Mark Ballard

Mark Ballard

My readers top my gratitude list

I try to wake up each morning with gratitude. I believe the act of being grateful is extremely important. After all, waking up healthy in a free world is definitely something for which to be thankful.

Mark Ballard

The seasons of a lifetime

Looking through the window, I could see the morning sun peeking through the orange and red leaves of a tree in our yard. The light was softly bouncing off of the crisp, brittle leaves as if it wanted to showcase them one more time before they released from the branches and floated to the ground.

Mark Ballard

Finding inspiration in my path

The first one crossed my path in a parking lot while I was walking in to teach a drawing class. I was running a bit late, but the colorful leaf tried many times to catch my attention. It was crimson and a perfect shape.

Mark Ballard

Storing memories

I’m a very visual person, so I envision my memories as if they are stored away in various boxes in my mind. On the outside of the boxes, printed in large letters, are the words that indicate what they contain. Stacked tall and packed full, they remain deep in the storage unit of my mind.

Mark Ballard

Taking measure without measuring up

There’s a large drawer in the antique wooden desk that’s in our office. For many years it has held various notepads, other miscellaneous office-related materials and two nice metal rulers that are tucked in the very front. I purchased these rulers many years ago and used them relentlessly during my art school days. Throughout the years, they have accurately measured just about anything you could possibly imagine.

Mark Ballard

Lessons in positivity and perseverance

“Fantastic” was what my mother would reply when asked how she was doing. With her enthusiastic comment came a flash of her one-of-a- kind smile punctuated with a sparkle in her eyes. Just hearing her say that word made me and anyone around her feel better.

Videos

Huge monarch butterfly floats through air

Blake Ballard captured this monarch buttery in slow motion video.
Blake Ballard Special to The Telegraph
Huge monarch butterfly floats through air 0:27

Huge monarch butterfly floats through air

Bibb County's first fatal shooting of 2017 0:57

Bibb County's first fatal shooting of 2017

Falcons fans in Macon celebrate win 0:58

Falcons fans in Macon celebrate win

Churches show off floral arrangement skills. 0:54

Churches show off floral arrangement skills.