17-02-22 This Can Not Stand #Resist


I am a parent. I have a wonderful child, a young adult, still in college, who is committed to helping his fellow citizens, friends, strangers. His goal in life is to help individuals who need help. He is Trans. If you are truly my friend, you will write, call, visit everyone in any position of power, every public servant ( i.e our employees) to get this changed. If you approve of this move by the person who sits in the Oval Office, please defriend/delink/de whatever me. Please leave. If you can not accept my child as the person he is, I do not want you here.
Thank you to all who I know are as outraged as I am.
#resist #fightback


Dump Trump and Company

17-01-23 Images From The Woman’s March on NYC


I spent about 9 hours at the NYC March on Saturday. Did some marching, lots of yelling and a massive amount of photographing.

Here are a small selection of my favorite images as of today…

I suggest playing the song (at bottom) as you browse…Click on the images to enlarge.







16-06-10 Reality – Please Help

This is not my picture…

As you, my WordPress readers know I have spent many years helping Katherine Alford raise money for River Pool at Beacon as she swims the Hudson. I have, perhaps been a little bit of a nag about that.

This request is different. It is not to help support a cause that cleans up a river and lets underprivileged children swim.  It is not to support a child’s last wish. I am quite literally asking you to potentially help save a young girl’s life.
I cannot possibly explain the issue better than Suzie’s dad, Paul Hope, does below.
I will quote this one sentence, however: “But rarer still is the fact that after speaking to experts around the word, we believe that Suzie is one of probably 5 children in history in which we have caught the disease in time to treat, and potentially cure her.”
A dollar, $5, $10, $100 it doesn’t matter. If you can help this family in any way, I ask you to do so.

Across The River I Go (Again!) | River Pool at Beacon

Katherine is swimming the Hudson again to benefit River Pool at Beacon. Please contribute if you would like!


Across The River I Go (Again!) | River Pool at Beacon.

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15-04-22 Gowanus Canal (Brooklyn’s Own Superfund Site) – An Earthday Tribute

I was in Brooklyn at The Gowanus Canal yesterday. Today, in honor of Earth Day, a man spent an hour swimming in it…

New York Times —–

WPIX – Channel 11.

The man’s name is Christopher Swain. In 2004, he swam the entire length of the Hudson to support clean water. He is a man who puts his body where his mouth is…

My day was not so adventurous.





8-7-13 Maybe Tomorrow


I am not going to be able to follow through on a commitment I made to myself.  This does not make me happy.

I said yesterday that today  I would definitely write about the Two Row Wampum Renewal campaign in a thorough manner and show pictures of the 200 or so kayaks and canoes landing in Peekskill in the shadows of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. You will get a very few pictures tonight but unless you click the link above, no real explanation of the event the southern half of which started in Troy, NY on July 27th and will end at the UN on Saturday, August 10th. I hope to be able to do so tomorrow but only time will tell.

$0 year old - soon to be unlicensed - Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

$0 year old – soon to be unlicensed – Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

Chief Samuel George, Cayuga Nation with Children from The City of Peekskill  Youth Bureau

Chief Samuel George, Cayuga Nation with children from The City of Peekskill Youth Bureau

Here they come

Here they come

Closing In

Closing In

Hickory Edwards - Paddle Leader

Hickory Edwards – Paddle Leader

Two Rows Wampum Renewal Campaign

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.