An extraordinary day of passages

An extraordinary day of passages.
Luis Leon just retired as pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church by the White House after 24 years (and this is the photo of his last sermon yesterday). His wife Lu and two daughters Emilia and Sofia, have been a foundational team of impact in this city. This was an unusual church, as he knew and preached before seven Presidents and DC “influencers” sought solace here regularly — I literally tripped into Robert Mueller yesterday at communion. This is all incredible to consider since he was a refugee from Cuba as a boy, and broadened entirely the thinking and community of this once white-shoe-primarily institution. But they have cared for this high falutent stuff not at all. They have been first and foremost for the community of the church and anyone anywhere who sought to wrestle their places and faith. He is a master of words and his sermons are legendary — everyone thinks he speaks only to them as individuals. The Leons have a profound impact on our family, having christened all three kids and been incredible friends to they and us throughout. No one has taught me more, shared better wines, made me laugh harder. It will be wonderful to see the next chapters in their remarkable journey.
With the greatest sadness and finality, we also said goodbye yesterday to Tim Emerson. Tim had recently been the head of the upper school at Maret until 2015, but he was one of the great teachers and sports coaches this city has ever known for decades. I cannot capture here the impact he had on our kids, especially Jack, in his rare combination of listening, socratically coaching, unconditional love and a well placed kick in the ass when it was needed. I watched him regularly interact with kids and it was like watching LeBron play basketball or Michelangelo paint. I changed significantly how I engaged with my kids watching him, but also how I interact with employees, mentees and colleagues a like. There was not a dry eye at his service as person after person recounted the consistent and formative impact he had on them. Perhaps “finality” isn’t quite the right word, because his influence and example lives on for thousands.

My own Easter reflection:, I remembered today a brief Facebook moment where I, like many others, posted asking for people to remember a moment with…

My own Easter reflection:
I remembered today a brief Facebook moment where I, like many others, posted asking for people to remember a moment with me. I expected one or two friends to make a wise crack. But, instead, I received many notes from people — most of whom I’ve not seen in years — mention a brief moment together that had enormous impact in their lives.
I share this in no way to commend myself or my actions, but to remind myself that every encounter we have with every person is an opportunity to be of service. That the smallest encouragement, the briefest moment of really listening, the genuine act of empathy, and followed-up upon action of help — has multiplier effects beyond our wildest imaginations.
And, of course, that the opposite is true. Our mean, insecure, exhausted moments can drag others into our own, self centered abyss.
I’m not deeply religious — or, I should say, my religion is my own. But a dear friend is a superb pastor and has given some of the best and most impactful sermons I have ever heard. He is also a master of the English language in an era of 140 or 280 characters we too often forget matters greatly. He concluded his view of the meaning of Easter today:
There is no pain so deep, that there could be no relief
No loneliness so absolute, that there could be no friend
No fear so great, that there could be no calm in our lives
No grief so deep, that there can be no consolation
No lie so insidious, that there will not be any truth
This is so in our actions towards each other at all times, but primarily when we are focused on the other person on their terms.

I shared this last year, figured it was timely given recent news

I shared this last year, figured it was timely given recent news.
Please take 5 minutes to do a privacy checkup. And more importantly, commit to being more diligent about what and how you share online.
Not just here. Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Houzz, Snapchat. Email. Texting. Your whole digital footprint.
You don’t have to delete your accounts. Just commit to becoming an educated user.
The scandals we hear about both on and offline always involve companies taking advantage of the uninformed and vulnerable. Phone scams, phishing emails, targeted ads…none of that’s noble marketing, it’s all meant to trick people.
Do the platforms and services we use have an obligation to protect us from harm? I mean, it’s probably in their best interest to do so, but let’s be honest: it isn’t going to happen.

Nervous energy is a strange thing

Nervous energy is a strange thing. Last year I finished a string quartet the day before the opera premiere, and a few weeks ago I finished a small piece for brass trio on the morning of the LA Phil premiere. Perhaps it’s that, being a performer, I’m used to cramming in extra last minute practicing when I’m nervous about a concert, and the writing is an outlet for that extra energy? In any case, the Kobayashi Trio has generously added the new piece to their concert tomorrow (very generously, considering that they didn’t know the piece was even going to exist until a few weeks ago) and you can hear it at Art Share LA, along with some other lovely just intonation music for brass. Ironically, I don’t have to be nervous about sitting through the premiere this time, since I’ll be performing in a different concert! I’m quite sad to miss the premiere, but I heard Matt, Luke, and Adam rehearsing it and they sound terrific!

✨? ? Bushwick: Do you need nice sturdy U-Haul moving boxes or thick cardboard for a project/painting coverup eg?

✨? ? Bushwick: Do you need nice sturdy U-Haul moving boxes or thick cardboard for a project/painting coverup eg?
I currently have a bunch of good condition/broken down medium & large uhaul boxes + 1 wardrobe sized box w metal bar, more coming this wknd, would like to up-cycle/donate!
Have truck till tmrw am, could potentially drop them off in Bushwick @ or pick up can happen anytime ASAP near Myrtle / Broadway ??✨

More & more often lately, I can’t believe the astounding beauty & absurdity of my life & work as a freelance creative & producer, especially when I…

More & more often lately, I can’t believe the astounding beauty & absurdity of my life & work as a freelance creative & producer, especially when I witness the most exquisite realizations of social healing manifested through interactive events thrown by an ever-evolving circle of dear compatriots!
Honored to be present for this time & place, proud of my friends for donating their talents & resources to raise money for CircusAid @ The Wilde Menagerie!
Thank you to Vanessa Baskin, Wolf Bukiet & The Chanda Lair crew + all performers for creating a thoroughly delightful Sunday afternoon with a most worthy mission!
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To celebrate all the beautiful NEW MOMMAS out there this Mother’s Day, the women founders of Countertop DÔEN, OSEA and Simone LeBlanc are giving…

To celebrate all the beautiful NEW MOMMAS out there this Mother’s Day, the women founders of Countertop DÔEN, OSEA and Simone LeBlanc are giving away three loving gift baskets, styled by luxury gift guru Simone. Each basket is a total value of over $1200.
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This morning I woke up inner(g)ized on a new level! So I translated that into a new Undoordinary playlist that I feel my aura mirrors up with

This morning I woke up inner(g)ized on a new level! So I translated that into a new Undoordinary playlist that I feel my aura mirrors up with. Enter new waves and wav forms from Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Ill Camille, Joey Dosik, Kamasi Washington, Saba, Cardi B, Kali Uchis, METRONOMY and even some classic level Destiny’s Child for thee Hive heads out there.
#MOVDAY keeping it real eclectic.
Peep belooow
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