The Battle Of Anghiari, Rediscovered

NatGeo is poised to bring back to life the long lost Leonardo da Vinci painting The Battle Of Anghiari at the Palazzo Vecchio. It has long been believed that Giorgio Vasari painted The Battle Of Marciano over the remnants of Leonardo’s painting, fifty years after da Vinci abandoned his unfinished project. It is unlikely that […]


Smoked Rice

Pictured: My grandfather Jose with me and sister Mariel, late 1980s. One of the most powerful life lessons I’ve learned came from the kitchen, and my grandfather quite accidentally taught it. It must have been 1988 or 1989. I was in high school then, and came back home daily from school to an empty condo […]

The State Street Brige Shootiong: An Unexpected Story Of Kindness

Sources: John Kass and Jeremy Gorner Chicago Tribune) and Steven Dahlman (Marina City Online). It all happened in an instant, on a rainy summer evening in downtown Chicago:A man was walking over the State Street Bridge when he was approached by someone who shot him in the back of the head.  A young man named […]

New Da Vinci Self-Portrait Discovered

A few weeks ago CNN published a story about a recently discovered sketch. The drawing, a small 3.5″ by 5.5″ sketch of a man facing left, is definitely reminiscent of other Leonardo sketches, but the researchers weren’t sure whether this was the work of a student or of the master himself. While everything seems to […]

There Is No Past

1. In an old episode of “Married With Children”, Al Bundy keeps trying to remember the name of an old tune from his youth. He remembers the portion “hm hm him”, and sings it to everyone around, to no avail; no one knows what song he’s talking about. It is until he finds himself at […]

I’ll Do It!

They say you gotta stay hungryHey baby I’m just about starving tonight Bruce Springsteen, “Dancing In The Dark” 1. A few months ago a real estate broker and friend of mine asked me to make business cards for her newest Realtor. It was a fairly simple job, because the company layouts were already in the […]

The Misanthrope

   While working as a corporate employee at Countrywide Home Loans in California, I came across a print of “The Blind Leading The Blind,” by 16th century master Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Even though I am not an art connoisseur, it struck me immediately as a wonderful painting. In it, a blind man leads a […]