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The Orphan People

America has founding fathers. Much of the rest of the world has founding tyrants. Perhaps this explains today’s many stark differences between the US and everyone else. I was born in the former Soviet Republic of Ukraine four months before USSR’s collapse. Now, over...

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

I received an email from a man whose son is currently serving eleven and a half years in prison for a non-violent drug offense. He told me that his son read an article about me in the Omaha World Herald and wanted to reach out to me. After connecting with Brett...

Home is where my sister is – and she’s just moved

Some people talk behind other people’s backs. I merely write behind their backs… I would prefer to write only about me, but my life is inextricably linked to other people who simply must protrude in my writings. If I could write anonymously, I would. I would even...

Flipping my Lid

Describing me as a high strung individual, is a fairly accurate description. I tend to move about pretty quickly. Most of the time, I run around in what you might call, a state of panic. Unless I sit down, then I instantly pass out. During the day, I often feel as if...

How to Master the Skill of Saying Goodbye

I say goodbye. A lot. It’s been part of my job for the last 20+ years. Over this time, I’ve worked with thousands of international students, scholars, wives, couples, and families. Most of them stay in my city for 18 months to two years. It’s like a revolving door to...

How to paint yourself a Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Sometimes you have got to do it yourself. I planted my cane-wood chair out in the backyard. It was a starry night. No moon. Perfect. Just the way I wanted it. It is hard to have such a night in the city. I was delighted. I run back to the kitchen to fetch my bowl of...

Our Tulips Did Not Bloom in Time, a poem

Our tulips did not bloom in time, this March both cold and wet, rather sun and warmth left us destitute of their hues. And yet… We that have basic means bought bouquets, better than those of home, minus sentiment. Ages ago those foreign bulbs cost small fortunes. Not...

An Old Man’s Concerns for the Next Generation

Joshua reflects on Israel’s past and expresses concerns for it’s future. [Based on Joshua 23–24] I remember back when I took over the reigns from Moses. My hands trembled with the responsibility of leading. I was so worried about what might go wrong. “Do I have what...

NEVER IMPRESS A GIRL WITH FIRE (PART II)

Click If you missed part I The Good-Ole-Days Series #7 Remember when… Influence can be a powerful teacher, if you cultivate and use them wisely. ~JCG By John C. Gyorki SO, IT BEGINS I took my cardboard pencil box home from school to store and collect cigarette butts....

Burning Desire

I’m not sure who thought wood-burning would make a good class in middle school but I sure jumped at the chance. It beat sitting through another one of those other classes, like math. Yuck! Besides, what preteen boy would pass up essentially turning wood into charcoal?...

Never Impress A Girl With Fire (Part 1)

The Good-Ole-Days Series #6 Remember when… Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ~ Charles Caleb Colton MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO Monkey see monkey do! A pidgin style phrase introduced into our culture around the early 1920’s. It simply means to learn a process...

How I Became Famous (It’s not what you think)

It was a revelation to me that relationships were the most important part of being a Cosmetologist and an Instructor. This was a struggle for me. As a military child, I moved around quite a bit. You could say I grew up without any roots. Before the age of the internet...

A Dogged Pursuit of the Truth

A poetic thought piece. I almost lost my mind today but found it along with the point. An old dog lays on a pillow twice his size. His head entombed in a cone facing sunlight, as the day dwindles to an end. I obsess on intangibles. My to-do’s caught in an entanglement...

Life Change

Newfound Freedom Selling Everything In sight with delight.   Current Stage of Life Calls for less, not more.   Freedom! Fun awaits! Where will we go next?   Just go! Everywhere! The world’s a playground.   Get out! Gotta go! Where’s our next cuisine?   Visit Nicole at...

Becoming An Instructor Taught Me Four Things

After getting my license in Cosmetology, I immediately enrolled in the instructor program. Simultaneously, I started my first salon job in which I worked five days a week. This left two twelve-hour days for me to take my Instructor classes. As a result of working full...

My Music. Your World.

Do you remember the time you still had a my music folder on your computer with all your best tracks burgled, borrowed or stolen? In this week’s article share with you some images of my time as a Durban Povo… Durban Povo : “Cool White Guy in Durban Area who can’t get...

Listen to Your Mother. You Just Might Win an Oscar

Tom Hooper’s mother had been invited to attend the reading of a play with some friends. She really didn’t want to go, as it didn’t sound like a very exciting way to spend an evening. However, it turned out to be a date with destiny. Once she got home from the event,...

Why Children Are Our Greatest Teachers

I have a very easy tell when I am nervous, excited or scared, I stutter. From the moment my wife told me that she was pregnant, right up until the birth of our first son, it was not very difficult to figure out how I was handling it, I was in full-out machine-gun...

How a Hair Massacre Got Me Here

While attending high school in Germany, during the late 80’s, I became mesmerized by New Wave and Goth culture. I felt a strong desire to look like every member of the bands I listened to. Especially my favorites, Depeche Mode and The Cure. This led to my inevitable...

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

A Short Story Usually, when I spend a whole night in a man’s bed, it’s for one of two reasons. Either I’ve had too much bourbon and fallen asleep before I could slip out. Or I’ve purposely gone home with him to assess his security system. (You really have to sleep...

The Exhibition Challenge: Negotiations

Day 19 of the Touch with Good challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch...

The Exhibition Challenge: Why Not?

Day 20 (FINAL) of the Touch with Good challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her...

Let Love Carry Us Through Space and Time

Day 18 of the Touch with Good Challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch...

Shift Gears in a Sticky Situation

Before enlisting in the Army, I lived in Germany. The amount of things to see and do was endless. Rich history, castles, museums, and bordering countries that people pay thousands of dollars every year just to visit for a week at a time. Even driving on the autobahn...

El Camino de Santiago: Connecting People

Day 17 of the Touch with Good challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch...

Looking for My Authentic Self

“Authenticity is about being true to who you are.” Michael Jordan STRATEGIC PLAN The past couple of years have been worthwhile reading about and researching the craft of writing. I have taken in and digested so much information about the topic with hopes of...

El Camino de Santiago: You’re Never Alone

Day 15 of the Touch with Good challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch...

Martin Luther Had A Dream. Dodge Ram Exploited It.

In a Super Bowl ad, Dodge Ram used Dr. King’s words from a sermon to sell a truck — It backfired! The Dodge Ram ad pitted spiritual against material, demeaning the civil rights movement and people that embodied it. Dodge had an idea: to sell a truck using Martin...

El Camino de Santiago: Thy Pain Shall Be Erased

Day 16 of the Touch with Good challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch...

Scarred for Life

On most pairs of jeans, there are five pockets. Two located on the back, two in the front and then that little one that you usually find nestled inside the right front pocket. I never really understood what that little pocket was for but when I saw what she did, I was...

Flowers for 8th of March

Day 11 of the Touch with Good challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch...

It’s a Game of Give and Take

So this is my introduction. It’s me, Rowen Smith. I am quite a cool guy from Cape Town and I do have an opinion and also a sense of humor and also an attitude. I do swear a lot, so sometimes I’m gonna swear and I hope you’re cool with that… but tonight. I’ll keep it...

My First Barbie

Day 12 of the Touch with Good challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch...

The Butterfly Effect

Day 14 of the Touch with Good challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch...

Hand Painted Greetings

One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch with Good/ kindness (originally in...

Something Nice to Make You Happy

One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch with Good/ kindness (originally in...

Fear of the dark

I’m not sure how it starts, this fear of the dark. We all have some form of it, causing our minds to play tricks on us. What lurks in the shadows of the basement?  What will I find if I open the closet?  Did anyone else hear that noise?  Why is it that we always turn...

We Have a Heart

One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch with Good/ kindness (originally in...

Sex and the Seasoned Woman

Here’s the thing about New Orleans: when you get here, you can be somebody else. Somebody totally different from the you you have to be in Cincinnati or Tampa or Des Moines. Somebody who doesn’t care if you left your make-up at home, or lost your panties in the cab....

Audacious Bartering

One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch with Good/ kindness (originally in...

I’ll Wait

A poem about winter Branches bare before me naked, trembling trees cold is slithering around to soon devour me quiet isolation nothing left to do pulling blankets over me I’ll wait til winter’s...

Arresting Development

My wife and I dated for a very short period of time before we tied the knot. During this courting period, we tried to spend as much time together as possible. Yes, it was that kind of love that makes everyone sick. You know, because we still liked each other. When...

Feeding My Inner Road Rage

I wrote this while stopped in traffic, so it’s probably longer than it needs to be — just like my wait at 34th street. Today it took me four cycles of the traffic light to make it across, which gave me plenty of time to feed my road rage. This intersection at...

A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed

One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Such an example was my lovely friend Katya Georgieva and her project Touch with Good/ kindness (originally in...

Where Did That Rock Come From?

The Good-Ole-days Series #5 Remember when… When we are no longer able to change a situation-we are challenged to change ourselves. ~ Victor E. Frankl GRAYLING, MICHIGAN I had no idea how this trip would affect me for the rest of my life. Terror lurked underneath the...

Personal Brand and Reputation

Day 2 of the Touch with Good story challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to be involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Needless to say, sometimes our professional relations grow into genuine...

The Kids and the Christmas Coins

Day 1 of the Touch with Good story challenge One of the best parts of working as a designer is I get the privilege to get involved with amazing inspiring people and bring their ideas into vision. Needless to say, sometimes our professional relations grow into genuine...

Vampires Unite: Live Action Role Players

Players Describe Player Community as Family 7 Corners Pub in Falls Church has been taken over by area Vampires. Or that’s how members of the live action role-playing (LARP) group, Night Falls, would describe it. “There are two different styles of LARP. There is what...

Crappy Day

Grade school had its challenges for most people, but for me, it was especially difficult. My level of awkwardness out-shined all of the other students. It seemed as if there were only two or three kids at a time that were willing to associate themselves with me or...

Bike Versus Boy

Walking to and from school was always an adventure. My family lived in a military housing neighborhood that was quite a distance from the school. In order to get to there, we had to walk through our area, as well as another entire neighborhood. If I were to go back to...

Fantastic Feasts

And where not to find them Byline credit to K. Akers for helping me see the magic of the beasts as she sees them. Over school break, my daughter left her case… I mean her lunch box at school. I tell myself it won’t be a big deal because knowing school will shut down...

Scooped! Dumpster Diving Pays Off

Ninety-four degrees Fahrenheit, a couple of shrubs, and a hot Oklahoma parking-lot would usually motivate anyone to move along quickly. But this was not your ordinary family driving to the local and very neighborly grocery store — if you consider neighborly to mean...

How to Survive the First Year of Marriage

They say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. If you can make it past this benchmark, it’s all downhill from there. This statement might be true because we definitely had some issues during our first year. It probably didn’t help that we only knew each...

Reflections in the Pit

Joseph wonders about God’s promises. It’s so dark and damp down here. Luckily there was some mud at the bottom to help break my fall. Although I’m sure it has ruined my robe, even though it can’t see to tell. How did my life get to this point? I thought everything was...

Do You See Me?

The walking wounded are everywhere, Waiting for someone to reach out and care. The world is harsh and unfair. So many hurting people in despair, Wanting to voice their troubles and share, How much they are in need of prayer. Please open your eyes and be aware, How...

My Fear of Spiders

I am afraid of spiders. There are many reasons why, but the scientific reason is, they freak me out. It didn’t help much, that I lived in the south for a large portion of my life. Places in which the infamous black widow and the terrifying brown recluse both reside....

Dust

Here is God with dust on his feet With us, the children he came to meet. Sitting on the ground,   I need his laugh and his accepting smile, I think I’ll stay with him for a while. Sitting on the ground   Dust on his hands, and sunlight in his hair The great I Am,...

Evel Knievel – If You Only Knew, Part II

Part 4 of The Good Ole Days Series. Find other stories in this series here.) “I am a guy who is, first of all, a businessman. I’m not a stunt man. I’m not a daredevil. I’m an explorer.” Evel Knievel Here's Part I (in case you missed it). School's out Finally, the...

Mommy, You’re Beautiful

So, there I was… (That’s the beginning of every fantastic story if you’re a member of the Akers family. We use that prompt to entertain each other and tell countless stories. Sorry for the brief interruption — Back to the story.) By-line credit to my girls for helping...

This is Why I Miss How Things Used to Be

We need to talk It started out as a joke. Someone noticed if I didn’t have eye contact with the person I was talking to, I’d stop talking. One of the others in our group thought it would be funny to see what would happen if the lights were turned off. So they had to...

I Lost My Brother to Trump

My brother and I were always close until recently. He supported Trump, and I did not. Like many families fractured by partisanship, my brother and I had aligned with opposing tribes. I’m not surprised it happened. Trump was a perfect fit for my brother — Someone who...

Santa’s helper needs some attention

On the outside, I sported a conservative, black wool coat, black tights and ankle boots with a red scarf — and a Santa cap jauntily angled atop my head. I wasn’t purposely hiding my elf dress. In fact, I was slightly disappointed by my reflection in the mirror as I...

Twas Five Nights Before Christmas

‘Twas five nights before Christmas And all through the home No one was stirring Because mom was alone   The guys had all headed To the movies to buy Tickets to watch Star Wars Last Jedi   So mom in her sweats Sat down on her chair surrounded by pets and not giving a...

Simple Holidays with Kids

The holiday season is magical, but often tainted with so many consumeristic messages that the season can quickly morph into the “season of gimme’s.” When the kids were younger, the “I want’s” typically started at my house before Halloween, with the boys hollering at...

Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas

An artistic look at Christmas Painted by Janis in Batik Watercolour Art by Janis Cox — from years gone by And from our front yard to your house. Let’s remember the true meaning of Christmas. A look at our inside creche: “For to us a child is born, to us a son...

How to Have Perfect Holidays

The holidays are upon us! We’re a good couple weeks into the joy and mayhem. In my neighborhood, some Halloween lights transformed into Christmas lights overnight. As if by magic. As wonderful as holidays are–or could be–we tend to allow unwanted stress to find its...

Honeymoon Kidnapping

We were headed back to the cruise ship, after a long day of walking around the island of St. Thomas. We just finished touring and shopping when we found ourselves standing in a parking lot being approached by a stranger. Just like the way car salesmen comes running...

Perfectly Simple Potato Soup

Cooking should not be complicated The Potato Soup Recipe I give this recipe out all the time — its great for adults and kids, vegan, vegetarian and omnivores can all adapt this recipe. To download a PDF go → here. To watch the video go here → video. Yes, I could live...

Grasping for Christmas

In a world filled turmoil and strife, we are all looking for some good news. When the television is filled with negativity, we find ourselves spiraling into a dark place in our soul. Our social media feeds are overloaded with news that causes fear and trepidation...

Scuba Disaster

It was my idea to sign us up for a bunch of excursions during our honeymoon. The cruise line offered so many and I signed up for two per island. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. My wife just wanted to lay out in the sun and relax on a beautiful beach. St....

Beloved Child

Take comfort in the knowledge that There will always be A hand to hold tight your own in its grasp; Always a safe-haven but a step away; Always a shoulder for your head; Always an embrace to melt away the strain; Always refreshment for your thirst.   Nothing too big,...

My yard is a metaphor for my life

When I was a waitress, back during my college years, I often heard and learned to use the phrase “in the weeds.” We used it when we were exceedingly busy — as in just short of complete chaos at the greasy spoon restaurant where I served breakfast and lunch. I might...

Evel Knievel  – If You Only Knew: Part I

The Good-Ole-days Series #3 Remember when… “I thought I was bulletproof or Superman there for a while. I thought I’d never run out of nerve, never.” Evel Knievel WARNING I’m sure you have heard the disclosures from advertisers, “Don’t try this at home…blah blah blah.”...

Our Honeymoon Isn’t Over

The first compromise within our marriage, was deciding where to take our honeymoon. My wife, Lindsay, wanted to go somewhere hot. A place where she could lay on a beach and enjoy the sun. My idea was to go somewhere in which we could see as many sights as possible....

The Way I Struggle

You don’t understand my struggles? This comes as no surprise I don’t get them either, And I’m looking through my own eyes. Little things can shake me, Like a memory, a phrase, a glance, Is all it takes to knock me From my sure-footed stance. Im not proud of how I...

God, Sometimes I Am Weary

God, sometimes I am weary, my eyes can barely see, my thoughts get jumbled in my mind, I simply want to be. He answers me with gentleness, you know I know what’s best, how about you sit with me and I will give you...

Abraham’s Impossible Request

My hands are trembling. My heart is still racing. I rushed home after the experience and I’ve been laying in my tent, sweating, and battling my labored breathing ever since. I had the boldness to request of my Lord to change His plans and I have not recovered from the...

This Vacation Tried to Kill Me

For my twenty-eighth birthday I decided to take a trip to Ireland. Because I was already living in Europe at the time, I thought it would be fun, to visit the country that my mother’s side of the family came from. With a backpack, a Fromer’s vacation guide to Ireland...

Strings

Sherry Henson is the most incredible woman on the face of the planet. Seriously, I’ve checked. I’ve double-checked. Heck, I’ve even cross-referenced it. The proof is undeniable and iron-clad; there could be no one more perfect than her. And she’s my soulmate. Now, I...

I Almost Ruined My Wedding

My wife Lindsay and I met in hair school. She had been enrolled as a student for about three months, when I was hired as an Instructor. There was a mutual attraction between us and eventually we started dating. It didn’t take very long for me to propose to her....

The Good Ole Days Series #2 – Penny on the Train Track

FOREWORD: My father was a mischievous little fella as a child in the late 1930’s, in war torn Hungary, during and after World War II. Well, I should say, all his life. Since I am a product of my father. I became a genetically enhanced version of him. He loved to tell...

Magic Soap

A white lace bra, matching panties, and black ankle socks come off one by one until nothing remains but skin. I neatly fold and set the clothes on the fake marble counter next to the many bottles of moisturizer, anti-wrinkle creams, and face wash. Naked, I stand in...

Reflections on a Quote About Giving

I am a quote collector. Always have been. I kept a quotes notebook when I was a teenager, mostly recording memorable passages from books I was reading at the time. I wish I still had that little notebook, but it was lost during one of the many moves in my life. These...

Sickness And Motherhood

“Why don’t you relax? I asked again and again You are sick. We will be alive still. Why do you keep working through the pain ??? “ There was a time not long ago, Maybe a decade but not more … I was not a mother but had one And constantly her persistence I abhorred....

My Baby Was Born Without A Face

It finally happened, we were going to have our first child. A daughter, who would change our lives forever. It was an exciting time for my wife and me. One of Lindsay’s life goals was to be a mother and this dream was becoming a reality. Impatient is not a strong...

Scars

Everyone seems to have it all together. Everyone, that is, except for me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been different. My body is disfigured, covered in a vast multitude of bruises, deformities, and scars that fester and boil when exposed to the air. Over the...

Does Electric Shock Cure Bed Wetting?

In my dream is a running stream that slips over and around smooth stones. As it travels along it dumps into a river and begins to pick up speed, crashing into larger sharper rocks. Large white caps appear as the water churns turbulently. At this point, it’s course...

How to Celebrate this Season: Find Beauty

I wrote this as a poem to share the joy, wonder, and glory I experience as I connect in love with international women (and their families) from all around the world.    I Find Beauty I gaze into the translucent blue eyes of my Ukrainian friend Savor the spices of...

Babies and Puppies: How to Keep Your Sanity

And, how to keep your sanity Your heart melts. The furry head tilts to one side, her eyes big. The puppy seems to say, “Buy me.” You can’t resist. You rub your bulging belly and walk away with the fuzzy creature, future exciting. What could be better than a soft puppy...

The Good-Ole-Days Series

Remember when… THE RUNNER I like reflecting back on parts of my childhood; some of it good, some of it, not so much. Overall, I survived. Life lessons are the ones I am particularly drawn too. What enjoyment do I find in this activity? I like digging deep within my...

Everything Has Changed: Adam Struggles After the Fall

It's so cold. The sun is still shining in exactly the same place is was a moment ago, except now the warm rays must be bouncing around me. Instead of its warmth I only feel the judgment its rays carry. Why must the sun be so bright? All it does is expose what is meant...

The Future of Death

The Ongoing Life Lesson that began in 2013 Yesterday was a friend’s 65th birthday. She asked her friends to share the most important life lesson that, up until now, has made each of us happier, better, or stronger. I knew the answer immediately. All the emotion that I...

Renee’s Culinary Resume

A timeline of food, love and passionate learning I’ve been working in a “kitchen” for the last 48 years. At first it was a chore, then a labor of love and now the kitchen is my sanctuary. A sacred place to honor the Earth and my family and friends. 1969 — 1972: At age...

Lukewarm

“Come on in, Jeffrey. Take a seat.” I walk into Pastor Pete’s office. As soon as I step foot on the peach-colored carpet, a change enraptures the air. It feels almost sterile, like a hospital room in between patients. The burning scent of bleach, lemon, and lavender...

Sex and the (Mature) Single Girl

I’m not ashamed to admit it: I still read Cosmo. I am, however, ashamed to buy it in the grocery store. (They cancelled my subscription recently. Apparently my name came up on some AARP list.) So I send my daughter to buy it. Or I steal it from the nail salon. In the...

Stuck in a Language Rut

I’m not the only person who gets stuck in a language rut. I know, because I hear it in others’ speech all the time. You know, those annoying words and phrases we insert into our speech because our brains and mouths aren’t working at the same speed? Um, uh, and ah are...

A Long Drive Home

A long drive home. A beautiful April Sunday, my life as a carefree teenager was in full swing. Finished with the Mass we attended every Sunday, I prepared to meet my friends for some time at the beach. The phone rang cheerfully in the kitchen, and I picked it up. “Hi,...

Roller Skating Fiasco

My life has been one of many embarrassing moments, and fitting in has never been one of my strong suits. I’m ninety-two percent positive that I could give Napoleon Dynamite a run for his money. Growing up in the 70s and early 80s, roller skating was the coolest thing...

Trailer Life

At the age of 3.5, my dad was reassigned to the Air Force. We moved from a beautiful countryside in England to a backwoods, country red neck area, of Sumter, South Carolina. My parents didn’t have a lot of money and so they bought affordable housing in the form of a...

Rambo Knife Plus Teen Boy Equals ER

  When I turned 13, I proposed a purchase to my mom and dad. I know that it was probably something that they had been waiting their whole lives to hear. With great enthusiasm, I exclaimed, “I want a Rambo knife!” Now I know what you’re thinking, “He’s going to hurt...

Adventures in Walking to School and Back

In 1979 my family lived in military housing at Shaw AFB, South Carolina. I was about nine and my brother was about eight. The school we went to was pretty close to where we lived, so we walked to school and back each day together. There are many fond memories of...

Cursed: Cain’s Tale

Here I am, kneeling in the dry, dusty soil. My head in my hands as tears turn the dirt on my cheeks to pathways of clumpy mud. The air around me feels as dry as the soil under me and the wind burns my skin, as if it is also angry with me. All in a matter of moments my...

How to Paint With Plastic: Simple Instructions

A lesson in watercolour using plastic printing techniques. Today I used a plastic bag to make prints and create an underwater scene in watercolour. I have called this Plastic Bag Printmaking. I loved the printing process when I used the styrofoam print to make a...

I Love You!

My pulse raises, my knees grow weak, I am giddy in your presence. I cannot live without seeing you, touching you, smelling you, hearing your voice. I can’t get enough of you. I love you! This is a love letter, but not the kind you expect. Family, I love you! Let’s...

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