You make tremendous efforts to make sure that your pooch is healthy and happy. From regular health checkups to the regular administration of preventives and vaccines you try to accomplish each and every responsibility as a caring pet parent. Needless to say, you fairly succeed in that but even after all your efforts, there are […]
On our trip to Vietnam, my stepdaughter (Scott’s daughter Aidan) joined us. It was also the Christmas holidays, so instead of “going it alone” in terms of trip planning, as usual, I enlisted the help of a travel agent to arrange everything: booking accommodation, planning and scheduling tours, ensuring rides to and from locations, etc. […]
‘A great read’ Matt Haig 13 October 2008. Welcome to the worst day of Chef Charlie Sheridan’s life, the day he’s about to lose his two great loves: his childhood sweetheart, Lulu, and the legendary Brighton hotel his grandfather, Franco Sheridan, opened in 1973. This is the story of the Belle Hotel, one that spans […]
Variation 1 Sitting or lying down, close your eyes and take a few deep, centering breaths. Take a few moments to become still. Focus on your breathing. Imagine you’re standing in a grassy clearing surrounded by a rich, dense forest. It’s a bright and sunny day, warm but not uncomfortably so. The sky is clear […]
Nineteen is the number of times I stabbed my father. One in each forearm, shoulder, thigh, calves. Neck back stomach balls. Between two ribs the knife plunged and pierced one lung, two, and caught on a shard of bone, a tendon shred. Wrench tug free. I’d pictured each puncture in detail one by one. Not […]
Hi friends, Here is chapter 6 – Tensions build as the Hive approaches and Earth’s governments jockey to be first to contact another alien race, each for all their own reasons. Chapter 6 – A Closer Approach “There is evidence that they suspect we are here,” Faylon said to the Assembled Ship- and Group-mothers. […]
Watching the film Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki for the first time was so incredibly thought provoking for me because I had never seen issues of environmentalism and war portrayed in film, specifically anime. It was interesting to see how they played out and the dynamic between the different characters; how they each represented something […]
Artists James Turrell and Anthony McCall are light and form enthusiasts who challenged our basic understanding of three dimensional form. These two artists looked at the linearity of light and considered the simple shapes and line it can make when projected on a surface. McCall observed the three dimensional illusion it creates when shown in […]
Last year I decided to rank my top 50 favorite albums, and that I’d do it in video form. Well, as it turns out, that video was absolute crap. I looked horrible in it, and I couldn’t express how I felt about the albums very well on camera. Writing is probably my greatest strength. Because […]
2/19/19 PUERTO ESCONDIDO Yesterday we walked to the Mercado and a couple of grocery stores and today we went to the beach. I cooked supper tonight – creamy curry chicken over quinoa. It was good. I just finished my second short story so here it is, it’s little longer than the other one: THE STORY […]
Valentine’s Day in Japan is a very celebrated day. Traditionally, the girls and women give homemade chocolates, or store-bought, to the boys and men on February 14. Then on White Day, March 14, the boys and men will return the favor. How does this work in an all-boys school? Interestingly, the Internet is chock full […]
(Photo Credit: Sue Vincent) A flaming sky provided an accidentally breathtaking backdrop into which the two silhouetted figures stared fixedly. Seemingly. Resolutely. Inevitably. The magnificent orb that was the setting sun slowly began plunging down but not before lending a marvelous hue to the surrounding sky. But for some random, asymmetric and isolated chirping of […]
“I felt an overwhelming sense of calm and peace. The world was moving so slowly that I was forgetting to breathe. The visions were fading, and a black fog was seeping into my mind; leaving me in the darkness. At one point I remember thinking that this was it; this was how I was going […]
Omega? More like Alpha, am I right?
The thief watched as Tzedekiel’s arms lowered, talons flashing in the reflected light from the interrogation lamp. The detective flashed another nervous look at the massive gargoyle. The angel had been on the verge of gutting the constable after the thug had struck her. Tzedekiel didn’t even seem to realize it, his eyes flashing as […]
The Three Court House is conceived as a series of similar but varied modules that could be constructed incrementally. The use of discrete modules allows the form of the house to conform to, and take advantage of, the unique shape of the site. By restricting the height to one floor, the house is able to blend in with its humble surroundings. The incremental nature of the plan breaks down the scale and mass of the house to relate to the adjacent village. This is contrary to most weekend homes in the area that consolidate space in a large ‘villa-like’ form. The approach of disaggregating form is a model that could be used for middle class families whose economic condition forces incremental investments in their homes. A small outbuilding at the entry of the site, constructed with the same formal and material palette as the house, contains a clinic – as the owner of the home is a well-known medical practitioner. Adjacent to the clinic are staff residences, and together these two programs create a social interface and soft threshold with the village.