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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

SETI: The Truth About Us Is Already Out There

    A couple of weeks ago the renown English physicist Stephen Hawking caught headlines with his assertion that we are better off not sending signals out to space with the purpose of establishing contact with extraterrestrials. In his new documentary series “Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking” which airs on the  Discovery Channel, Mr. Hawking […]

Easy Does It

   Last night I went to bed early, because this morning I had a lot of work to do. I did everything right: set my alarm clock, read a relaxing book, and turned off the lights at 10 PM sharp. About two hours later I woke up, wide awake. I was concerned about not being […]

Moment Of Glory

Does winning matter when you perform at your peak?Forty years ago an international music festival was held in Mexico City. It was the second annual such contest, celebrating the best of Latin music. The participants were recording artists from around Latin America, some of them at the height of their fame. Most of what happened […]