beauty out of sorrow

beauty out of sorrow I stood in a coffee shop in lower Manhattan this morning people watching as I waited for a colleague. Lower Manhattan is an interesting place to people watch. The crowd is diverse but they have one thing in common – everyone is in a rush. This...

why your talent may be holding you back

why your talent may be holding you back or what a cartoon frog taught me about the nature of creativity. One of my favorite cartoons from back in the day is One Froggy Evening. You know the one, it’s where a construction worker finds a metal box hidden in the...

Just Write Something

When I was very young, my dad, brother and I left Jamaica and moved to New York. My parents were divorced for about a year and a half but the wounds were as fresh as if it had happened the day before. My dad tried his best, but his meals couldn’t compare. Way too much...

Another Dance with Cinderella

Another Dance with Cinderella   “Hugh, the first rehearsal for the father-daughter dance is Saturday,” my daughter’s dance instructor said, smiling. I smiled back, but inside I was groaning, kicking, screaming. It’s that time ALREADY?? “I just have one request,” I...

The Poet Donald Green

I noticed the signs first. Then I noticed the Poet Donald Green. His signs were scattered all over the Broadway Lafayette Subway station.  Small, large, black & white and in color they all carried a variation on the same message. New York Times published poet sells...

I have to be a man and stop crying

I saw an interview with Mike Tyson recently where he spoke honestly about his feelings after the 2009 death of his young daughter. At one point the Champ abruptly says to his interviewer “You have to go. You understand right? Thank you.” And with that he rose and left...

One Year After Newtown and…

Tomorrow will mark one year since twenty-six babies and six adults were massacred in Newtown, CT while doing the most routine thing possible, being in school. I’ll admit, I had zero intentions of writing anything about it, like most of America I’ve been trying to...

Remembering the Good

  Remembering the Good Yesterday was a pretty busy day. I woke up early, fought the traffic to New York, then ran from downtown to midtown to SoHo to Brooklyn. Then, I fought the traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge then the Holland Tunnel, arrived home, fed my daughter,...

Forgiveness

I haven’t spoken with my father much lately. A few weeks ago we spoke about the past. I chose to tell him how I saw things. He chose to not talk to me anymore. That’s the risk you run when you share your truth. The other day, stressed and tired, I snapped at my...

Dance With #Cinderella

Dance With Cinderella Hugh O. Smith It happens suddenly. One minute I’m staring up at the ceiling, listening to the creaks and shudders of a house settling down for the night and wishing, hoping praying that just for once I could fall asleep like a normal person, then...

Elmore Leonard

“How you doing there, buddy? You okay? I just came by to tell you something. Maybe you know it already. But I wanna make sure. I'm gonna kill ya.” Elmore Leonard – Mr. Majestyk My friends thought I snuck into my parents’ room for the magazines. Sometimes I did. My...

Feel More Pretty

Feel More Pretty by Hugh O. Smith There’s a great place in my neighborhood where I sometimes go to write. It’s one of those fancy gourmet supermarkets with a great selection of food, comfortable seats with plenty of room to spread out, free Wi-Fi and plenty of outlets...

Daddy

  Daddy by Hugh O. Smith My daughter is six going on twenty-two. Things are changing. Too damn fast. Yo Gabba Gabba, Dora the Explorer, and Little Bill aren’t on the television anymore. I miss them. Even the Fresh Beat Band is a thing of the past. Now there’s the...

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