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 »

  • Too Good to Be True? It Might be ‘Spinglish’

    If you love euphemisms, embellishments, or factual shortcuts, you might be fluent in spinglish, the language of spin. Sometimes the job of a leader, whether a human resources professional or a CEO or a political candidate, is to put the best spin on things. When this happens, a layoff becomes a right sizing or a career… Read more »

  • Rumi-nate

    Why Rumi is like Steve Jobs and endures as one of America’s best-selling poets. I was listening to author and philosopher Pete Rollins on a recent episode of Rob Bell’s podcast when he said this: “Philosophy has always been fundamentally a technology, a way of transforming society and individuals.” If this is true, then philosopher… Read more »

  • The Life Between the Dashes

    Thoughts on life, grammar, Emily Dickinson, and how I spend my dash. Are you one of those people who can read two books at once? If so, you know the occasional thrill when two very different topics come together in one single, lucid thread. This happened recently as I read two seemingly unrelated books: Between… Read more »

  • Final Salute

    A Final Salute

    Reflections on the end of life and the loss of my father-in-law and a final salute to an American hero. “How do geese know when to fly to the sun?  Who tells them the seasons?  How do we humans know when it is time to move on?  As with the migrant birds, so surely with… Read more »

  • Frankie Presto

    More Than Magic: The Wisdom of Frankie Presto

    Why The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom is a must read pick from my 2015 reading challenge. I always look forward to a new book by Mitch Albom. Especially as part of my reading challenge! You might know the author’s Tuesdays with Morrie, which according to its book jacket is the best… Read more »

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    What Santa Claus Teaches Us About Leadership

    Wisdom for leaders based on The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus by Al Lucia and David Cottrell. It’s that most wonderful time of the year when Santa makes his annual visit from the North Pole. Do you ever wonder how St. Nick delights young and old each Christmas? Al Lucia and David Cottrell share some of… Read more »

  • Halcyon Days

    Caution: Halcyon Days Ahead

    Why the period before and after the winter solstice from December 14 through 27, known as halcyon days, are known as a time of tranquility and bliss. Would you like to have more periods of calm in your life? I know I would. That’s why I am intrigued by the idea of halcyon days, a… Read more »

  • Best Bad Advice from Pinterest

    The Best Bad Advice from Pinterest

    There is lots of bad advice on social media, as you’ll see in these recent serious and humorous gems from Pinterest. “We are born as innocents. We are polluted by advice.” – Henry David Thoreau Good advice is hard to find, but bad advice is everywhere. Pinterest has some particularly interesting pearls of wisdom, as… Read more »

  • Synesthesia

    Can You Hear Colors? You Might Have Synesthesia

    Why you might be the 1 out of every 300 people to have synesthesia, which associates numbers and colors with personality. Guest post by 12 year old film and stage actor Carissa Dallis. I discovered this month that I am like an onion. I am constantly pulling back layers to reveal just how weird I really… Read more »

  • Light My Fire

    Come On, Baby, Light My Fire

    Why fire and spark and flame are perfect metaphors for creativity. Have you ever noticed that people use terms related to fire or flame when describing the creative urge? We speak of burning desires and sparks of genius, of red hot passion and all consuming fires. We refer to ideas that fuel the imagination and… Read more »