12 Things You May Not Know About Edgar Allan Poe

Over the summer I’ve had the privilege of doing research for a future project involving Edgar Allan Poe (that’s all I will say about this project for now).  So, over the summer I have flooded my Facebook page with posts and pictures about Poe (without revealing  what I’m working on). I have also discussed him… Read more »


BANA: Heart of Darkness is now Represented

Some time ago we blogged about the making of the pilot for the web series BANA: Heart of Darkness (the pilot episode is titled “The Game”).  We weekly took you though the ups and downs in the filming of BANA  through a four week behind the scenes series title Confessions of a Filmmaker (see links below). … Read more »


Walk-A-Bout to Roosevelt Island

I took a Saturday walk up 8th Ave in Manhattan to find a pleasant surprise – a bazaar lasting several blocks (from 42nd Street up to Columbus Circle). Here was the joy of NYC venders mixed with various foods (including fried ice cream) giving the event a “county fair” feel but NYC style. From there… Read more »


Walk-A-Bout Green-Wood Cemetery

You either love them or hate them, but most of us have strong feelings about cemeteries. I’m one of those who loves them (after all, I plan on spending a great deal of my future in one). I find cemeteries with monuments or old headstones to be my favorite, of which Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn… Read more »


Walk-A-Bout Prospect Park in Brooklyn

What a delightful mistake on my end. As I was reminded, Walt Whitman once said, “Not all who wander are lost!” So on my wanderlust to head to Green-Wood Cemetery (video forthcoming) I took the wrong train into Brooklyn But it afforded me the opportunity to see something unplanned but welcomed – a visit to… Read more »


Walk-A-Bout 5th Avenue

Starting with 44th Street and then heading north on 5th Avenue to Central Park, this walk covers what is considered some of the most expensive and best shopping locations in the world. And the penthouses on top of many of these buildings are some of the most coveted. This section of New York is also… Read more »


Walk-A-Bout Night Lights at Time Square

“They say the neon lights are bright on broadway They say there’s always magic in the air”   Let’s find out as we walk together from Radio City Music Hall to Broadway and through Time Square. There is a reason why Michael Keaton could walk through a crowd in his underwear in the movie Birdman… Read more »


Walk-A-Bout Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge

Walk with me across the Brooklyn Bridge and then back across the Manhattan Bridge.   The Brooklyn Bridge is one of many New York City’s iconic landmarks. Built in 1883 it connects Brooklyn and Manhattan’s finical district. It is a mixture of cable stayed and suspension bridge and was designed by John Augustus. From it… Read more »


Walk-A-Bout The High Line

NYC is the home of several parks, one of which is The High Line Park. On the west side of Manhattan and running from 30th street down slightly past 13th street, this 1.4 mile park is certainly unique. Built on the elevated closed track of the New York Central Railroad offers an enjoyable casual walk… Read more »


Walk-A-Bout East Side Manhattan

Today’s trek takes me down 5th Ave through East Village, Soho and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. You will see the Flatiron Building, Union Square Park and a farmer’s market with occasional shots of the Empire State Building in the background. You also might recognize some locations from television shows such as SMASH, Sex… Read more »

  • Life Hack: Self Care for Travelers

    As a regional human resources manager, I spend a lot of time on the road.  Being away from home often can be difficult on my body, on my mind and spirit, and on my family and home life.  So how do I take care of myself during these times? Greg McKeown in Essentialism: The Disciplined… Read more »

  • How to Travel the World For Free

    I want to go to Paris. I want to sip coffee in a sidewalk cafe on the Champs-Elysées and ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower to see the city by moonlight. I want to suffer the ridiculously long lines at the Louvre to see the real Mona Lisa and to immerse myself in Monet’s massive… Read more »

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    One Thing Every Filmmaker and Actor Should Know

    As a film director I realize how difficult the craft of acting is to do, and to do it correctly. Most acting is difficult, hard work; it’s just that the good actors make it look easy. And, as all great artists, the good ones are always learning. So with that in mind, I have found that… Read more »

  • Top 10 Creativity Killing Phrases at Work

    Have you ever come up with a brilliant idea, only to have it shot down by an unsuspecting boss or co-worker?  It happens to all of us at some point in our work lives.  Who knows?  You may even be guilty of being the culprit who throws cold water on every new idea that springs up… Read more »

  • How Your Life’s Purpose & Vision Inspire Passion

    This week I have been writing a workshop about setting a vision and inspiring passion for my company’s annual meeting.  In the process, I’ve spent time reflecting on my own life’s journey.  This has dredged up some personal discomfort as I try to reconcile my childhood dream of becoming a writer and artist with how I… Read more »

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    The Myth of the Lazy Artist

    Are artists lazy? Are creative types people who oppose hard work, enjoy a life of ease with little or no physical labor, and endless stints at the local coffee shop while, at the same time, living off the public dole? The truth is success requires hard work, including being a successful artist. This fact is… Read more »

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    Why You Need Spiritual Whitespace

    Have you ever flipped through the pages of a coffee table art book?  If so, you’ve probably noticed how much blank space is on each page.  At first you may wonder why there is not more text, more images, more stuff to fill the page.  But then you look closer and realize that the space… Read more »

  • A New Way to Think About Originality

    We associate creativity with originality.  But does an idea have to be completely our own to be original…or creative? I pondered this question recently after seeing an exhibit of American Impressionism at the local art institute.  The canvases, over 100, were all original.  Yet many works seemed familiar because they were strongly influenced by the… Read more »

  • From Shakespeare to Sherlock: The Trail of King Richard III

    I am an Anglophile. A lot of Americans are. We view the UK with a great deal of awe and fascination. We Americans claim English as our language, but we really don’t speak it. The British, on the other hand, have such an artful way of speaking our native tongue that we often assign a… Read more »

  • How to Say No and Feel Good About It

    I don’t know about you, but I find it hard sometimes to say no, even to something I clearly don’t want to do.  I suspect this comes from my struggle with perfectionism and my belief that I can do it all because somewhere inside of me lives a person with superhuman strength, time, and energy…. Read more »