life’s lessons

Steal This Quote: Mary Lou Cook

By |December 3rd, 2018|

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.
— Mary Lou Cook, American author, artist and activist

Let Artists Be Artists

By |November 19th, 2018|

I know the title of this post sounds pretentious, but watch out, because in a few seconds, it’s going to sound presumptuous and offensive too. Here’s why: Although it’s not a new phenomenon, there’s been an outbreak in recent years of this disease I like […]

Lotus Moment: Matters Of Government

By |October 29th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: With one of the most important elections in my country only one week away (although I think we should consider all elections equally important), I’m reminded of this great shot I captured this past July in downtown Newark. That statuesque building […]

Steal This Quote: Charles de Lint

By |October 1st, 2018|

 Don’t forget — no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.
— Charles de Lint, Dutch-Canadian contemporary fantasy writer, poet, and musician

Lotus Moment: Taking The L

By |September 24th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: You may not have noticed, but I’ve been a bit under the radar lately here on my blog. That’s because for the past 2 weeks, and continuing through the end of the month, I’ve been attempting a major balancing act between […]

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 […]

Steal This Quote: Carl Jung

By |August 5th, 2018|

Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.
— Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist and psychoanalyst

Representation Matters … On Every Level

By |July 30th, 2018|

You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. The soon-to-be-born will see it shortly after they take their first breath. You know … the mantra, the hashtag, the popular adage: Representation matters.

It’s a topic that is popular in its exclamation, but rarely parsed to discuss what it […]

Then You Get The Update…

By |July 7th, 2018|

Remember six months ago, I — along with a few creative optimists — built a new vision board as part of my New Year’s celebration?

Well, what’s even harder to believe than the fact that 2018 is half over is that I’m actually making a wee […]

Lotus Moment: A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

By |June 18th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: It’s been a bit grueling of late, dear readers. But I’m sure most of you have experienced some sort of frustration, fatigue or general “What does it all mean?” from time to time. And if you haven’t, bless your heart. I hope […]