Your love is better than wine

Your scent is better than any perfume

Your lips drip with the nectar of honey that flows under your tongue.

You are a garden. Your body is an orchard of pomegranates, grapes, and strawberries.

You are a fountain; with streams flowing from Heaven, let the wind blow upon your garden.

You will blossom, opening your heart, making today better than yesterday.

Anthony Hairston

Later Life Career Change

Saw this post from the series “Humans of New York,” and thought it was inspiring and worth re-posting. Enjoy.


“I owned a frame shop in Atlanta for thirty years. But every time I went to a theater and sat in the audience, I got the feeling that God had come and left without me. I just knew that I was meant to perform. Then one day a woman walked up to me in a health food store, and asked: ‘Do you always talk like that or do you have a cold?’ I said: ‘Excuse me?’ And she told me that she wanted to cast me in a BMW commercial. I thought it was a freebie. But on the way out of the studio, they asked for my social security number. $750 for three minutes on the mic! I thought: ‘I need more of this.’ I started taking acting classes. I got cast in a few local plays. I moved to New York on my 50th birthday. I wasn’t about to sit around in my later years wondering if my soul had gotten what it needs. I drew unemployment for the first time in my life. But by 2003 I was a member of SAG. By 2005 I had a speaking part on Law and Order SVU. And at the age of 62 I was given a full scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Things have dried up a bit since then. I had to take care of my mother for six years. And it’s hard for women of a certain age to get cast. But it ain’t over yet. Things happen when they’re supposed to happen. And I’m a firm believer that nobody can get what is yours to have. And I will tell you this: I’ve already envisioned what I’m wearing the first time I get invited to the Oscars. Red mermaid dress, fitted from the waist to the knees, and flaring out at the bottom. A stand-up collar that frames the back of my head. Stunning neckline. And a king’s ransom of rubies on loan from Harry Winston.”

Humans of New York


The Legend of Jamali-Kamali

The Legend of Jamali-Kamali

— Read on untraveledroutes.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/the-legend-of-jamali-kamali/

10 Common Myths about Creative Cloud

With over 12 million customers having already signed up in the five years since it launched, Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC) product line has been a success exceeding even the company’s own expecta­tions.  Still, there are a lot of misconceptions.

The 10 most common myths about Creative Cloud

New Online Sickle Cell Community

Sickle cell disease patients and those who stand with them are invited to pre-register for free access to oneSCDvoice.com, an empowering online community launching later this month (December).

Promoted as “A Sickle Cell Community Tailored to You,” oneSCDvoice will deliver trustworthy information to help people affected by sickle cell disease know more about it, learn of promising new treatments being tested in clinical trials (and how to access those new treatments as a clinical trial participant), more easily tap into needed support, and above all improve the quality of their lives.

oneSCDvoice.com is the creation of sickle cell healthcare providers, advocacy leaders, pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer, Inc. and health technology company rareLife solutions.

This collaborative digital education platform provides professionally vetted links to credible information about SCD, about lifestyle issues related to the disease, and about how to get more and better help coping with this devastating genetic condition.



First In Human

First in Human is a documentary capturing the real-life experiences of doctors, researchers, staff, patients and their caregivers, at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. For over a year, Discovery, in collaboration with John Hoffman ("Weight of the Nation," "Sleepless in America"), was embedded in the Clinical Center to capture the challenges faced in diagnosing and treating diseases.

Narrated by Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory," "Hidden Figures"), the three-episode series showcases the innovative work that takes place within NIH’s Building 10 and provides an in-depth look at the reality of experimental medicine in clinical trials.
First in Human airs its first episode in August 2017 on Discovery. View the NIH News Release. View the NIH Director's Blog.

Join @Discovery, @NIHDirector, @NIHClinicalCntr, @NIH, @JohnHoffmanDocs and more on Aug. 9, 2017, from 1-2 pm ET for a tweet chat about the documentary and First in Human clinical trials. Follow the chat on
Twitter with #FirstinHuman.

All of the patients who come to the NIH Clinical Center participate in a clinical trial. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe.
Patient Recruitment at the NIH Clinical Center
Call toll free: 1-866-999-5553 (TTY 1-866-411-1010)
Se habla espanol. Email prpl@mail.cc.nih.gov

Visit ClinicalTrials.gov
Visit Search the Studies

Porcelain Eggs Decorated in Elements of Flora and Fauna by Juliette Clovis


Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas winner of the NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

I absolutely love this group. They combine hip-hop, poetry, funk and R&B sprinkled with lots of playful fun.

Tarriona Tank Ball (vocals); Jelly Joseph (vocals); Merell Burkett Jr. (keys); Norman Spence II (keys); Joshua Johnson (drums); Jonathan Johnson (bass); Albert Allenback (saxophone)

Not Your Father’s Polaroid!

A new take on the old fashion Polaroid camera, the Impossible I-1 Analog Instant Camera is very cool and would make a great gift for the photographer in your family!  For those of you who long for a bit of nostalgia in this digital age, it’s the perfect tech toy.  Added features include remote control with an app from your phone and an advanced ring flash that adapts to your environment. The company claim is that the ring flash will capture your subject in the right light no matter where you shoot.

Impossible I-1 Analog Instant Camera


9 Signs You’re Probably Not As Mature As You Think You Are & How To Fix The Problem