Silence: The Quality of Being
Jun10

Silence: The Quality of Being

“Let silence take you to the core of life.” – Jalaluddin Rumi Today, making the rare mid-morning cup of Earl Grey tea brought back memories of years devoted to meditation. Recalling just how difficult the first six months of daily practice were; trying to sit in silence, quieting the mind. It seems like another lifetime. I remember how seemingly impossible and improbable the endeavor was, as well as frustrating. Why...

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Finding Your Stride: Inspirations From American Pharoah
Jun08

Finding Your Stride: Inspirations From American Pharoah

This past Saturday evening, while walking up Amsterdam Avenue to retrieve our daughter from a Minecraft Party, I noticed dozens of barflies spilling out onto the sidewalk from the Bourbon Street at 79th. All were hushed and captivated by the televisions behind the bar. The Belmont Stakes had just begun, and the favorite American Pharoah was out in front. Being early for pick-up, I joined the crowd and immediately became transfixed on...

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Try a Little Tenderness
Jun05

Try a Little Tenderness

Emotions will be forever with us. They shape our individuality and distinguish our humanity. We can’t control what specific emotions will surface, but we can control what we do with them once they well up. If we are fortunate, we will most often experience calm waters. There will be turbulence, but hopefully the storms will be short-lived; ebbing and returning to calmer seas once again. “Water is one of the elements in...

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Why Every Child Needs an iPad
Jun03

Why Every Child Needs an iPad

We all know that kids love tech. Our daughter’s favorite possession is her iPad. She has a desktop and a laptop. Soon, she’ll be getting my iPhone 5s. Technology is here to stay. It makes our lives easier and facilitates learning. Some private schools are now accessorizing their students with iPads to support student-teacher communication and the educational process. Tech and the internet have created multiple spin-off...

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Are You a Pimp…Or, a Ho?
Jun01

Are You a Pimp…Or, a Ho?

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Victor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning It was December of 2000; we were in the last months of Bill Clinton’s administration and the work in NYC for corporate functions was at an all-time high. My bread-and-butter gig...

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