An Open Letter to High School Graduates


Congratulations! Take a bow; you deserve it. I’m sure you worked very hard. High school is tough these days, and it’s nearly impossible to sail through without tenacity and effort, especially if you are ambitious and have your sights set on future greatness of some kind. By “future greatness,” of course, I mean your own … Continue reading An Open Letter to High School Graduates

Caroling on a New York City Bus Is Better Than a Flash Mob


photo by David Bone When I lived on the Upper West Side, I took the 79th Street crosstown bus to my office on Fifth Avenue. I had many choices of transportation, but I favored the M79 particularly because if I took this bus from Columbus Avenue at around eight o’clock in the morning, I’d have … Continue reading Caroling on a New York City Bus Is Better Than a Flash Mob

The Books You’re Fated to Read


It is that very particular exhilarating feeling, when you find a book so scrumptious and exotic you open it with a whisper and close it with a sigh. You’ve found this book through no one’s urging or description or advertising. You wandered alone, woozy in towering aisles with books stacked up to another altitude, on … Continue reading The Books You’re Fated to Read

Where Creativity Comes From


I have some good news and some bad news. It’s about creativity. Well, mine anyway. After many years of alternately experiencing both droughts and monsoons of creative vision, I have miraculously discovered from where to harvest my most creative self. I liken it to mining for gold−since the result of every creative endeavor (on a … Continue reading Where Creativity Comes From