Monday Thoughts: James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini 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…

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Monday Thoughts: Game Changer

Game Changer   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…

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Monday Thoughts: Some Things Are Just More Special

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…

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Monday Thoughts: What’s Behind Tiger Woods?

What’s behind Tiger Woods? 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…

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Monday Thoughts: Robert Downey Jr.

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…

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Mr. Miyagi Knows Best

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…

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Competition

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,…

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Monday Thoughts: Crossroads

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.…

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Monday Thoughts: ADHD

ADHD As reported in today’s NY Times, according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of five high school boys in America have ADHD.  For those of us with kids in high school, I don’t think this surprises any of us.  While it clearly creates challenges for society, my “cup half full”…

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Monday Thoughts: March Madness

March Madness Yesterday I visited my mother to celebrate her birthday and during lunch she turned to me and asked, “When are all these damn basketball games over?”   Her concern was that “March Madness” was pre-empting her regular shows and she couldn’t understand why there were so many games. Of course my 77 year-old mother…

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