Tuesday, October 22, 2013


My radio guest on Monday October 28th is Nicole Day of Agriforaging. You may have read about how agriculture is attracting more graduates.  After decades of seeing their young take off to earn their fortune in urban centres upon graduation, farmers are now noting that young people see farming as a more viable, rewarding - and necessary - career.  Undergraduate and graduate agricultural programs are springing up all over the North East to cope with demand for training. Ms Day is a agricultural consultant and we'll be discussing the future of agriculture in New York State now that farming is becoming more popular. Listen in on WIOX on Monday mornings EST at 9am.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Time Management

What would you do if you had a little more time? My guest on Monday's radio show is Laura Vanderkam, a writer, journalist and author "who questions the status quo and helps her readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more meaningful lives". Vanderkam argues that everyone has more time than they realise.

She's author of e-Books, "168 Hours: You have more time than you think", "What Successful People Do Before Breakfast". "What the most successful people do on the weekend" and "What the Most Successful People Do at Work".

She is a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors, writes the “168 Hours” blog for CBS MoneyWatch, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader’s Digest, Prevention, Fortune.com, and other publications. She has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show.

I read "What Successful People Do Before Breakfast" and it occurs to me that the people I know are most productive during off-peak hours, the time in which their peers are usually in bed, the time when one's part of the world is most quiet. These uninterrupted  hours, at dawn or late at night seem to be the most valuable. During the day, there are emails, errands and phone calls that clamour for our attention.

Vanderkam points out that if you spend 8 hours working per day and 8 hours sleeping, there are another 8 hours in the day that you can use wisely. She advises that if you'd like more time, you should track your time down to the minute in a journal for a few weeks and examine it retroactively.

Listen to our interview on WIOX radio at 9am EST.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Future of the News

Join me tomorrow, Monday 8th October, at 9am US Eastern Standard Time on WIOX Radio. My guest will be Julia Reischel of the Catskills' Watershed Post; we'll be discussing the past, present and future of the news.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Not to be lazy, but I'm copying this post from Wake Up To Frugality! Hot on the heels of the aforementioned, decidedly dodgy summer - most of my guests in August cancelled at the last minute - follows an October line-up that seems more promising.

October certainly started off with a whallop; this morning's show featured Dean Keim, political cartoonist whose work has graced the front cover of the New Yorker. In the last few years, he has turned his passion for music into a side business and has been working as a live music reviewer and photographer in New York City. See his work here.

He and I discussed the Economy of Music and the Music industry.

Next week, Julia Reischel of the Catskills' Watershed Post and I will discuss the state of the news. Today it was reported that New Orleans is now without a daily newspaper along with three titles in Alabama. The Times-Picayune will now focus its efforts on its online newspaper. If you haven't already, visit the Watershed Post to see the future of a superior digital news empire in its fledgling stages. I may be biased because I've written for the Watershed Post, but both the content and the navigation of the site are brilliantly crafted.

Friday, August 24, 2012

August has been an arduous month for radio. Every guest scheduled for my show this month has cancelled at the very last minute. Not only does it make for a stirring, panic-striken, alarm-bells-at-dawn, Monday morning, but it repels listeners when they get obscure funk and jazz in place of their talk show.

This coming Monday August 27th, my show will be in two parts and called The Economy of The Local.

In the first half of the show, I'll be talking to Steve Miller of Cornell University about the new Farm Brewery Law that was passed in New York State this year and what this will do to the New York State hops industry. One hundred years ago, New York State grew the best hops in the country. Prohibition and disease had a calamitous effect, but the state is trying to change this with the new Farm Brewery Licence that will allow farmers to sell beer out of their farms and have tastings like the wineries do. It's expected to be an enormous boost of New York State tourism.

In the second half of the show, I'll be talking to Melissa Danielle, a representative of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, about the NOFA's Locavore Challenge.

Tune in.

Monday, July 16, 2012

My WIOX Radio Show: July 2012 Schedule

My upcoming July schedule for my WIOX Radio show (91.3FM New York) on Mondays at 9am.

Tune in online here at 9am US East Coast time (GMT -5 British Summertime).

Monday 23rd January: THE ECONOMY OF THE ARTS & CRAFTS with guest Paula De Simone, jewelry maker and member of the Catskills Artisan Guild.

Learn how to turn your hobby or passion into a side business. Join the Catskills Artisan Guild. Learn about my new Budgeting for Artists seminars and when they start.

Monday 30th July: THE ECONOMY OF SHAOLIN with special guest Shifu Shi Yan-Ming, founder of the US Shaolin Temple in New York City.

Shifu was raised, almost from birth, as a Shaolin warrior in the original Shaolin Temple in China before Mao Tse Tung shut it down and turned it into a tourist attraction in the eighties. The young Shifu defected to the US during a commemorative tour in 1992 and hid from the Chinese government in San Francisco's Chinatown for many years while honing his craft. Now he's best friends with the RZA and runs his newly opened Shaolin Temple on approximately 80 acres in Fleischmanns.

I'm his very lucky neighbour. Chan Buddhism, here I come... Amituofu!

The Economy of Food: From Scratch Club

Today on my radio show, The Economy Of, I interviewed Christina Davis, founder and editor of the From Scratch Club based in the Capital region of New York: Troy, Saratoga Springs and Schenectady.

The club was started around the kitchen table with two friends after Davis' very young son was diagnosed with multiple allergies. It has grown in the last few years and seeks to "inspire people to jump back into their kitchens, their gardens and food communities as a daily way of life regardless of income, time or space".

The club runs food swaps, urban agricultural projects, and classes on everything to do with food: canning, beekeeping, cooking and gardening from scratch.

To read the blog and download the podcasts go to From Scratch Club.

Radio Daze

This year, I have returned part-time to my first love: journalism and reduced work on my consulting business to two or three days a week.

I began a permanent stint on WIOX Radio in the Catskills reporting on the economy of the region and many of my clients have asked for the details, so here they are.

I have a Monday morning show at 9am called The Economy Of... Every week, I tackle a different subject with guests.

My guests have been, in no particular order:

Sarah Leonard, Associate Editor of Dissent Magazine, co-author of Occupy! Scenes from Occupied America (The Economy of Banking)
Alan White, Executive Director of the Catskills Center for Conservation and Development (The Economy of Conservation)
Tara Collins, Watershed Agricultural Council (The Economy of Shopping Locally)
Bob Block (The Economy of Food: cooking on a budget)
Kate Payne, author of The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking (The Economy of Homemaking)
Lars Drew, actor (The Economy of Music)
Teresa Farrell, Bear Foods Natural Market (The Economy of Food and Wine)
Linnea G, Covington, food critic (The Economy of Dining Out)

Furthermore, I also began reporting on small business for the Catskills' Watershed Post.

Here are my recent articles in Dissent Magazine and Hudson Valley Edible on organic food and  farming.

Moreover, I continue to write fiction which brought me to the radio station in the first place when I appeared on the January 3rd show of The Writer's Voice.

Podcasts are available on request.

Happy Summer!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (212-319-2787) are an indispensable resource for emerging or struggling artists here in New York City. They undertake pro bono work for artists on a low income. They provide other valuable services like classes and ex-court mediation assistance. Scour their comprehensive website for legal tips and tools for your latent artistic business.