WELCOME TO 2016

As far back as I can recall, I have enjoyed journaling events of my life.  Growing up and listening to tales of my parents’ generation in the Caribbean was so fascinating, that I wanted to be a part of the stories they told. That was not to be, as we migrated to the U.S. and I became a citizen of a different country with a very different culture, leaving that part of my life behind.  I attended Fordham University and NJIT where I graduated with a B.A. & M.Sc. Degrees respectively, that allowed me access to Fortune 500 companies.

Throughout my working career which has been in the Information Systems environment, I continued to write articles for our company’s newsletter and helped inform coworkers of progress in our field through technical bulletins.  There has always been a yearning in my personal life  to spend time being more creative.  This has taken several forms.  Photography, music and art appreciation, growing orchids to name a few. In addition, I have been an advocate for the mentally ill and worked as a volunteer with non-profits helping to educate adults.

Recently I started writing short stories and one or two found favorable audiences.  This motivated me to try working on a manuscript.  I’m still in the process,  and in the meantime using what little spare time I have to develop a platform of readers.

I hope I can make this blog about all aspects of life.  My fiction is about life and what we can all relate to in our complicated lives.  Making this blog relatable and engaging is my goal and I intend to learn all that I can about how to enhance the written word and make it attractive to my readers.

You will find some of my musings at https://elivingnews.wordpress.com

 

Phalaenopsis (pink)

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My interest in art is multi-cultural, reflecting my background in Caribbean, African and European art. Since I was born in a Third World country and now live in the U.S.A, I am aware of the xenophobia that exists in the U.S, as well as the lack of understanding for immigrant values. Appreciation of the art and music of Latinos, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro Americans and Haitians as well as European art informs who I am, since my ancestry is a mix of Caribbean and European cultures. I believe fitness is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and nature an integral element of our health and diet. Sea-level rise is important to the discourse of climate change. This is not a concept owned only by science. Refusal to accept its premise will destroy our planet and our very existence. It is a scientific fact and we can see proof all around us. I live on the Intracoastal in Florida and see evidence of gradual beach erosion every day. Fish come ashore in heavy downpours of rain in Miami. My goal is to expand on the awareness of what is being done locally to address issues that threaten our environment for our kids and grandkids in the future. I believe that there is a symbiotic relationship between ourselves and nature and I will strive to protect our environment each day for as long as I can. Additionally, I have always been an advocate for the mentally ill, having volunteered with the Essex County Mental Health Association. I consider Voter Rights an important responsibility of every citizen and have spent many years promoting Voter Education with the League of Women Voters.

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