life’s lessons

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Cocky Enough To Hold Your Fire

By |January 27th, 2017|

I’ve seen a lot of declarations about not making any New Year’s resolutions in 2017. I don’t know if it’s a trend or people were just fed up with the horribleness of 2016, they can’t imagine it being any worse, but don’t want to tempt […]

Worrying Can Be Good For You

By |December 21st, 2016|

I’m the keeper of a lot of unpopular opinions. Usually when people are uber-excited about a celebrity, I’m pretty ho-hum or unaffected by their thrall. Usually when everyone is certain the sky is falling, I’m the one considering how something really awesome can come from […]

Where To Find Me: Gal-Dem

By |November 29th, 2016|

No one can deny that 2016 has been a year of immense change. Whether your year has been full of opportunity and joy or distress and despair, it would fair to say that if you’re lucky enough to see 2017 on the horizon, you can […]