The Truth Behind Perception

Perception is a pervasive thing.  It permeates all facets of our lives, whether we acknowledge it or not. I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while, how perception has been both a benefit and a detriment in my own…

Biting More Than I Could Chew

Last post I dished out a whole lot of info, with little explanation, but I’m here to offer one of the more interesting stories. So back in 2014, I asked a friend of mine if she would be interested in…

Happy New Year – 2018

It’s gray, wet, and cold outside. You thought Florida was supposed to be warm, right? I know I did.  Occasionally it has it’s share of Seattle/London-like weather, which is a glorious change from the Summer’s blistering heat. Seriously, I’m actually…

Return of the Mack

It’s been some time since I’ve posted, and quite a bit has changed since last write up. I’m no longer living in New York. Back in the Summer of 2015, due to several unforeseen circumstances, I was lead to move…

Yuan Fin – The Documentary

I was blessed on my birthday last year to partner up with Colette Thompson, who, among other things, is the one who runs the Eastern branch of Harmony Sweeps, the national a cappella competition.  She has graciously taken up the…

My Road to New York Comic Con 2014

As many of you already know, I was at New York Comic Con this year, and if you’ve been scouting out my facebook and twitter posts, you are aware that I won my passes, but some of you have asked…

In memoriam of Jeffrey Lee

I found out yesterday that a friend of mine, Jeff Lee, who was a regular in the New York karaoke circuit, passed away due to complications during heart surgery. Jeff was a good man, 45 year old, who I had…

Year Of The Janifer

In the last few months I’ve been on a quest.  Changes were made and situations have happened, and a lot of my time has been dedicated to a new project called OnTheFelt.  That isn’t to say I haven’t been singing….

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Saw this video today, and thought I’d share.  It’s a short vid of homeless folks being asked to dance to Pharell’s “Happy”.  The results are really healing. Happy (Homeless People Dance Video) -Music by Pharrell from…

Changes coming up for 2014

2014 I say will be the #YearOfTheJanifer. I think many of you have started noticing it with the instagram photos showing up on my facebook fan page.  That’s just the beginning.  In 2014 I’m going to be making more posts…

Impossible

Right now a friend of mine, Joelle is battling stage 4 breast cancer.  Also, the son of my head pastor is battling an aggressive form of cancer, which had returned after he was listed as in remission.  Yesterday, not necessarily…

Taking Steps: A Week Out

It’s true, I haven’t blogged for a week.  Life found it’s way into my schedule.  I’d call that a good thing. Gigs are starting to line up, which is great. It’s most likely going to be a great help, since…

Taking Steps: Day 30 & 31- Anniversary

This weekend is the one year anniversary of the day I got baptized.  Last year I went to New York Comic Con on Saturday, then got baptized on Sunday.  I had been invited to go to watch the filming of…

Taking Steps: Day 29 – Not Going By What I See

I suspect this is going to sound pretty dumb for quite a few of you, but sometimes it’s the dumbest things that prove to be the most effective. I got a heath screening today.  Most of my numbers were fine…

Taking Steps: Day 28 – Faith Step 1

Had an impromtu call come in for a poker gig this evening.  I was nowhere near dressed for this.  It was happening in the city and I had to decide fast if I should do it. Now, I know by…

Taking Steps: Day 27 – Teaching Others

Tonight was my first night co-teaching a workshop for Actors InC.  Generally I run the online portion of Actors InC, making sure the videos were edited and posted, making sure articles were up, and adding stuff like a live google…

Taking Steps: Day 26 – Righteous Anger

One of the books I’m presently reading is Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point”.  I just finished the part where the author talks about the Bernhard Goetz trial in New York.  I remember that case.  Being a lifelong New Yorker, it’s…

Taking Steps: Day 25 – It’s All About Balance

Going to make this short and sweet right now, to keep with the title of this post. I have a headache right now.  It was most likely brought on by me not drinking enough water today while going for a…

Taking Steps: Day 24 – Direction

Dave Ramsey talks about budgeting as “telling your money what to do before you have it”.  It’s an interesting concept, and once, that up until recently, I didn’t quite understand.  Very much like the old theory “the universe abhors a…

Taking Steps: Day 23 – Creating Footsteps

One of the rules I live by is that, whatever I do in my life, for my children to be able to look back on my life and think “Mom was cool, and she didn’t have to get drunk or…