Love is…

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it is not dishonest or self-seeking and definitely not easily angered. Real love keeps no record of wrongs, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…

Love… Don’t we all wish it was that easy to find? Finding that perfect love is worse than trying to find a needle in a haystack. So since Valentine’s is coming up, I choose to believe what the shadow of a Lower East Side window displayed: Love is lame.
But for those of you who have a Valentine, I wish you a full year of love and passion. It would be sad if it was just a day of it.

And if you need a gift… here’s a hint.

Available at Chad Silver’s pop-up shop on 55 Clinton or online at

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Better than a Postcard

Stuff like this makes my Mondays… Looking forward to the benefits of being a hard-worker!

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Dr Seuss, meet Burning Man

If you didn’t think Dr. Seuss could ever become more bizarre, watch this excellent interpretation of the book “Oh, the places you’ll go” by Ted Saunders.

Burning Man.

Ted Sanders.

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Happiness can’t be bought – can it?

I still remember the time when a boyfriend of mine gave me a designer bag as a birthday gift. The poor thing was trying to prove his love, but he had no idea what he had gotten himself into. Looking back into it, I was definitely harsh, so if you’re reading this, I apologize, it was a very nice gift and I secretly wish I still had it. But at that moment I was not happy. I didn’t need a frivolous gift, I just needed a thoughtful one.

Now fast-forwarding to present time, I don’t consider my happiness to be particularly free, but I definitely don’t need a big loft in Manhattan, a fancy car, or a Chanel purse to achieve it.  I’m not saying it would hurt, but I don’t feel a need for it. My friends and family make me enjoy every second of my existence, and nothing can top that -except when I’m in love, of course- but unfortunately, maintaing this happiness is not free. I meet my friends for brunch and dinner, visit my family in Puerto Rico, go to weddings abroad, and like to travel at least once a year.

So I don’t think anyone can buy the moments that make us happy, but they could possibly pay for their setting. And if you don’t agree, we can discuss it after listening to the song that inspired this post.

Here’s Je Veux by Zaz.

For a version with English subtitles click here.

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Winter in Paradise: An iPhone 4S Love Story

After all these years, I have not succumbed to the  iPhone craze. I’m too much of a texter and a klutz to know that I’m better off without a touch screen phone. Although I have to admit it, the cameras on those phones are pretty sexy. And the fact that, as time goes by, my drawer is filling up faster with anti-wrinkle creams than with an overflowing photography collection, saddens me. So one day I was minding my own business, blaming BlackBerry for my lack of physical life memories, when Apple comes up to me, with its cocky ways, and shows me its fancy 8 MegaPixel camera phone. I tried to resist, but one thing lead to another, and next thing I know my problem with touch screen phones starts fading, and I’m being seduced into the idea of life being better with an iPhone 4S.

Damn you Apple! You always get me!

I didn’t love its phone functionality. I probably never will.  But its camera, its editing tools, and easy sharing apps, would make any sane person reconsider the actual purpose of a phone.

So I took my iPhone-4S- around the streets of Old San Juan, on a plane to Culebra, and to the cliffs of the West Coast for a test drive…

Welcome to Puerto Rico.

Fort San Cristobal, Old San Juan

Cueva Ventana, Arecibo

Paseo la Princesa, a walk around the city walls

Field leading to the Fort San Felipe del Morro

Abandoned buildings in Old San Juan help it preserve its charm

Old San Juan's Cathedral dates back to the 1600s

Small Plane to Culebra

Playa Sucia, Cabo Rojo

Experience the West Coast

Cabo Rojo's Lighthouse

The West Coast and its stunning cliffs

Icacos Island. Puerto Rico's archipielago possesses some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

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I’ll take you off the ground

There are dreamers, and there are realists in this world. You’d think the dreamers would find the dreamers, and the realists would find the realists… but more often than not the opposite is true. You see – the dreamers need the realists to keep them from soaring too close to the sun. And the realists? Well, without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground.

I know. I’m behind on Modern Family. But it was necessary.

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Koop Island Blues

Hello my love,

It’s getting cold on this island…

I’m getting the island blues thanks to Koop, an electronic jazz duo from Sweden, that has captured my heart and my all. I didn’t discover them until earlier this month when a suggested video came up on YouTube’s sidebar. And for that I bless you YouTube. Their relaxing, heart warming, toe-tapping music, is easily confused with a live orchestra, but it is achieved by intricately combining thousands of small clips from a variety of records. Isn’t that cool? For this reason Koop records take a long, long time to create… so I guess I’m glad I discovered them this late. Until then, there’s plenty of beautiful music to be enjoyed.

Koop on

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