7-29-14 River Pool At Beacon – Guest Blog

I am turning the words over to Katherine today…

In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013 I participated in the Annual Great Newburgh To Beacon Hudson River Swim   across the Hudson to raise money for the Beacon River Pool. The Hudson is America’s “first” river and this swim demonstrates that we can clean up the Hudson for the benefit of all. It was an amazing experience – imagine finding yourself in a Hudson River School Painting. It’s ridiculously thrilling. ———————–


As many of you know, the pool is a creation of the community and Pete Seeger was one of the lead creators. It will be odd to swim this year, the 11th year of the swim, without him leading us all in a rousing version of This Land Is Your Land but that is why I feel that it is even more important that I swim this year. An important part of the community has moved on and we need to help keep the idea and the reality alive.

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As my friend Karen Frillman put it:

“Pete created paths for so many people to walk down. He loved life. He wanted everyone – and that meant anyone- to feel their humanity- to enjoy the pleasure of singing tunes together and better yet with harmony, to eat a home baked strawberry shortcake and in the case of the riverpool, to dip into his beloved Hudson on a hot day and have fun! I feel he reminded me how great it is to be part of something bigger than myself, to get involved, be conscious, don’t say it can’t be done but how can we do it? Pete, you were a great teacher. Thank you.”

So if you want to help out River Pool and continue to support healthy, clean, swimmable Rivers hit the Join Us button RIGHT HERE!. If you are uncomfortable with putting your information out on the net you can certainly send me a check for River Pool that I will bring to the swim. Or if you just want to come out and cheer on the swimmers, join us riverside in Newburgh August 2 around 11:30 for the gathering and 12:30 for splash time!! Thank you in advance and look for Robert’s pictures of the event sometime after August 3rd.

Boro Walk

7-29-13 It Was A Beautiful Day For A Swim

Saturday was a perfect weather day for swimming the Hudson River. Temperature was in the mid 80’s, very little wind and partly sunny. We could not have asked for better. I am still working on making the photographs but I wanted to get some shots onto the blog. These have been worked a bit, exposure and white balance mostly, but no magic.

- A technical note for any camera gear folks, I rented a Nikon D600 and a beautiful Nikon 24mm lens to go with my 50mm and my 70-300 zoom-

The Woody Guthrie arrives in Newburgh

The Woody Guthrie arrives in Newburgh

Pete Seeger singing Turn Turn Turn (the lyric he is singing, A Time To Mourn)

Pete Seeger singing Turn Turn Turn (the lyric he is singing, A Time To Mourn)

This Land Is Your Land

This Land Is Your Land

Fuck Cancer

Fuck Cancer

Group 1 in the water

Group 1 in the water

The first swimmer arrives in Beacon (23/24 minutes!)

The first swimmer arrives in Beacon (23/24 minutes!)

Abigail and Helena hanging with Pete - "I think I'll just sit down next to these two beautiful ladies"

Abigail and Helena hanging with Pete – “I think I’ll just sit down next to these two beautiful ladies”

Mid Swim

Mid Swim

Katherine 50 yards from the finish

Katherine 50 yards from the finish

Former policeman from Lima Peru. Lost his arm, leg and eye trying to defuse a bomb. Now lives in White Plains. Swims every year.

Former policeman from Lima Peru. Lost his arm, leg, and eye trying to defuse a bomb. Now lives in White Plains. Swims every year.

The 10th Annual Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim

It was a beautiful day

It was a beautiful day

7-16-13 The 10th Annual Great Newburgh To Beacon Hudson River Swim

Hudson Swim

As some of you know Katherine (that would be my wife of 28, and partner of 36, years) swam the Hudson to benefit River Pool in 2008-09-10 but was unable to do so for health reasons the past two years.

Well- SHE IS BACK. This year the swim is on Saturday, July 27th If you can donate to the cause of River Pool,  that is great, but whether or no, please send your encouragement and good wishes.

I will have pictures of the event as soon as I am able after it happens. It is always a great day. 250 swimmers and about 100 kayakers, plus the sloop Woody Guthrie and usually Pete Seeger comes out to sing them on. I don’t know if he will be there this year as his wife Toshi just passed away the other day at the age of 91 (they meet in 1943!) but he and Toshi are always there in spirit.

You can learn more about River Pool HERE.

Travel theme: Summer

I am not a joiner and I don’t do “one-off” challenges but I am also a mass of contradictions and this particular challenge which Vlad over at Wind Against Current and Reb over at ColderWeather suggested in their blogs intrigued me.  It is being run by Ailsa of Where’s my backpack? and the theme is – well, see the title of this post.  I have no idea if these photos challenges are supposed to be limited to one picture or if you can use several but since summer means more than one thing to me…

The real kickoff to a New York summer – The Gay Pride Parade

The tidal flats of Blackfish Creek in Wellfleet MA.

Pete Seeger warming up

the swimmers of the The Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim

and, of course,

Lincoln Center‘s Midsummer Nights Swing

5-2-12 The People Ride In A Hole In The Ground

Some of you may recall that when I was in Dominica and climbed to The Boiling Lake, I hurt my knee.  Turns out that I have a “severe grade 1 sprain” of the Medial Collateral Ligament…Nothing much to be done but let it heal slowly (8-10 weeks expected) although my doctor did warn me off of long walks and pivoting or cutting motions.  Naturally my adventures with OWS yesterday involved some running, to get ahead of the march, some unintentional cutting, to make sure I didn’t run into or get run over by anyone and some random knee bumping.  It was 55 degrees, rainy and the knee  was hurting today so I traveled by subway.

These are from the 59th Street – Columbus Circle station…

The bottom two shots are of people playing with computerized images of dogs who “fetch” the ball you have “thrown”…



5:00 PM – Sky over The Hudson River from Yonkers

And since this will post on May 3rd – a very happy birthday to Pete Seeger who turns 93 today.

10-21-11 There’s Something Happening Here

“Wall Street: A thoroughfare that begins in a graveyard and ends in a river”

Source Unknown (by me)

Pete Seeger marches in support of Occupy Wall Street.

Being a blog about the Hudson River…Pete Seeger being one of the great champions of the river and a truly great citizen of The United States, I truly felt the need to report this.  To quote Mr. Seeger:

“The words are simple: I could be happy spending my days on the river that flows both way-ay-ays,”

9-5-11 Happy Outsourcing Day!

Union Maid – Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie

Anti free market ideas/laws caused by Unions (list borrowed from: lobotero):

  1. Weekends
  2. All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
  3. Paid Vacation
  4. FMLA
  5. Sick Leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum Wage
  8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
  9. 8-Hour Work Day
  10. Overtime Pay
  11. Child Labor Laws
  12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  13. 40 Hour Work Week
  14. Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
  15. Unemployment Insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  18. Employer Health Care Insurance
  19. Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  20. Wrongful Termination Laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  22. Whistleblower Protection Laws
  23. Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
  24. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  25. Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
  26. Sexual Harassment Laws
  27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  28. Holiday Pay
  29. Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  30. Privacy Rights
  31. Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  32. Military Leave
  33. The Right to Strike
  34. Public Education for Children
  35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
  36. Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

Damn them!

“The Labor Movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.