A Hard Story to Tell-Part 2


A Hard Story to Tell  is a work of creative nonfiction that will be released in serial format. This is Part 2. Click here to read Part 1. For M.– Two years before Chase started choking, Haley, unfamiliar with the theories of gravity and buoyancy waddled up to the edge of a pool deck, took an innocent, unassuming step and […]

A Hard Story to Tell-Part 1


A Hard Story to Tell is a work of creative nonfiction that will be released in serial format.This is Part 1. For F.– Start here: Cindy is in the kitchen twirling along the counter’s edge– cracking eggs, whipping batter. The oven is on. She is smiling. And all is well in suburbia. Most of this story […]

The Power of Creativity Podcast Episode #3: An Interview with Dr. Jack DiGiovanna


The Power of Creativity- Episode #3 I’ve had this growing curiosity to learn how the world of science, medicine and rehabilitation uses, manipulates and demands creativity.  Conveniently, one of my oldest friends just happens to be a world-renown scientist. In this episode I interview my long-time friend, skinny jean advocate, scientist and genomics researcher Dr. […]

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An Incident on North 20th Street


For D.– If I had to offer you a hardened number, I would say 30. I would say 30 uninterrupted feet was the space between me and author Tim O’Brien, one of my few living literary heroes. His groundbreaking Vietnam novel, The Things They Carried  inspired me to pursue a writer’s life. His novel entertained me, […]

5 Reasons Why Springsteen’s Thunder Road is Your Life Right Now


On Friday night I’m leaving the kids at home and taking my best girl to see, hear and witness the incomparable Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. If you haven’t heard, the 67 year old Boss, is currently playing 4 hour musical marathons. Electric sets fused with 30 plus songs spanning 40 plus years of musical […]

How I Avoided Parental Burnout this Summer


Summertime parenting is the worst. The kids are always around–bored, sweaty, and always buzzing with energy. In those glorious B.C. summers (Before Children), Cindy and I would sleep until 10, split English muffins with Kelly Ripa, take naps at noon and share a frozen cocktail at 4. But eight years later and three children later […]

Why I decided to start a Gratitude Jar


I decided to start a gratitude jar this week because… As they drove home from the Jersey shore during a nasty thunderstorm, my parents car was sideswiped by a young mother whose five month old son slept in the backseat. My home heating system was deemed unsafe, a fire hazard and needs to be replaced […]

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Why you Need to Play the Positive Blame Game


The other night I watched the documentary, I’m Not Your Guru, which chronicles the life and work of self-improvement coach Tony Robbins. The film, which is currently available on Netflix, captures the gripping, raw moments of Tony’s Superbowl of sorts, a week long self-awareness conference known as Date with Destiny. In what I consider one of […]

Why Today is a Great Day to Fail (Unless You’re a NASA Flight Director!)


Failure is perceived as an ugly word. One that, Apollo 13 Flight Director Gene Kranz famously stated, “is not an option.” Though I love the brash, chest-rounding spirit of, “failure is not an option”in Kranz’s case, failure wasn’t an option. If he failed, three astronauts would have died. But most of us are not NASA […]

The Power of Creativity Podcast: Episode#2- Interview with artist Amy R. Terlecki


Amy R Terlecki is a commissioned abstract artist, mother of two, avid coffee drinker and yoga enthusiast. In this episode, Amy and I talk about the creative process, how to balance creative work with the responsibilities of parenthood and why its incredibly important for adults to let go of their fear of perfection. If you’re […]