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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 […]

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 […]

Lotus Moment: The Ups & Downs Of Montmartre

By |June 11th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: Do I really need to explain this one? My birthday trip to Paris this year left me with a host of memories I’ve only yet to begin to unpack. But this image is one of my favorites that I captured during my […]

100 Years In The Making: Highlights From Musée Rodin

By |May 29th, 2017|

When most people think of the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin, they say “The Thinker.” Or “Le Penseur” if they’re fancy. But when you ask me, I say “The Kiss.” And “The Gates of Hell.” And “The Burghers of Calais.” And “I Am Beautiful.” And … well, […]

Lotus Moment: By The People

By |May 8th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: There’s an old aphorism that says the personal is political, and I’m inclined to agree.

Just as this beautiful facade of the Newark City Hall building was crafted to reference history, ideology and innovation, the personal lives that we share with one another […]

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 […]

Lotus Moment: A Story In Every Brick

By |December 7th, 2016|

Why This Is Awesome: As the year draws to a close, I find myself busier than ever. Dare I say, I’m almost too busy to blog. 😉

But I’m never too busy to remember to stop and take in my surroundings. I currently reside in a city […]

Steal This Quote: Shirley Chisholm

By |November 22nd, 2016|

You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining.
You make progress by implementing ideas.
— Shirley Chisholm, American author, activist and politician

The Worst Lesson That Life Can Teach – American Pastoral Review

By |November 15th, 2016|

I did something rather odd last Tuesday. On the night of my country’s Presidential election, I went to the movies. I don’t have a TV, and even if I did, spending the evening waiting for election results felt … unnecessary. What makes this behavior […]