Adam Mars with I Love You billboard on LaCienega blvd.

I was raised by chefs so I know how to cook, though I don’t show off my knowledge much. I love prosciutto. My favorite restaurant is Taix in Echo Park.

My family. They allowed me to follow my creative passions and I try not to make them think I made a big mistake.

My favorite painting I made is called The Naughty Doppler. It still amazes me every time I see it. READ MORE

Derek Sivers

I’ve been deliberately cultivating his long attention span. Whatever he’s interested in, that’s the most important thing, so I encourage him to keep doing that as long as possible. I never say, “Come on! Let’s go. We’ll go to the beach or forest, and make things with sticks for five hours before he’s ready to switch. Other families come to the playground for 20 or 30 minutes, but we’d just stay there for hours, immersed in some newly invented game. Nobody else can hang with us like this. Everyone else gets so bored. Of course my adult mind wanders to all the other things we could be doing. But I let it go, and return to that present focus. READ MORE

Buoy on blue pillow

After Natalie read Miss Annie’s book excerpts, Buoy decided to contemplate his interview questions in the photo above. “THE ISLAND” is Davis’s second book that carries on the saga of the Judge and Katy, his new squeeze, including Miss Annie on the Island of Catalina. In addition to interviewing his fellow canines, Buoy enjoys swimming at his family’s lake house, being told how handsome he is, and playing with his friends (a white Labrador named Dewey and a Shih-Tzu named Nellie, to name a few). READ MORE

Vroman's bookstore logo

Vroman’s “AN INDIE BOOKSTORE MOMENT” by B.J. Hegedus I was working on a display table in our Home Emporium section, stacks of new cookbooks, waiting for their place alongside gift merchandise. Figuring it all out is akin to real life Tetrus. While stringing twinkle lights through some very tall branches I’d discovered in our fixture room, a woman walked up to me and asked if I might be able to recommend a new book for her to read. What do you like to read, I asked. Mysteries with strongly defined characters she said. She loved to find authors whom had written numerous books so she READ MORE

Secrets of the Young & Successful

To be successful, we all have to be able to sell ourselves quickly and clearly. Just think: How can other people buy into your vision and what you’re all about if they don’t know what you have to offer in the first place? One of the most remarkable things about the Young and Successful is that they almost always have a story to tell that defines them. When asked what they’re up to, they never utter the useless response, “Uh, nothing much.” READ MORE

Tribes by Seth Godin

Publisher’s note: Seth Godin inspired the project TribeLA Magazine. His books have played an important role in my career as a radio executive and as an entrepreneur. Day 21 of TribeLA Magazine’s online launch brings you this exclusive interview with the godfather of modern day creative-thought-leadership.

When Seth wrote Tribes (We Need You to Lead Us) in 2008, he was at the tip of the iceberg with something very grand. Since that introduction, the market has changed and Tribes have sprung up all over the world that some call weird… but what is weird to some is normal for others, depending on where you live. We call it Cultures and Los Angeles has many diverse Cultures. How do we connect with each other… Tribe to Tribe… culture to culture? Let’s start with telling our stories through Art. READ MORE

Author Jewel Diamond Taylor

This powerful attribute is what athletes experience on the football field, baseball field or basketball court. The players train themselves to tune out personal problems, household chores, the news, physical pain, poor weather or any distracting elements.

Life is likened to a game. Once you decide to stop being a spectator and become a participator… you have to develop a game plan, focus on your goal, listen to your coach, tune out the opposing spectators and be willing to handle resistance and tackles. READ MORE

Derek Sivers

I learned this living in Los Angeles, when I was friends with some famous Hollywood actors, and realized they’re not as rich as you’d think. The richest people in Hollywood are the ones you’ve never heard of, because they’ve optimized their career for money. They know others are willing to take less money in return for more fame, so they profit from the other side of that deal. READ MORE

Author Jewel Diamond Taylor

ARE YOU IN THE DIAMOND LANE? by Jewel Diamond Taylor I live in Southern California where there are lots of people, cars and freeways. The “diamond lane” is the designated commuter lane. It is an incentive for two or more commuters to help shorten their driving time and reduce traffic jams and pollution. Whenever I’m in the “diamond lane,” I arrive at my destination faster and I have someone sharing my journey with me, desiring the same destination. We have the opportunity to talk and share, and my journey seems less of a hassle. In life’s journey, traveling the “diamond lane” sometimes will help you arrive at your goal faster. Who READ MORE