Happy Birthday, Awful Gardner

True story. Life didn’t come cheap for Hezekiah Orville “Awful” Gardner. He came into this world sometime in 1825 (no record survives as to the exact date) and died seventy years later locked away in an Insane Asylum. In between, he certainly earned his nickname — and...

Scarlet Morning Sky

Morning clouds painted in scarlet Slowly streaking from east to west, A few gray clouds are swirling too Songs of birds serenading in sky. Morning ocean reflects growing light As white capped waves break ashore, Clouds of gray turn slowly scarlet As those clouds float...

Why It’s Okay To Be A Terrible Traveler

I seize every opportunity to hop on a plane, train, boat or car and go somewhere, whether it’s a cruise, a hike, a beach, a mountain, a city, a desert or Disneyland. I’ve floated over Egypt in a hot air balloon, dipped into a fjord in an Alaskan biplane, canopied...

One Day, You Will Be Forgotten

This is a morbid sentiment, but ultimately, it is true. There is no getting away from the fact that one day we will die. The further time advances past this point, the more we will be forgotten. Life goes on. It waits for nobody. No matter how famous you are, how many...

The Joy of Ferragosto and Life with Intention

It’s mid-August. In Italy, the country is on holiday. It’s planned. It’s anticipated, and it’s savored. The pinnacle of the month-long kick-back is August 15th, the public holiday of Ferragosto. Being Italian, it conveniently coincides with the important Catholic...

Bang, Pow, Zoom; A Poem

Sinister expressions, dark foreboding clothes, that’s how you spot a bad guy, everybody knows. Tattered black cloaks, their intentions plain, to cause suffering and heartache, destruction and pain. winning smile, perfect hair, neat as a pin, that how you find a good...

How to deal with judgment

Sounds like clickbait? Well, it’s not. Dealing with the judgment of others can be a really simple expression of human understanding and compassion. It can be the opportunity to reassess your own sense of self — self-respect, self-compassion, self-love — and mirror...

Ocean Horizons

Calm waves lap along sandy shore below Arriving from distant ocean destinations, Gazing out across expanse of sandy shore Far out to where the sky meets ocean vista. Wondering what might lie at horizon’s end Knowing much to be seen beyond horizons, Distant sun begins...

Ocean Meditation

White capped waves roll into shore Nine white sea gulls soar in flight, Light fog obscures distant horizons Pier slightly visible through the fog. Mind like the sea of breaking waves Thoughts emanate from distant shores, Some thoughts like giant surfing waves Others...

A Wondrous Window-View -  what do you see?

“We live on a minor planet of a very average star located within the outer limits of one of a hundred thousand million galaxies.” – Stephen Hawkins. Imagine looking out of the window of our planet and seeing through the eyes of Mr. Hawkins. Dear fellow readers and...

Why The ‘Good Old Days’ are Dead

And the Future is Better than the Past “There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” — C.S. Lewis Watching my daughter interact with my mom this morning as we sit in the living room at 5AM is pleasing to my soul. My two year old is so happy...

How Complaining Got Me Nowhere Until I Changed

I used to complain about my life. I used to hate my job. I used to live in a perpetual cycle of moving home. Something would always happen and I would have to move out. It was my story for many years while living a carefree single life in London. I lived everywhere in...

Liquid Demons

She wept. My shoulder drenched. The mucus coagulating. Slowly. Freely. Like an exorcist I patted. Granting the demons freedom. Her shoulders buoyant with fury. Boiling. Truly. My sister who never cried. The one who scorned weakness. Turned to me, me…the family...

Mindful Presence

Sitting comfortably in the open air Amidst the bright sun and gentle breeze, No thoughts, just concentrated awareness Fully absorbing this present moment. Now there is no past or future Intruding upon this special pleasure, No distracting thoughts causing ripples But...

Pretty in the Inside

“Vanity is a sin.” My father was teasing me. He busted me at age 16, posing in front of the mirror at different angles checking myself out. I giggled in response but walked away a second later, embarrassed to have been caught thinking I was pretty. I suppose I came by...

Short Story: The Dolphins and the Moons of Time

Bartolome swam across the coral and nudged Whitefinn playfully. But Whitefinn didn’t react as he usually did with his childlike smile, summersault out of the water or race off after a fishing boat. Whitefinn’s mouth remained closed and his small eyes barely gave...

Celebrations

Joyful celebrations felt in my heart Seeing bright flowers of varied colors, Cool summer breeze caressing my face Calmness now in just sitting and being. Small things often bring great pleasure Grateful for them coming into my life, Interesting people passing my way...

Is Youth Really Wasted On The Young?

Wisdom is not always the answer “Youth is wasted on the young“— George Bernard Shaw This saying is regularly espoused from the mouths of those who have lived a well-lived life. For we have travelled many roads and made many a wrong turn. And for reasons unbeknownst,...

Freshness

Freshness felt after falling rain Lightness in breathing new air, Lush growth in flowers and plants A new crispness in nature’s arriving. Fertility permeates our good Earth, New sprouts and blooms being born, This freshness felt deep within Igniting feelings of new...

Losing My Marbles

Or What’s Left of Them. If you’re familiar with some of my stories, you’ll know that I’m painfully absent-minded at times. Lately, more so than I care to admit. I’m not sure quite why, but if I had to hazard an educated guess, I’d say I have sooo much shit in my head...

Aug 6th-Aug 9th

I thought I’d be used to it after 15 years, the angry stares that hold a little longer on those days. Even though those old enough to have lived it are almost gone TV keeps it alive for the young. I want to say, “The decision was Trueman’s 35 years before I was born....

Whitewash

The room was whitewashed - the fresh coating of plaster smelled eerily familiar. The paint had wiped away any scratches or smudges that had adorned the walls previously. Had they left nothing behind, though, in the house they had spent so many decades living in? The...

It’s Time To Leave A true story

Over the span of twenty-plus years, a component of my business was to represent lenders in the sale and disposition of foreclosed real estate. Many of these were family homes. I am an empathetic guy; I have been the underdog in my own lifetime and again, and being a...

Meeting Prince Charles — A Memoir

The funeral service at Scots’ Church in Melbourne, Australia for former Prime Minister Robert G. Menzies had just ended. My wife and I were now at a reception and luncheon for members of the official diplomatic delegations to the State Funeral. It was May 19, 1978. We...

Samson’s Great Weaknesses

My life should have been so different. I know this is not the life my parents had envisioned. From the time I was a young boy, they told me stories about the angel announcing my birth. I was to be set apart from others, I was to be different. Born to lead. That may...

Why We Need Our Comfort Zone

A lesson I learned the hard way I’ve been doing a lot of new things this year. New things take us outside of our comfort zone. This can be fun and exciting. It can also be scary. When something is new there are unknowns. We’re comfortable with what we know. Unknowns...

Character

Streams of light run through the soul Illuminating truths in every moment, Truths that inspire our daily acts While forming strong character within. Beings adhering to these truths Become great souls for all to see, They act with love and dignity Using their gifts for...

This is What Happens When You Don’t Quit

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” — C.S. Lewis On January 22, 1989, you could hear a pin drop in my house. Friends and family were huddled around our bulky Sony television set like a campfire. The San Francisco 49ers were playing the Cincinnati...

The Secret Life of Rock Ponds

Flash fiction A gust carried the cry of the solitary fisherman to the children huddled below at the rock ponds. For a moment the two turned their faces as the wind swallowed the man’s warning. His dark figure waved at them from the far end of the pier, silhouetted...

3 Reasons Why Travel is More Important in Retirement

Travel can be anywhere; just as long as you go. Travel is important at any time in life. Travel gets you out of your shell, your culture, your background, your self-imposed confines. At a young age, travel exposes you to the world, whether across the state, across the...

Ask More Questions on Social Media to Improve Your Life

“So, I have to ask, what’s with all the questions on Facebook?” I was at a funeral, talking with an old friend I hadn’t seen in a while. It was about the third or fourth time I’d been asked this question in the last few months. I began by explaining that I didn’t have...

Are You a Traveller Or A Tourist When You Go Away?

“All that is gold does not glitter; just as not all those who wander are lost.” — JRR Tolkien When I returned from my first prolonged period of travels — sixteen months backpacking around Latin America — I called myself a ‘Traveller’, without really thinking about the...

Peaceful Unity

Turbulence swirling all around us Arguments and acrimony everywhere, Conflicts about our common values What it means to be human beings. Different views about what is needed Conflicting rather than reconciling, No way for beings to find the truth Or live together in...

Kundalini Confusion

I have no idea what to expect. Some Indian music plays in the background, a sitar, warbly singing, Mantras maybe. We sit in a circle on a large white couch. The Deeksha Givers ask us to close our eyes and relax or meditate. I’m in half lotus slowly counting my breath....

Lost My Job and Found My Financial Freedom

Birkenstocks & Speedos Part 2 Where we left off last time, Nicole and I were feverishly praying for God to deliver us into financial freedom while working with our written budget and doing our part to make it happen. There were months of very little progress. Then I...

My Daughter

Thoughts today of my grown daughter The lovely young woman she has become, Remembering holding her right after birth Tender feelings in that first embrace. Watching her grow as a little girl Enjoying her freedom with abandon, Reading her stories at many bedtimes Her...

Rethinking Weakness

Let’s change the way we think about being weak “We will become weak, just as we will become strong” I had these words running through my mind today, and it made me think about how we think about weakness. Strength is a very important part of our lives. Whether it’s...

Theodore and Libra

It is true. I have no need to worry about where my next meal is gonna come but I’d been thinking about seeking the kind of adoration that comes from being an-only-feline in the house. Now before you go calling me ungrateful, an infidel or worse let me just tell you...

Discovery

My heart abounds in freedom And the joy of being alive, Sharing presence with all here As the moments quickly pass by. People wandering in their worlds Possessing character all their own, Quite varied in what dwells within Always interesting discoveries to make....

Minds

Raindrops falling in unusual abundance Glistening brightly in an overcast light, Watering earth to quench its thirst Allowing nature continuing its course. Water is critical for nurturing growth In plants, trees, flowers and all of life, Just as tiny raindrops...

The Myth of the “Other”

As Old as Humanity Itself There’s a notion in the human mind of the “other.” Maybe it’s inherent, maybe it’s a result of the cultures we have been raised in, but either way, this concept persists in our thinking. Somehow we struggle to find some sense of personal...

UNFORGETTABLE LAST DAY WITH MOM

If you currently struggle with or have ever suffered from drug addiction of any kind, or alcoholism, or both, I dedicate this memory of mine to you. I applaud you for taking the steps necessary, or are in the process of doing so, and for realizing how change is...

Raising Kids Who Are Comfortable in Their Own Skin

It’s not as hard as you think Kids are born unique in some ways and shaped by their environment in others. Although there is more and more evidence that we can change our brains, and in some ways, even our personalities, there is still that thing deep down inside that...

Desert Blooms

Cacti growing in the barren desert With colorful blooms sprouting forth, Verdant with roots firmly in the sand Amid rocky forms of imposing stature. There is calmness in this desert scene Not easily disturbed by other forces, Cacti enduring and adding color To browns...

Honest Affection

We fight. Everyone does. Without occasional struggle there’s no story. But there’s enough days like the ones Mr. Reed sang about to keep us coming back. We’ll reap what we sow and smile broadly into the...

Yes It’s True, but Also Unhelpful

A quick lesson from a situation which turned out better than I thought it would Having a child who is basically a miniature version of myself is a bit scary. I see so much of myself in the way our seven-year-old talks, walks, and questions. You hear about this...

Amid the Fires

I wrote a piece about how to write a Rondeau, a 13th century form of poetry. The truth is that I’m not very good at this form, so I thought I’d actually put in the work and see if I couldn’t create something I thought would be worth publishing. I took me almost a...

The Best Part of the Day

There’s a reason bedtime with the kids is so great. A few days ago my wife told me people are often surprised when she tells them I take care of bedtime with the kids in our home. It took me back a little bit when she told me. To be honest, bedtime with the kids is...

A Million Feelings for One Person

An Ode To My Dad My Perfectionist I know You are my everything, Still I do scream on you so often Dad! I can’t live without you, Still I hold grudges against you Dad! ………………… You are my lantern for the night, Still we disagree on a million points Dad! You are the...

The importance a dad!

featuring 30 pivotal people in my life #30posts#30days If you have read my writing or visited my blogs — you know about my dad. The cabin he built, the fish he caught, his playfulness. You probably also know that he died when I was 7. The whole story is kind of...

A Day Like Any Other – The Oklahoma City Memorial

168 bronze and glass chairs, arranged in 9 rows, stretched across the green field. My fiance Andrew and I drove up to Oklahoma City the day before, a Friday, and spent an endless, tiring day at the car dealership where Andrew negotiated the purchase of used BMW. I...

I Am Libra

By name and by the month when my life started. When it really started. I don’t remember much from the first 9 months of my life. I just remember seeing them for the first time. The people who took me to my new home. When they came into the brightly lit white room, I...

Three pigeons on a wire

Three pigeons It was a typical big city sunset. The sky changed colors with aplomb, blue to yellow, orange and then to purple, promising an even better tomorrow, yet you couldn’t see the sun even if you tried. The concrete around you blocked every panoramic view...

I Never Said Goodbye

Grieving the Loss of a Childhood Friend Our final conversation was through Facebook and it was about the Keto Diet. She had been on some variation of it for years to try to keep her thyroid cancer at bay. Thyroid cancer is supposed to be one of the most treatable...

Tiny Miracles

Watching birds soaring high overhead Flapping their wings and artful glides, Nature’s graceful art in motion Everything a miracle of its own. Tiny miracles happening all the time Some noticed, others hiding and waiting, Beings perhaps nature’s greatest miracle How...

Musings About My Mortality

Our own mortality is something we all have to face, like it or not. You may choose to look at life like this famous author did: “Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things”.-Kurt Vonnegut Last night I found out...

Ocean Sunset

The great fiery ball drops in the west Slowly descending into evening clouds, Pure beauty in its nightly transition From bright radiance to peaceful sleep. Sunset reflected in the ocean surf As shimmering light skims its surface, Light slowly sinking beneath the waves...

Coz no one is there to demotivate him…

A story of an 8-year old boy who saves his 15-year old friend from drowning. Back in the times in an Indian Village. There were two best friends. Rohit(8yrs) and Mohit(15yrs). Both enjoyed their time playing cricket and even going to school together. One beautiful...

Teaching in Uganda

Memories Of When This Teacher Became a Student I am a self-professed “process geek”. There’s nothing I like more than getting to the bottom of a broken or messy process and figuring out how to fix it. Whether it’s in a restaurant, a bank, a hospital, or an airport,...

Ocean Sunrise

Sun rising as a ball of eastern fire Above crashing ocean waves below, Signaling the breaking of a new dawn In this corner of the precious universe. Wonders appearing everywhere eyes can see In this stark beauty the universe provides, Crashing waves in the early...

Dear Summer (19)

Letters to my granddaughter Note: On February 15, 2018, I committed to write every day to my 10-year-old granddaughter, Summer, who lives with my wife Carla (Goggy) and me (Geep). The compilation will comprise The 365 Days of Summer, designed to be her Valentine’s Day...

Everyday MUSINGS — Follow your own path!

It was a cold winter morning when I decided to leave from Chandigarh to Delhi in my car since had to be in the city for an important business meeting. I usually start while its dark to avoid traffic on the highway and save time. But that day, nature had a different...

What’s Next?

Present fading into the past Future gliding into present, Moments never quite the same Forever changing cycles of life. Dwelling in this eternal present Watching time keep passing by, New scenes appearing every moment Beings absorbing them as we go. Accumulations of...

The battle between me, myself and I

Born without a cage, freedom prevailed. As a child living to my fullest imagination kept me alive in moments of darkness. Slowly the world around me collapsed as the harsh reality of not belonging kicked in. Escape into my virtual reality of love and affection was the...

Percy, I Never Knew You

Percy, I Never Knew You My relationship with my great uncle My grandfather, Lionel Clarence Going, was a Kiwi born in 1900, on the cusp of modernity. He is the seventh of twelve children. They were all born on the family ranch land in Ruatangata, Whangarei, Auckland,...

Provence Memories

Memories of Provence in south of France Horizons of Apilles and lavender fields, Peaceful, refreshing and still quite quaint Comfortable people with enjoyable tastes. History alive in all nooks and crannies From cobblestone streets to Roman ruins, Ancient bars...

This is How You Reclaim Your Youth in the World

I checked the time to make sure I hadn’t arrived later than my ticket had promised. It was 4:45 in the evening but looked well into the midnight hours. It was the kind of darkness that kicks up its feet and decides to stay awhile. After a few days of wandering through...

How to be More Accepting of People and Less Critical

You can change your mind Not one time. I’m not kidding, there wasn’t one time I can think of when I heard something positive out of my dad’s mouth. My mom would spend hours creating a dish and it would taste out of this world. And believe me some of the greek dishes...

The Heart of Summer

Summer breezes, scorching sun, Sweat glistening on an errand run. Slushie drinks, ice cream cones, Day-long trips, coming home. Photo by caleb-whiting on unsplash Vacation travels, sights to see, Memories in making — mountains or sea? Fireflies and June bugs, Garden...

Why the Bells Tolled

I don’t know what it was like where you lived when you were little, but in Corozal, the small town where I grew up in Belize, we had church bells ringing all the time. Being a predominantly Catholic country, the happy Christmas-bells, and New Year’s Day bells rang...

A Short Story: Light in the Shadows

Sierra sat up in bed staring at her laptop screen. She searched for a ray of hope to get through another challenging day; any light in the shadows would help. It had been 18 months since her fiancé was killed in a fatal car crash. All hope died with Seth. So much of...

Now…Forever…Ever… I Promise

I Promise. My mornings shall see your face and smile… Now.. forever..ever…! My hands shall clench your hands so tight… Now.. forever..ever…! You are the ‘One’ who can keep me charmed… Now…forever…ever…! You are the one who can make me smile… Now .. forever.. ever…! My...

The Red Jelly Bean

“C’mon Pete we have to walk a little faster or we’re going to be late for school.” Pete’s ten-year-old older sister said. “It’s just my legs won’t go fast Mary.” Five-year-old Pete whined. “If you don’t walk faster I am walking on without you. Do you want to go all...

Lost Love

The rocking chair creaks rhythmically. A metronome in the darkness. The thunder and lightning reflect the turmoil within. She sits looking out the window. The droplets cluster on the window, colliding into each other and disappearing into nothingness. A tear rolls...

My morning toilette went oh, so wrong

If you see me standing at my desk today, it’s not because I’m feeling particularly energetic or even avoiding the back pain that comes with sitting. It’s because I don’t want to sit on my dress. Not because I might mess it up (I already did that), but because I might...

Why do we lie?

Lying sucks Why do we lie? Americans are liars. Lying is socially acceptable, encouraged, and graded. The trend has become so commonplace that I discount others’ honesty until they have proven otherwise. How did we get to the place where we accept lying as the norm?...

Your partner says, “I love someone else.” Now what?

What do you do when you partner of eleven years finally tells you they’re in love with someone else? How do you get on with your life after that one? Well, you cry. A lot. Maybe you throw things. But if you’re going to do that, throw pots and pans. They’re noisy and...

How do you go on when a loved one dies?

After years of searching, and wrong turns, you’ve finally found the one of your dreams. Your eyes meet across a crowded room, in a dim cafe, walking by the sea — all those old cliches, yet fresh and new. Your best friend, your soul mate — you meet, you fall in love,...

Why You Need to Visit Budapest Before You Die

“It’s beautiful here. They said that of course, that Budapest is beautiful. But it is in fact almost ludicrously beautiful.” -Anthony Bourdain Hours after parting ways with Ljubljana, I entered a metropolis with nearly ten times more people and far rougher exterior....

You Deserve to Exist by Birthright

Attention. We all seek it, always in one way or another. Even those that deny it. Attention gives us a sense of belonging. Recognition from others will validate our reason for existing. How sad is that? How sad is it that many walk around on this planet thinking they...

The quiver of Robin Hood

As a teenager, Robin Singh was a big fan of Robin Hood probably because like his namesake, he too had suffered at the hands of authority. The boarding school in south India where he was studying, was ruled with an iron hand by Christian missionaries who firmly...

We Project What’s Inside Us

An Inside Job “I want to let you in on a secret to The Secret. The shortcut to anything you want in your life is to BE and FEEL happy now! It’s the fastest way to bring money and everything else you want into your life. Focus on radiating out into the Universe those...

How Would I Miss You, My Lost Friends?

The weekend of May 5–6, 2018 will probably be one of the most memorable moments in my life. I reconnected, thanks to modern technology, with my college classmates, with whom I had lost contact for almost thirty years. We graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in...

Stuck In The Stink of Unemployment

Escape to the sanctuary of the absurd. Day three in the same warm-up suit (2009) Jim passes me in the kitchen, avoiding the stink of unemployment that embodies me. “How’s the job search going?” he asks. “Slow. It’s a recession. But, I’d take a job at Kohl’s if it ever...

Memorial Day and Taps

Memorial Day is the official start of summer with a three-day weekend celebrated with cookouts and parades. However, it is more than a picnic day; it is a day of remembrance. When did Memorial Day start? In the years following the Civil War, mourners placed flowers...

Are you guilty? If so, how do you deal with it?

(This article is written by my wife, edited by me and published with her full permission.) I’m writing this not to gain sympathy but because I know there are tons of people who feel a million times worse than me. Through Play HuaHee, I’ve learned that there is power...

The Grand Canyon: Have you been there and done that?

  Before we kick the bucket, achieve as many dreams on your bucket list as you can. We are being encouraged to draw up our bucket list of things we want to do before we die. Places to see, friends to reconnect with, new experiences to try. Surely the Grand Canyon...

Into Eternity

This story was part of our 2017 Winter Writing Contest. I sit on the floor and hug my knees, heart aching. I’m going to die here. Soon. For days there has been only darkness and the long wait for death. In my cold fear, I keep seeing her green eyes and apple cheeks....

My Love-Hate Relationship with James Harden and Medium

I’m a long time fan of the NBA, and have been religiously watching as much as I can of the ongoing 2018 First Round Playoffs. Not being a US resident, I enjoy the whimsical luxury of switching the team I support, as and when I please. For the last few years, it’s been...

The Parable of the Tree

Once there was a tree that stood on a hill overlooking a town. The tree was lovely, with gnarled roots that twisted over pillows of mossy soil. Its strong branches waved glossy green leaves in the summer and scattered canary-yellow leaves in the fall. But the tree was...

Is this a Friendly Universe?

The Most Important Question It was Mr. Einstein who declared “Is this a Friendly Universe” to be the most important question any of us could ask ourselves. Are you asking — have you ever asked yourself that question? THE Most Important Question, he said. I have. In a...

My Brother, My Heart

Forever 37 My little brother. One of my earliest memories is the day he came home from the hospital. He had our mom on bed-rest for a long time, so I believe we were all ready for his arrival. I remember being in the family room, and mom was holding him low so I could...

Creating a Legacy with One Recipe

“The Nut Cake” I am the 3rd generation to make this cake. Maybe more. It has a history of its own, but since it’s my husband’s family — I can’t tell you. Maybe one day. Honestly, it’s not that big of a deal, just a few comments that have festered over decades. When I...

How I Learned to “Go to the Fear”

The Power of the 5-Second Rule Hard to believe it’s already been a year since I stood before a room full of screaming 5th graders. My summer gig as a teacher had me schlepping books from one Bay Area town to the next, all in an effort to get kids to fall in love with...

How Traffic Jams Can Make You Smarter

Reframing a Monotonous Commute into the “University of Traffic” Anyone who’s lived in Los Angeles knows there’s traffic. A LOT of traffic. When I made the move to Tinsel Town from New York in the fall of 2014, I had to make quite an adjustment. If New Yorkers are...

Choices

What if the winter trees could talk, what are the things they’d say? Would they stand there shivering, on cold December days? Would we hear them grumbling, as temperatures dropped low? Or would they see the beauty of the freshly fallen snow? Photo by Arno...

Blindspots

That evening there were twelve kids at our lawn party. The grownups were noisily conversing to notice that the littlest boy was eating away at the candy from the colorful bottle sitting next to the ketchup and relish on the food table. I really don’t remember when or...

Stealth Bomber

For one year, I had the absolute pleasure of serving the U.S. Air Force at R.A.F. Lakenheath in England. Not as an Airman though, I was a contracted barber. Making sure the Airmen and government service workers looked good and keeping their hair up to regulations was...

My Recurring Decimal

Your life is a sequence of digits Repeating it’s self indefinitely One sin, one habit, one flaw That keeps recurring Mine is nymphomania Even without trying, my legs spread After the decimal point of salvation You have that digit that’s not rounding up A recurring...

Treble’s trouble… a musical love story

Treble clef, the environ of all femininity, awaited her soloist’s theme. A beautiful melody soon found herself in need of harmony, although the sharps she sang could not raise her soulful notes, flattened as they were by longing’s lower registers. The bass clef...

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...

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...

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 Father 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...

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 struggle? 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...

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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