Friday, May 12, 2017

DID YOU KNOW OR WORK WITH RAPHELL SIMS LAKOWITZ

I am still looking and hoping that some of the undergrads from Queens College who graduated around 1968, and who had worked with RAPHELL SIMS LAKOWITZ at Creedmore Hospital in Glen Oaks, Queens, NY will contact me..Just so you might know something about RAPHELL I give here a LINK to an article written by her mother, Leonore Lakowitz, explaining the legacy of her daughter and the "history" behind this most beautiful Reflecting Pool and Sculture done by Brune Luchessi on RAPHELL.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

FRIENDS OF RAPHELL SIMS LAKOWITZ

I have not been using my site actively for  Birding Information for a long while...Now I have a special concern to find out more about a most wonderful young psychologist, RAPHELL SIMS LAKOWITZ who, after contributing a wonderfu, new, compassionate approach to working with patients with mental and emotional sicknesses, died at the most young age of 29.  Raphell, as an undergraduate at Queens College had initiated a program at Creedmore Hospital to deal on a much more human and compassionate level with the patients. She actually encouraged another 60 or so undergrads at the time to accompany her.

I first found out about RAPHELL when, quite by chance, I visited Brookgreen Gardens, south of Myrtle Beach, FLA.  Brookgreen Gardens has many Reflecting Pools and wonderful sculptures in stone and bronze from many world famous and other artists. There I found this Reflecting Pool Sculpture of Raphell which her parents: Irving and Leonore Lakowitz, had commissioned by the artist Bruno Lucchesi. It is inspired by words written by Raphell to her boyfriend, Barry.

IN AS MUCH AS WE GIVE LIFE WILL WE RECEIVE LIFE...
IN AS MUCH AS WE GIVE STRENGTH WILL WE RECEIVE STRENGTH..


Reflecting Pool for Raphell Sims Lakowitz in Brookgreen Gardens, Myrtle Beach SC


Friday, January 30, 2015

SPECTACLE FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR

This was sent to me by my friend in Grand Prairie, Luisa Lee.  Luisa is Chinese, was raised in the Dominican Republic and was the coordinator for a Spanish Parish Mission we Redemptorists gave in that area a few years ago. Thank you, Luisa

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A EUROPEAN STARLING "MURMURATION"

When I began this blog..THE HUDSON RIVER BIRDER I had just finished 10 years in the South Bronx.  During those years my Thursdays were largely spent 1st walking from 149th St. in the South Bronx,  Immaculate Conception Parish where I lived, to 110th St and Central Park West.  There, at what is called the Harlem Meere, I entered the North Woods of Central Park to head down through the Park, heading toward Belvedere Castle and Turtle Pond where a lot of birders "hang out". My first encounter with European Starlings were precisely that!! That had been brought to Central Park, precisely to the area around Belvedere Castle where the Delacourte Theatre and the Shakespearian Garden are located.  "Someone" (I never found out who) thought that the Shakespearian Garden should have all the various birds that Shakespeare mentions in this play.  (The Starling was one of those birds that we did not "have yet" in the States).  So "that" or "those" "someone" brought us the European Starlings.  Now, as they are such hearty birds, they are one of the most numerous species in the USA.  Anyway you don't have to go out of your way to see a European Starling nor a House Sparrow in the USA...
Anyway, as you'll see in this film the "murmuration" is a humungous flock or flocks of Starlings deciding just where it is best to roost "or "rest" for the night. I's quite impressive. They seem to be a swarm of locusts.
ENJOY

Friday, January 2, 2015

THE OTHER LETTER

I got this from my friend Tom Reynolds who sends me lots of things to read. He got it from Mr. Ed Mechmann who works for the Archdiocese of New York. It is a truly wonderful commercial for done by IKEA that touches strongly on strongly on FAMILY VALUES. It was done in Spain.  (I can tell by the accent in Spanish). But the subtitles are quite clear.   Enjoy

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM ESOPUS/ULSTER PARK REDEMPTORISTS

This is a video that Gene, Tom and I did last week. It's just 5 mins,
and it shows a bit of what our mission and apostolate are here.
Most especially it shows our new ST. ALPHONSUS GROTTO OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS that we have built.
ENJOY

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SOMETHING ON KATIE´S KROPS---ABOUT KATY STAGLIANO AND KATY CANNON

I am tending to be not the HUDSON RIVER BIRDER, because I don´t take much time to write about birds and nature.  (I may do this occasionally, though)...I think that now I just might call myself
THE HUDSON RIVER EMBEDDER because I love to embed interesting videos.  For instance the one below. It is about a 9 year old girl, Katy Stagliano, (now 12) , who, like another Katy Cannon (10 yrs. old)  began by growing a 250 pound cabbage she´d grown to a food bank. Then she went further and began to grow vegetables for food banks and kitchens. Like her friend, Katy Cannon she has encouraged other youth around the country to grow vegetables to help the hungry. Bless her ...and all like her!