life’s lessons

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]