What Happened To All That Snow

Up in Westchester and certain parts of New Jersey, there are still thousands without electricity, and heat. With temperatures hovering around 35 degrees and lower at night, loss of power can be dangerous, not just uncomfortable. But for the most part, in New York City, the snowstorm the meteorologists “promised” didn’t materialize. The run on…

Say My Name

Last night, I attended an author talk where the host had one job: introduce the talents and present them well. Said talents were two Nigerian ladies, one the author, the other the visual artist who had produced a beautiful cover for the book. Both young women were poised to meet and impress a new audience…

End The War

Some wars are worth fighting. However, when you take stock and realize you’ve lost 26 members of your family, maybe it’s time to surrender and retreat. Last night, I watched a PBS special that tried to explain war in the Middle East, specifically the conflicting ideologies of Iran and Saudi Arabia and how it’s affecting…

Don’t Recreate The Picture

I went to one of those painting events. The task sounded simple enough – here’s a picture, here are the same pigments the artist, along with the same tools – brushes, stretched canvas, easel and sundry mixing palettes. Now, go recreate the picture. Sounds simple but it’s impossible. When I was a child, my family…

Thoughts On Today

I am starting to have regrets. Things I wish I had done before now. Like a few of those “I-want-to-do-this-before-I-turn-30” goals that never got met. Some of those things I had planned to do in my earlier years that I just forgot were important. People I wanted to get to know better who’ve died. Opportunities I wish…

Be You

I once heard someone say, It is in our differences that we are significant. What do we bring to the table that no one else has? What makes us unique? What makes us special? When the new president was assembling his team, he didn’t look for a bunch of people that were exactly like him?…

Cry A River, Laugh A Dream

“Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be” is a quote from William Hazlitt, a British essayist. Being uncomfortable with our present situation and taking steps to make our environment suit us, is the…

6 Steps To Failure

Yesterday, I wrote about the 4 steps to success. The steps are not easy but they’re not incredibly hard either. In fact, they’re so simple that success seems like a given. Yet, time after time, we heard about people who fail. Not just that they try something and fail at it. But that they are…

4 Steps To Success

Famed motivational speaker Jim Rohn says there are only 4 steps to success Collect good ideas. I’ve been doing that for a while. Okay. All my life, I’ve kept a journal. I am not consistent but there are many, many notebooks where I have written down quotes and lessons and experiences. The thing is that I…

Strokes Of Genius

Quick. What’s the name of Maya Angelou’s autobiography? If you said, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, you would be right. And wrong. You see, Ms. Angelou published not one, not two, not even three but she wrote SEVEN autobiographies. She even turned them into a series. Caged Bird is her most famous, but…

Lessons From My Father

I called my dad on Sunday to wish him Happy Fathers Day. I tried a few times in the morning. Then I spent all day at a funeral and we played phone tag for a while. By the time I got to talk to my dad, it was night. Finally, we got to chat and…

Lessons Learned

Cleveland Cavaliers, after 4 games, were down 3-1. At that point, I read somewhere that they should just give up. “Stop prolonging your own torture”, one reporter said. Because no team has ever come back from a 3-1 loss. Not just that the odds weren’t in their favor. It hadn’t been done before. Basically, it…