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If Only I Knew….

When you first take off RVing, you’ll probably ask for advice from veteran Airstreamers — wanting to know what to expect on the road. You may read blogs and books. You may even attend workshops at a local rally. Yet no matter how much you prepare, it’s inevitable — you’re guaranteed to run into problems you never expected. And every single time, your response is going to be, “Well that would have been nice to know!” So today, I’m going to share some of my favorite why-the-heck-didn’t-someone-tell-me-this-before-I-hit-the-road tips related to RV parks and camping. #1 — Keep a packet of

Heeding the ‘What If’ in Creative Exploration

Kate Cohen once had a ceramics teacher who would have students select their best pieces and take them to a long hallway. Then they’d mow their creations down with a bowling ball. “They would smash into pieces,” Cohen says in our recent interview. I gasp. “It taught us nothing is precious,” Cohen says. Ah, now I understand. The idea of art is to go beyond what’s precious. “Otherwise you’ll only go so far,” she says. “That means no growth.” The 61-year-old self-employed artist knows something about growth, and for that matter, what it means to be an artist, to live

"Strive endlessly to stir the venturesome spirit that moves you…."

A Life Riveted to ‘Star Wars’

How do you go from making a living in photo journalism to crafting Star Wars figures for Lucasfilm? If you’re Stephen Hayford, you let the perfect storm of a changing journalism landscape, a Star Wars obsession that began at age 6, and a near-death experience have its way with you. Toss in a strong desire to spend more time with family and it all starts to feel poetic. The Force lending a hand, perhaps? This 44-year-old former photo journalist now makes his living as an artist creating, according to his Life in Plastics website, “elaborately detailed dioramas which he populates

A Professor Becomes an ‘Accidental Icon’

A Fordham University student on the “Rate My Professors” site wrote the following about Dr. Lyn Slater, Ph.D., in the Graduate School of Social Services: “Comedic, complex, and challenging … Dr. Slater … is like Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. She is brilliant and inspirational, but does not hesitate to lend scaffolding to those who ask for help. Dr. Slater empowers you to work hard, play hard, and love yourself in the process.” Slater doesn’t typically read her reviews, but when I read this one to her in our recent interview she said, “What a poet!”