My son approached me the other day with his best 17-year-old sales pitch: “Dad, I need a bucket of cash!” Given that I was elbow deep in suds doing the dishes he neglected to do the night before, I mentioned that it was a singularly bad time for him to ask for anything. Never one […]
Do you remember the word tiles I made in Art Camp Claudia McGill? As a refresher, here they are, just formed: Here they are, bisque-fired and still on the kiln shelf: And now – drum roll – here they are, finished. To produce this effect, I swashed Velvet underglaze over the whole tile and then […]
Plants are important. Really, really important. They play important roles in society and in the nature that supports our societies: plants feed us; they are a source of many pharmaceuticals; they produce oxygen and store up carbon dioxide; they can remove pollutants from city atmospheres; and they are the foundation for much of the world’s […]
The new year starts with great skies, here’s one. There are only 3 colours used in this painting. They are the primaries, yellow, red and blue. Up until recently I used colours which were weak versions of the 3 primaries. For example, Burnt Sienna for red or Yellow Ochre for yellow. The secondary mixes were subtle […]
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js The look of money evaporating in frustration Written as a counterpoint to the earlier justification for being a lens hoarder, I have a feeling this is going to be one of my most unpopular posts ever. It will be widely circulated by I will be metaphorically burned at the stake for it, because it […]
My sis, Ritu over at ButISmileAnyway has a music challenge going for March. If you would like to participate read more about it here. I usually don’t post a song on the weekends but due to my sister’s challenge, I cannot resist doing so. I thought I’d pick some songs I would not post on […]
Day 21 of #musicalmarch🎵! I have to include a little Stevie Wonder, love his music! Isn’t She Lovely. And the Eastern song for today is one my Pops danced with me to on my engagement… Yeh Teri Aankhen Jhuki Jhuki from Fareb. About how lucky the man is who will have this woman forever.
Hey! It’s out! The Collapsing Empire, my twelfth novel, is here and available at your favorite bookstore and/or online retailer (in the US/Canada; in the UK it’s out in two days). It’s the first book in the new space opera series (called “The Interdependency”) and introduces some of my favorite characters ever in a universe…
I had to wean myself off the pocket notepads I used for more than 20 years. The pocket notepads went in my back pocket and made an outline of themselves like a tin of chewing tobacco. The pocket notepads started when I was a freelance writer/reporter, and how intently I must have looked scribbling, all […]
Greenpeace Board of Directors chair Karen Topakian, one of the activists arrested for hanging a “RESIST” banner on a crane over the White House, recounts her sentencing day.