Riding Out Hurricane Harvey


The day is so sunny and bright it’s is hard to imagine that this storm left thousands homeless and at least 70 people dead in its wake. I didn’t cry at all during the storm nor when I saw the destruction of my home and belongings, only when my boss came to talk to me about the floods did I cry.

Houston Adventures: A “Wicked” Time at the Theatre


When I saw original Wizard of Oz on television as a youngster, I always wondered if there was some back story for the witches. I have always been fascinated by witches and their magical lives. So, when Maguire’s stories hit bookshelves I devoured them like manna from heaven.

Why I’m Not Participating in NaNoWriMo 2014


Yesterday was November 1st and the start of NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is like the Boston marathon for writers. In one-month participants are challenged to write 50,000 (or more) words in 30 days. Many people constantly worry and nit pick their creations to the point that their story becomes a concept stuck in their minds. Don’t be…

A Night Of Music With David Justin


On October 23rd, 2014 Houston’s Stereo Live was pulsating with artists of all types from slam poets, visual artists, fashion designers, and musicians. That night I was there to see and interview singer/songwriter David Justin who just released his new single, “Supernova”. Since the single’s release earlier this year Supernova has been played on Pandora,…

A Chat With Omar Farhad About Debut Novel ‘Honor And Polygamy’


Can a foreigner ever understand the harsh reality of the constant struggle of the Afghanistan people and their culture?   Omar Farhad’s début novel gives readers a closer look at what it takes for people to survive in a world where chaos has become the norm, but  where deep cultural rituals and habits are kept…

Kicking Puppies and Taking Names: Why We Misbehave in Elevators


If I could ride in an elevator with anyone, either living or dead, I would most definitely pick Sigmund Freud. Not because a 30-seconds-long vertical journey would be time enough to permit any kind of meaningful psychological exchange between the Good Herr Doktor and I – it’d be time enough to summon a pithy, off-cuff interpretation…

The Job Hunting Saga


Photo credit: Kevin_P from morguefile.com Argh! Yes, I started with such a word, but sometimes that is exactly how I feel. I know that job hunting has never had an easy history, but you would think after all these years something would make it easier. Maybe even pleasant? Well, argh! Okay, I ranted thanks for…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity Living Off The Land


I enjoy traveling because learning becomes interactive. My visit to Jamaica revealed that poverty is real. In the United States people can go most of their life without seeing or meeting homeless. However, that is getting more difficult as economies remain unstable. I was impressed with the Jamaican people, that no matter the difficulties of…

“ Do Not ” List of the Mentally Strong


Originally posted on philosophybank:
It is common to link certain habits and attributes, to the breed of the mentally resilient. On the other hand, mental strength can also be gauged by identifying the things mentally strong individuals DO NOT do. Do Not Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. You don’t see mentally strong people feeling…

Sting Ray City: Home Of the Gentlest Sea Creature


As you read the words sting ray I believe that the name Steve Irwin comes to mind. The horrible “gasps” echoed around the world when people heard of his injury and eventual passing. I still feel sad when I think about Irwin being gone, for his wild love of nature inspired me to watch him…

Apple Recruits University Of Houston Students For At Home Advisors


Recently my state of employment has given me a new status titled ” job hunter.” I have been introduced to the challenges and opportunities that are part of the job hunting foray. As I eye each job or corporation seeking people to fill their empty spots, I find a diamond in the rough. While searching…