Category Archives: The World of Human Beings
Should We Stick Our Heads in the Sand?
We just lived through “the big one.” Hurricane Sandy was a more dangerous and destructive storm than 1962’s Hurricane Donna, and in terms of property damage, it far eclipsed the deadly 1938 Long Island Express, which catapulted a 30-foot-high wave … Continue reading
Are You Better Off Than You Were in 1974?
Things have changed a lot in the past eight years. In October, 2004, I stood in front of my class of sixth graders at Channel View School for Research to teach a lesson on the skill of persuasive speaking–the literacy … Continue reading
Celebrate Book Month by Rattling the Skeletons in Rockaway’s Closet!
The Rockaway Peninsula is a land of mystery. Did you ever wonder why we have a yacht club without a dock, and a graffiti-covered concrete box perched on a deserted stretch of bay front beach? And why there is a … Continue reading
Thanks to Aunt Abby Ryder
The summer media campaign for my book, Images of America: Rockaway Beach, closes on a high note, thanks to Aunt Abby’s historic bayfront clam chowder house. Today’s New York Times Dining Section features an article and photo spread, “Where Pirates Can Dock … Continue reading
“We Used to Vacation” and Other Lost Summer Rituals
I headed into the kitchen for my morning coffee, and flicked on the radio. A song recorded by The Cold War Kids was on, called We Used to Vacation. A great lost summer ritual. In the past week, I’ve been … Continue reading
Avoid the Lines, Buy Images of America: Rockaway Beach, Early!
So you’d like to be one of the first to own a signed copy of Images of America: Rockaway Beach, my new book published on June 4 by Arcadia. The kickoff event was at Ciro’s Pastry Shop, 415 Beach 129 Street … Continue reading
Inspired at the Laundromat
There they go again! The unsung elves of our cherished local Rockaway Artists’Alliance have toiled to create inspiring public art in some of the most unexpected places. Discovering this kind of public art adds to the offbeat joy of living … Continue reading
In Praise of WFUV
One of my favorite cause buttons carries a simple message: “The best things in life aren’t things.” A fixture of my life these days is non-commercial radio and television, where I now get much of my news, entertainment and creative … Continue reading
Finding Fannie Holland
I’ve received the good news that Images of America: Rockaway Beach will be published on June 4, 2012. I’m planning two upcoming slide show events in Belle Harbor to preview some photos from the book, one which will feature coffee and pastry on a Sunday … Continue reading
Inspired by “The Search for Harmony Bay”
I submitted the final content for my upcoming book to Arcadia Publishing on the second day of 2012, and it was quite a relief! Time to post an entry on Oy Vey Rockaway. The outstanding visual artists of Rockaway never … Continue reading