Tag Archives: dreams

People Are Capable at Any Time

20 May



Life after the MFA

5 Jun

As thesis submission deadline approached, people began asking me what I was planning on doing after graduation.  Then they’d stop themselves, afraid they may have asked too painful of a question.  But it’s not!

In one of my last posts, I left off telling you about grabbing a cup of tea after turning my theses in.  What I didn’t tell you was that on my walk back to my office, while sipping that delicious tea, I made a phone call to biographer Paul Maher Jr.  Paul’s books are some of the most well respected in his categories, and they’ve been translated and sold around the globe.

Inspired by Laura Vanderkam’s List of 100 Dreams, I created my own a while back.  Become a scholar on the Beat Generation was on my list.  I’ve been studying the writers generally categorized as Beat for more than a decade now.  I did my MFA at The New School, where Jack Kerouac took writing classes, and where I connected with writers who had known Jack Kerouac.

Now, my dream of becoming a Beat scholar is being realized.  Paul and I are working on a book that tells the true story of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.  The phone call to him on Monday was to discuss cover ideas.

I don’t have a big life-altering answer to the question of what I’m doing after the MFA.  Paul and I have been working on this book for a while now, and since I won’t be simultaneously working on a thesis anymore I’ll simply be refocusing my creative energies into the book.  It helps that I didn’t enter the program straight out of undergrad.  I’d already been working in book publishing, a career many of my classmates are hoping to enter, and so graduation isn’t a big scary unknown for me.  I’ll be continuing in my editorial role.  For me, life after the MFA is about continuing to follow my passions while also seizing new opportunities.

I’m extremely excited to say that my post-MFA plan is to co-author a book on Jack Kerouac.

Dreaming of Coney Island

28 Feb

Winter doldrums, and I’m dreaming of Coney Island.

I took these pictures over the summer, when I went to lay in the sand and read a book.

What are you dreaming of?

Here’s a snippet from Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s “A Coney Island of the Mind.”

Happy Birthday, Betty White!

17 Jan

Did you know Golden Girl Betty White is a Greek American?  (Her mother’s maiden name was Cachikis.)  Did you know she was the first woman to win an Emmy for game show hosting?  Did you know she’s the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live?  She’s more than just a comedienne, she’s someone who pushes the boundaries, working tirelessly.

Betty White’s been having a bit of a heyday recently with hysterical cameos and starring roles.  But I love what Alex Pattakos writes about her in his Huffington Post article “Betty White: Proving It’s Never to Late to Live.”  Betty White turns ninety today.  Last year, Pattakos wrote:

I’ve found that people who take the time to find meaning are happier — they’re more joyful, more passionate and more fulfilled. They are more resilient to the stresses of life. And, in effect, they become the “light,” much like Betty White, for others. And they help to demonstrate and remind us that until we take our very last breath, it’s never too late to pursue our dreams and discover meaning in our lives.

No matter who you are, no matter your age, no matter your ethnicity, no matter your gender, you can still pursue your dreams!