed…and I love and miss you too. I wish you much happiness and peace in your new home. You deserve it!

  3. Megan February 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Hello Mark,
    I’ve been following your work for some months now, but was too shy too reach out. This year-old entry about Facing Change was too special not to respond to, so I’m pushing past my fear to say hello.
    Thank you for such moving, honest work. We are different people, demographically, but I relate to so much of what you have to say about self-care, managing growth, and the side effects of life. I hope, one year hence, that Lauderdale is still a beautiful adventure.
    All the best, Megan in Chicago.

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