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

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?

Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

Learn How Net Neutrality Will Affect You Personally. WordPress blogger Paul Sieminski, reports on how the Internet, as we know it will never be the same, if we let it. Read the article, and express your feelings on net neutrality. #netneutrality #brouhahaaccess

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 apology for her part in the “cringe” worthy scene caught on the elevator surveillance video released by TMZ. In hindsight it cannot be easy for the abused  to leave  an abuser. Knowing this, I was still shocked… Read More

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 of residence in Iraq bordering on Kuwait. Abu feels like a foreigner among his own people. It doesn’t help that he is new to the a city that is stuck in limbo. With the Americans still using… Read More

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 it. Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. George Eliot   Related articles The anniversary of 9/11: Are schools marking the day? (blogs.ajc.com) Turning Tragedy into Triumph (wdednh.wordpress.com) What 9/11 Taught Me… Read More

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 the “ugly” word in child care? What are you’re feelings on this subject? Do you agree with Dr. Bill Sears and his wife’s idea on attachment parenting, which they explain in their book, The Baby Book?  As a mother… Read More

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