Category Archives: A Writer’s Life

Day 4 Meditation Challenge: Bring the Noise

One of the things about a new habit is you don’t know what to expect along the way. The habit I am cultivating is meditating daily at the same time. Last night, I sat in my usual spot at 11:30 PM. Already, it was half an hour later than I like but I wanted to […]

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28-Day Meditation Challenge: Day 1, Setting a Goal

I am participating in Sharon Salzberg’s 28-day meditation challenge as part of the Brooklyn Yoga School team. I’ll be cross-posting between and there as I re-commence my meditation practice. Here’s my first post over there: As I start this challenge, my goal is to make my meditation practice regular since I’ve been meditating on-off for […]

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Getting Into an NYC High School Part 1: A Preview to the Process

You’ve already signed him up for the Specialty High School exam, right?” Kristen and I looked at each other. “No,” we answered simultaneously. “Is it too late?” I asked, the blood draining from my head. “To sign up it is,” she said shifting her gaze from us to the spreadsheet on the table. At that […]

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Maya Warrior Queen Tomb Found: Lady K’abel

Seventh-century Maya Holy Snake Lord, Lady K’abel, was just found in Guatemala. Check out these excellent photographs: According to the article: K’abel, considered the greatest ruler of the Late Classic period, ruled with her husband, K’inich Bahlam, for at least 20 years (672-692 AD), Freidel says. She was the military governor of the Wak kingdom […]

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Costa Rica – The Green Season

In Costa Rica, the Wet Season, our summer is also known as The Green Season according to those who make their living luring tourists to this tropical paradise. The Green Season means it’s going to rain. The rain can start quietly, gradually, dropping increasing amounts of water, gently massaging plants and corrugated steel roofs. Or, […]

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R.I.P. Chavela Vargas (1919-2012)

A brief moment of silence, a shot of tequila and a grito de un amor perdido for the great ranchera songstress Chavela Vargas. When I hear Chavela Vargas, I hear ranchera at its most definitive. Her voice expresses hardships and pain, loneliness, bitterness, discontent, desires, love lost and love with a capital ‘L.’ Here’s BoingBoing’s Xeni […]

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Ray Bradbury R.I.P.

It has been a long time — too long actually — since I had read one of Ray Bradbury’s books. I remember reading The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes when I was a teenager. Even though it’s been 30 years, I remember being gripped by fear as I read Fahrenheit 451. […]

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Felix: Overheard at J.J. Byrne Playground

There was a girl that said to her mom, “Mommy” then she said “I can fit in the the tub” and she pointed at her butt. And then she said “I peed in my pants” and she laughed. The woman laughed. – Felix after visiting the new Old Stone House Playground for the first time.

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“I refuse to lie to children.” Maurice Sendak, RIP

Here’s the first paragraph of the NY Times obit: …widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, […]

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Using Your Bloody Red-Eyed Insomnia to Get Things Done

I had two good friends make suggestions on what I should blog about and I liked what they suggested, so here’s the first post for my good friend Laura Thanks to X’s “Nausea” for inspiring my title.over at Learning Catalan. Second, I decide what I’m going to accomplish: I sometimes wish I could be one […]

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