Pantone: Color of the Year

Last April, my boss and stone mentor Ivo Cubi, owner of Cumar Marble and Granite, sent me to Italy where I fell in love with a white, gray, black and “greenery” colored stone called “White Beauty.” It whispered my favorite mentoring question: What do you see that I...

Couture Stone as Work of ART

People often ask, “What’s your favorite stone?” My answer is easy: one I haven’t seen before! Cutting-edge designers line up to get their hands on the most exotic stone lovingly harvested from all corners of the globe. Ivo Cubi at Cumar is the one who finds these...

Empowering Stone Design

If 2017 made you exhausted and you need a way to ramp up your energy for 2018, let me introduce you to some of my favorite stones to design with that have the power to turbocharge your life. Read...

Stone Reinterpretation by Artist Lew French

Ancient stones meticulously fused with driftwood that tell a mentoring story? This was the magic I found at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Martha’s Vineyard, when I discovered celebrated artist Lew French and his amazing work. Read...

The Living in Unlikely Places

Naturally formed objects above and below the earth led me to a fascination with petrified wood. Gigantic trees plunged into the earth, starved of oxygen and buried in total darkness for over 200 million years almost magically turns wood into stone. Read...

Stone Design and ‘Earthing’ Décor

Finally, meditation rooms are demanding space on blueprints. A dynamic leader in “calm” design, Meichi Peng focuses on areas specifically for rejuvenation. Stone is an essential ingredient found in most of her peaceful spaces. Read...

Celebrating Earth Day!

During one of my recent stone buying trips, my guide took a hard left off the trail, promising something wonderful awaited us. Hiking in the middle of nowhere, my human interaction with prehistoric footprints was about to merge. Unknown to me, dinosaur tracks are the...

When You Set Your ART Free

You can’t be a stone designer and not know Michelangelo’s quote: “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” This happened when master stone carvers Gerd and Patrick Dreher carved a piece of tourmaline into a gorgeous stone toad in Germany. Read...

A Natural Stone’s Spell

Passion for geological wonders has forced man to dig into the earth, searching for prehistoric treasures. We’re fueled by courage, guided by flickering light, and we’ll often risk it all to extract precious stones. Read...

A Mentor’s Magic

“You can have a lot of talent, but success will only be because of your mentors.” I fondly remember what my mentor, Grammy Award winning Patti Austin, once told me. Before I found Patti, I was, almost unconsciously, searching for someone to guide me through life. My...

My Mentors and Me

  Words cannot explain the level of euphoria I felt the other night, when I heard the first live note of my favorite artist ever, Doyle Bramhall II. For the past 20 years, I have been waiting and cheering for Doyle to reemerge, refocus, and deliver a supersonic solo...

The Making of History

Admittedly, I am not the world’s biggest sports fan, but I am a super fan of sports stories centering around mentoring. This year’s Super Bowl story is one of those award-winning greats, something capable of garnering Oscar nods. Nothing has touched my heart as much...

The Bicentennial Man: Henry David Thoreau

“Wherever there is beauty, you will find a home,” those words, bestowed upon me by a close friend in my childhood, struck the depths of my soul. Hailing from a quaint home in Lincoln, MA, I developed a deep connection to nature in my ongoing effort to escape the...

The Mentoring Chair of Hope

I could say that we discovered it, this heap of rusty links brimming with character and loaded with nostalgia. But I think the chain would argue that it found us. This powerful link had more than likely played a starring role in the construction of one of...