From the Editor

November 2020


Growing up New Year’s Eve was spent in church; we had a vigilia, an all-night vigil, or prayer meeting.  There would be food, of course, and lots of socializing, along with prayer.   I miss those New Year celebrations.

Since those long gone days, I do not think much about the New Year celebrations.  Throughout the years I have gone to or thrown a party or two, and ventured out to those firework displays, put on by so many cities and even gone out to dinner with a cute little hat.  But in truth, New Year’s normally does not mean much to me anymore, except that my Mother died on New Year’s Eve.

I do not even remember, without doing a search of my photos or social media, what I did to ring in 2020.  However, I find myself looking forward to New Year’s 2021.

Like so many others, I am past ready for 2020 to enter the history books; and I am truly hoping she will somehow manage to go out like a lamb.  I think that is a prayer more than just a hope.

To say that 2020 has been challenging would be a serious understatement.  I know we have fared well; but I am so aware of the heartache experienced by so many people whom I love, and even more by complete strangers.

Yes, I am dreading the Election day / week predictions of social unrest; but I am looking forward to the elections at least being over, so I hope (pray).  I am really looking forward to a vaccine for covid and praying life can come back, at least a bit, to what it was before all this, despite the things which have permanently changed.  I know there have been a lot of permanent changes, especially with the people in our lives.

With a great deal of trepidation, I am starting to dare to make plans!  So far, even the people included in my plans, do not know they are part of my plans, but they are.  (Except Adriana now knows.)

Yesterday, I started thinking about an alternative Thanksgiving, sometime in February.  I know that not everyone who was at the last special Thanksgiving will be able to come, because they are gone or just not around.  But still I am starting to make plans, and that makes me happy!

I am looking forward to seeing the people in my life, from whom I am separated from, for various reasons, other than covid.  But I am also daring to imagine, spending time with other people, and that is very exciting!

This last week, my cousin, wrote a comment on my Facebook page, speaking about how close he was to my Mother.   As you who read these pages know, he could not have wished me a Merrier Christmas or Happier Birthday or Greater New Year!  It meant so much to me for him to speak of my Mother.

I spent some time thinking about her as an aunt and about how close she was to his parents, given all the miles and other obstacles which divided them.

I then started to think about how my Mother acted when she with her brothers.  I am open to being corrected, but I do not remember her behaving the same way with any other people, in her life.  When she was with them, by and large, she would “let her hair down”, if you will.

My Mother was not carefree and she carried the weight of the world upon her shoulders.  But when she was with her brothers, she would let go a bit, finding more reasons to laugh, and carry herself in a much more relaxed manner; like she knew they had her back.  I loved watching her with them.

So many from my Mother’s generation are sadly gone; I imagine them gathering around, a table in heaven, having the best chicken dinner ever!  But my generation is still here, and while it is not the same, we are trying to stay or shall I say become newly connected, and that also makes me hopeful.

My cousin’s words have made me very happy.  I do not believe I would have even had the possibility of reading his words, were it not for his sister-in-law, who has become a very dear friend to me.  I am eternally grateful to her for opening up this door in my life. (I am pretty sure you know I am writing about you Paula!)

I know I have digressed, I am sorry.  But as I think about how difficult this year has been, and how much I want 2021 to arrive, I am also appreciating that there are blessings to count.

We have yet to eat a meal on Linda’s table; we want to share that first meal with her.  I cannot imagine a “special Thanksgiving” in February without Marcial being there with Adriana; and even though Suhail is not here, Nelly and the children must be there; after all it was in Peter’s honor that we had the first special Thanksgiving.  Linda must sit in one of the captain’s chairs, but hopefully the other will be occupied by Nour.  I know that are others who I would like to gather around that table.  We will celebrate life again, and at the very least be grateful we survived 2020.

But I am also daring to imagine breaking bread with my cousins, and their wives.  It brings a smile to my face, as I even think about that possibility.

The wows are real; and this year has been a mess.  But perhaps because we are at least nearing the end of the calendar year, I am beginning to have hope.  I hope you are too.  That is all for now.

Poet’s Corner

Ready or Not

Change calls out to us:

“Ready or not

here I come!”


I respond;

I am not ready.

But whether we are

ready or not

is actually of no concern

to her.

She was just stating a fact,

not asking a question.

Either way she is coming

and we must embrace

whatever she inevitably brings,

or know that we will be lost

in the new landscape

she has created

for us to live in.

I hope for the best,

but there is no way

of knowing what change

may think appropriate

for me to live with.

I do not want to be afraid.

I want to be brave;

but I am apprehensive.

I know I have no choice,

but I am not ready.

~Cristina Jill Mosqueda~


Industrial Revolution 5.0


The Industrial Revolution 5.0 has officially started, even though many of us in technology are still addressing cybersecurity challenges of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

Industrial Revolutions are marked by economist and historians as they record shifts in societies.  The first Industrial Revolution was identified by English economic historian, Arnold Toynbee.    The Industrial Revolution 1.0 started in the latter half of the 18th century, and humans would see the first benefits of working with machines.  Some of the inventions of the first Industrial Revolution include the steam engine, the cotton gin, and the power loom, which would birth several new industries.  For example, the steam engine would give birth to the travel industry, and the power loom would usher in the manufacturing industry.

Machines would provide humans with a greater capacity to do more, better and faster; and each invention would enable another invention.  The invention of the steam engine would be the foundation for not only ships and locomotives but also machines in warehouses.

The timelines for the Industrial Revolutions overlap, and the second Industrial Revolution, would begin in the late 19th century.  The Industrial Revolution 2.0 would include inventions such as the assembly lines, and electricity which would provide advance machinery in factories.  While economist and historians discuss societal changes with each revolution, I see that humans and machines take another step in working together.

Industrial Revolution 3.0 begins in the 20th century, around 1970.  I have to say that Industry 3.0 is one of my favorite industrial revolutions because this would be the time period that computers would be introduced, which would help us land on the moon.  Another invention of this time period is the Programmable Logic Controller, PLC, which lays the groundwork for automation.  PLC’s are located throughout our critical infrastructure in all industries, such as energy, water, trains, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing; and I still work with them today!

Around 2010, the Industrial Revolution 4.0 began, bringing the Internet and cyber physical systems which run algorithms, on collected data.  Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are all words commonly used, but the concept of machine thinking like a human is not successful.  The expectation for Industry 4.0 was that machines would be able to completely take over human tasks, such as driving.  However, we have found that humans are still needed for critical decision, and thus Industry 5.0 has been officially introduced, and of course, it would be the year 2020.

Industrial Revolution 5.0 will provide a way for machines and humans to work together better.  Human/machine partnerships are already a part of our daily lives. For example, I use my phone to control the security cameras, in my home; the idea of working with a device, my phone, which connects to another device, the home base, which provides me with the ability to see the house any time.  And in manufacturing, there are robots already moving items around a warehouse, as a human uses a device to connect to the robot to give it commands.  I do not think it will be long before we all have robots working with us side by side.

It is worth noting the time frame between Industry 1.0 and Industry 2.0 is about one hundred years, Industry 2.0 to Industry 3.0 is about ninety years, Industry 3.0 to Industry 4.0 is about forty years, and Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 has been ten years.  Inventions continue to build on previous inventions and delivering unimaginable technology; however humans are still needed.  Stay safely Connected.

Film’s Recommended by Marcial


“This is a trading world and men, women and children, who cannot live on gravity alone, need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is in a business established by the Author of our nature.  If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need not feel that he has lived in vain.”

~ Phineas T. Barnum ~
The Rebound, US, 95 minutes, comedy
In July, Germany, 2001, 100 minutes, comedy
The Big Year, US, 100 minutes, comedy
Shine, Australia, 1996, 106 minutes, biographical
Legends of the Fall, US, 1994, 132 minutes, romantic drama
Road to Perdition, US, 2002, 117 minutes, crime drama
L.A. Confidential, US, 1997, 138 minutes, crime thriller
Capote, US, 2005, 114 minutes, crime drama
The Jacket, US, 2005, 103 minutes, Science fiction thriller
Hugo, UK, 2011, 127 minutes, family drama
Source Code, US, 2011, 93 minutes, Science fiction thriller
It’s a Wonderful Life, US, 1946, 132 minutes, classic drama
Casablanca, US, 1942, 102 minutes, drama/romance
How to Steal a Million, US, 1966, 127 minutes, classic comedy
Beginners, US, 2010, 105 minutes, comedy/drama
The Debt, US, 2010, 114 minutes, espionage thriller
Larry Crowne, US, 2011, 99 minutes, romantic comedy
Ed Wood, US, 1994, 127 minutes, comedy
Keeping Mum, UK, 2005, 136 minutes, black comedy
The Mouse That Roared, UK, 1959, 83 minutes, comedy
The Party, UK, 1968, 99 minutes, classic comedy
Fair Game, US, 2010, 108 minutes, political thriller
The Right Stuff, US, 192 minutes, Drama
The Black Balloon US, 97 minutes, Drama
Shopgirl, US, 2005, 106 minutes, Romantic Comedy

A View from the Road

Pony Express

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Public Square

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My Mother’s Favorite Verse

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”~ Jeremiah 33: 3 ~

~ Aristophanes~

High thoughts must have high language.



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