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 »

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    Walk-A-Bout Central Park South

    Just walk with no talk. Tag along with me as I walk through south Central Park. Not only is Central Park a beautiful escape within the city, it is also recognizable for location shots that appear in several films and television shows. In this brief clip you will see where Doctor Who (Angels Take Manhattan),… Read more »

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    WALK-A-BOUT Day 1 in NYC

    Walk-A-Bout with me on day one in NYC where I went to the Theatre District and interviewed an actor.

  • Walk-A-Bout NYC

    Forget the tourist traps, I love seeing the city from a filmmakers point of view. I’ll show you some of the street sights where some of your favorite movies and TV shows were filmed. And, for theater fans, I’ll show you where some of the top Broadway shows are now playing. Be sure to look… Read more »

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    5 Things Losing a Dog Teaches Us About Life

    What I learned about life, loss, and love from my beloved beagle and faithful friend, Dibley. Last June, I wrote a post offering 5 things dogs teach us about life. Today as I say goodbye to my beloved beagle and faithful friend of 13 years, Dibley, I wanted to share the five lessons losing a dog has… Read more »

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    How Art Connects Us in Difficult Times

    Here’s two things you need to know about how art connects us from a conversation between Big Magic author Elizabeth Gilbert and The Robcast host and spiritual teacher Rob Bell. Have you ever eavesdropped on an interesting conversation? I had this pleasure recently – as the speakers intended – when I listened to a podcast… Read more »

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    When Tragedy Strikes: Why We Can’t Look Away

    What is it about our human nature that we are drawn to doom? In my forty-five minute commute to work, I have driven by many tragic accidents. Like most passersby, I am irritated by the snarl of traffic and the delay in getting to work or home. As I close in on the accident, I… Read more »

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    A Loaded Gun: When Scholars Overanalyze Emily Dickinson

    Why many critical interpretations of Emily Dickinson’s work leave me feeling frustrated and exasperated. It’s tough being an Emily Dickinson devotee. Inevitably, there are several new books released about her life and work each year. Some of them offer brilliant new interpretations and insights into her work. Others leave me quite exasperated. Such was the… Read more »

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    Be My Guest

    Why creative beings should treat mistakes and challenges as honored guests. In a fit of restlessness I was awake early one morning last week when I came across this passage from the poet Rumi: This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness… Read more »

  • When Activity Follows Identity As a Writer

    What separates a professional writer from an amateur? It’s all about the power of intention. Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been taking a blogging sabbatical. A three month one, in fact, punctuated by the occasional post to let you know I’m still alive and kicking. Why? Because I’ve been writing a full… Read more »

  • Everything is Awesome!

    Why we should strive for more awesome – I mean, vivid – words in our everyday speech and writing. Sometimes the best truths come from unexpected places. Like last week, when I was listening to my favorite Internet radio station and heard that catchy pop tune Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie. Yes, I’ll… Read more »