Art & Mind

Personal perspectives on art, culture and how society is affected by our relationship with both

The Solace of Art

By |September 10th, 2017|

It’s been a harrowing few weeks for a lot of us, regardless of what part of the world you live in. Between floods, mudslides, hurricanes, wildfires, terrorist attacks, economic unrest, standoffs over nuclear arms with foreign leaders or homegrown acts of terror that have left […]

Beyond The Comfort Zone Of Comfort Zones – More Thoughts On Paris

By |August 7th, 2017|

Now that we’re well into the month of August, I’m beginning to hear the oft-asked question “Have you gone on vacation yet?” It feels a bit strange to answer that I actually went on vacation in March, but then I remember how it was not […]

I’m Turning Into A Morning Person & I Hate It

By |July 9th, 2017|

No doubt you’ve heard the oft-repeated cliché of how the path to success can only be found through rising with the sun. Or a variation thereof.

Well, I’ve never believed this to be true, and there’s ample evidence to show that plenty of successful people have […]

Steal This Quote: Bertolt Brecht

By |June 25th, 2017|

Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.
— Bertolt Brecht, German poet, playwright, and theatre director

A Different Kind Of Summer Reading List

By |June 18th, 2017|

Last month, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t buy any more new books for the year. And up until last Saturday, … I had kept that promise.

Don’t judge me!

My intentions were well placed. You see, I love the concept fashionistas and stylists […]

Forked Tongues: Mental Health In The Creative World

By |May 24th, 2017|

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as you may have guessed, it’s that time of year when you see numerous testimonials from people living with or who’ve suffered through the pangs of mental illness. Some of these testimonials come from celebrities. Some come from […]

What Happens When You Get What You Wish For: What Paris Did For Me

By |April 4th, 2017|

One day last month, Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day was “middlescence.” I joked on Twitter how the universe was reading my thoughts and trying to gaslight me. I was only half-kidding.

You see in the days leading up to my birthday — March 18th, just in […]

To Dream Perchance To Achieve

By |March 6th, 2017|

I recently joined Instagram.

I know that may not seem like a big deal to most, but it is to me. You see, I’m not a “joiner.” I’m the one who eschews joiners and goes off to do their own thing. Add that to the fact […]

Newark Works For Me

By |February 19th, 2017|

Newark’s revitalization has been in the news quite a bit lately. Why? Because some are pegging it the “next Brooklyn.” To be fair, they’ve been saying that for a few years now. Heck, when I began researching my move here back in 2015, I found […]

Lotus Moment: Where Do We Go From Here

By |February 5th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: Sometimes waiting for the subway train can feel like molasses rolling downhill in winter. But other times, it provides you those highly undervalued moments to pause and think about what you’re experiencing, why has your path led you here, and what […]