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It wouldn’t do you justice if I described you as smart. Smart is what I call people who know everything about everything. It’s how I describe you to a stranger on a plane or at the grocery store. But to those who have spent time with you, I describe you as ferociously inquisitive.  You use […]

Happy Birthday Jasmine

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Maybe her email to me meant more because my birthday is tomorrow. In just a day, I’ll be another year older, so when she told me she hasn’t achieved what she wanted from life so far, her words picked my heart. Unknowingly, both our birthdays are approaching. She said she felt stuck in work and […]

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People often ask me if it feels narcissistic to post so much about myself on social media.  They ask if I worry people will formulate opinions about my work based on how active I am Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Allow me to answer this in the most straight-forward way possible: There are lots (and I […]

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We stood around her hospital bed, where nurses placed party hats and noisemakers so we could ring in 2005. When the clock struck midnight, we hoped the New Year would bring a miracle. You see, the doctors told my dad it was time for the family to make funeral arrangements, that her brain cancer wasn’t […]

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So it started with an email. Her words pricked my heart and she wrote, “I’m a little stuck both in Work and Personal life and I’ve kind of lost my way. I need to know how you are soooooo positive!! My business is good but not great, just don’t feel I’m acheiving what I want […]

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So, I keep a journal.  It’s mostly just a few scribbled sentences per day, but, still.  I write. I write to remember how I’m feeling every morning, I write to look back and say, The road was bumpy and the journey was hard, but you’ve come a long way. Why am I speaking to myself […]

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It’s our tenth Halloween together and his bark is worse than his sting. Bee afraid.  Bee very afraid.

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I think of her often.  Of her sacrifice, her silent dedication in spite of the odds stacked against her.  My grandmother left the balmy islands of Puerto Rico and moved to New York City with three kids.  She took a job at a sweat factory sewing sweaters in the winter and bikinis in the summer, […]

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For the past 11 years of marriage, a constant force is you in the kitchen, JD. You cook to celebrate, to console, to give a piece of your heart to people sitting at the table. Most evenings you’ll play a record and chop spices to the cadence of a soulful beat. You mix your carefully […]

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