Exploring the world of art & culture with mind & soul

Steal This Quote: Albert Camus

By |October 15th, 2017|

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
— Albert Camus, Algerian-born French novelist, journalist and philosopher

Did You Hear About: Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival

By |October 8th, 2017|

Newark Arts’ Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival marks its 16th year with events highlighting Brick City’s vibrant art scene taking place from Thursday, Oct. 12th – Sunday, Oct. 15th. But the celebration of music, art, dance and more falls secondary to the overall message of community — a […]

Lotus Moment: Rainy Night In Newark

By |September 17th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: One warm, rainy night in Newark this past summer, I returned to my car after an event at a popular location along Halsey St. When I arrived at my little sedan, I couldn’t help but feel taken aback by the scene […]

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 […]

Steal This Quote: Bruce Lee

By |September 3rd, 2017|

Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man
the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.
— Bruce Lee, Chinese-American martial artist, actor and teacher

A Day Out At Afropunk

By |August 27th, 2017|

You might not have heard, but there’s something special that happens every August in Brooklyn that has caught the attention of music fans, music festival fans, culture vultures and lovers of all forms of individuality. It’s called Afropunk. Or AfroPunk. Or is it AFROPUNK?

Either way, […]

Lotus Moment: Steel Horses Can Be Just As Beautiful As The Real Ones

By |August 20th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: In a recent attempt to learn more about the Garden State, I took a quick trip over to Mills Reservation for an introduction to hiking, Jersey-style.

It was a wee muggy thanks to the rainy spring we’ve had, but I enjoyed my stroll […]

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 […]

Steal This Quote: Steven Pressfield

By |July 23rd, 2017|

If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends) “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?”
Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.
— Steven Pressfield, American screenwriter, novelist and author of The War […]

Lotus Moment: The Only Wide Brush I Admire

By |July 16th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: Two years ago, I left my hometown in the Midwest to relocate to another city with deep roots in the world of jazz, innovation and working class perseverance. But do you know what else those two cities have in common? A love […]