JAPAN IS A COUNTRY OF CONTRASTS that coexist and create depth. The light and the dark, the past and the future, the austere and wholehearted...

THE BULLET TRAIN IN JAPAN is a marvel of modern transportation. Known as the Shinkansen, if you’re not on it the second it’s planned to depart, you’ll be left behind. My friends and I were headed to Hakone, a region in the hills outside of Tokyo at the base of Mt. Fuji....

I'M OFF TO THE SIDE UNCONSCIOUSLY OBSERVING, a familiar state. My eyes glance around the patio at the multitude of conversations taking place. Gathered around several tables with over twenty relatives, there’s nobody I look at and don’t respect, I don’t value, I don’t love....

WHEN I LOOK AT THE BOOKS on my shelf, it isn’t always the content of each book that comes to mind. I often imagine where I was when I read it, who I was, what I was going through. Books are powerful in this way. We can take them with us anywhere, a companion to help make sense of the world in which we live....

WHAT CONNECTS US all in this human experience? It isn’t our success. Success varies from person to person and means something different to each of us. We’re connected by the times of struggle. It’s the dark times that in the end, change who we are at our core....

OUR TWENTIES can be a monumental time of self discovery. Yet, it can also bring some of the most confusing and doubtful moments of our young lives. We begin to feel society’s expectations weighing down on us. All, on us....

THERE'S A FEELING we get when we see something beautiful in the world that really resonates with us. I notice these moments when traveling in old wonderful cities with a palpable history and culture. Every detail of the roads, the buildings, the style makes me think. I have boundless energy and want to discover everything I can about what makes these places distinct....

IT'S AMAZING TO LOOK back at the ones who came before me on my family tree. From my Dutch Italian roots on my father’s side to my Russian Jewish beginnings on my mother’s half, I've learned an incredible amount about my history from the stories and first hand accounts of who these characters were...