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Don't Run From It: Streaming Music is the Future and Apple Music's Got ya Covered

Okay, well I'm sort of an unabashed music hound, restless and always following the scent of auditory joy.  After the demise of my old pal rdio (our former streaming service on Realize and yup, that's how it was spelled) I found myself searching about for the best possible service. Always an Apple devotee, I decided to give them my business, and I'm happy I did.

So you'll see above and below that I've clipped a few shots of the various routes Apple gives you into their world. You can either access your own Library, choose to Browse* (new music, rediscovered music, and daily...

And What Has to Happen in the Next Year for it to be Realized?

And it's about your parents: How are you like 'em and how are you not?

We Are Different, Aren't We?

And now you might have something to say about - What wakes you up in the middle of the night:)

Guess We're Not All Sleeping Like Babies

So forget about and answer this one:  What music do you want played at your funeral?

Will They Dance?

And before you even go there; What is your motto?

We All Want it, But What is it Exactly???

Next - Boy, lots of different responses to the question of: What are your feelings about Technology and how have they changed in the last years?

Things to Do and People to See

And once you're up, how do you define The Good Life?   Socrates created the concept millenia ago, has it changed really?

12 Questions + Lots of Answers, What Do You Want to Be Remembered For?
12 Questions + Lots of Answers - Do You Still Have the Urge to Change the World?
From Political to Dance tunes

Tom Nolan describes his path from being an actor to leading one of the hottest dance bands in Southern California.  While holding down a 9 - 5 as Dean of Students at the Crossroads School.  

And Tom's philosophy of creativity in education...

Some people do manage to have it all...

Not only does Tom Nolan run a tight ship of an R&B band playing nearly 60 gigs a year, but he also happens to be a dedicated educator.  Tom has worked as a Dean of Students at the prestigious Crossroads School in Los Angeles, for nearly 30 years.  Add to his CV the fact that he has a killer voice, covering some R&B standards with muscle and grit, and crooning his own memorable tunes, like Redheads and Red Wine.  

I did a three-part interview with Tom as we wandered through the charming canals of Venice, CA.  In the first he discusses his origins and motives...

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A Powerful Theory about the Real Way the Brain Works!

Here is an intro to my most recent Realize interview - with Evian Gordon, acclaimed Integrative Neuroscientist.  The interview is actually a 6 part series, each segment around 5 minutes. The first two videos cover Gordon’s Brain 1-2-4 Model (a revolutionary mapping of the brain’s core elements.) In the third, Dr. Gordon talks about his background and we have a surprising chat about Free Will.  Segments 4, 5 and 6 present the vast influence of the brain’s Nonconscious functioning, the relative value of Freud, and Peak Performance.

Link here to the first episode ~ 

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Part III is on how Dr. Gordon wound up running the world's largest brain database. As well as a brief chat on whether or not free will even exists!

Now that you know the answer to the endless Free Will debate -

check out Part IV, to discover in more depth what the Nonconscious brain is really all about...

Having swooned over her new book FRAGRANT, I was thrilled she accepted my invitation for an interview...

Short and sweet here, as the video says it all. Mandy Aftel is an alchemist, a literatteur and a fascinating woman.  Her new book Fragrant is a marvel, leading the reader through the remarkable history of our profound relationship with fragrance... Our talk wanders delightfully through the past and lands back in the present with Mandy demonstrating how to make one of her custom scents.  I was transported...

We shot the video in Mandy's extraordinary studio, her Aftelier, which houses her perfume 'organ.' Just watch! (btw - this was my first time using two cameras and it...

What the Amsterdammers know - video interviews

In the short week I spent in Amsterdam last autumn, I approached four Amsterdammers and asked them one simple question...  What's it like being over 50 in Amsterdam? I was charmed by their responses.

Lovely, open people all.  I wonder, would I get the same reception in L.A.?  Well, maybe if I spoke Dutch...  

Which I'd be happy to learn, just so I could live in that wonderful city on the sea.  Wish I had a clone!  Or another 100 years!

 

Saatchiart.com is changing the game

As a painter and photographer I've been told that I have a great eye. If true, I probably inherited it from my dad, who was a wonderful photographer, and my mum, who was a painter and owner of one of America’s first galleries of American crafts. If you like the look of Realize, (the aesthetic, and many of the photographs and illustrations are mine) then you can theoretically trust what I have to say below.

Being an art hound and amateur curator, I have spent years hunting for a decent online art...

One man's quest to keep wine clubs alive
When it comes to enjoying one of our favorite libations, Greg Klein prefers to keep tech out of the tasting experience.
Escape to Neverland (for grownups)
When it comes to escaping the "real world," these exotic adventures will have you wishing you could never grow up. From California to Florida, these glamorous camping (or glamping) destinations will serve as the perfect backdrop for your next fall or winter getaway.
Happy Hour Enlightenment in Berkeley California

A mathematician, an artist, a lawyer and an MBA walk into a bar…

You might think this is the start of a joke about null sets, oil paint, sharks and private equity, but it’s something completely different. It’s a salon, a real Salon, like the Algonquin Round Table in Manhattan, or Gertrude Stein’s Paris salon. These people meet every Friday night at the brightly-lit, well-appointed Solano Grill and Bar in a bustling Berkeley neighborhood, and they say it’s the highlight of their week.  And everyone has something to contribute -- from the theoretical to the personal, from the serious to the laughable, from the...

A rambling meditation on the meaning of Home
Jung said that our Home is a reflection of our inner self. The Editor of Realize Magazine takes a look at this, examining the deeper meanings of Home.
and Finds a Unique Culture Intact Within the Term Bohemian...

My father was always proud of his Bohemian heritage.  When I was a child, I listened with fascination as he told how the Kingdom of Bohemia was a wealthy, culturally sophisticated and intellectually advanced country when parts of Europe were struggling out of the Dark Ages.  He explained that Czechoslovakia was comprised of Bohemia in the west, Moravia in the east, and Silesia in the north.   It sounded so exotic, like a fantasy kingdom in an old fairy tale. 

I remember learning in school that Bohemia was part of the Holy Roman Empire and later the Hapsburg Empire, and that Charles University in Prague, the...

Explorer Suzanne Klotz on her 20 treks and the cultures she discovered in a nearly unknown region of the Northwestern Indian Himalaya.

I’m often met with blank stares when I tell people that I’ve gone to India twenty times in the last twenty-two years.  In this age of lightning-paced innovation where newness is valued above all else, “been-there-done-that” is the motto and global travelers are always on the lookout for travel’s “next big thing.”  The thirst for thrill and one-off adventure is so unquenchable that Virgin Galactica is promoting rocket-powered pleasure flights to outer space, the ultimate far-flung destination.  With new hot spots constantly “being discovered” on earth and now potentially in the stars, why would one willingly subject oneself to...

Rome, the Eternal City.  And eternally magnificent. So little has changed since the last time I was here. Sure a couple of new shops, different looks in the windows, maybe a few menus updated according to modern tastes, and probably more tourists. But for the most part, Rome has remained her same lovely self, a realm of sensory delights. A brilliant cohabitation of the ancient and the modern. If there is a sense that doesn’t get gratified here, I don’t have it. 

What follows is a highly discursive run-down of a week in Rome, spent mostly meandering with an occasional plunge into a museum. Here are the fruits...

Recapture the real mood of the moment with this awesome Photo App for your desktop

I’ve basically been a Photoshop hack for 20 years.  Love the program, for sure.  But last year I found myself falling for the new iPhone app Instagram - which performs a range of instantaneous effect morphs on any shot you snap with your iPhone or Android. You can pull a photo out of the mundane and into any number of time warped finishes with names like Sutro, Lo-Fi, Nashville and 1977.  Then you can post your groovy new altered images to Instagram's social blog  - all viewable on your phone. I was originally charmed by the visual appeal of what I found there. However, Facebook's recent billion dollar buy out of Instagram has...

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