I met him when he joined a program I was facilitating in an Ulster County prison. Although he was younger than me, he looked ancient — an old man, old before his time. He hobbled into the room, in pain from sciatica with his 55 years locked up in airless spaces, with minimal good food and health care, bad teeth showing through a wane smile, sparse gray hair falling on his shoulders. Resignation and abdication were the expressions he wore, a surrender born of hopelessness.
How could I have known what was to come the day the drive over the mountain, through the Hudson Valley
The old attitude, that women were responsible for what happened to them at the hands of men, was prevalent among men, women, the law and society at large. That belief has prevailed to varying degrees until recently.
New Paltz is much more diverse than it was decades ago, has more traffic and tourism. How do residents feel about these changes?
Never before in my lifetime, even in the 1960’s, when Margaret Mead said, “was the worst division between Americans we will ever see,” has there been so much divisiveness coming from all sides on so many issues affecting life here.
When I mixed the oil colors together, all the hues turned out the color of backed-up septic waste. I had a monumental task, way beyond the collages and crayon relief drawings assigned in seventh grade art class. I was driven to express through a single painting what finding out about the Holocaust did to my childhood heart.
Thoughts on the allegations against astrologer Eric Francis, who lost jobs with Chronogram, Radio Kingston and the Omega Institute after several women came forward with stories of his sexually inappropriate behavior.
Male predatory behavior is due, in part, to biology. So what do we do?
He painted in a style referred to as Abstract Expressionism and was part of a group of artists known as the New York School. Other painters in this group included Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky and Mark Rothko.
Does the worst mass shooting, determined by numbers killed, make this one different, really? The other shootings — 23 mass