Category Archives: People

Free Verse

113013_7718copyWEBUnion Square, NYC. When inspiration strikes, hunt and peck, but it does make you wonder: Do you need an official poetic license to write free poems in New York?

Also posted in New York, Poetry

Portraits at Work

Miranda Roth, Vermont Student Assistance Corp., Winooski, VT.Vermont Student Assistance Corp., Winooski

Over the past year or so I had the opportunity to produce portraits for several Vermont organizations. The coverage ranged from photographing Vermonters affected by Tropical Storm Irene for the Vermont Community Foundation to annual report photos for the Vermont Student Assistance Corp., the organization that helps Vermont students pull together the finances for higher education, and Vermont Information Technology Leaders, an organization working to bring electronic medical records systems to health care providers.  I really enjoyed meeting all the people I photographed and although I hate to overwhelm the blog with multiple images in one post, here is a selection of some of the photos. If you like these, pass it on through the media bar below or any other way. And if you know anyone who needs portrait work, don’t hesitate to recommend me. Thanks!

Michael Herring, Herrings Family Farm, berlin, VT

Vermont Community Foundation, Berlin

Karen Bufka, St. Johnsbury, VT

Vermont Community Foundation, St. Johnsbury

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Vermont Community Foundation, Cuttingsville

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Vermont Community Foundation, Barre
Vermont Community Foundation, Waterbury
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Vermont Community Foundation, North Hero

 Dianne Griggs, Vermont Student Assistance Corp., Winooski, VT.Vermont Student Assistance Corp., Winooski

Lee Curtiss, Vermont Student Assistance Corp.Vermont Student Assistance Corp., Winooski

Vermont Student Assistance Corp., Winooski
Also posted in portraits, Vermont



More from the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, in all its glory: Above, a mountain bike stunt rider at the bike expo, Sioux Center. Below, they got the color scheme just right at Mid-State Milling in Clemons; sustenance on Day One near Sioux Center — all egg sales to benefit the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra; and knocked out in Webster City, despite (or because of?)  the eggs, the bacon, the pork chops, the multiplicity of pies, the walking tacos and the watermelon. Bottom, buena vista in Buena Vista. If you want to see the world’s largest popcorn ball, the Obama-Romney dunk tank, and polkaing bike shorts in the Czech Village, click here for even more from RAGBRAI! And a RAGBRAI video is here.


Also posted in agriculture, alternative energy, Bicycling, farming, Food, Iowa, RAGBRAI, roads, Travel

Cyrus, Elahna & Irene

When Elahna Sobel-Faryniarz saw the damage Tropical Storm Irene did to farmers’ fields in Vermont last August, she decided to help. She set up a lemonade stand along Route 14 near her East Calais home and started selling, eventually taking in $40.50, which she sent to the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury. Her gift was part of the total of $2.4 million so far donated to the fund. This spring Elahna visited the Scribner family’s Settlement Farm in Middlesex, where Cyrus Scribner, above with Elahna in one of the farm’s greenhouses, gave her a tour.  Settlement Farm received a $5,000 grant from the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund to help deal with the destruction the Winooski River did to the farm’s fields, one of about 200 farms to receive grants from the fund so far. More is here. 

Also posted in agriculture, farming, Food, Hurricane Irene

Making Fresh Tracks

Christina Castegren and Kris Tootle have done what Vermont farmers of 50 years ago would have considered unthinkable: On the remains of an old hill farm in the central Vermont town of Berlin they have created a vineyard, complete with acres of cold-tolerant grape vines and a solar-powered and geothermally heated winery and tasting room. It’s called Fresh Tracks Farm. I photographed them and Fresh Tracks for Dirk Van Susteren’s article in the Boston Globe. Below, some of their wines during a Friday-night wine tasting this spring.


Also posted in agriculture, alternative energy, farming, Food, Spring, Vermont

Home Share Gallery

Chandra and her cat were part of the series of portraits I made for Home Share Now, the Barre, VT, organization that matches home seekers with people who have space in their homes to share. When I started the project, I promised a gallery — so click here for the link.  Information on Home Share Now is here.

Also posted in black & white, Vermont

Farm Aid

David Cram and his partner, Anna Coloutti, run the Stone Village Farmers’ Market just north of Chester on Route 103 in southern Vermont. They lost 18 acres of produce when the Williams River flooded from the rains of Tropical Storm Irene last August. Cram is one of 177 farmers who have received aid through the Vermont Community Foundation’s Farm Disaster Relief Fund. VCF has so far awarded $1,576,300 of the more than $2.41 million in total contributions received or pledged to aid Vermont’s farmers in the wake of Irene and has just finished accepting a new round of grant applications.

An earlier post about VCF’s flood relief work is here.


Also posted in black & white, disasters, Hurricane Irene, Vermont, water, Weather

The Notch, Natch

It’s been one of those Decembers in north-central Vermont: virtually no snow. But there was a little bit over the weekend, packed down on the Smugglers Notch road in Stowe, now closed to traffic for the winter but open for skiers, ice climbers, dog walkers, strollers, sledders and anyone else who wants to venture past the gates that block each end. It’s almost the only cross-country ski option around, except for the Craftsbury Nordic Center, which successfully hosted hundreds of racers on a 1.5-kilometer loop Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned. We’ll be shoveling soon enough.



Also posted in exercise, Skiing, Snow, Vermont, Weather, Winter Tagged , , |

Santacon, NYC

I hate to overdo Santas, but I happened to be in New York during the annual flash mob known as Santacon, also known as the Santa Pub Crawl. Thousands of Santa wannabes followed Tweets around the city, from South Street Seaport to City Hall Park, Grand Central, the public library, Times Square and bars in between, depending on the Santa, since not all Santas are in it for the bars.  More pictures of the event and NYC in general are here. More about this red-and-white all over phenomenon is here.



Also posted in Christmas, Colors, New York City

You Definitely Better Not Shout

Nearly 1,200 Santas champ at their beards before the start of the first Ri Ra’s Santa 5-k Run and Walk on Church Street in Burlington, VT, Sunday. Let’s see: Beard: check! Hat: check! Santa jacket: check! Santa Belt: check! Baggy Santa pants: check! And off they went, to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Below, those beards can be a problem. Maybe some starch?

Also posted in Christmas, Colors, exercise, Vermont