Category Archives: Art

Bold, Striking Portraits by Azael Montejo Jr.

on June 5, 2019 in Art, Creativity, Visualization

Sharp-eyed readers of my blog and social media will have noticed the new portraits I’ve switched to. Also my portrait in my new book Initiative. A friend introduced me to Azael Montejo Jr — aka Ozzie — founder and CEO of New York Body Fitness. Mostly we spoke about our lives and passions. At one point, he started describing a vision he saw from how I spoke about my work.[…] Keep reading →

My favorite music videos

on April 19, 2019 in Art, Creativity

Not like I’ve kept track of music videos and it’s not my usual topic, but I wrote my favorite four a while ago and here they are. Chemical Brothers Star Guitar Fatboy Slim Weapon of Choice Wax Southern California Kanye West Power Actually, a friend showed me an unedited version of the Kanye West song, maybe a director’s cut. I couldn’t find that version online, so I’m using this version[…] Keep reading →

Painting sidchas: A Painting A Day

on January 4, 2019 in Art, SIDCHAs

I found some great examples of success through sidchas you’ll enjoy seeing. Through Seth Godin, who posts to his blog daily, I learned of Abbey Ryan, who paints a painting a day. I hope she doesn’t mind my showing her ten most recent paintings, to show their beauty and so people don’t confuse a painting a day with skimping. According to Wikipedia, A recognized leader in the “Painting-A-Day” movement, Ryan’s[…] Keep reading →

My seventh open-mic stand-up performance

on December 30, 2018 in Art

I’m still busy catching up after over a month on the road, but find public performance for genuine expression so valuable I can’t help using the open-mic opportunity to practice. It’s still gut-wrenching to perform in front of an audience, but that’s a reason to practice, not to avoid it. I said after my sixth performance I wouldn’t keep posting, but the accountability of knowing I’ll post publicly motivates me.[…] Keep reading →

Parents and children today

on December 12, 2018 in Art, Education

I’m an uncle, not a parent, and a college educator, not a grade school teacher, but I look at how people live their values in raising kids and wonder. I tried to pair questions suggesting differences between people’s values and behavior: Would you blow smoke in a baby’s face? Would you pay to put 10 tons of CO2 into the environment by flying? The pollution from flying is millions of[…] Keep reading →

Writing hurts

on November 27, 2018 in Art, Creativity

Writers say “writing is easy. You only have to sit at the typewriter and bleed.” They’re talking about sharing vulnerability, I believe. It also hurts physically. I just sent my editor my third draft of my second non-self-published book. Writing takes enough effort at home. Traveling makes it that much harder. In any case, my butt hurts from sitting so long. My eyes are red from watching the screen so[…] Keep reading →

My sixth open-mic stand-up comedy performance

on August 22, 2018 in Art, Creativity

At this past weekend’s performance a couple developments. The first is that I no longer feel like a beginner. I’m far from mastery, but I’m not sweating just to go on stage, nor struggling to work up the nerve to write, nor wondering what to work on. You learn fast when everything is new, though it’s hardest then. I’m still at the stage of learning fast since I have so[…] Keep reading →

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