What I’m learning from the pandemic

One of the earliest teaching moments we all share is learning from our circumstances. Did your parents encourage you to learn from life’s good and bad deals? I bet they did. By no means have I perfected the art of … Read More


Welcome to No Shortcuts Designs. My name is Henry Becker and this is the home of my creative work. Scroll down and you will find some photography, fine line art and some of the words I’ve strung together in recent … Read More

Car Guy Origins

My car fascination began in the spring of 1982 at the wide-eyed age of 12. It all started with a trip to the American institution of 7-Eleven. I grew up in a house that sat one lot removed from a … Read More

The 1986 Scirocco

The first few months of 1988 were rough. For the most part, my hair had grown back after the boot camp buzz cut from the previous September. It had been a whirlwind from Air Force basic training to tech school … Read More

European Adventure 2019

As our Amtrak train approached the Newark station I checked our flight status – delayed. While at the check in counter fifteen minutes later, we learned the delay was four hours. A drunken passenger on the inbound flight from Europe … Read More

An Xer Looks at Fifty

Fifty! How the hell did I get here this fast? I guess I’m not alone. Generation X as a whole is getting old and registering for AARP cards. Well, not registering but are of age to register for their old … Read More

Fresh Corduroy

On a recent trip to Holiday Valley, New York, I jumped out of the Yodeler Lift line to get a photo of the almost pristine corduroy.