Virginia Hamilton, Children’s Author And More.

February 18, 2017 § 1 Comment


Always honor those that came before.  I can’t think of a better person to celebrate for black history month than Virginia Hamilton.

Black History Month is when we reflect, remember and honor important African Americans. For anyone with children, America’s most honored author of children’s literature, Virginia Hamilton is one.

Native daughter of Yellow Springs, OH. Winner of The Edgar Allen Poe Award, The John Newbery Medal, The Hans Christian Andersen Medal for the body of her work, The MacArthur Fellowship (Genius Award and the first children’s author ever), The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, The Coretta Scott King Book Award and The Library of Congress Best Books for Children just to name a few. She was the most decorated author in children’s literature of any race or gender and created the The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Children when these terms didn’t exist. Incredible artist and trail blazer I salute you this month, black history month and every month because you aren’t just part of black history, but are a part of American history – Leigh Hamilton


“I love my home town, I live on land that has been in my family for generations. And being an Ohioan means that for me, there is nothing quite like an Ohio sky, unless it would be the beauty of an Ohio sunset.” – Virginia Hamilton

1934 – 2002

Happy Valentine’s Day.

February 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

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The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, Shadows.

February 12, 2017 § 1 Comment

What better place to find shadows than at a museum.  I’ll let you try and guess where these were taken.  img_6609img_6565img_6630

Snow Day.

February 10, 2017 § 2 Comments

Today was a rare snow day for New York City schools. Giving us all a fun, albeit brief break from our usual routine.  

Coming To America.

January 31, 2017 § Leave a comment


I wrote this a while back. My imaginary version of what it was like for my grandfather and grandmother when they arrived at Ellis Island. I’m horrified by the UN American cruel  and inhumane actions of our President and his administration. You don’t appreciate what you have until you are faced with losing it.

The day that we arrived we were woken up by a loud commotion on the deck. I quickly dressed and climbed the stairs up to see what was going on. The passengers were facing one direction. They were crying and praying in languages I didn’t understand. We were finally here. I could see it in the near distance — The great lady of the harbor we had heard about. Rose was still sick. I hurried and went to get our things together and help her get dressed. We would be docking soon and I wanted to make sure we had all of our papers in order. When we arrived at Ellis Island we were separated. I never forgot the fear in Rose’s eyes as they took her away. She was put into quarantine and I wouldn’t see her again for 2 days. I now moved through everything quickly and was cleared to leave but had to wait for my wife. I didn’t know what I would do if they sent her back. They fed us and had beds set up in what was called the Great Hall. I became friendly with a guard who helped me get a message to her. On the second day she was released and we purchased our tickets for Pennsylvania where I had a cousin. We boarded the ferry to New Jersey and from there took the train to Harrisburg to start our new life in America.

Ellis Island Ticket

Ellis Island Ticket

Mary Tyler Moore (1936 – 2017)

January 26, 2017 § 1 Comment



January 23, 2017 § 2 Comments

These are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase “alternative facts”…

When you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…

When you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….

These are not normal times.

The press has never seen anything like this before. The public has never seen anything like this before. And the political leaders of both parties have never seen anything like this before.

What can we do? We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. “A lie, is a lie, is a lie!” And if someone won’t say it, those of us who know that there is such a thing as the truth must do whatever is in our power to diminish the liar’s malignant reach into our society.

There is one group of people who can do a lot – very quickly. And that is Republicans in Congress. Without their support, Donald Trump’s presidency will falter. So here is what I think everyone in the press must do. If you are interviewing a Paul Ryan, a Mitch McConnell, or any other GOP elected official, the first question must be “what will you do to combat the lying from the White House?” If they dodge and weave, keep with the follow ups. And if they refuse to give a satisfactory answer, end the interview.

Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it. Everyone must answer that question.

Happy Boxing Day!

December 26, 2016 § 1 Comment

Boxing Day has a very special significance for me.  It’s the birthday of my Grandfather, Ben Benjamin, my motivation behind my blog. Enjoy your day!

Women Boxing On A Roof 1938.

Women Boxing On A Roof 1938.



Ben Benjamin.

A Curious Hand: The Prints of Henri-Charles Guérard (1846-1897)

December 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

Henri Charles Guérard, (1846-1897) At The NYPL Open now. Ends February 26th, 2017. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

The Assault of the Shoe, 1888.


December 10, 2016 § Leave a comment


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