About

The Flyoverland Crank features the wit and wisdom of a garrulous geezer.

I'm an independent, self-published columnist who publishes a brand spanking new column every Saturday. I would be willing to part with a body part of lessor importance to be hired/syndicated/occasionally published by someone whose checks don't bounce and would let me be me.

I have a Ludditish tendency to prefer meat space communities to virtual ones. This is why my social media presence is limited to a private Facebook account as well as a public one to promote my column and post interesting things. 


My columns are my comments. 

I don't go live on whatever, podcast, sell coffee cups/t-shirts/or classes, or publish a newsletter.  

If you'd like to receive my column via email you can easily sign up to do so on my website. I don't pay any attention as to who does and I don't sell email addresses.  

In my semi-humble opinion, reading my column on my website, preferably on a monitor of some sort, is the best way to follow my work. 

Any virtuous, right-thinking Citizen of the Republic should endeavor to supplement my underfunded retirement by buying me some coffee, once, or once a month.   


"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." -Nietzsche

My why is my daughter, son-in-law, and the Stickies (grand and great-grand).

If you're too cheap to support my work at least share it, particularly with your more prosperous acquaintances.

“At this point I reveal myself in my true colours, as a stick-in-the-mud. I hold a number of beliefs that have been repudiated by the liveliest intellects of our time. I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves. I also hold one or two beliefs that are more difficult to put shortly. For example, I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people's feelings by satisfying our own egos. And I think we should remember that we are part of a great whole. All living things are our brothers and sisters. Above all, I believe in the God-given genius of certain individuals, and I value a society that makes their existence possible.” - Kenneth Clark, "Civilization"

Have an O.K. day,
Marcus Mehlmar