This is not a good picture. It was taken inside my garage this afternoon while I was having a rummage sale, together with my granddaughter-in-law Terrin. I’m tired, my hair is a mess, I have on no makeup. But that is not what this post is about. And that is not Terrin in this picture.

This lady was reading from the back cover of my book Playing Life by Ear, which was displayed prominently for our sale, and she came to me and said “Your maiden name was Doris Peterson?” and I said yes. She said “My name is Doris Peterson.” We had a laugh together and then she said “It would certainly be a coincidence, but tell me what was your middle name?” I answered “My middle name is Jean.” Her mouth dropped open and her arms opened to give me a big hug. We were both Doris Jean Peterson.

Now that sort of thing doesn’t happen often, although I suspect we have dopplegangers . . people who look like us. How many times has someone told you “You look just  like someone I know.”

But no matter what comparisons you make, there is no one in the world who is exactly like anyone of us. There is no one in the world who exactly talks like us, thinks like us, moves like us. looks like us.

When I started this blog I told the story of a teacher once asking me is I had lived up to my name. I thought, how in the world does one live up to the name Doris? Some time later it occurred to me that he was asking if I was living up to my name Markland. Was I perhaps leaving my mark on the land. And that’s how I came to name the blog My Markland . . a place where I may leave my mark.

I am so privileged that people like you come here to read my blurbs, and I keep learning that I have no idea who comes and reads. Please feel welcome to leave comments by clicking on “comments.” Your ideas are important too, or at least your hellos, or at least your name.

I am writing often now, material for my next book. An article I wrote recently is called Having Your Say, and it encourages you to talk back to my words and to tell your story, even if its to an empty room.  I describe my writing as only half of the conversation and encourage readers to enter with theirs.

Thank you for coming here and do feel free to give us your half of the conversation from time to time.











6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Addie Scheve
    Sep 08, 2016 @ 21:34:27

    Dear Doris,   I read your blogs faithfully and enjoy each and every one.  I’m happy that you are writing another book.IIt  sounds fascinating.  I’m embarrassed that I haven’t had you over for coffee.  How can I be so busy?  too much bridge,, I guess.  Just wanted to touch base.  Are you wintering in Hawaii  again?  If so, when are  you leaving? Surely want to see you before then.  Suzanne took me along to see Pauline today.  Not a good day for Pauly!  So heart-breaking.  Love, Addie –


  2. LaRae Worden
    Sep 08, 2016 @ 22:19:18

    Enjoyed my little visit with you this morning and I am looking forward to reading your book


  3. Kathy
    Sep 08, 2016 @ 23:21:14

    Oh my goodness, Doris, that is so rare to entertain someone with exactly the same name! How fun! Another benefit of rummage sales! What a beautiful day for all the sales in your neighborhood. It was very nice walking around to them all, and of course it was a treat to see you again, and to meet Terrin.


  4. Betty Clark
    Sep 09, 2016 @ 09:54:55

    I always enjoy your blog and look forward to your next book. We have two Betty Clark’s here. We weren’t related or have the same last name until I married her son who I met when he was in the service in Montana. The only person who got confused was her husband because he called us both Betty. Of course we both answered just to keep him confused. He eventually started calling me “Montana” and his wife “California” when we were together. It stuck but he was the only one allowed to call me Montana. The other Betty Clark was called Mom or Grandma by family. Of course I gave her a copy of your book and she loved it.


  5. livetheloveyouare
    Sep 09, 2016 @ 16:03:04

    My sister in law is Kristine L Baker as am I. Her middle L is for her maiden name Lawrence and mine is for Louise. I also have a niece in law who is Kristin Baker. It gets confusing when we are all in the same place. Love your stories.


  6. John of the GMA
    Sep 10, 2016 @ 17:07:27

    Wow, Doris, what a coincidence! My name is common as dirt – just ask the folks at my CVS – but I’ve never encountered anyone with the exact same name.


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