Check out “My current favorite projects & affiliations”!

September 1, 2015

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For those who ask me “What do you ‘do’?”

(Click the graphic to) check out some of the ways that I ‘spend’ (*invest*) my time & energy, expertise & passion.

From music to employment transition to bicycling to food…

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Check out “The International Collaboration Project”!

August 10, 2015

Francisco Diaz & Deb Young make photographs, in an entirely online relationship–Skype-ing for hours on end! Their creations are surrealistically realistic (realistically surrealistic?). They have a refreshingly new/decidedly unique point of view/style.

E.g., not only were they not together, in this shot (or ever, in person!), I would further guess that neither of them were ever captured in front of this facade! So, what IS “real”? [These photo-graphic-like cotton-candy-spun layer-cake-built pixel-sculptures? Sure!]

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A (manufactured) portrait of the artists.
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Check out (my friend) Ed Palermo!

August 6, 2015

And the Ed Palermo Big Band.

The [semi-]short (back) story is: Walking in NYC’s “The Village” one time, looking for something to do. Saw a sign, at the Red Lion, for a musical double-bill: Project/Object [the repertoire of Frank Zappa] [and please see my other posts, about him (and about books about him), on this blog, including this one] and Mahavishnu Project [the book of… you guessed which Orchestra.] I took a gamble and walked in. Both bands blew me away. I signed onto the e-mail list for P/O. Then, on a subsequent tour, they asked for volunteers for “local crews.” Help the band load in & out and get free admission & beer! I wrote a long letter about all my skills & attributes and care while handling other people’s expensive/delicate equipment. The leader, Andre Cholmondeley, chose me and I met him at Maxwell’s in Hoboken one (fateful) afternoon before their gig. Fun!

The next year I volunteered, for them, at BB Kings. The next year I volunteered at Mexicali Rose. The next year I volunteered at Iridium. Etc. I’ve lost count. But have made a good friend in Andre (a killer guitarist [as was FZ, not everybody realizes]). (The rest of the players have rotated.) [And met both Ike Willis and Ray White, from some of FZ’s best lineups!]

And I met Katie Jacoby, electric violinist [did you love Jean Luc Ponty’s time with FZ?!] one time at BB King’s. We now think, the first time I met Ed Palermo–the hero of this current story–and, when he first met her, too. Of course, we both were enamored of Katie. I photographed her (and everyone/all evening, of course). Ed invited her to sit in with his group. Now she’s (a regular) in his band.

Oh, so, one time, hanging out with Ed in some NYC venue, after meeting at least several times, we realized that we both live in the same town in northern NJ!

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The current recording. One disc of Ed’s music; one disc of his arrangements of Frank’s music. [Click to go to amazon.com]


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Check out “National Night Out” [2015]!

August 4, 2015

I read about goings on in Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Bloomfield (that last one mentioned pizza, so that was attractive!), but nothing about any events in West Orange.

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Bike & Walk Montclair held a Four Ward Evening Bike Tour, in Montclair. The ride started in the 2nd Ward at the Edgemont Park Field House, and made stops at each event–of National Night Out–in all Four Wards of the town. I biked from home.

The basic schedule:
5:00 pm – Met at Edgemont Park Field House, in the 2nd Ward [Surprise: there was pizza! I had a slice (from Panzano’s) and a bottle of water];

– biked to Salvation Army, in the 3rd Ward [I had two slices of pizza (from Mancinni’s) and a bottle of water];

– biked to the Community Center (11 Pine Street), in the 4th Ward [I had an empanada (from Noches de Colombia) and a bottle of water];

– biked to St. James Church, in the 1st Ward – arrived at 7:00.

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Laura Torchio (left) arrived first. Then me. Then a couple of other bikers. Then two policemen, to answer any questions that we had.

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We ten. My friends Laura, Gray Russell, Gail Prusslin were among them!

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Officer Mateo and (the first of many of) Laura(‘s selfies).

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From DREAM to REAL…

July 30, 2015

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“From DREAM to REAL…”

“… for when your business wants to exist now… not someday.”

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My friend Rebecca Irby is organizing this, so–women especially–
please check it out.
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A Live Workshop in Montclair New Jersey,
with Anne Perry of Business Heroine magazine.

Saturday, August 22 from 11:00am – 5:00pm.

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Business Heroine
the (free) magazine for the entrepreneur who says she will, and does”
is coming to New Jersey!
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Get the full details & reserve your spot, now, here.

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The lovely house (that you will recognize, if you were ever) in Montclair!

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Creating Your Personal Brand—A Panel Discussion

October 29, 2014

GB graphichas done it again!


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Guess whom I met, again!

September 5, 2014

 I recently went to Temple Beth Shalom, in Livingston, NJ,
expressly to see
Absolutely Abby
present to the
TBS Career Networking group.

(Thanks to Howard Reba for all the work he has done for that
[and to the men of the congregation, for providing refreshments!].
He’s “landed” [a job] now, so hopefully others will step up…)

Thanks to Jerry Siskind, too, for taking this (suggestion by me,
and making this) photo (and then getting it to me).

Raymond Helfrich & Abby Kohut (Aboslutely Abby)

Here are my previous blog posts, about her:

Check out my friend Absolutely Abby

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