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My self-summary
I'm a passionate and dedicated friend. I don't do anything halfway, and that comes across in my relationships with my friends and family, as well as in my professional life.

After a few years away, I'm returning to my native Manhattan with the desire to soak up all it has to offer. I'm an outgoing, positive guy who is always up for a new adventure.

It's a little strange to try to summarize myself in this box. I consider myself a gentleman and 100% honest. Ask me anything, and you will always receive the truth.
What I’m doing with my life
Personally, I'm having fun and trying to make the world a better place -- if only through my interactions with both friends and strangers every day. I spend a lot of time meditating while wandering the streets and parks of Manhattan. Thirty years in this town, and it still energizes me.

Professionally, I've got an educational technology start-up that's doing very well. After developing and editing hundreds of children's books (and writing 12 myself), I've moved into the digital world -- and I'm creating tablet-based publications for kids. I'm devoting my career to inspiring young readers.
I’m really good at
Making people smile, writing long-winded but heartfelt emails, and ensuring that my friends know I've got their back. I have the ability to tap into my energy reserves and stay up really, really late. (Is that a talent?)

I'm also very consistent about my use of the Oxford comma.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile, I'd guess. I often realize that I'm smiling for no apparent reason, as if my "face at rest" is with a smile. There is simply much to be joyful for...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My tastes are all over the place.

Music: I have no idea where to begin, so I'll just pick a letter at random and list some of my favorites: (B).
Bob Dylan, Beastie Boys, Ben Gibbard, Bob Marley, Belle and Sebastian, the Beatles, the Band, Bill Frisell, Bill Callahan, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Bjork, the Black Crowes, Blind Melon, Bon Iver, Booker T, Billie Holliday, Brett Dennon, Bright Eyes, Built to Spill, Buddy Holly, B.I.G. (the Notorious) <-- okay, that last one was kind of cheating.

My first concert was Paul Simon, and I still adore him. I've probably been to about 1,000 shows in my life.

Movies: Yeah, I'm one of those guys who loves Wes Anderson movies. Also most films by Christopher Guest, the Coen Brothers or Woody Allen. Basically, I love anything with heart or wit; not usually into shoot-em-up action flicks. Ten years later, I still think about Lost in Translation.

Food: Every day I reminded to be grateful to be back in NYC. Even a slice of pizza on the run tastes better here. I could probably eat sushi for every meal. Big fan of all the healthy options this town has to offer, and I'll never say no to Thai, Indian, or Italian.

Books: Even thinking about Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls gives me goosebumps still. But other than Ernest, I read a lot of nonfiction -- Dylan's Chronicles, The Power Broker, Moneyball, Into Thin Air & Into the Wild, and most everything by Malcolm Gladwell and Bill Bryson. And FWIW Dr. Seuss's "Oh! The Places You'll Go!" is brilliant. It really is.

Shows: Don't watch too much TV now, but favorite shows in the past have included Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, Six Feet Under, Parks n Rec, 30 Rock, Firefly, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert, or any well-made science show on the Discovery channel
Six things I could never do without
The Internet (uncreative, perhaps, but still true)
The support of my amazing friends and family
An alarm clock or some other means of getting up
A constant flood of new music to discover
My iPhone/iPad charger

That's a pretty random list, huh? It's just the first six things that came to my mind; if I start editing, I'll never be happy with this list. Clearly not in order of importance.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to explain the next big news story in a way that kids will understand (for work)
Our planet's fragile environment and what I can do to help protect it
How to balance everything that life has to offer
What album to put on next
On a typical Friday night I am
Catching up with another old friend in NYC, in some new neighborhood or checking out some wild event together.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can't lie. My face gets all twisted if I try, and I get a bit physically sick if I'm untrue. Makes me a crappy poker player but a good friend.

And also: I *did* list Blind Melon in my list of favorite music. That was not a typo.
You should message me if
You want to see if I can make you smile.
The two of us