July 29, 2020

I bought a steam mop last week. It was time. After having a Swiffer for years, using the poor thing, held together with duct tape and chopsticks because I didn’t want to add another piece of junk to a landfill, it finally broke beyond repair. So, the time had come to o...

June 5, 2020

The pandemic has affected many things, one of them is the wildlife around us all the time, and that most humans appear to be oblivious to. We’ve all heard the stories by now of how wildlife has appeared in new places because humans are no longer there. In my case it wa...

May 23, 2020

Things are different now. By now we have all observed how things have changed; the way we greet each other, the way we interact in so many ways: and, we know that to classify them as good or bad is futile. We stop the factories, driving, flying, and the air clears. By...

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...

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