September 11th

September 11th, 2001 changed the trajectory of history and of life on this planet. Among other things, think about how much your personal freedoms have been curtailed the next time you get your… Continue reading

Beats, Rhymes & Life: the Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

Can I kick it? Yes you can! Great rappers are great writers. They pull you into their reality and make you think while you’re dancing. Back in the day—like waaaay back in the… Continue reading

Summertime in New England

Dearest Readers, It’s summertime in New England. That’s my way of saying that during this precious time of the year, I prefer to spend every possible moment I can outside, on the beach… Continue reading

Clichés to avoid (not like the plague)

Here is the memo I wrote this afternoon for one of my corporate clients about writing (per their request, of course): What is a cliché? Stick a fork in it: Clichés are words… Continue reading

Hello, I must be going

The Marx Brothers, vaudevillian German-Jews from the now extinct Upper East Side neighborhood of Yorkville, had such difficult childhoods that they would have benefited from years of intensive therapy. But would they have… Continue reading

driving Miss al-Daisy: Saudi women’s fight to drive

Question 1: Which country forbids women to drive, vote, or wear whatever they want, when they want (even if it’s not a big black sack)? Question 2: And where do men meet to… Continue reading

Luminous still lives: Dutch & Flemish masters

Salem, Massachusetts: the epicenter of cheesy witch merchandise and palm readers (although the memorial to those killed in the town during the 1692 witch hunt is a must-see) is, at least until June… Continue reading

the politically pathological penis

Will a Senegalese*-New Yorker hotel maid take down the future president of France? It appears power is the ultimate aphrodisiac for pathological politicians, but alas, not for the women around them. The carefully… Continue reading

America: stuck in the slow lane?

Car manufacturers spend millions each year on advertising, touting their latest models as they glide through glistening nighttime city streets and hug curvy mountain roads, but the reality for the American driver isn’t… Continue reading

on art and mangroves

If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning (first post was way back in November 2010, eons ago in internet time) you may recall that I have a thing for tiny houses.… Continue reading