life’s lessons

Can A Person Become More Cultured?

By |April 2nd, 2019|

The month of March is now in our rear view, and although my work schedule was as busy as ever, I made sure to find time for celebrating my birthday month just the way I like it — with a little arts, a little culture, […]

Consider This Quote: William Sydney Porter

By |March 18th, 2019|

I’ll give you the whole secret to short story writing.
Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself.
There is no Rule 2.
— William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry), American short story writer, speaking of the storytelling genre he mastered like no other 

You Will Know Them By Their Art

By |March 11th, 2019|

I’ve been nesting a bit lately. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve bought a new rug, two new bookcases, and some art for the wall in my hallway. Although I really liked the images and the way they made me feel as I walked […]

Lotus Moment: Larger-Than-Life Toy Robot

By |January 14th, 2019|

Why This Is Awesome: I’m always fascinated by the variety of art that gets chosen to be included in a development project or outdoor space. Whether it’s murals, statues, dancing installations, or something even more esoteric, art in open spaces is one of the ways that art […]

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 […]