Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

I came across the audio from this presentation on a TED Talks podcast one sleepless night. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone speak so candidly and yet eloquently to the psychological danger inherent in the expectations of being a creative person, i.e. a writer. I’ve […]

Three Minute Fiction: “Howling at the Wind”

This challenge was part of NPR’s Three Minute Fiction series. The instructions for round 10 were to “Leave a Message After the Beep”– write a story in the form of a voice mail message that could be read in under three minutes. Here’s a link to the winner: http://www.npr.org/2013/03/09/173722517/sorry-for-your-loss?sc=tw&cc=share Unfortunately, it was not me. But […]

On Leaving New York

Well, I seem to be onto a little mini-series as of late. Here’s another snippet about last year when I traded city streets for country roads and chaos for solitude. On Leaving New York As I walked onto Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, my boots clanking with their new soles that I just […]

“Who Are You?”

As part of my recent internship project, “Entrepreneur Vignettes,” at Followgen.com, I’ve been told by some entrepreneurs that for them it was a “genetic proclivity”–written in their DNA that they would start their own business. This might be true in the same way Tiger Woods was destined to play golf. But isn’t it odd that […]

Over Exposure

A stranger left me this comment on my blog: “I am in envy of your skill with writing. Perhaps I just need to put more of myself into it. Metaphorically bleed on the page, as the saying goes.” To which I replied, ” I think you just gave yourself the best advice you’ll ever get. […]

Lunch Hour

*Note: Of course since I first drafted this, things have changed (as if I don’t talk enough about that pesky little part of life). I’ve moved back to the country and Bryn works days (thank God). Also, my dad’s office was completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy so they are working out of a temporary space, […]

Garden Secrets

Garden Secrets “The idea of the garden—as a place, both real and metaphorical, where nature and culture can be wedded in a way that can benefit both—may be as useful to us today as the idea of wilderness has been in the past.” -Michael Pollan from Second Nature Although city gardens are often an afterthought, […]

Write or Die (you decide!)

Please read the following 3 paragraphs and let me know if you want more: “I didn’t know which room number was ours or even which floor we were on. The hotel we stayed in was in lower Manhattan, but I couldn’t remember the street. I awoke wrapped in crisp white sheets with only a sliver […]

Seeing in High Definition, or The Nature/Culture Binary (continued)

Seeing in High Definition “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are […]

Nostalgia and Nature: A Glimpse into the Urban Pastoral

When I was a child I was so adverse to change that when my mother altered her hairstyle it was worse than finding out there was no Santa Claus. Difficulty in coming to terms with change has been a reoccurring theme in my life; this isn’t something I’m particularly proud of, but it is one […]

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