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Milton Glaser

A color drawing of a dog by his dead owner’s feet and a typewriter.
Milton Glaser’s poster for the Olivetti Valentine typewriter.

Today I called my mother in Italy and she told me she read in a newspaper there that Milton Glaser died last night, on his 91st birthday. Mom has one of Milton’s posters that he gave to me, and I gave to her. Although she never met him she was, like many, touched by his work.

It took me a while to absorb this, but tears came as I waited in line at the farmer’s market, later in the morning.


Clothed Figure Drawing, New York City, 2020

14th Street by Union Square, New York City, March 2015

Using Photography for Everyday Well-being #
Taking one photograph a day is good for your health: Interest in the connection between involvement in digital communities and well-being has increased as these communities become more commonplace. Specific models of interaction that affect well-being have emerged; here, we examine one of those models, termed ‘digital daily practice’. Digital daily practices involve a commitment to doing one thing – exercise, photography and writing – every day and sharing it online. …continue

Does This Path Have a Heart?

Before you embark on any path ask the question: Does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. The trouble is nobody asks the question; and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path.

The Absence of Strong Women #
Frankenstein: The 1818 Text

From Charlotte Gordon’s introduction to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The 1818 Text:

…Ultimately, the absence of strong women holds the key to Frankenstein’s main themes. When women are not allowed to have a voice, or to play important roles in society, Mary implies, loss ensues. Unchecked male ambition will lead to destruction, injustice, and devastation.

Frankenstein is the story of one man’s obsession with the creation of life, and his subsequent abandonment of his creation. It is a study of guilt and innocence, creativity and destruction. But it is also a cautionary tale. By fearing the stranger, by abusing the vulnerable and the outcast, society creates its own monsters.


Fish School Near Isola del Giglio, Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy, July 2010

A version of this photograph is available for sale as a poster and on shirts, socks and iPhone cases on Teespring

Life Drawing at Columbia, New York City, October 2017

7 Planets Identified Orbiting Nearby Star #

The Elite computer game simulation becomes more prescient and more fun to play every time I read a NASA press release.

A Basic Income for Every Human Being

Food Shelter Clothes

I’ve recently been discussing the idea of a basic income for all human beings with a skeptical friend. I tell him that just because something hasn’t worked (or been tried) before doesn’t mean it can’t work. That’s how new ideas and paradigm shifts happen.

Love is Wise #

Hatred is foolish.

Tree by South Field East, Columbia University, New York City, July 2016

The Lost Library at the Waldorf Astoria, New York City, December 2015

Dad’s Ashes, Carbis Bay, Near St Ives, England, September 2012

My dad was born two months before Capa’s photograph was taken.

I miss my dad very much.

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Life is Once, Forever

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Living and Looking, and ‘There Are No Maybes’.