Freedom of speech sometimes includes silent protests

I love our American flag. Whenever it passes by in a parade, I put my right hand to my heart, usually with my camera in my hand. I recite the Pledge of Allegiance and stand proudly when the National Anthem plays or is sang (even when it’s sang horribly). I’ve never considered it a requirement…

It’s chow time with the camera

I’ve taken a lot of different photographs with my camera, but one of my latest efforts has been to capture pictures of food. Granted, I’ve captured food images before, but I’ve been fascinated recently by trying to capture images of the food I made.   Most of my food photos lately have been of breakfast,…

No small steps in this man’s kind gesture

A few days ago, the United States remembered a dark day in our history, when thousands were killed in terrorist attacks on American soil. Among them were more than 300 firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty as they tried to save people inside the World Trade Center. My partner, Todd, did…

Genuine giving means doing it without being asked

It’s been more than a week since Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston, Texas, and the surrounding communities, bringing about incredible destruction and devastation. In the days that followed, we saw that, despite the toxic state of our country’s government, people could still come together and help those in need. I couldn’t have been the only…

Writing doesn’t always leave time for reading

Writing leaves little time for reading. It would seem like writers would spend their non-writing time reading. However, the stack of unread books on top of my bookcase tell a different story. I will occasionally see a book on the websites I frequent or the bookstores I visit and buy it, telling myself I can’t…

One nation under God, divisible

It’s horrifying to see the photos and videos of what unfolded over the weekend in Charlottesville. In this day and age, it’s despicable to see such hate flourish in what is supposed to be the land of the free.   Granted, we all know there are white supremacists and neo-Nazis in America. However, we’ve been…

When it comes to curtailing free speech, one university pulls the trigger

There’s a new health warning from Southern Methodist University about the American flag. Apparently, it triggers something with college students. I wish I was joking about this, but the university has told a student group called Young Americans For Freedom that it would not allow the students to set up its display of 3,000 flags…

Hitting the trail and enjoying the view

It hasn’t always been easy getting up and going out for some exercise, which might explain why I went from being a skinny stick in my teen years to being a tad overweight now that I’ve passed the 40 mark. It helps when there’s some kind of motivation, like a loved one encouraging you, or…

Lemonade stands latest threat to London

They say that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. What they don’t tell you is that you better be prepared to drink it all yourself, because if you try to sell it, that’s when bad things happen. While flipping through my Facebook feed, one of my friends shared a post linking to an opinion…

Trump Jr. newest poster child for what’s wrong in politics

The latest scandal du jour is the revelation that Donald Trump, Jr., and others affiliated with our current president met with representatives of the Russian government in Trump Tower last year, when the president was just a candidate, in the hopes of getting information on Hillary Clinton that would tank her dreams of becoming president….

Inspiration can strike with an open palm or a pair of brass knuckles

Inspiration strikes you at the strangest times. Many times, it’ll be when you’re ill-prepared to follow the story down the garden path. I’ve had many occasions where the roadmap for my story suddenly became crystal clear, but by the time I could get to my computer to start typing, the illuminate links in my story…