At Home with De Hooch

Week five of the shutdown. The initial dread and diversion has faded. The existential doubt rises up and we wonder about our basic survival- much as the first settlers of New Amsterdam did long ago when they first arrived here to start a trading outpost. The island of Manna-hatta has become a wild and empty place again and I feel the Dutch spirit rising up from beneath the asphalt.


Books We Love: Yonkers in the Twentieth Century

For anyone who is interested in the 20th Century history of Yonkers, this book is a must-read. Also, anyone who is interested in the history of American cities that have roots in an 18th Century colonial past and an industrial 19th Century past will also benefit.  Author Marilyn E. Weigold does a fine job of unfolding the city’s rich history which is rooted in the waves of immigrants who found their way to America to seek jobs with a good living wage and a safe place to raise their families. 


The Next President Must Harness the Virus Debt for Economic Growth

The Next President Must Harness the Virus Debt for Economic Growth.  Historic Levels of Unemployment Claims and Business Shutdowns Have Required the Greatest Surge in Government Debt Since WW II. 

 


How to Feed the World in a Pandemic

Coronavirus Victory Gardens: How to Feed the World in a Pandemic...The “biointensive” growing system, a modernized version of an ancient method, could provide a vast opportunity to employ idled workers and produce food.  


Books We Love: The Country Girls

I first discovered Edna O’Brien in a New Yorker article written by Emily Stokes February 26, 2018, covering her recent trip to New York City. (As distinguished from the controversial 2019 article written by Ian Parker.) 


Useful Tips for Winning Government Contracts

Securing contracts with local, state or federal government agencies can offer many benefits and advantages. These partnerships usually come with a strong degree of stability as governments are typically looking for long-term contracts and don’t change their vendors as frequently. 


“A Man for All Seasons”

A Man for All Seasons: A morality play that’s especially relevant for this dark time in our history.


WILLIAM LULOW – Capturing the Rhythm of Light

Master photographer William “Bill” Lulow characterizes light as the essential element that controls all of his photographs. Form, texture and composition come into play, but it is always light that steals the show. Lulow says, “I bring my lifelong love of photography and my studio lighting expertise to everything I shoot.” He describes his relationship with photography as a great passion, an ongoing love affair with the process of creating beautiful imagery.