The Genius Art of Moving Forward

The Road to Self-Actualization Through Attachment By Ross Stressing free will and self-actualization, in 1826 English essayist William Hazlitt published “On Application to Study.” It was a well-crafted essay delving into the art of staying engaged, and through that particular process, we find our way of moving forward. It is a concept that fits neatly…

The Struggle for the Deservedness of Love

Courage in the Face of Fear By Steven Ross LCSW RSW “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it,” wrote Nelson Mandela in his 1994 memoir “Long Walk to Freedom.” He was a wise man that discovered through trauma that courage and fear aren’t opposites, but are qualities…

Resilience and Myself in the Time of COVID-19

Resilience and Myself in the Time of COVID-19 By Steven Ross LCSW RSW NASM One morning in mid-March, I woke up in my bedroom in NYC, and thought, well, this isn’t looking very good. I had just flown into the city about five days prior from Toronto for a weekend of work and theatre. I’ve…

In Canada, Watching TVO’s “The Fruit Machine” Through Tears

The TV Experience: TVO’s “The Fruit Machine” documentary By Ross Many people have a view of Canada that I must admit I readily enable and support during my 30+ years living in New York City and Los Angeles. It’s the idea that as a country, we are a forward-thinking progressive society and accepting of others,…

The Weasel and The Porcupine. 

The Weasel and the Porcupine.  By Steven Ross LCSW There once was a weasel who met a beautiful sweet faced porcupine. He fell in love with that sweet faced porcupine and the porcupine fell in love with the weasel. The weasel could tell he was a bit sad and a bit hurt by the world…

People Places & Things: One Messy But Awesome Seagull.

Denise Gough (center). Photo by Teddy Wolff. People Places & Things: One Messy But Awesome Seagull. By Ross “I am a seagull,” she cries, but no, that’s not quite right. Denise Gough, the Olivier award winning actress, on the other hand, is getting it all perfectly right in the phenomenal People, Places & Things. It’s a…

Lady Bird: A Movie Review

Lady Bird. Saoirse Ronan, Beanie Feldstein.  Lady Bird: Love Letters to Mom and Sacramento, if you can believe it. By Ross for frontmezzjunkies This lovely and engaging teen angst drama is basically numerous love letters all enmeshed into one teenager’s tale of awakening to the complexities of adulthood. “Lady Bird“, the directorial debut of Greta Gerwig (“Frances Ha“)…

Torch Song: Under a Broken Red Neon Sign, A Love Story.

Torch Song: Under a Broken Red Neon Sign, A Love Story. By Ross It all begins, under the broken neon red Torch Song sign, with the illusion of perfection with big dash of fabulousness, well, one that is under construction. A drag queen preparing in front of a mirror for her performance to come. Applying the layers…