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Military Health Issues lecture at Brown University.

2012/03/08

I was invited to speak to a class in the Sociology department at Brown University on March 6, 2012.

The professor, Dr. Smith interviewed me several years ago for an ongoing study he’s conducting about recent combat veterans. Smith extended the invitation to me at the beginning of February and since then I had been looking forward to engaging the class in a discussion about my issues with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and how I have learned to cope since leaving the military in August of 2005.

This is the full 28 minute lecture.

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Speaking with this class was rewarding and inspiring. All of the students were engaged in the discussion, knew a great deal about these issues that veterans face and really cared about the topic. It was an awesome two hours and in speaking with Dr. Smith after the class, I continued to say that it just wasn’t enough time and I kept bringing up new points which could be covered. Overall it was just a great experience and I have to extend my sincere thanks to the class and to their professor for their invitation to speak.

It also helped to focus me a bit on what I want to do in documentary photographic work as well as future academic study.

Trip to the Pacific Northwest. February, 2012. Don’t Panic.

2012/02/12

I landed in Portland, Oregon last Thursday night, the 39th day of the year, to attend the wedding of my friends Mike and Teri.

I’ve known Mike since December, 2000 when we both were in the Navy stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I was a ‘weather guesser” back then and he was the supply guy for the whole weather facility.

I took this only a few hours after landing, on the morning of a very busy day. The wedding was scheduled for the following day (Saturday) and Mike had a ton of things to take care of.

Things like picking up his tuxedo. (Long-time friend Kevin on the left and Mike on the right.)

Teri also had her work cut out for her. She’s a designer and made her wedding dress. She put an untold number of hours into the gorgeous dress.

The theme of the wedding was to be one inspired by Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. To make it even more exciting, Mike and Teri decided to have the ceremony done at Voodoo Doughnut, on February 11, the 42nd day of the year.

Strangely, the answer to all things pulls in quite a crowd and to the surprise of Cat Daddy, one of the owners of Voodoo Doughnut, the wedding drew more people than the building could fit so they decided to move it outside on a very rare sunny day in February.

Cat Daddy’s swanky shoes:

The crowd gathered and eventually choked the parking lot it was that big.

Cat Daddy also performed the ceremony. He arrived in an amazing tuxedo and, dressed for the occasion, had a towel draped around his shoulders (you have to know where your towel is.)

Teri, Cat Daddy and Mike, during the exchange of rings.

Married!

After they kissed, the bride and groom took their first step as a married couple:

The crowd gathered on the side of the building where a spread of doughnuts and coffee was prepared for everyone.

Mike and Teri got a giant decorative plate of wedding doughnuts which were made to fit the theme:

And they had to eat that monster too.

Once they had had their “slice of wedding cake,” the guests all dug in:

The bride and groom in front of the famous pink Voodoo Doughnut on Sandy St. in Portland.

After the party left the doughnut shop, Mike and Teri wanted a few photos with their beloved Mercedes-Benz 220 Diesel.

The newlywed couple are now on their honeymoon, driving down the Oregon coast, one of the nicest routes in the world.

Since these photos are size-limited horizontally, you can see the full album of photos here.

Overlooked

2011/05/20

A look at the places we pass by every day or every night but seldom really see.

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Our Faces Now: Portraits and Thoughts of Iraq War Veterans

2010/05/18

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Life With Lupus

2010/05/17

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PA Budget Cuts

2010/02/04

I was walking through center city Philly after shooting Catherine St. from the Schuylkill River to the Delaware. Walking through City Hall I snapped a few new photos of old views I took almost a year ago to the week. After exiting the west-side arch, I heard a rally going on at the north-west corner of City Hall. Here’s a few photos.

In a nutshell, the Pennsylvania budget involved a lot of cuts and changes to work towards balance. An estimated $22 Million will be saved by the state annually but at a cost to some of its citizens who cannot afford to lose a dollar of SSI to survive.

Inky story here.

Doc Photo. Independence Mall

2010/02/02

Ron, visiting from New Orleans, Louisiana. Loves the history and dislikes the crime of Philadelphia.

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Sophia has lived in Philadelphia for the past one and one-half years. She likes that the people are good-natured, for the most part. Dislikes the rats in Rittenhouse Square at night.

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Flat Stanley is visiting from Moorpark, California. His favorite thing about Philadelphia is the food. Least favorite is the apathy of many people who live here.

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Mike lives in both Philadelphia and Ohio. He’s a railroad worker with one house in those two states. He likes the food of Philly and dislikes the inefficiency of the city’s public transportation.

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The Wombel family lives in Manhattan, New York City. Omar (father) ‘I’m just here in Philly ’cause my son has cancer and we’re here for treatment.”

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Katie Coleman has lived in Philadelphia almost a year. Her favorite thing is the city’s underground art and theater scene. Least favorite is the public transportation.

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Martin Campos lives in Philadelphia but is originally from Carlsbad, New Mexico. He loves the art and arts of Philly and dislikes SEPTA.

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James Shuster lives in Philadelphia. He likes the atmosphere or attitude of the city and also dislikes SEPTA.

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John and his mother Rodz live in New Jersy. Today (Sunday, January 31) is John’s first time in Philadelphia and he enjoys the history. He dislikes not knowing his way around and having to ask for directions.

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Kane is a Philadelphia Auto Show representative with Lexus from Los Angeles, California. “Philly is amazing”, he said citing all the history just in the downtown area. “I haven’t gotten mugged or shanked yet, so that’s good”, Kane said He couldn’t come up with one single dislike for the city.

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Zach. Also a Philadelphia Auto Show representative with Lexus. Zach is from Detroit, Michigan and said “The cold is nothing here.” He loved visiting and eating at Reading Terminal Market and had no dislikes.

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Maria lives in Philadelphia which she likes for it’s size “It’s small and walkable”, and dislikes because of the wage tax.

(Doc Photo) West Philadelphia Past and Present Photos

2010/01/26

This is a series of ten historical photographs of West Philadelphia. The photos on the left are taken from the City of Philadelphia Department of Records Historical Archive. All of the archived photos were taken before 1950.

42nd St. and Chester Ave. View looking northeast across the intersection. Original photo on the left taken in 1923.

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42nd St. and Chester Ave. View looking northwest across the intersection. Original photo on the left taken in 1923.

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43rd St. and Baltimore Ave. View looking northeast across the intersection. Original photo on the left taken in 1912.

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43rd St. and Baltimore Ave. View looking northeast across the intersection. Original photo on the left taken in 1912.

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43rd St. and Locust St. View looking northeast across the intersection at the Fairfax Hotel. Original photo on the left taken in 1932.

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46th. and Cedar Ave. View looking across Cedar Ave. The original photo was probably damaged by water or possibly not washed properly after fixing. Original photo on the left taken in 1932.

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46th St. andOsage Ave. View looking west across the intersection.Interesting to see this now densely populated part of the neighborhood just before development when utility poles and gas lamps were first being installed. Original photo on the left taken in 1913.

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47th St. and Locust St.Chester Ave. View looking northwest across the intersection. The archived photo was probably printed through an upside-down negative which is why the modern view appears to be a mirror image. Original photo on the left taken in 1912.

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48th St. and Baltimore Ave. View looking south down 48th St. at the intersection with Baltimore Ave. Original photo on the left taken in 1927.

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50th St. and Baltimore Ave. View looking northeast across the intersection towards the park between Catherine St. and Baltimore Ave, now named World War Veterans Park. Original photo on the left taken in 1939.

This was a very interesting project and I only wish I had the time to recreate the images using my 4×5 view camera with a lens that is as old as a few of these original images.

(Doc Photo) West Philadelphia Past and Present

2010/01/26




A map showing the locations of ten historic photos of West Philadelphia.

Link to google maps:
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A/V News Gathering. Scrabble interview.

2009/10/03

This is the interview we conducted with scrabble player Jim Kille, on October 1, 2009.

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