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 […]

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 […]

What Really Matters

1. There’s a scene in the 1987 movie Wall Street in which Bud Fox, the main character, is about to be arrested in front of his office. An Old co-worker, Mr. Manheim, takes him by the shoulder and tells him,      “Bud I like you, just remember something: Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing […]