To any of you who have previously read my blog, you may have noticed that I do not blog very often, but when I do, it’s usually due to some crazy realization, experience, or video which has excited me enough that I feel I MUST share it with as many people as possible. I have just been blown away. This time by Art Copy & Code

This blog’s recommended video for your viewing pleasure is on this website below and titled “Watch the Art Copy & Code Film”. You may have to view this from a computer (versus your mobile).


Art Copy Code is a new ad firm which has Google written all over it. …In other words, it’s impressive.

Are you as impressed? Let me know!


Whether you are already familiar with her music or not, this TED talk is guaranteed to get you thinking ….and might even bring a tear.

Gifts for the ungiftable

Altanta Botanical Gardens

National present opening day arrives four short days from now, and as with most other years, I’d put a decent bet down that many of you still need presents for people in your life. If you’re facing difficulty finding that perfect gift, or you have a bit of money still to spend on yourself, below lists (because you know how much I love them!) 5 ideas that I believe can bring serious holiday and year round cheer to you and your loved ones.

First up:

(the links below take you straight to their donations page)

Kiva –the gift that keeps giving — give your friends $28 bucks -yes, 28. $25 so they can make a loan, and $3 so they can contribute to the operational costs Kiva needs to survive, and you will be giving a gift  (if invested well) with endless returns.  I’m nearing 1.5 years loaning to people on the other side of the world with Kiva, and I’ve already been fully reimbursed for my first loan and I’m on to my second. Kiva lays out a time line for recouping your loan, and as soon as you have it back, you can loan it to someone else! If you’re skeptical, you can watch this video and learn more.

Farnam Street– Odd blog name, great content. Outside of TED, Farnam Street is the most interesting and intelligent blog I’ve found with such a huge range of content that’s out there. Check it out & I think you’ll agree (& subscribe). http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/

Kickstarter– I don’t mean the organization its self, I mean the thousands of projects listed on Kickstarter. The link will take you to their discover page where you can find a project that you or a friend would enjoy being a part of, and in return, you can get the incentives sent to you or your loved one, that really make you feel like ya dun’ good.

Wikipedia– Do you know that Wikipedia solely lives on donations? That’s why you never see those super annoying ads while you search for the title of that famous head-cutting-off-painting Caravaggio’s daughter did so you can win the bet with your friend. …We all know it’s an amazing resource. Give the gift of knowledge and feel good about it.

If none of the above get you excited, go to your search engine of choice and type in:  “Local charity”. Your computer, able to ready your mind, will put up the most popular charity in your area. It should only take a few clicks from there to get  to their donations page. Make a cool card or fun email with information about the charity & let them get excited as they now feel invested in your community as well.

Let me know below where you love donating or volunteering & Happy Holidays!

Tao Te Ching

I think this is a lovely teaching by Tao Te Ching to keep in mind during the holidays as schedules get crazy, students cram for final exams, and people begin deciding their New Years resolution.

Fill you bowl to the brim

and it will spill.

Keep sharpening you knife

and it will blunt.

Chase after money and security

and your heart will never unclench.

Care about people’s approval

and you will be their prisoner.


Do your work, then step back.

The only path to serenity.

 -Tao Te Ching; Translated by Stephen Mitchell

It’s an obnoxiously gloomy day here in NYC. The cold has set in. Wind is making the cold worse. And we are just waiting for this Nor’easter to strike our already vulnerable shores. I’ve snuggled up with my computer and a mug of tea to watch the British Antiques Road Show and try to catch up on my long list of online “to-dos”. Realizing I haven’t watched a TED video since before my travels in September, I popped over to ted.com & found this. …Thank you, TED, you’ve opened my eyes once again. Watch the video, and below I have the link to her organization if you want to learn more.

Nancy Lublin and her organization: http://www.dosomething.org/

Day 3 of 21


HUZZAH!!! Another task crossed off on my to-do. And this was a really important one to me. Seeing Porgy and Bess with Audra McDonald on Broadway. Well…

Gerhardt & I after seeing Porgy and Bess

BA-BAM! Done.

My dear, dear friend Gerhardt ( who is visiting from Atlanta ) and I spent the afternoon and evening together- starting with Porgy & Bess and after a yummy dinner in Greenpoint, ending the evening with a walk to the Williamsburg pier and

View of NYC from Williamsburg

McCarren Park

McCarren Park to watch the kickballers kick…balls.

All around, a really wonderful day (I was even productive with work in the morning!) and I’m so happy that one of my bffls got to see my digs and community. Smiles all around.

Focus on the moon.

Day 2 of 21

An incredible last Saturday (for the next three months) in New York.

Woke up. Showered. Cooked some eggs. Met up with Natalie. Decided the day’s game plan of going to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and then to a star gazing event under the Brooklyn Bridge. Headed to Brooklyn.

Arriving with Natalie at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Arrived in Brooklyn. Found the Botanical Gardens. LOVED the Gardens- we saw the rose garden, Japanese garden, this huge field of grass which we laid in and listened to the solar powered chime-like thingys. Called our mutual best girl friend who proceeded to ask us to be her bridesmaids in her wedding! Wandered through the gardens a bit more then went to the Brooklyn Museum where we listened to live music.

So excited!!!

Decided to walk the mile and a half to the bridge, along the way discovering a Lebanese street fair where we enjoyed fresh food, live music, dancing, and saw Miss Lebanese Immigrant USA (yeahh buddy).

Enjoying the festivities at the Lebanese street fair

After dancing with fantastic people,

Miss Lebanese Immigrant USA

we left the party to go to the Brooklyn Bridge world science fair for star gazing. At the science fair we listened to scientist and astronomers talk about the galaxy, the search for to find other inhabitable planets, and black holes (awesomeness) and we saw Saturn (SOO bright).

Fixin to star gaze under the Brooklyn Bridge

Saturn under the Brooklyn Bridge

Day 1 of 21

Today’s first day of the 21 days of midsummer corresponds with my first day working on CBGB as the extras casting director.

Here is a photo reflecting how I feel. Do not be deceived by my frazzled look, I am INCREDIBLY excited, and I look forward to sharing more about my summer as the days continue.


I have gotten really into signing up for newsletters’, blogs’, and discount services’ daily notifications. I like them all for different reasons, and I have a few I really like and plan to keep, and a few others I plan to rotate out every few months in search of better newsletters, blogs, etc.

One subscription I am very happy to have made is receiving the Writer’s Almanac. It comes into my inbox every day in the wee hours between 1 and 3 am and I usually save reading it to pull up and read while I’m on the subway. If I’m at home, I can stream Garrison Keeler’s sweet voice and hear the information that way. Included in the podcast and text version, I am sent a daily poem, and information about things that happened and people who were born on this day in history. And it’s always awesome information! It’s quick, informative, and I’m happier after reading it.

Today I received an inspiring poem by Ron Padgett from his book “How to be Perfect” it is basically a poem in a list form poetically written. I think I may think over it and post my own in the near future.

I have a few other subscriptions I love and adore, and I encourage you to research things you are interested in, though you may not know much about, and expand your knowledge by subscribing to a newsletter, blog, RSS feed, etc.

In signing off Writer’s Almanac style, and inspired by a mentor of mine with a personal twist,

Work hard. Play hard. And love often.

Had the pleasure this evening of seeing Old Jews Telling Jokes, created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, and filled with funny jokes, songs, and sweet stories that make you appreciate the  necessity of laughter. An all around enjoyed evening, and a fantastic learning experience for someone looking to produce live theatre. The show’s set was simple, a large screen TV mounted on a rig that was moveable, and used to introduce the various comedy segments and supply attractive and interesting scenic elements. For example, when the “A man is stranded on an island for 7 years and a…” type jokes happened, a palm tree with a boat, raft, etc, would appear, supporting the joke’s scene, and when jokes in a doctor’s office happened, the TV was strategically moved from side to side of the stage, and while moving, the synchronized screen graphics would show different parts of the doctor’s hallway-different doors, signs, etc.; it was very well executed and was worked in seamlessly.

The story was simple. Jokes, a few funny songs, and each actor (5) had a monologue moment with the audience sharing a more personal story, which gave the jokes purpose, and brought importance to the show and the otherwise overly simple “plot”….of jokes. I think I head just about every type of joke- except maybe a “knock-knock”- and they were all delivered with suburb timing and genuineness. Which brings me to the actors, who were outstanding, and despite the shows title, were not all old. A young girl and guy, Bill Army and Audrey Lynn Weston,  two older men, Lenny Wolpe and Todd Susman, and a outstanding Marilyn Sokol made up the cast and couldn’t have seemed more at home together on stage. Unafraid to laugh and cut up with one another after a well, or overly well landed joke, the cast was a joy to watch work.

I would recommend this show to anyone who wants a guaranteed laugh (or 50), and thank the creators for a great Off-Broadway show, and making me realize that with great actors and a solid vision, the simplest of plots can make smashingly good entertainment.

I leave you with this, a similar version was in the show:

A young Jewish man excitedly tells his mother he’s fallen in love and that he is going to get married. He says, “Just for fun, Ma, I’m going to bring over three women and you try and guess which one I’m going to marry.” The mother agrees.

The next day, he brings three beautiful women into the house and sits them down on the couch and they chat for a while. He then says, “Okay, Ma, guess which one I’m going to marry.”

She immediately replies, “The one on the right.”

“That’s amazing, Ma. You’re right. How did you know?

The Jewish mother replies, “I don’t like her.”

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