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We Have Friends Worldwide

By Matt Ross / July 10, 2013

One of the great things about our business is we really get to know our customers.  During the recurring process of helping people learn to create things, we tap into what makes them tick and we get to spend time with them that helps to build real relationships.  This summer on the other hand, we…

July 1st

By Matt Ross / July 1, 2013

July 1st is the 182nd day of the year and there are 183 days remaining until the end of 2013.  Why is this important?  Well, in some sense it isn’t because every day is just another day.  However, most people need to bake some significance into the mundane calendar to create goals and benchmark where they…

James Gandolfini

By Matt Ross / June 24, 2013

What can I say that hasn’t been said?  The character James Gandolfini played, Tony Soprano, has become an icon of pop culture as the result of David Chase’s brilliant imagination and the one of a kind artistry of James Gandolfini.  A small town boy from Westwood, NJ, right here in the heart of Bergen County,…

Game Changer

By Matt Ross / June 17, 2013

One of our adult students came up to me last week and said that One River was a “game changer.”  We work hard to keep our ego in check, but we are very proud to receive the praise and thought we needed to check in on what that exactly meant.Webster defines Game Changer as “a newly introduced…

Some Things Are Just More Special

By Matt Ross / May 28, 2013

So much work has gone into building One River in our first year but nothing is as important as what we are doing this Friday. Please join us as we host our first ever High School Competition from 6-10PM.  The event will feature almost fifty student artists from the following high schools: Cresskill, Dwight Englewood, Tenafly and…

What’s Behind Tiger Woods?

By Matt Ross / May 13, 2013

Yesterday, Tiger won for the 100th time in his career.  We can talk about Tiger’s character, which clearly has flaws.  But, his commitment to his craft and his results / excellence puts him in a category all his own. To me the most compelling thing about Tiger is his willingness to work hard and challenge himself. …

Monday Thoughts: Robert Downey Jr.

By Matt Ross / May 6, 2013

Robert Downey Jr. Last week I heard a very accomplished actor say that Robert Downey Jr. is the top male actor of this era.  This week Iron Man 3 opened to over $600 Million in worldwide sales (Downey reportedly earned over $50 Million) and it is tracking to become potentially the highest grossing film all…

Mr. Miyagi Knows Best

By Matt Ross / April 29, 2013

Mr. Miyagi Knows Best Yesterday after another typical round of golf that had some good and some bad, I found myself trying to figure out why golf is so simple and so hard at the same time.  It even got me thinking about the broader connections that playing golf has to creative learning and life…

Competition

By Matt Ross / April 22, 2013

Competition Nowadays if you watch TV everything is a competition.  Baking, fashion, hair styling, cooking, diving, dancing, singing and of course, weight loss.  Pick a topic…it’s probably on the horizon.  Seemingly every network has tried to capitalize on every possible angle to create drama through competition. Guess what: we are getting in the game!  No,…

Monday Thoughts: Crossroads

By Matt Ross / April 15, 2013

Crossroads Before you think I am going to write about some heavy crossroad I have faced in my life, you’re wrong.   The “Crossroads” I want to tell you about was this amazing two-day music event featuring the top blues guitarists in the world that I had the pleasure of seeing on Saturday night at MSG.…