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Lotus Moment: Mourning In Unison

By |April 16th, 2019|

Why This Is Awesome: Today, millions around the world are mourning in unison. Sharing photos, stories, and tears. Commingling together the way humans do when they experience a loss. We get personal. We get poignant. We grieve.

I, too, have walked the halls of the Cathédrale […]

Lotus Moment: Embrace Duality

By |March 25th, 2019|

Why This Is Awesome: Two years ago yesterday, I returned from my first — but hopefully not my last — trip to Paris. Not surprisingly, my Instagram reminded me of those days of hopping on an Icelandair plane and traveling to the City of Lights […]

Remember This Quote: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By |January 21st, 2019|

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done
you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights activist and orator

What Is The Artist’s Role In Gentrification?

By |August 20th, 2018|

About a year ago, I attended a local community meeting here in Newark for citizens concerned about the changing face of the city. You see, Brick City, after 50 years of neglect, economic disenfranchisement, and disproportionate criticism fueled by racism, xenophobia and class discrimination, is […]

Lotus Moment: White Horse Tavern Takeaway

By |July 16th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: I have a confession to make. Even though I live a mere 22 minute train ride away from New York City, I don’t get to explore it as much as or as often as I’d like. That’s why when I get […]

Lotus Moment: When The Mountains Tell You Things

By |May 21st, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: I recently took a road trip that melded two of my favorite hobbies: learning about history and exploring new spaces. In doing so, it reminded me of another trip I took not long ago when I did the same thing, but under […]

Lotus Moment: Art Is Now In Session

By |March 26th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: Back in January, I was a “guest” of our nation’s jury selection system, when for the first time in my life, I learned about the intricate and somewhat confusing process that makes up serving on a civil court case jury.

For three days […]

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, […]

Steal This Quote: Jawaharlal Nehru

By |March 4th, 2018|

 The art of a people is the true mirror to their minds.
— Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minister of India, activist and writer

Making Newark A City Of The Arts

By |February 26th, 2018|

If you recall, back in January, I reported on Newark’s community info session for the conversion of a long dormant bank building on South Ward’s Clinton Ave. into an artist’s housing and creative community center. That session, and the details shared, is just one of […]