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 »

  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 »

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 »

Halloween is upon us again, and to get into the spirit, I thought I would head over to my bookcase and re-read a scary story or two. As a big fan of the great Victorian Gothic novels – “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” – I thought I would delve a little into the origins of Gothic literature and explore why these books remain so popular. Principally, “Gothic” refers to a style of architecture which developed during the Middle Ages; featuring tall, pointed windows, stained glass, flying buttresses, and soaring spires.  During the late… Read more »

It is late September here in North Texas, (and, I assume, in other places too), and the temperature has finally begun to cool down from the inferno-like heat of summer.  Even before the welcome arrival of autumnal air, you could tell that a change in season was imminent simply by entering a coffee shop or grocery store.  Wherever you look, you’re bombarded by the sight and smells of pumpkins: big, orange ones, weirdly shaped white ones, itty-bitty cute ones of varying hues, as well as suggestively… Read more »