Mark Dyck





The blog is my Whole Self Home Base,
where all the aspects of my life come together through my writing.

It’s like a bread recipe - bring a wide variety of ingredients together and create something way better than the individual parts.

You’ll find riffs on community and connection, musings on baking and fermentation, reflections on travel experiences and much more.


Getting Unstuck

It takes real effort to see that you are stuck. Effort and time. To break out of the cycle of stuckness, I need to continually remind myself of three things. Write-them-on-paper-and-stick-it-by-the-keyboard things:

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Rise Up #53: Jeffrey Hamelman - A conversation on a lifetime baking, teaching and being an ambassador for good bread

I’ve been lucky enough to chat briefly with Jeffrey Hamelman over the years, via email or a quick lunch at WheatStalk, but this time I got to sit down and really dig into his remarkable life and career, from finally convincing his first boss to hire him, to learning the craft and eventually teaching bakers on six continents.

This episode is one of the real highlights of Rise Up! so far. It was a dream when I first started the podcast but I have to say the actual chat was even better than I imagined. Enjoy!

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How to ask for help

Consider the following: You're struggling with a problem that you just can't figure out, so you ask a friend for help.

You then proceed to defend every assumption, every decision and every design choice you've made.

It doesn't work because the starting question is wrong.

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Rise Up! #49: Sarah Rossi of Clear Flour Bread in Boston, Massachusetts

I say it all the time: there’s something special about talking with bakers. And if you don’t believe me, spend a few minutes talking with Sarah Rossi and you’ll be convinced that I’m right.

I met Sarah at WheatStalk 2018 when I held my breath and crashed her table in the lunch room. And am I ever glad I did. She’s not only friendly, bright and articulate, but she has a deep love for her profession.

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Fire, Ready, Aim

New team members, potential spouses and business partners need to take the time to listen, to give context, to understand each other. The time spend is an investment that will pay back again and again, as the team works in the same direction.

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Bakernomics: You have choices

Over the past several posts I've laid out a way of thinking of bakery economics, so that you can think critically about what is blocking you from building a business that works for you over the long term. A way to make the change that you desperately want but can't seem to afford.

This is not an easy road, but then again, neither was opening a bakery. You've already done some extremely hard work. You can do this too.

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