Embrace the Paradoxen™

Welcome to OTOHOTO (“On The One Hand, On The Other”), my new blog on perspective…which covers some pretty broad territory. Curiosity, empathy and osmosis have taught me that it’s crucial to keep an open mind and look at things from a variety of points of view to shape my perspective. My own background is shaped by multiple perspectives and filled with paradoxen: qualitative marketing researcher by profession, lawyer by training (and the soul-crushing of my early 20s), and comedian/writer by the seat of my pants (that is, if I were wearing any at the time of this posting). With OTOHOTO, I’m not attempting to reconcile the paradoxen, I’m just going to embrace them. I strive to make connections (sometimes humorous) between people, ideas, words, cultures and cultural reference points, in the hope of shining light on our shared humanity…and inanity. OTOHOTO is my playpen. Thanks for playing with me! Read more.

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Talk With Strangers

February 19, 2017

On the one hand, talking to strangers makes us vulnerable. On the other, it invites a new connection that...

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Love & Bullshit

December 26, 2016

Sadly, my Great-Uncle Sy (of Blessed Memory) just passed away. He was age 87. He was a wonderfully quirky...

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Not-So-Good Grief

November 20, 2016

WARNING: Long rant here. You may want to pack a lunch, if you’re not too nauseated by the bucking...

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We Can Work It Out

September 6, 2016

It’s funny how the universe offers up what we need when we need it. Although this certainly wasn’t a...

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Morning Wisdom from my Teenage Daughter

August 15, 2016

This morning my 14-year-old daughter observed, “Where you look is where you see.” She said it in reference to...

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Are Comedians Philosophers or Philofshit?

August 3, 2016

Comedy can indeed be a cover for b.s. But it is also one of the most powerful ways to...

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Improv: Way More than Just Making Sh!t Up

May 26, 2016

My business partner, accomplice, co-creator, and most importantly, friend, Pascal Patenaude, and I had the honor of leading a...

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Here Comes the Sun

April 27, 2016

I am fortunate to work for myself. Sure, sometimes my boss can be a jerk, but for the most...

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Deternamism?

November 15, 2015

It would be grandiose and pompous to say I was destined to write this blog from the day I...

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Respect for the Dignity of Everyone’s Work

September 6, 2015

This Labor Day has me thinking about the dignity of work, of all sorts. On the first day of...

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Scrabblosophy

June 18, 2015

I’m sure you can find something philosophical about Candy Crush or Angry Birds (?), but I don’t play those...

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