A Vicarious Ride-Along with a Paramedic

A man leaves his comfortable career as a reporter and dives into the constantly chaotic and unpredictable world of Emergency Medical Service (EMS). He transforms from a frequently frightened novice to a confident seasoned paramedic who often works in the worst parts of Atlanta. This is the story of Kevin Hazzard’s book A Thousand Naked … Continue reading

When advertising is art

Advertising. The word brings to my mind TV commercials, unwanted pop-ups, sponsored posts on social networking sites and sneaky ads from radio DJs. I have a love/hate relationship with advertising. Like many Americans, I feel constantly bombarded with ads almost everywhere I look. They often feel like an unavoidable nuisance in our capitalist society. However, … Continue reading

Buy Less and Create More – Lessons in Creativity and Resourcefulness

Robert Rodriguez filming El Mariachi

  “…when you don’t have money and are working self-sufficiently, your problem-solving skills are challenged, your creativity has to work, and you fix the problem creatively.”   The quote above is from the book Rebel Without a Crew by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who has been behind films like Sin City, the Spy Kids series and the Machete series. … Continue reading

A Journey into the Black Box of Survival

What would I do if an earthquake struck? How would I react if I were inside a burning building? These are some of the questions I asked myself as I read Amanda Ripley’s book The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why. I started asking myself similar questions as I read stories like … Continue reading

Fast Food Nation – a book review

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser On a warm Saturday when I was about 5 years old, I sat outside a McDonald’s restaurant along with my brothers, my mother and my aunt. We kids ate Filet -O- Fish sandwiches and the adults ate Big Macs. For years, I would often enjoy fast food meals like … Continue reading

Miguel Live in Concert

A while ago, I attended a concert by singer Miguel in Sacramento. He stepped onto the stage looking like a rock star: sporting a Mohawk-type haircut, several fashion accessories, and a heavily zippered white jacket. Miguel opened with “Strawberry Amazing” off his mixtape The Mischief. He was accompanied by a band of an electric guitarist, … Continue reading