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Vancouver’s Green and Growth (June 2015 and October 2017-February 2018)
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Vancouver’s gems include its cluster of green parks, architectural designs and beaches adjoining the city. Bike trails lead right into suburbs with houses on steep slopes, like that of San Francisco. Trails bring fresh, new views at every turn. Bicycling along the seawall easily took us on … Read More

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Mud and Roosters – Kauai, Hawaii (November 2017)
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Rain again. Just a little over a mile of hiking into Hawaii’s 11-mile Kalalau Trail and the path was silken clay. It was like skiing through the trail rather than treading. A walking stick was pleasantly useful. Kauai had one … Read More

Autumn Day in Enchanting DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (October 2017)
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Surrounded by nature in Autumn’s aura, our own creations nestle in deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.

A Piece of Heaven: Purgatory Chasm State Reservation and Foppema’s Orchard (October 2017)
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Over the meadows and through the woods, we crawl our way between crevices and crumbling leaves. In Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, we are children in the arms of Mother Nature. Fall foliage silently deliver their first and last pirouette as … Read More

The Green São Miguel Island, Azores Portugal (April 2017)
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São Miguel, one of the nine islands of the Azores and the largest among Portugal’s archipelago, was blooming with vegetation and pink flowers. In April with the low season, there was no traffic, nor lines to wait to enter tourist … Read More

Desert Grace in Joshua Tree National Park (November-December 2016)
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First Impression of Joshua Tree National Park After startling wildlife encounters with a coyote and kangaroo rat upon leaving Death Valley and driving for nearly four hours under a canopy of stars, we finally arrived at the home of Joshua trees … Read More

Calm the Rush: Sin City to Red Rock Canyon (November 2016 and May 2017)
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We started off our trip to the West coast with an adrenaline rush at Sin City Las Vegas followed by a calm at Red Rock Canyon and the Hoover Dam. This was my third time in Las Vegas. I think coming here once … Read More

Life-giving Death Valley National Park (November 2016)
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Death Valley National Park Make your way through Death Valley National Park from as far as Ubehebe Crater to the Amargosa Opera House and you will strike gold. There’s so much natural beauty to see in this desert. When you are … Read More

Rhyolite Ghost Town and Beatty Nevada (November 2016)
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Prior to venturing off into Death Valley National Park, we explored Beatty and Rhyolite, which were small towns in Nevada, immediately outside the national park area. The environment in this region makes you feel as if you just stepped back into time. At … Read More

Acadia Natural Wonders (September-October 2016)
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I remember coming to Acadia National Park in Maine as a child with my family, full of wonder, and got a nature guide book from their gift shop. Inside the book, I inserted a maple leaf I found on one … Read More

A Grand Old Time In Stockholm, Sweden (July 2016)
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This was my second time in Stockholm, Sweden, in over a decade, and I saw a different side of the city in the summertime. Previously, I experienced a Stockholm that was covered in a blanket of snow, but was equally … Read More

Prague’s Architectural Wonderland (July 2016)
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Prague, in the Czech Republic, is like a portfolio of architectural styles and structures. Together, the city is greater than the sum of its parts. Each building design brought a different flavor to the city, giving tourists a unique experience. … Read More

Do Justice On Art – Reflections While On Jury Duty (February 2016)
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Free Will. Do Justice On Art I once had an art appreciator and colleague ask me something out of the ordinary along the lines of: “Are you worried or have you ever thought what someone might do to your art … Read More

Initiation Into The Jury System (February 2016)
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Initiation Into The Jury System – My Civic Obligation A juror’s process of initiation begins with surrendering to the legal system and exercising its standard of reasonable certainty. During my civic obligation of jury duty on Friday, I was equipped with … Read More

Lisbon-Sintra: Timeless Exuberance in Detail (October 2015)
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Lisbon, shaken and bandaged by the 1755 earthquake, emerges with a new face, more beautiful with age. As Portugal’s capital, we found this old-world city standing tall from the toll. The Carmo Convent is the perfect testament to this with … Read More

Maui Cliff-hangers Await the Wanderlust (June 2015)
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‘Aloha’ they say. Whether one is searching for an oasis of calm or an adrenaline rush, Hawaii’s Maui offers a plethora of both. From the drive through majestic, luscious valleys of little-known Kahekili Highway – a one-lane strip at the northwest … Read More

Toronto’s Transformation (March 2015)
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We rediscovered a new disheveled Toronto in the wintry spring, while sprinting from Downtown to Uptown and back. Modernism intersected old-world charm evident in the sites we visited. Sprinting between University Avenue, Dundas Square and Spadina Avenue gave us a … Read More

Old with New in Denver Colorado (December 2014)
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Denver reminded me a lot of Toronto, clashing the old with the new construction.

Light Geometry in Arizona’s Upper Antelope Canyon (September 2014)
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Visiting Upper Antelope Canyon on Navajo Nation boundary did not require any climbing as opposed to Lower Antelope canyon. It’s on ground level, but don’t be deceived by the plain appearance of the canyon from the outside. Once we were … Read More

South Rim Grand Canyon National Park (August-September 2014 and May 2017)
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Visiting the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in the Summer again. I hiked all the trails that led to each of the South Rim’s overlook view points, including Hermits Rest, Pima Point, Monument Creek Vista, The Abyss, Mohave Point, Hopi … Read More

Arizona Attractions & Escapism (September 2014 and May 2017)
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There are multiple tourist attractions in Arizona other than Grand Canyon, including Sedona Red Rock Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon Dam. See how the Colorado River carved its way through the rocks by viewing the photo galleries below. Sedona & … Read More

Water Photography at the Boston Harbor (August 2014)
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Exploring the resilience of water and the dynamic home it provides for sea creatures. Even more than that, water is the essential element for life. These photos were taken at the Boston Harbor. Water Photography

Under Dunes of Salisbury Beach (June 2014)
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Surrounding sand dunes make Salisbury Beach unique. Beach goers come here with their family for fishing or picnicking. Even the parking area is large enough to accommodate a crowd. There are a variety of vegetation around the beach, including rich … Read More

The Essence of Time (May 2013)
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Spending a leisurely evening at Revere Beach, Massachusetts, and contemplating time, beauty of minimalism and metaphors. It was approaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit and spring is beginning to feel the pricks of the broom. Almost mechanically, people rushed to the beach. A clock, just steps … Read More

Natural Stone’s Lode Inspires Creativity (2012)
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When I worked for an architectural stone fabricator, I was always in awe of their natural stone collection in the showroom and warehouse. Each slab displayed its own unique pattern and color, inspiring creativity every day. It’s no wonder people would want these timeless … Read More

Digital Designs and Renderings
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Graphic designs created with Adobe Creative Suite applications, specifically Photoshop. Online and print marketing collateral for products and services. Digital designs and freehand sketches created with AutoCAD 2-D “FRAME OF MIND: macrocosm vs microcosm” is a conceptual digital design that represents the … Read More

Mixed Media & Paintings
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Mixed Media Paintings and Art with Found Objects My main art styles are conceptualism and expressionism, using mixed media. I like to experiment with the concept of how combinations of geometry, colors and textures trigger emotions, so that I seek to … Read More

New England Nooks & Crannies
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New England is filled with pockets of delight in all its nooks and crannies. Especially in places like Boston, where one can just take the public transportation everywhere, it makes driving and parking a non-issue. Day and night in any … Read More

California & Florida Photography
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Two very scenic and relaxing places for a visit are California and Florida in the U.S. My trips to these two locations were separate; however, these places did have noticeable things in common, like the sunshine and beautiful beaches. Boca … Read More

Finding Peace and Quietness in the American Southwest
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Bryce Canyon is probably the most breathtaking national park I have ever seen with its brightly iron colored spires, amphitheater and gorge. The peacefulness here was remarkable and divine. Hiking practically all the trails here was a workout but absolutely … Read More

Colorful Transitions & Tree Scape
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Trees go through a yearly metamorphosis as the seasons change. Autumn is peak season in terms of color in foliage. Here are photos of trees in various parts of Massachusetts. Trees have a natural beauty whether barren or in full … Read More

Impressions of a Historic Garden’s Beauty and Wonder (August 2012)
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Botanical Garden / Ogród Botaniczny of the University of Wroclaw A summer visit to Wroclaw’s Botanical Garden (built in 1811) in Poland. A peaceful oasis right in the city center.  

The Breadth and Depth of Wroclaw Poland (August 2012)
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I explored Wroclaw Poland while on a student international volunteer program with Handshouse Studio. I visited the Old Town Square and Gross-Rosen concentration camp, among other sites. Wroclaw Old Town Square Street Art and Graffiti Churches Culture, Art, Architecture Footage of … Read More

Fright (August 2012)
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Gross-Rosen concentration camp, Silesia (now Rogoźnica), Poland Visiting the Gross-Rosen concentration camp was unreal. An estimated 125,000 inmates and 40,000 prisoners died there. The turmoil and cruel conditions they had to endure was unimaginable. We humans can be such heartless … Read More

Quiet Scenes From a Quintessential Resting Place (August 2012)
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Old Jewish Cemetery (Stary Cmentarz Zydowski) Visited this WWII battle ground site in Wroclaw, Poland. See video footage below.  

Making History In Poland’s Sanctuaries (August 2012)
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A few months ago, I immersed myself in a meditative project at the White Stork Synagogue (the only surviving synagogue in Wroclaw since the Holocaust) in Poland. Handshouse Studio’s “Learn by Doing” approach has inspired individuals and students of various disciplines to … Read More

Summer at the White Continent (February 2011)
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My Antarctica adventure started out from Boston, stopping through Buenos Aires and Patagonia, then crossing turbulent Drake Passage to the Antarctic islands. It was penguin breeding season and summer in Antarctica. I could see the eggs, migration trails and penguins … Read More

Fostering Creativity In Youths (2010-2011)
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As an Instructor at Salem Cyberspace from 2010-2011, my tasks involved designing, developing, and presenting art curriculum to school-age children from underserved families as part of the non-profit afterschool Art Enrichment Program. From program planning to preserving the limited budget, I developed lessons, activities, and exercises to … Read More

The Colors, Shapes and Needs of Kenya (July-August 2010)
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My volunteer trip to Kenya was both rewarding and adventurous. From seeing the sunset and elephants stroll through Maasai Mara to hitting water in the drilling of a well in rural Namanga for the Maasai people, there was no shortage … Read More

Crossing the Kenyan Border to Tanzania (August 2010)
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When I crossed the Kenyan border to Tanzania, my first observations were the colorful, patterned clothes worn, small textile stores and children all around. Since I had already spent some time in Kenya, I already noticed similarities in Tanzania. Tanzania, … Read More

Blissful Solitude and Gratitude (February-March 2010)
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New Zealand and Australia hold such beauty that it was only natural for me to want to travel here to enjoy it and preserve it as a conservation volunteer. It was important to find meaningful experiences in travel, especially when … Read More

Restless In New York (2008-2009, July 2017)
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New York City is the perfect place for creativity, especially street photography. There’s so much going on in New York that it pretty much reminds me of Las Vegas, only without the slot machines. The skyscrapers here frame the city. … Read More

Artist-In-Residence Program in Amsterdam (July 2009)
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There were special moments in each place I have traveled. Amsterdam was probably my most enjoyable trip. I was there creating art in an Artist-in-Residence program (view some artworks here). What made this experience so special was a combination of being … Read More

Treasured Island (June 2009)
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Puerto Rico has a little of everything you would want on a vacation, including sun, warmth and breeze. Close by our hotel in San Juan were lovely beaches with palm trees, so just taking a stroll in the area was … Read More

Holiday Season Travel In Three European Countries (December 2008)
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There never is enough vacation days, so packing three European countries in a single trip seemed logical. Not to mention, my travel experience was further enriched by going during the holiday season in December. I visited Italy, Switzerland and Russia. Just … Read More

Richness in Andean Life (April 2008)
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As travelers and tourists, temporary life outside of home in a foreign place like Peru may seem glamorous, but one cannot overlook the work it takes to sustain life in these areas. Uros Floating Islands, a man-made island, is one … Read More

Capitalized (March 2008)
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Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Metro Station Library of Congress Vietnam Veterans Memorial The National Museum of the American Indian The Embassy of Italy – The Italian Cultural Institute / The Chancery

Mexican Civilization Past and Present (July 2007)
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During my vacation in Mexico, I explored the art and culture of Mexico City and Teotihuacan. Sites visited included the Metropolitan Cathedral, San Francisco Church and Museum of Anthropology. The Laboratorio de Arte Alameda (LAA) in Mexico City focused on … Read More

China’s Pace Here and There (June 2007)
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Visiting China, my family origin, has been one of the most special trips for me, and an eyeopener into my identity. I am able to retrace my roots and see the cities at which my parents met and grew up. … Read More

Colorful Tibetan Lifestyle (June 2007)
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Upon landing at Lhasa, Tibet, at an elevation of over 11,000 feet above sea level, our Tibetan tour guide draped around our necks a white silk scarf, the color of compassion. Shadows of clouds were cast against the surrounding mountains. … Read More

Morocco Through My Eyes (May 2003)
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Initially drafted in a torn magazine during my flight home from Morocco, I wrote a poem inspired by a culture separate from our time. It’s a nation that often stands only to be seen from the corner of our eyes … Read More