Alexandria in the Winter

It is good to take some time off and unwind in the midst of the crazy hustle and bustle of New York City. This time of year, when the holiday season dies down, the snow melts, and spring approaches, I like to take some time off away from New York city, and preferably travel to a warmer location.

Interview with Filmmaker Abd el Rahman Gabr (Koree)

Interview with Filmmaker Abd el Rahman Gabr or Koree (Arabic nickname for Korean guy). In this series, I explore the talents of many multi-disciplinary artists who are interested in capturing stories through images and the true messages that lay beyond each photograph. I interviewed online Abd el Rahman (Koree), his nickname is adopted from being…

Lunch Time at The Rubin Museum.

What is better than spending an hour in a warm, small, yet rich temple-like museum, with Buddhas displayed all around you? And did you know there is a shrine and meditation room? YES. The murals within the temple feature esoteric images and narratives. The gallery presents full-scale photographic reproductions of some of the murals. These state…

Evolving Environments

Constantly shifting mosaics are nonetheless strung together by social media, communal identities, and urban rituals. How well are we able to know ourselves and our environments when confounded by blurred distinctions between architecture, technology, and the rapidly developing city?

Songs for Days to Come: Volume 1.

Kinan Azmeh: Clarinet, Composer Record Release Concert. Born in Damascus, Kinan Azmeh was the first Arab to win the premier prize at the 1997 Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition, Moscow. A graduate of New York Juilliard school as a student of Charles Neidich, and of both the Damascus High institute of Music where he studied with Shukry…

Powerful Empathy #3

In the previous articles, I explain how we can implement empathy through our actions and during conversations or encounters that might bring elevated temper in heated discussions. In the study of Human Social Cognition and with the rise of trends in social media, Negative Partisanship is creating negative results through false advertising and different voices…

Powerful Empathy #2

Are you empathic with those who face poverty, discrimination from race, gender, lgbtq, religion, global economy, and foreign policy? Are you mad at those at hands and in control of most of the world’s valuable resources keeping all selfishly to themselves? Do you feel disgust by those who share different values and do not see eye to eye with your personal point of view?

Powerful Empathy

I am confident that intelligence and receptiveness will overcome disbelief, lethargy, bias, bigotry, narrow -mindedness, and disapproval – any given day of the week – because I believe in exercising Powerful Empathy.

Boomers and Millennials Have to Join Forces to Fight Climate Change — TIME

For better and, increasingly, for worse, our global system of governance rests overwhelmingly on territorial nation-states. In this system, each country’s government represents its own national interest. No one represents humanity as a whole. Such devotion to narrow interests leads to a host of profound problems, well known to economists and students of human behavior.

An Epic Night with Composer Mohammed Fairouz at Carnegie Hall.

October 16, 2016. “The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir inaugurates its 80th Anniversary Season with the return to Carnegie Hall – the Choir’s first performance in the storied hall in nearly 40 years. Eric Stark conducts the New York City debut of the oratorio Zabur by Composer Mohammed Fairouz, a piece commissioned and premiered by the Indianapolis…