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I am a worker, photographer, and writer. I am now working on a counseling masters degree focusing on youth and community, neurology and medication, and underlying genetics.

My photography is my greatest accomplishment. The style is the art of photojournalism, and I also photograph nature with much the same approach.

I try to show life, or tell a story, as it is by connecting with the subjects, or the impressions they have left behind as photograph-able artifacts. There is much empathy in nature, and the beauty of nature, technically speaking aesthetics, tells us that there is love in its creation, and definitely in its animals. My best animal subjects have been birds, and I have a significant beaver project. I am working to create an catalog of animal pictures especially within society's environments, or its artifacts.

Photojournalism, like journalism, has to be real, and not made up. What people expect from it is as artistic as fantasy art because they can use it to insert themselves into the environment that it portrays just as easily as they can insert themselves into a fantasy.

Occasionally the photojournalist has to step away from what is comfortable (and sell-able) and make a critical statements, and often the statement needs to be harsh, as there is some exceedingly harsh activity in the world today.

News: I am exhibiting widely, and selling work! This tremendous, as I never for a moment every expected anybody, let alone lots of people, to get my work :)

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Windows XP orphaned: 1/3 of computer users vulnerable Microsoft has pushed an estimated 1/3 of Windows users "out into the cold" by cutting systems security support for Windows XP, a system that is actually highly-loved. The implications are astounding --especially after Snowden. Corporations and government are openly promoting system "insecurity," thus losing their moral stand, making themselves, and us all, more vulnerable than ever.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's OFFICIAL, market crash in the offing--good time to unload? With every market rise there is a downturn, a sell-off that seems sad, but having personal feelings about an economic system is anthropomorphic: giving emotional values to a non-organismic object. Market crashes (and cycles) have basic meanings that are, in my opinion, highly unsavory; marketeers require flux to make money. If you think you can "time the market" as they do, forget it; they time YOU!

Thursday, December 20, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Defective Dominance Defective Dominance, a phrase I use often (but never wrote about) to describe the ugliness we see in "our" human society, is "defective dominance." This is to say that, because it is easy to profit using cruelty, and difficult to prevent cruelty through kindness (or profit from generosity), cruelty, and especially cruelty-causing genes, win out in "our" synthetic world.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Rainbow Gathering: Portraits and Still lifes I went to the Rainbow Gathering this year, July 1st through 7th, and concentrated on portraits because these people, in my opinion, are amongst the most important in society.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
American contagion: photos and thoughts on my return from Canada It is difficult to visit another nation, especially a successful one such as Canada, and not sense that there is something desperately wrong with the United States. I was visiting Canada when I had these thoughts. I took these pictures during the trip back, and just after my arrival back home two days ago--with these thoughts in mind.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Capital Structure Cheat Sheet -- 2nd Draft This is the second milestone for this document. A lot of supporting material has been added, and new ideas are emerging. Still, it is meant to be a tiny manual about the dominant structure, and it attempts to give clues about what to do about our situation.

Saturday, December 12, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Remembering Krishna It has been six months since my best friend and cat, Krishna, passed away. I wrote about him in a diary, and there was a huge response from both friends and strangers; it was, in fact, my most popular writing at the time. Many people wrote me about their cats being incredibly responsible family members. I also learned about animal euthanasia issues, maybe these experiences can help you.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bessa's Photographs at Brazen Betties Having experienced much of my political and philosophical inspiration here in the mountains of Northwest Connecticut, best known as the revolutionary Southern Berkshires, I am very happy to present for you photographs taken in the region that will be exhibited in area's biggest city, Torrington Connecticut, at Brazen Betty's.

Friday, November 20, 2009 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Defiance with Daniel Craig: Good movie that opens a BIG can of worms! Billed as a violent thriller, the defiance of enemy soldiers by loyal brothers, it delivers as advertised, and more, taking off right from the opening credits with the killing of family, family vengeance, and all-out world war. It also makes one curious, and opens a few inroads to the irony that is our recent history. I will follow this retro review with another: "Rabbit Redux: Eminem nearly a decade later."

Friday, October 2, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The "Art Roots" The "art roots" are sculpture made from roots systems found in the forest that I have "brought in" and preserved with varnish. They will be on display at the Unframed Artists Gallery in New Paltz, NY

Wednesday, September 9, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Yetta Kurland, NYC Candidate for City Council, A Photo Tour Yetta Kurland is a refreshing and highly-liberal anti-corruption candidate for the City Council in NYC from the 3rd district who will very likely unseat the powerful, and increasingly conservative, Speaker Christine Quinn.

Monday, July 20, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Americans Kill, so What is the Kindest Way to Kill? The death penalty is with us to stay because it is popular. Americans also seem to support mass imprisonment. Freedom? Not! But our national identity is not easily resolved, so let's instead discuss the issue of killing itself, and how it can be carried out in the fairest and most humane ways possible: an attainable goal. Also, lets look at the criteria for killing: can neural science be applied to determine guilt?

Saturday, April 18, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Saying Good-bye to Krishna Krishna was bigger than life, certainly the most thinking, emotional, and communicating cat I have ever seen. I rescued him, and probably would have found new owners for him, but he was so damn smart. He would sit with guests and try to talk. He lived with me through the Internet revolution, but I had to give him to my parents during the 2000's when conditions, including 9/11, forced me to leave NYC.

Saturday, April 11, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Lies of the Times: Obama needs to fufill his promise With the horrendous decline of Republican politics and policy under the final Bush, which mirrored the Republican decline after the Vietnam war, blame can easily be placed on previous presidential administration and its supporting congress for the present twin dilemmas of economic and environmental collapse. In fact, the American economy surged under the last Democrat, Clinton, and only collapsed with the arrival of Bush.

Monday, January 5, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Gaza Peace Rally in New York City, Janurary 3rd, 2009 There was a Gaza peace rally in New York City, on January 3rd, 2009. It was really peaceful, which is not what I expected when I went. The crowd was said to be about 10,000 - 20,000.