If I Had a Day in Provincetown: My Favorite Things to See, Eat and Do

Imagine an idyllic New England village by the sea with beautiful homes and  quaint shops. There are sail boats float in the harbor. Lobster and New England clam chowder is readily available. Beaches and sand dunes are abundant. The town is alive with diversity, art, good food and playful celebration. Regardless of age, weight, race … Continue reading

Goodbye to Some Of That: Upon Leaving New York

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.  T.S. Eliot I spent half of my life trying to get to New York. I then spent a year trying to leave it, and I finally did. … Continue reading

My Favorite Things of 2016

The lists below reflect my favorite things of 2016. They are not the “best of” 2016 from a critical or popular perspective. They are simply the things I enjoyed most, found myself using most, or the things that I found most meaningful in 2016. Here are some questions and comments that I receive often about … Continue reading

A Sad Sweet Feeling: Abe Lincoln on Grief

Several friends in my life have lost parents recently, and we have been sharing our experiences of grief in the aftermath of such losses. We described the presence of a potent sadness that we had never known before, or how previously forgotten memories of cherished moments return to us in moments unexpected, or how torrents of grief … Continue reading

My Favorite Things of 2015: This Year’s Hot Toddy Culture

As I reflect on my favorite things of 2015, one question keeps haunting me: Why would anyone care? It is a tradition that I have repeated each year, and I’ve come to enjoy the opportunity to reflect on what mattered to me during the past year. I am very aware that some of my friends … Continue reading

My Favorite Things of 2014: Film, Theater, Books, Restaurants and Music

Every year, I take the opportunity to look back on the year just past, to say thanks for the gifts of culture and people that led to my growth. I wish to recognize those cultural artifacts that are most memorable to me, and some that just made me smile, or led me to sing and … Continue reading

My Favorite Places to Eat in the U.S. And Beyond -City by City

Over the past four years, I’ve had the privilege of traveling to many U.S. cities and a few European ones for work, and a little pleasure. Along the way, I make it a point to find great places to sample some of the local culture through dining. I have three criteria: 1) Unless it is … Continue reading

Vacationing This Summer? Check Out My “If I Had a Day” Series for NYC, LA, Nashville and NOLA

Summer vacation is just around the corner, and it’s time to begin planning where you will visit and what you will do. It has been my privilege to live in some of the most visited cities in the United States and to continue to explore others when I am there for client work. I made … Continue reading

My Favorite Things of 2013: Film, Music, Restaurants and Books

Every year at this time, I publish a list of my favorite things from the year, and this year I decided  to do it all in one post. As I always like to remind my readers, this is a list of my personal favorite things — not a list of the “best” of the year. … Continue reading

If I Had a Day In New York City: A Tour from a Local’s Perspective

“I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.” Joan Didion “A bad day in New York City is still better than a good day anywhere else.” Etsy Spending one day in New York City is like standing under Niagara Falls … Continue reading