Creativity

From Bombs To Beauty

We built bombs there. Big ones. Torpedoes, actually. The Mark XIV big green was assembled there. At the end of WWI the US Naval Torpedo Factory on the waterfront in Arlington, Virginia was built and put into service. The idea was to prepare in case of future world conflicts. The powerful and terrifying weapons built […]

A Different Kind of New Year

It was a blur. I heard rumors it happened, but have only a hazy recall.     Yep, missed it completely. And no, it wasn’t too much celebratory Champaign. We were moving into our new home and throughout both Christmas and New Years when everyone else was partying we were packing and unpacking. Cardboard boxes replaced […]

Running on Tiptoe!

She is one and she is walking. Fast! Isabella went from wobbling like a Weeble to running like an Olympian in what seemed like days. Funny thing is she walks—even runs—on her tiptoes. She isn’t terribly stable and she falls fairly often, but she bounces back up and immediately starts bounding like a gazelle on the […]

Hidden Beauty

Sticks. That’s really all they were. Whether unused lumber from a construction site or broken branches from a tree, they were discarded scraps of wood deemed unfit for use. Nothing but waste. Refuse. Junk. Fuel to be thrown in the fire. That’s what most people thought. But not Luther. He would pick up an old piece of wood and see what no […]

Strange Beauty

Raw beauty shows up best in the strangest places. Like down the street from my friend Thomas’ house in Brazil. It’s just a normal street absent of any outstanding or attractive features. Yet, growing out of a small patch of unmowed grass along the side of his road is one of the most beautiful trees […]

Beggars At A Five-Star Feast

Hi. My name is Michael. I’m a foodie. There, I said it. I love food. But not just food…good food. Great food, actually. I love sourcing, serving and savoring it. Whether the artistic plating at a classic fine dining establishment, the organic offerings of a farm-to-table boutique or the homespun goodness of a southern lady’s […]

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