New Jersey

Lotus Moment: V Is For Victrola

By |March 12th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: To quote Shakespeare, “if music be the food of love, play on!” That was my exact sentiment as I walked through the Institute of Jazz Studies @50 exhibit at the Paul Robeson Galleries last Wednesday. Along with saxophones from jazz greats like […]

Newark Works For Me

By |February 19th, 2017|

Newark’s revitalization has been in the news quite a bit lately. Why? Because some are pegging it the “next Brooklyn.” To be fair, they’ve been saying that for a few years now. Heck, when I began researching my move here back in 2015, I found […]

Lotus Moment: A Story In Every Brick

By |December 7th, 2016|

Why This Is Awesome: As the year draws to a close, I find myself busier than ever. Dare I say, I’m almost too busy to blog. 😉

But I’m never too busy to remember to stop and take in my surroundings. I currently reside in a city […]

The Worst Lesson That Life Can Teach – American Pastoral Review

By |November 15th, 2016|

I did something rather odd last Tuesday. On the night of my country’s Presidential election, I went to the movies. I don’t have a TV, and even if I did, spending the evening waiting for election results felt … unnecessary. What makes this behavior […]

Lotus Moment: Grafstract In Progress

By |September 12th, 2016|

Why This Is Awesome: While taking care of business this Saturday along Halsey St., I had the good fortune to park my car in front of a mural in progress being created by Fumero, a Brooklyn-based artist, muralist and designer venturing out to our side […]

Why The Newark International Film Festival? Here’s Why…

By |September 5th, 2016|

I. Love. Festivals! A bit reductive, but it’s true. I love festivals. Music festivals. Book festivals. Fringe theatre festivals. I even love those festivals dedicated to just one type of food, like strawberry festivals. The ingenuity of the participants combined with the welcoming spirit of […]

Drinking In The Culture On A Shoestring Budget

By |August 10th, 2016|

When you fill your social calendar with gallery openings, theater performances, poetry slams and film festivals, you tend to earn a reputation as someone who’s “cultured” and urbane. Regardless of whether or not you can attend every concert or book signing, people begin to look […]

Year One: Brick By Brick

By |July 31st, 2016|

August 1, 2016 marks my one year anniversary of relocating to the East Coast and, as you can imagine, it leaves me feeling a little introspective. To be fair, introspective is kind of my default setting anyway so this is easier than you think. But […]

Now Is The Time When Thoughts Turn To Fire Monkeys

By |February 14th, 2016|

Every year I write a Lunar New Year’s post filled with goals and ideas that I aspire to complete. But this year, no grand aspirations came to me in time for the actual holiday on February 8th. And now, after a week of deliberation, I’m […]

Lotus Moment: Ripe For A Haunting

By |November 19th, 2015|