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…

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…

Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality


Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed,…

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


In the wake of the domestic violence reports with Ray Rice, former NFL player for the Baltimore Ravens, DomesticViolence Month is just around the corner starting in October. It is sad to see that domestic violence still a common occurrence, and that many are so surprised by the violent act. Janay Rice has released an…

One Hundred and One Nights- Book Review


Author Benjamin Buchholz weaves a touching story, with twists and turns, in One Hundred And One Nights. You can feel the anguish coming through Abu Saheeh, the book’s main character. His return to his homeland Iraq gives Abu cause to review his life past and future. Abu’s story tells heart-wrenching stories of the different people in his new place…

Commemorate The Lives Of Those Lost In The Tragedy For All Nations


    It is  9/11 and my thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families who have been left without the ones they cherishes the most. Regardless who caused the tragedy the outcome remains the same. The tragedy was not prejudice in who it took only that it did. Remember their lives and celebrate…

TODAY Moms – TIME’s breast-feeding toddler cover spurs shock, talk


TODAY Moms – TIME’s breast-feeding toddler cover spurs shock, talk. Time Magazine’s new cover is causing a stir among mothers everywhere although breastfeeding has been around forever. Noblewomen hired wet-nurses to breast feed their babies and many women in capable of breastfeeding have done the same long before the invention of the baby bottle. Why has breastfeeding become…