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Strangers & Sparks at Stecchino Bistro

“One idea or one person can change your life forever.”  -  Tom Hill

Stecchino BistroYou have an opportunity to learn, grow, teach, discover or connect – every day.  It’s up to you.  The poster child for this philosophy is author / storyteller George Davis, from Essex, NY.  I met George last winter at a Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City.  I sat in the hotel bar at the end of a session and made small talk, but my brain was in hyperdrive (Am I wasting my time here? Are the people at this conference as bizarre as they seem, or am I starting to channel my inner Hunter S. Thompson? What am I going to do for dinner? How far away from the hotel can I walk before I freeze my butt off? ).  My thoughts were interrupted when Continue reading “Strangers & Sparks at Stecchino Bistro” »

Following the Blind Lady Through the Brick Wall

Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people. – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Like most people my age, my body reminds me occasionally, that yes, I am 50+ years old.  Last year, I had a neurosurgeon look at the four herniated disks in my neck tell me my MRI looked like that of a 75 year old… who’d been in an accident.  Like a good, near- Octogenarian, I promptly ignored him.  Despite some wear and tear on the body, I’m still 22 years old in my mind.  In my fantasy world, I can still make hearts melt, shut down anyone alive on the basketball court, and party as hard as anyone on South Beach. Actually none of those were ever the case, but the fantasy has remained intact all these years. That is, it had been intact until Continue reading “Following the Blind Lady Through the Brick Wall” »