Celebrity Duck Takes Manhattan!

Celebrity Duck Takes Manhattan!

Feeling bruised after an expensive and somewhat painful dental appointment, I took a detour into Central Park to lighten my spirits.  Walking by the pond by 59th Street and 5th Avenue, in the shadow of the Plaza Hotel, I noticed a crowd pressed at the edge of the...
Celebrating Old Age at the Burning Ghats in Benares

Celebrating Old Age at the Burning Ghats in Benares

Benares, also known as Varanasi, is the holiest city in India and one of the oldest living cities of the world.  It is built on the banks of the sacred river Ganges – a place of pilgrimage and home to Shiva, the volatile and compassionate god who is known as the...
Remembering 5Pointz

Remembering 5Pointz

Three years ago I biked across the Queensboro Bridge to admire and photograph the spraypainted graffiti murals at the fabled location in Long Island City known as 5Pointz.  Painted on the walls of a 200,000 square foot factory building, 5Pointz had a reputation as the...
A Lost Manhattan Landmark

A Lost Manhattan Landmark

I was saddened by the blaze that destroyed Beth Medrash Hagadol, the 167 year old landmarked synagogue on the Lower East Side.  The building was not in use since 2007, and I photographed this structure when it had an active congregation in 1987.  When I heard about...
An Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Tuscany

An Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Tuscany

Tuscany is an enchanting place filled with scenic beauty, but beneath the surface there is dark history. On a recent painting trip to Italy I had the opportunity to tour an abandoned psychiatric hospital in the town of Volterra. In the late 19th Century when it was...
Aging on the Covers of The Gerontologist

Aging on the Covers of The Gerontologist

Looking back at my published work on the covers of The Gerontologist, two underlying themes are diversity and strength in old age. Any student of aging knows that the older population is more diverse than ever, with differences expressed in color, culture, identity,...