life’s lessons

Four In Four

By |March 19th, 2018|

It’s a blogging cliché to write a post around your birthday, sharing the lessons that you’ve learned so far in life. Often the stuff of lifestyle bloggers, it’s a subject that doesn’t seem to fit the tone of those of us covering topics like entertainment, […]

Voices In The Library: Queer Newark Oral History Project

By |January 30th, 2018|

As it’s been mentioned many times in the past year, Newark is changing. It’s been on the come-up for a few years, but in the last 2 or 3 trips around the sun, it finally seems to be … well, coming up. But despite what […]

To Be Or Not To Be (Inspired)

By |December 18th, 2017|

What does it mean to inspire? What does it mean to be inspired?

I have an entire tag devoted to the subject of “inspiration” here on my blog, but what does it take to be classified with such a label? I ask this question not just […]

Lotus Moment: A Fitting End

By |December 10th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: You may not have noticed, but I don’t take a lot of selfies. It’s one of the reasons I resisted Instagram for so long. As someone who has never been very photogenic, I tend to shy away from the camera because even […]

A Strange Thing Happened On The Way To A Twitter Chat

By |December 4th, 2017|

Yesterday was a strange day. Well, the last month or so has been strange, but yesterday, particularly so. For the first time in a long time, I participated in a Twitter chat. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically when you follow a […]

Steal This Quote: Edgar Degas Redux

By |November 12th, 2017|

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very different when you do.
— Edgar Degas, French artist, painter and sculptor

A Call To End Motivation Through Shaming

By |October 23rd, 2017|

Artists are a community. Some artists are a community within a community. For example, the theater industry has communities of actors, painters, model makers, dancers, pit musicians, directors, set designers, sound techs, producers, costume designers, lighting techs, and many more. And in such communities, most […]

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 […]