Adoption, Philosophy

Is God Inside or Outside Us?

My birthmother had a Christian upbringing. My birthfather was a Sephardic Jew. His father was a rabbi from Aleppo. I never met my birthmother or father. Although their acquaintance was probably brief, I wonder if they ever realized the holy books of their religions included the first five books of the Bible. And here I… Continue reading Is God Inside or Outside Us?

Philosophy, Society

One Tree at a Time

Recently I posted about a tree I was trying to save from being chopped down.  A lady from Norway replied in disbelief, wondering why I was concerned over one tree.   I first thought she was being insensitive.  However, she posted a barren photo of the mountains where she lived, saying that the price of timber was high in… Continue reading One Tree at a Time

Adoption, Amazing Today, Philosophy

Born from the Stars

Today I paused to print my family tree that was painstakingly assembled with the help of the most amazing women researchers who became my friends.   As an adoptee who never met my birth parents, I always wondered how I got here.  Today I feel complete in knowing I arrived on planet Earth from the human… Continue reading Born from the Stars

Amazing Today, Childhood Memories, Life Adventures, Philosophy

The Truth Bridge

I talked to an old friend for the first time since I was a young teen. He was black and lived on an adjacent street. I used to sit behind him on his bike with the banana seat as we pedaled to the corner store for a bag of chips and a soda. I was… Continue reading The Truth Bridge

Gallery of Diamonds, Life Adventures, Philosophy

Are we real?

Sometimes it takes the small talk of a friend to open up the door of our minds. It was 30 years ago when I went to one of my jewelers to pick up a new creation. “Hello. How are you?,” I always began. “Oh, I’m great,” was always the answer. After some chit chat the… Continue reading Are we real?

Amazing Today, FlyUp!, Gallery of Diamonds, Jewelry, Life Adventures, Philosophy

The Eight Promises Pendant

By founder Diamond Mike Watson. Starshine pendant.  I created the Eight Promises pendant for a user to summon any positive virtue.  Forged in precious metal, the Eight Promises renders its power with positive thought.  The inspiration of the design came from a sketch my adoptive mother, Martha, drew when he I was a child.  She admitted… Continue reading The Eight Promises Pendant

Life Adventures

The Silent Ride

This was a striking view I captured during my morning Los Angeles adventure. Later, in a high level of an old building I shared this photo with a stranger to show him the new world we live in. The man stood silently for a few seconds and told me his wife and friend had died.… Continue reading The Silent Ride

Life Adventures

Victory Celebration or Darkest Chapter of Humanity?

This video was recorded moments before Trump's rally on January 6, 2021. I am sharing the full two-minute video with audio. Because the copyrighted song "Goria" by Laura Brannigan was playing in the background the audio was muted by some news outlets. The video shows the merriment and glee in viewing the crowd of supporters… Continue reading Victory Celebration or Darkest Chapter of Humanity?

Life Adventures

Diamond Mike’s Gingersnap Cookies

7 tablespoons unsalted butter melted but no longer warm to the touch. 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100g) 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (50g) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 2 Tablespoons unsulphured molasses 1 large egg… Continue reading Diamond Mike’s Gingersnap Cookies

Gallery of Diamonds

The Gift of Knowing what Others Want

It is sometimes difficult for me to follow a story.  I can also be annoying while watching a movie with others as I constantly ask what is going on.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love to have deep conversations about reality and the universe.  However, if you narrate a story about Bill, George, and Charlie please do not ruin… Continue reading The Gift of Knowing what Others Want

Life Adventures

Uncle Charlie

I love messing with people’s minds. Here is the entire text conversation I had this morning from Facebook messenger. Fortunately, I always smell something fishy when when a random person starts off by saying, Hello, how are you doing today? Scammer: Hello. How are you doing today? Me: Hello. How is uncle Charlie doing? Scammer:… Continue reading Uncle Charlie

Ask Diamond Mike, Gallery of Diamonds, Jewelry, Philosophy

Be Thankful for your Eyes

Gemologists can seem strange at times. That’s because we know that our business extends beyond what we see.  We have been known to burn amber in an inconspicuous place to smell its smoke and determine its authenticity.  We rub pearls beneath our front teeth to ascertain if they are real. (A smooth feel is an imitation, slightly… Continue reading Be Thankful for your Eyes

Gallery of Diamonds, Jewelry, Why Mom Deserves A Diamond

Thank you, Mr. Le

Mr. Le was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1955. He began as a jewelry apprentice at age 18. During the following six years he divided his time in the army and working in the jewelry business. Afterward, he found a job with a larger jewelry company where he mastered his skills for the next… Continue reading Thank you, Mr. Le

Society

We Must Give More than We Take

Humans take more than they give.  This is a sad condition.  Is there another species that purposely destroys its own habitat solely based on greed?  Someone may argue that it is impossible for one to give two apples when they have only one.  But we plant a tree and remove a forest. We order a large meal and… Continue reading We Must Give More than We Take

Society

Sanctity of Life

The sanctity of life has a lot of facets besides abortion. Over 200,000 people have died from the mismanagement of coronavirus. People lose their lives everyday from racial injustice. Without an acceptable replacement of the Affordable Care Act, we will deny health coverage for millions of people with pre-existing conditions. We should not place more emphasis… Continue reading Sanctity of Life