Surreal of Approval

This is a photo. I took it one day on the water. It was on a Saturday morning or Sunday when I was sipping coffee and and watching the concentric circles expanding on the water, not knowing if they came from a diving bird, or something else. And then, it broke the surface, or should I say, came […]

Zen Garden

Due to social activities beyond my control, I’m late to post my final post for the 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge. As always, I learned so much and met some wonderful new people. Congratulations to all my friends who also finished the challenge. Wishing you the best in your writing endeavors for the month […]


On the spectrum of visible light, yellow is a color between green and orange. “According to surveys in Europe, Canada and the United States, yellow is the color people most often associate with amusement, optimism, gentleness, and spontaneity, but also with duplicity, envy, jealousy, avarice, and, in the U.S., with cowardice,” states an article at Wikipedia. […]

Xanthan Gum: Our Chemical Chum

Xanthan Gum is a common additive found in everything from eye drops to concrete. As a thickener, it’s used in chewing gum, yogurt, and soup. As an emulsifier, it prevents the formation of crystals in ice cream. In salad dressings, it blends oil and water, suspends spices and herbs, and provides tantalizing coverage and flavor for greens. It binds water to fruit fillings, […]