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.


Rise Up! #58: Monsieur Gus Reckel of L'imprimerie talks Banking, Baking and opening a bakery in Bushwick, Brooklyn

When I was at WheatStalk last year, I kept seeing this tall, slim baker with a great bushy beard. Even though we weren’t in a class together he kept popping up all over the conference.

Then, when I got home, my Instagram feed kept recommending a bakery in New York called L’Imprimerie, with a logo featuring that same bushy beard. Was this “Monsieur Gus” the same baker? Yup!

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Standing Up Takes Courage

The more we learn, the less we know. It’s a universal truth, but it still stings a little. I’m more ‘aware’ than most, but I’m still stunned by how hard it is for ordinary folks to have a big impact. I’ve got nothing but admiration for the people who know it’s hard and do it anyway.

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The Dream of the Orange Petunias

I’m committed to find that loose, wild, free, creative style again. To make stuff just because it’s fun. To make things that make people think “what’s he doing” or “don’t quit your day job.” To remember what made me weird as a kid (and believe me, I was a weird kid) and embrace that again.

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The Joy Of Not Knowing

The Joy doesn't come from having all the answers at your fingertips. It comes from being curious. It comes from the adventure of figuring things out. And it comes from being comfortable with not knowing the answer.

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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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