A Year of Yes: A smile really does help

Screen Shot 2018-10-29 at 8.26.13 PMMe: “How’s your day?”

Cashier: “It was so-so. But you have a really beautiful smile and I feel so much better about my day now because of you.” (He said this as he put his hand to his heart and there was something about that gesture that really meant a lot to me.)

This is an interaction I had yesterday after I had a really terrible day. To be honest, I forced myself to smile at this cashier because I was trying to make myself feel better. And the smile did help me, or at least it helped me feel better to make someone else’s day better.

Small gestures make a big impact. Sometimes something as simple as a “hi, how are you?”, meaning it, and smiling really does help. So here’s a smile today if you need one. Pass it on. Let’s work on bringing the light where and when we can to anyone who needs it.


A Year of Yes: Social justice for our students

This week I’m speaking at a social justice event at a high school in New York. The basis of my talk is about mental health and healing. My main points are:

-We can say our weak things in a strong voice.

-The function of freedom is to free others by telling our story.

-We need to show up for others the way we want them to show up for us.

What do you think?


A Year of Yes: My book is almost one year old

My book, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, is almost 1 year old. A year ago today I launched the trailer. What a year it’s been! I can’t wait to share the next leg of her journey with you in Book 2. You can grab a copy of Book 1 here:


A Year of Yes: I’ll be speaking at M-W Cares Day

Facebook PostI’ve been looking forward to this week for a year! On Friday I’ll be at M-W Cares Day, a character education program for over 2300 high school students, telling my personal story about how I overcame obstacles to become an author. The chair of the event read an interview I did when my book, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, first came out almost a year ago and contacted me to ask if I would be a speaker. At the time, I didn’t know how big this event would be; I just knew I wanted to talk to as many young people as I could to be the adult for them who I wish I had when I was their age. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to help them through storytelling. This is the work of my dreams.

More details about the event and day here:


A Year of Yes: Nightfall at Green-Wood Cemetery

Andrew Ousley of Unison Media did it again. Nightfall, an immersive performance experience at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, is spectacular! Circus performers like sword swallowers and stilt walkers, magicians and illusionists, storytellers, short films, carnival music, and live classical music in the catacombs put me into the Halloween spirit. A huge thank you to Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Rooftop Films, Morbid Anatomy, and The Moth for sharing your talents with all of us. Also, I just have to say that the cemetery is always a special place; at night, it’s other-worldly. There’s one more show tonight and if you can make it, I highly recommend you go go go! Tickets here:


A Year of Yes: A tour of the North Woods of Central Park

Last Sunday, my dog, Phineas, and I took an invited tour through the North Woods of @centralparknyc. Though I’ve walked through there dozens of times for many years and am a proud donor to the park, I didn’t know the ins and outs of the design elements and how connected the design is to spirituality, art, and literature. It takes so much work, care, and knowledge to make a manicured place wild. I’m in awe of the incredible staff who works tirelessly to make the entire park such a special place for all of us. The city wouldn’t be the same with it! Huge thanks to Jessica, social media wizard at the Conservancy, and our incredible tour guides, Marieka and Juan. Check out all the available tours at


A Year of Yes: A new science center at Edelman Fossil Park

“The cosmic chance of our species is almost zero. The chance of YOU is almost zero. And yet, here you are.” ~ Kenneth Lacovara

I started this week by visiting The Explorer’s Club for a day-long planning meeting about the science center that will one day sit on the site of the Edelman Fossil Park. It was a day of pure wonder, imagination, and dinosaurs. I’m so excited by the possibilities of what we’re building at the Edelman Fossil Park. And absolutely thrilled that I get to work alongside my friend, hero, and favorite scientist, Ken Lacovara, along with dozens of other creative minds. This is the stuff of my dreams. Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel.