Beginnings and Endings of 2016

Jane and Clive

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. ~ Marie …

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Humpback Whales Near The Golden Gate Bridge

Humpback Whales Near The Golden Gate Bridge

People have reported they’ve seen humpback whales in the San Francisco Bay over the last couple of days. I shot this video from the Golden Gate Bridge near the South Tower. Eight whales can be seen if you look closely. …

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You’re Crafty! with Elizabeth Clarke

Elizabeth Clarke, Founder of You're Crafty!

This video was the final assignment for the Digital Video Production class I took in the summer of 2015 at the College of San Mateo. Thanks to Elizabeth Clarke, the Founder of You’re Crafty! (, who was a joy to …

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March 2016 – A Movie Premiere and a Book Launch

The Last Smile

Happy to announce two creative endeavors that I was involved in will make their debuts during the same weekend. The first is the world premiere of Shankey Srinivasan’s The Last Smile where I was an extra in the film. The …

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Book Review of “The Enchanted” by Rene Denfeld

"The Enchanted" by Rene Denfeld

I absolutely loved Rene Denfeld’s, The Enchanted. This novel had veracity, heart, and compassion among many interesting characters, both inside and outside the confines of a prison. Like any great book, I slowed down towards the end because I didn’t want …

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Book Review of “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

On the first night of the 24th Annual Travel Writers and Photographers Conference at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA, I sat down for dinner at a large table. To my right at the end was Maureen Wheeler, one of …

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#BookADay: A Controversial Book, Series

Fifty Shade of Grey by EL James

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by EL James has sold 100 million copies worldwide.  It’s number eight in the top ten bestselling books of all time.  Many heterosexual couples have raved about how it saved their relationship, made it spicier.  I’m …

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#BookADay: A Book To Film Adaptation That Didn’t Work

Under the Skin by Michael Faber

When I lived in England, a dear friend of mine in London strongly encouraged me to read Under the Skin by Michael Faber. She was vague regarding the genre and provided very little information about the book to me. The …

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Jennifer Phang, Co-writer and Director of “Advantageous”


Jennifer Phang is a co-writer and director of Advantageous.  I saw this film at the Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival on June 8, 2013; it was my favorite short.  Based on feedback from people who have seen Advantageous, Jennifer decided …

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