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January 22, 2020

I’m in Prague airport waiting to head to Paris before the final leg of my journey. I got a palmier and am eating it at the gate, waiting for the flight. Prague was a lot of fun. The hotel was breathtaking. I joked about the place being so nice that I was waiting for so...

September 23, 2019

I was reading a story in the Washington Post today about migrant children. In the process of detailing how a small town in Minnesota was dealing with a large influx of new arrivals, it described the trauma that these kids experienced on their journey, only to arrive so...

August 4, 2019

I was chatting with a few friends over coffee last week. As we discussed what we are currently working on, one of the friends mentioned that she loved my recent piece “13 Seconds”, but was curious as to why I dedicated it to Representative Omar, given the fact that she...

April 19, 2018

Maybe it’s because I’m still sleepy, or because it was so eventful, or both, that I see this past weekend as a beautiful dream; the kind of dream that lingers with you long after you’re awake; the type of dream that you know is more than a dream.

It started like any oth...

March 4, 2018

While having a conversation with a friend last week, the discussion moved from topic to topic till it got to the part where we talked of our plans for the evening and the weekend. Her plans were with her spouse and mine were with my writing. I said something to the eff...

February 24, 2018

“The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.” (Toni Morrison)

If my art has nothing to do with people’s pain and sorrow, what is ‘art’ for?“ (Ai Weiwei)

“The artist’s job is to be a wi...

February 7, 2018

In preparing my piece “Into the Woods” for its Carnegie Hall premier, I had to make a few minor edits. It was interesting looking back at an old piece, particularly one like this, which is part of a much larger work. As I was editing, I rewrote a couple things, essenti...

January 26, 2018

Well, I promised you that I would be posting a few recipes from time to time so here goes. First of all, you should know I love cooking, (and eating). I’m also a vegetarian.

For me, cooking is another creative outlet. It’s also a great way to get the juices flowing if I...

January 12, 2018

"It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters." – Epictetus 

What do we do, and how do we react when confronted with, what we consider to be a negative or challenging situation? As artists, we have a unique opportunity to respond to the things arou...

December 29, 2017

I was speaking with my mom before Christmas. As we talked about how things were going, she asked about my day job, and if I was enjoying my time off, (a bit of background here: I usually take the month of December off, since I have vacation days that must be taken by t...

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