artistic health

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 […]

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 […]

Enjoying The State I’m In

By |May 2nd, 2017|

Record Store Day. Independent Bookstore Day. Free Comic Book Day. Oh yes, ladies, gents and non-binary fam, ’tis officially the season to explore, engage and enjoy the community you call home.

I know, I know. As spring is still struggling to find its step and Memorial […]

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 […]

Steal This Quote: Maya Angelou Redux

By |March 19th, 2017|

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin — Find some beautiful […]

Steal This Quote: Neil Gaiman

By |February 26th, 2017|

Writing’s a lot like cooking. Sometimes the cake won’t rise, no matter what you do…
Now and again the cake tastes better than you ever could’ve dreamed.
— Neil Gaiman, English author, playwright, screenwriter and graphic novelist

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 […]