Life Adventures

2020 Diamond Day Postponed

Diamond Day is a day we honor all moms. Although it has been postponed to contain COVID-19, I ask you to remember this day in the solitude of your homes and in your hearts.  When our world becomes a safer place we will honor every winner of the Why Mom Deserves a Diamond contest. To every… Continue reading 2020 Diamond Day Postponed

Life Adventures, Philosophy

Is it OK to Hate?

The response to this question about hate was so transformational to me that I clipped it from a magazine and carried it in my wallet for years.  Although the question was posed about a relationship with one’s mother,  I believe the response by Marilyn Vos Savant rings true for all things, such as cancer, Covid-19, natural… Continue reading Is it OK to Hate?

Life Adventures, Society, Why Mom Deserves A Diamond

The Future of Physical Affection

Even in these days of uncertainty, as long as I am able-bodied, I cannot imagine any tragedy that would prevent my effort in expanding the Why Mom Deserves a Diamond contest to the ends of the earth. When families and their kids know they are loved there is no doubt how our world benefits. Imagine… Continue reading The Future of Physical Affection

Life Adventures

Save the Trees of Brookhollow

Brookhollow Business Park is a luscious green 31-acre property in Santa Ana, California that is the home to 24 buildings, a sparkling pond with ducks and turtles, and a mini-forest of giant canary island pine trees. The beauty and shade of these trees provide tranquility and comfort for every visitor.  The trees dampen the noise… Continue reading Save the Trees of Brookhollow

Life Adventures

My Name is Apollo

My name is Apollo. I am a canary island pine tree in Brookhollow Park in Santa Ana, California. I am the greeter and the first tree you notice when you visit the park from the north entrance. I stand alongside the management’s office so I always try to look confident. When I see you coming… Continue reading My Name is Apollo

Life Adventures, Philosophy, Society

Mr. Green Tree

Mr. Green Tree It must have been nearly twenty years ago that I remember driving to work and noticing such a handsome tree in the middle of a barren plowed field. I remember thinking how welcoming his shade would be for laborers escaping from the hot sun. I went as far as imagining the workers… Continue reading Mr. Green Tree

Life Adventures, Music

My Name is Michael

In 1982 I devoted all my free time in my music studio after long days of selling diamonds in Kentucky. I was sure it was done before, but I wanted to record my voice and play it backwards. I decided on saying, ‘My name is Michael.’ I spoke each word slowly and clearly into the… Continue reading My Name is Michael

Childhood Memories, Family Life, Life Adventures, Philosophy

Concrete Gray Steps

This is my childhood home in New Albany, Indiana. In the summertime the hot sun would blaze behind the house where I would sit on concrete steps and squint into the sky. Gray paint would always flake off the steps like dried flower petals. As golden rays soaked into my bare chest I would try… Continue reading Concrete Gray Steps

Life Adventures, Philosophy

Sharing the Same Experience – Part Four

At my meditation class my dear instructor always begins by drawing a large circle to illustrate there is a universal “real” world that is considered truth. I suppose I am a difficult student because I can’t yet wrap my mind around that concept. I chose these images at random. If I asked you to look… Continue reading Sharing the Same Experience – Part Four

Adoption, Life Adventures

He found his birth family 35 years later. Then he helped them find a ‘vanished’ sister.

Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star Published 5:14 p.m. ET Aug. 24, 2019. https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2019/08/24/adopted-indianapolis-man-helps-birth-family-find-vanished-sister-muncie/2087285001/\ Everyone in “Diamond” Mike Watson’s life told him he should give up. The baby in the 60-year-old photograph was probably dead. And if she wasn’t, they said, she may not want to be found. It wasn’t out of callousness or apathy. The opposite… Continue reading He found his birth family 35 years later. Then he helped them find a ‘vanished’ sister.

Life Adventures

The Invisible Pine Tree

The first photo shows a handsome 35-year old pine in the center. It gave wonderful shade with a cool breeze below. It is one of the many trees I visit every day when I go to my office at Brookhollow Park in Santa Ana, California. I saw a hummingbird swarm high in its branches. Probably… Continue reading The Invisible Pine Tree

Adoption, Life Adventures

I Found My Sister

Many of you know I have been searching for my baby sister, Deborah Kay Price, who vanished shortly after the first photo was taken in 1956. The universe has proven once again that all things, when asked with sincerity and conviction, will eventually be revealed. I finally found my beautiful sister. I spoke with her… Continue reading I Found My Sister

Gallery of Diamonds, Jewelry, Life Adventures, Why Mom Deserves A Diamond

A Beautiful Experience

The following testimonial is from Heidi Tecklenburg, a winning mom from the 2019 Why Mom Deserves a Diamond contest. Thank you Heidi, for sharing your experience. Rewind to May 2012, when I was 45 years old, I never imagined that I would ever have a child call me MOM other than my 4-legged fur babies.… Continue reading A Beautiful Experience

Life Adventures, Philosophy, Society

The Profound Tweet

I am still moved by a tweet from President Trump after the nation began to experience its longest government shutdown in history. It came at a time the President had retreated into the almost vacant west wing of the White House, void of the chatter of aides and interns. In fact, because the tweet is… Continue reading The Profound Tweet

Life Adventures, Society

The Illusion of a Madman

Many supporters of the President admit forgiving the unpolished character of a man whose beliefs sided with many of their own. Donald Trump was never a saint, they said. But now, through the President’s Twitter feed, the world can peer inside a real time diary of a person who has revealed his innermost psyche.  Trump… Continue reading The Illusion of a Madman