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.

The Fall Of The Berlin Wall Was Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

I am ashamed to say that in all my years of living in Germany I never went to Berlin and visited the sight of the Berlin wall. It is one of the things I kick myself for not doing while I had the chance. Why didn’t I take the time to check out one of the most historical landmarks in the world? The closest I ever came to Berlin was when I went to Dresden. Dresden is about 187 kilometers (116 miles) or about a two-hour drive from Berlin. Now today is the… Read More

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 that person. The point of the month long exercise is not to finish a novel but to just get one started period. “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”- E.L. Doctorow… Read More

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, Sirius, and BBC Radio and is steadily gaining popularity. David is a Houston native, and upon meeting David I found him to be the down to earth guy he was described to be. His love of music… Read More

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 alive. While Farhad’s story is fictional the novel sheds light on real living conditions in a world constantly torn apart by war. Honor and Polygamy shows Afghanistan’s plight from a different perspective.   Nicholas Blake, a UN… Read More

Kicking Puppies and Taking Names: Why We Misbehave in Elevators

I recently read a blog by Erin J. Bernard, written on September 9, 2014 titled, KICKING PUPPIES AND TAKING NAMES: WHY WE MISBEHAVE IN ELEVATORS. Bernard engages readers with a cozy humorous tone throughout the blog. Her great insight on the psychology of elevator rides and the effect they have on human behavior. My favorite part of the blog is when she recalls famous elevator snafus most everyone can relate to. The elevator adventures are from past through present day. “You might encounter a beautiful new neighbor with copious, spilling décolletage, whom… Read More

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 listening. oh wait? Did you think I was done no I am merely pre-thanking you for staying to listen. Today I went on an interview that took up to 3 hours. As I was regretting skipping my… Read More

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 their struggles, the Jamaicans are a positive and resilient people. In Montego, Jamaica stands a statue of  Samuel Sharpe,a revered freedom fighter against slavery.  Sharpe, a leader in abolishing slavery in Jamaica, and aided towards eventual independence from Britain. “…Jamaica slaves… Read More

Columbia Students Bring Out Mattresses To Support Senior Emma Sulkowicz’s Rape Survivor Project

Columbia Students Bring Out Mattresses To Support Senior Emma Sulkowicz’s Rape Survivor Project. A rape victim speaks out with her Art. Read the article and then take the poll. Has Emma Sulkowicz gone too far? Are our great teaching insitiutions ignoring rape on their campuses?     Related Stories: How Colleges’ Lenient Sexual Assault Policies Allow Serial Rapists To Escape Punishment What We Can Learn From The Largest International Study On Rape That’s Been Conducted So Far Sexual Violence Statistics  

“ Do Not ” List of the Mentally Strong

Good Advice for the mentally stressed! Of course, it’s easier said than done with this crazy world. See if you agree with Philosophybank.org authors, Neil & Nalin Gadihoke’s… “DO NOT” List of the Mentally Strong. After reading the article take the Mentally Strong Quiz and let us know where you stand. Do you have Mentally Strong traits?

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 on television. I didn’t love nature as passionately as Irwin did, but I did appreciate it more. In the Grand Cayman there is a beautiful stretch of sand bar that houses a lot of sting rays called… Read More

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 through Fortune 500 companies that use Flexjobs.com to help fill their positions, I am often on the look out for employment possibilities for others. Flexjobs.com specializes in telecommuting, remote/work at home jobs, but has plenty of location… Read More

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