Development, Disaster and Global Campaigns: An Art Designer's Lens

By Nyasha Laing ...more

Typhoon Soudelor Ravaged Saipan: This Is Why Social Media Matters

On August 2, 2015, the island of Saipan was ravaged by the most powerful storm on the earth: Typhoon Soudelor, It decimated the island with gusts up to 200 mph, now growing stronger as it moves toward China, taking with it category five winds. It hit Saipan hard. The winds kicked up debris and it spared few people. Typhoon Soudelor left 50,000 island residents without running water and electricity. ...more
I currently live in Saipan and teach at the college. I am also frustrated at the lack of media ...more

Movie Review – Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

Directed by Ravi Kumar and starring Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Rajpal Yadav and Tannishtha Chatterjee among others, ‘Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain’ is a docu-drama which deals with one of the worst industrial disasters in world history – The Bhopal Gas Tragedy.It’s been 30 years since that night on 2nd December in 1984 in Bhopal. The events of that fateful night have been well documented across many documentaries and articles. But Ravi effectively humanizes the tragedy. ...more

When Life Hands You a Rotten Tomato

Forget that old “When life hands you a lemon” adage!  Sometimes, life just hands you a big, rotten tomato!  At least with a lemon you can make some lemonade, add some flavor to a dish, or a pretty garnish for your iced tea.  I Googled “What to do with a rotten tomato.”  You know what I came up with?  A bunch of info about how to use the Rotten Tomatoes website (movie review website) and absolutely nothing about what to do with a literal rotten tomato.  You want to know why?  Because you can’t do anything with a rotten tomato except for make a mess!...more

Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants Down – Being Ready for an Emergency

Do you know when the best time is to plan for an emergency or a crisis?When you’re not in the middle of one, that’s when. ...more

The Chicken Slaughtering Day Blues

I think some of the greatest tales to tell are about our family. And you are doing just that, ...more

Disaster Plans for Grandparents  Disaster Plans for Grandparents...more

Boson Cream Pie Disaster

I don't even know where to begin.Let's start with my baking confidence... it's pretty much at an all-time low right about now.  And that is not a good thing.  This dish caused not one, not two, but three baking mishaps.  I think that's a new record for me.But I'm getting ahead of myself.  Let's go back to the beginning....more
LOL! It does look like it would taste good! Boston Cream Pie is one of my favorites :)more

I hate cooking. (there, I said it! Again.)

Do you know what people say about small mistakes having huge consequences? We often eat lunch slowly while talking and watching the news. The thing is, yesterday, when we started clearing the table and walked in the kitchen (the kitchen door had been closed), there was so much smoke we could barely see though it. We had left the pan with cooking oil on a hot burner....more

On How Sometimes "Winging It" Doesn't Fly

I'd like to share an important lesson with you. You should wing it. You shouldn't be afraid of cooking, of trying new things, of thinking you know better than the recipe. Most of the time, you will be rewarded with a delicious meal. And sometimes, you will not....more