Over the past several months, I have been honing my basic skills in both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop; branching out from tutorials and creating my own art and designs.  While I am no expert with a camera, I am fortunate enough to have access to excellent photographs taken by my sister-in-law – Gayle Sutherland.  While practice on stock photos is useful, it is nice to have access to more personal – and exclusive! – images. The challenges of… Read more »

      WASHINGTON — Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the White House had put forth “alternative facts” to ones reported by the news media about the size of Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd. (New York Times, Jan 22, 2017) After waiting in the hallway for what felt like hours, but was really only fifteen minutes, Bob Roberts was ushered into a small room containing a large executive desk and a small plastic chair…. Read more »

  It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am, in fact, “not from round here”.   Like countless millions before me, of all races, creeds and colors, I moved to the United States of America in pursuit of a better, happier life.  I moved to escape lingering shadows, holding me back with guilt and false loyalty and inhibiting every attempt to better myself.  It would be a new beginning; pressing the reset button on a life going nowhere…. Read more »

[Note: For the uninitiated, “Milliways” is the name of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe – the title and main location of the third part of Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series.  Via the Laws of Improbability, one can meet and greet anyone from any time or galaxy, sometimes more than once.  The highlight of the evening is to watch the End of the Universe – which is featured at every sitting, in a little over half… Read more »

It started with a sudden lurch in the stomach.  As if someone had just sucker punched me in the gut.  I sat down – on the blissfully cool floor – my head spinning a bit, feeling light-headed.  Then the cold sweat began.  Mouth dry. Eyes struggling to focus, despite the prescription glasses, on the painfully bright screen.  For a moment, I thought that I was having one of those dreams that I get occasionally, where I am still asleep but think… Read more »