Self, 3.0

I’m trying to learn to code. You know, the HTML kind that builds websites. But sometimes when I’m typing, it feels a little bit like Morse code, an “S.O.S.” I’m learning, one character and bracket at a time, to send out into my future. Don’t get lost. — “<br>” : Break. A space, a margin, […]

Hard Work for the New City

It’s hard to imagine newness in the shadow of destruction. In the days after 9/11, we suffered disorientation. How could we think beyond the pile of smoldering rubble, the loss of life and the new insecurity that riddled our national psyche? It was like that after the destruction of the Temple, no one had the […]

10,000 Hours

Years ago I heard an interview with actor Will Smith, who shared about honing his craft as an actor. He quoted Malcolm Gladwell’s work that it takes 10,000 hours to finally begin to become comfortable with something new. 10,000 hours. That’s 40 hours a week for five straight years. When I read it, I was […]

Not My Business

“Mommy, that not you business.” I think this was the most important thing anyone has ever said to me. It was said to me by a child who could not yet use the potty on her own. It was said to me from a five-point harness I had to buckle, because her tiny thumbs didn’t […]