This is my America

A couple of weeks ago, I had the inconvenient experience of being locked out of my apartment. I was on my way to meet my zany friend from Argentina for a showing of Woody Allen’s Café Society. It’d been a while since I’d seen my friend, so we caught up over coffee and he told…

An unexpected friendship

A couple of years ago, when I lived in lovely Nolita, I would wake up early every morning and walk a few blocks to the gym. At the end of my block, there was a cute little Euro-style bistro and they had a tiny bench tucked under their window facing the side street. One day,…

Unzip yourself

“Any place you never leave is a prison.” I don’t recall where I read the quote or who wrote it – but it has staying power. It’s been haunting me since I read it – making me think about all the ways in which I allow myself to be imprisoned. Back in my college days,…

Well, poop!

About a month ago, I had to go over to a store Grand Opening in Soho on behalf of one of my clients.  I got a little turned around because Google Maps sent me to the address of their old store instead of the shiny new one that was the cause for celebration.  All the wandering…

The Not-So-Secret Garden

Among the treasures I’m most thankful for, the statue garden a block from my house is high on the list. It’s hauntingly beautiful, strikingly out of place, and it comes with its own dramatic back story. It’s like stepping into another world; a wonderful place for a dreamy romantic like me. Most of my twenties…

Listen and Your Heart Will Open

On a summery September day, I took a stroll over to Rockwood Music Hall, one of my favorite joints.  It’s a short walk from my place – maybe eight blocks total.   I was in my own world thinking about how wonderful it was to still be wearing a sundress and sandals, when I heard…

The Universe is a Bluff-Caller

Yep.  That’s right.  The universe will make a liar out of you. She will test you. And you will do things you never thought possible.  This is what I’d tell the younger, more dogmatic, inexperienced version of me. Rewind the clock just one year and I’d have called you crazy if you told me I’d…