February 24, 2014 | filed under plain cool, spotlight, watch this | Leave a Comment 

really digging aamer rahman‘s comedy and excited to follow his development.

spotlight: kyle abraham

February 21, 2014 | filed under plain cool, spotlight, the visual, watch this | Leave a Comment 

kyle abraham‘s work is captivating and emotive. i’d be in a place of joyous emotional overwhelm if he choreographed my favorite songs, so it brings me great pleasure to see this project he’s doing with photographer and filmmaker carrie schneider. over the course of the next six months or so, abraham and schneider will release dance shorts inspired by james blake’s overgrown and kanye west’s yeezus, among others. this is elegance and artistry. enjoy.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/87132057 w=712&h=400]

view more of his work on vimeo.

#tbt: haiti, 2012

February 21, 2014 | filed under plain cool, the visual | Leave a Comment 

we were planting trees and the folks from the town came out for a demonstration. i don’t remember looking for anything to shoot, but i saw these children hugging and it was such a beautiful moment, i had to capture it. no clue where this was…somewhere outside of anse-á-pitres, haiti.


posted a bunch more on instagram.

spotlight: farmer’s fridge

February 11, 2014 | filed under health, plain cool, spotlight | Leave a Comment 

a salad ‘kiosk’, called farmer’s fridge, stocked fresh each morning offers chicagoland residents the opportunity to get tasty and healthy food on the go. it’s a pretty cool idea for such an on-the-go culture. i hope they do well.


like totally whatever.

January 30, 2014 | filed under plain cool | Leave a Comment 

taylor mali’s brilliance…

your life in one word.

October 25, 2013 | filed under consider this, plain cool | 2 Comments 

yesterday was a blissful day. i went to see the amazingly talented jazz vocalist gregory porter and had a great time. smile all over my face pretty much the whole time great. behind me, stood a beautiful and lively couple. the wife was such a huge music fan and had so much energy that after porter played two songs, i looked back at her and said, “i want to go to a concert with you.” she laughed, but i was serious. at the end of the night, i gave her husband my information and reiterated the idea.

on the way out, the mass of people slowly inched out of the door. impatient to get to abc cocina to see a friend who works there, i wondered what was taking so long. near the exit, stood mr. porter himself, shaking hands and signing autographs. having provided me with a wonderful, heartfelt evening, i had to thank him. he truly and humbly gives himself when performing. the dedication to his craft comes across throughout each moment. his band is world class, and their energy was incandescent.

as soon as i arrived to cocina, i was greeted with love by several key staff members. i was seated, then the couple i just met called to tell me they were going to abc kitchen. coincidentally, i was right next door and asked them to stop by. we all enjoyed a wonderful meal. sidebar: yes to the guac and chips, cauliflower, mezcal cured salmon, brussels, beets, and mushroom and kale tacos.

the evening was full of laughter, warmth, and appreciation. there was so much open-heartedness and love. it was such a gift, and simply amazing. in the midst of these beautiful exchanges, i wondered what one word i could use to summarize my life at the moment. ‘charmed’ came to mind first and is actually quite perfect. it brings my attention to everything that’s right and working well and provides me with a certain clarity and optimism regarding everything else i would like to get in order. after realizing that, my bliss level shot through the roof.

so i ask you, what one word would you use to describe your life right now?

the revolutionary gardener.

March 25, 2013 | filed under great ideas, health, inspiring, monday motivation, plain cool, spotlight | 1 Comment 

Immediately upon viewing this, it was clear this would be one of my favorite TED Talks because it’s one of my favorite ideas: grow your own food!

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money.”
– Ron Finley

Mr. Finley is an urban gardener. A renegade gardener with a message we all need to hear. Our food system is a disaster and intricately tied to the medical system. Food can be medicine or poison. Your diet determines whether health or disease awaits you. One of the best way to choose health is to grow your own food.

The right to grow movement requires and deserves our attention and energy. One of my most sincere beliefs is that we will return to being stewards of the land, by choice or necessity. The earlier you choose, the better off you’ll be.

learning to love curly hair

February 2, 2013 | filed under health, inspiring, learn something, plain cool, read this | 1 Comment 

A long-time friend of mine, Nikki Walton of CurlyNikki has finally released her long-awaited treatise on curly and kinky coils with Better Than Good Hair. For the past five years, she’s been sharing her knowledge and building a community for those embracing the path of self-love by accepting their hair as it is and learning how to work with it as opposed to against it. Better Than Good Hair is best suited for those new or relatively new to the world of natural hair care, but also serves as a handy reference guide for those like me, who have been natural for a while but never fully went down the rabbit’s hole and could use a refresher every now and then.

I’m pretty psyched to be connected to the project, as a short essay of mine is featured. (I’m published!) My favorite thing about Nikki and her movement is how genuine and bright she is and how passionate she is about positively impacting people’s mental and emotional health as it relates to hair. She is, after all, a certified therapist.

If you know anyone who could use a more information about naturally curly hair, Better Than Good Hair is a handy reference, and especially helpful to sift through all the online information. Get your copy today.

how to get high for free

August 2, 2012 | filed under #notetoself, consider this, health, inspiring, my life changed when..., plain cool, rewritable words | 1 Comment 

This was originally posted on January 28, 2011. Lately, it’s been calling out to me. I needed it and wanted to share it again.

We’re all looking for pure bliss and resounding ecstasy. We want to drop our worries and feel alive, feel connected to the magic of this world. All too often, though, this desire results in the abuse of alcohol, drugs and other legal or illegal substances. In using or abusing these substances, the user often does more harm than good.

But alcohol and drugs are completely unnecessary and actually quite costly to both your body and your wallet. There’s another way.

It’s natural. It’s safe. It’s free. It’s legal and always available to you.

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SPOTLIGHT: “Freedom Ahead”

June 15, 2012 | filed under consider this, do your research!, great ideas, inspiring, pay attention, plain cool, spotlight, watch this | 2 Comments 

My life is changing! I´m currently in the process of experiencing a completely different way of living (again), but now in Haiti. I´m studying and practicing permaculture, which I want to share with the world. Even though the title´s about 40 years old, the principles are much, much older than that. Somebody just decided to call it something and now people living it now have a common language for it.

The film above, Freedom Ahead is about permaculture and sums up a bit about where I am in my life right now. I hope it inspires you. Please share your thoughts. 🙂

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