The Kindness of Donald Keene

I find the daily obits in the NYTimes interesting and informative. Today I noticed a name that sounded familiar: Donald Keene. Is he the translator I once sought out I wondered to myself, only to read in his death notice to find out that yes, this was someone with...

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This Writer’s Day

Before I was out of bed this morning I checked my LinkedIn messages and saw one from a coaching colleague who has a popular podcast. He'd read my posts on LI and wants me as a guest on his show. I made note of the shipping address he sent and forwarded it to my...

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A Certain Fearlessness

HIlton Als, in his letter to Rachel Weisz featured in the Styles section of yesterday's Sunday Times wrote: "While talent or a lack thereof is certainly a factor when it comes to all this, what separates the true artist from the artist in name only, is a certain...

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I Thought I’d Save Money, But…

This morning as I sat in a meeting advising a high-end creative, she used a quote I knew I had to blog about: You think it's expensive to hire a professional? Try hiring an amateur! How often have I had to learn this lesson? I knew to spend my money on a topnotch...

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Another Reason I Love NYC

This week marks three years since I bought my apartment in NYC. I moved to Manhattan in October, 2012, rented for awhile first, then got a place of my own in early February, 2016. While there are many challenges about living in this extraordinary city, every time I...

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How I Got Published in New York Magazine

Remember the old vaudeville routine, "Slowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch"? That describes the process I went through to have my personal essay bought by an editor at New York Magazine recently. My process to publication: Last summer I enrolled in a Personal...

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