Episode 43: If God Should Fall From Grace With Me

I have never felt a connection with God. That doesn’t mean I am not awe-inspired by being in the wilderness or seeing a beautiful sunset or realizing how thankful I am for my friends and loved ones. I just prefer to thank the randomness of the universe, because that is what I believe is responsible for everything. I would love to believe in some mystery man that lived in the clouds with all of my dead pets and relatives, but that never made any sense to me. When I was really young I had a relative that took me to church every day for mass. As a curious child, I appreciated the ritual for its mystery but there was always a looming sense of “Do these people actually believe this crazy cockamamie nonsense?”

I met Colin Jamron a few weeks ago at concert. My friend Estelle told me I would love talking to him. She was right. He is a really smart and funny fellow. When she mentioned to me he might be able to answer any questions that I ever had about Judaism and that he was raised Orthodox but turned his back on his beliefs in his mid 20’s, I was absolutely fascinated. Did I mention he’s a psychotherapist? Colin and I sat down for a chat about how his faith slipped away, how his family dealt with it and where that leaves him now.

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Episode 42: What the F*** is Wrong with Me? (Part 1)

So a few weeks back I was thinking about the podcast and thought it would be a hilarious idea to have people that know me come on the show and discuss my shortcomings. I thought this would be funny, but more importantly I thought that this would be a way for me to address some of thing things I need to work on. Now dont get me wrong, the thought of doing this publicly is a bit terrifying, but I think that all in all, its a good thing. We will be doing a few of these podcasts, but not back to back. This first one is a conversation with my friend Marlyn. I’ve known her for years and we work together so she see’s a lot of my day to day nonsense. We discuss clingy friends, social anxiety and relationship issues. I sound like a lunatic 25% of the time…probably more than that.  I hope you find humor in this.

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Episode 41: Michael Marsicano

Mike Marsicano has been one of my best friends for the better part of 20 years. He is witty, a real charmer and has turned me on to more of the music that has defined who I am than almost anyone else. He also happens to be an incredibly talented artist. The day that he was able to quit his day job and focus on freelance artwork full time was a great day for him, and a very proud day for me as his friend. His work has been featured on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Spin Magazine, Playboy Magazine and the Village Voice just to name a few. On today’s podcast we talk about art, what it takes to try and survive in today’s artistic landscape and a whole lot of other things. Hope that you dig it.

Check out his work here:  http://mmillo.com/

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Episode 40: Jane Fishel of the Sparetime

Jane Fishel is the person who made me appreciate a well made cocktail. Before I met Jane, the most adventurous I would get with a mixed drink was a Greyhound. She made me appreciate classic cocktails and drinks that I would have never dared try. I had my first Fernet-Branca with Jane, and for that, I am eternally grateful. She is a smart, vibrant, hilarious and beautiful person and I am incredibly thankful that I met her and get to have her in my life. Her bar, the Sparetime in Savannah, Georgia, is my favorite bar in America. I know that is a bold statement, but there is something very different about the Sparetime. The cocktail menu, the incredible employees, the record collection, all of these things make Jane, her people and her bar extraordinary. If you find yourself in Savannah, you are doing yourself a disservice unless you pay them a visit.

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