Kindle Version of DreamMap is Available NOW!

You can now buy DreamMap formatted for Kindle and other E-Readers for $5.99. If you buy the trade paperback version you can add the Kindle format for just $1.99!

Writing this novel has been an adventure in the unknown. However working outside of my comfort level (photography) has been challenging and a great learning experience. This is how it came about.

As I walked down the lane with my dog Shadow on October 1, 2012 I began to think about what I wanted to do in retirement besides travel,have fun and take pictures. Since I was a child and read Robert Louis Stevenson I thought that some day I would write a book. Shadow and I walked three miles that day and I began to think of conversations I had with my friend Kip about dream journals. By the time i got home I had half an outline in my head and sat down at the computer and wrote all day. When my wife came home from teaching High School school she asked about what I did today and I told her I started my novel. After chuckling she realized I was serious.

By July 4th 2013. The book had 50,000 words and was almost 200 pages. I thought I was done and gave it to Hinda Burke to read. Somehow she got through it and actually liked it. She gave me notes and I began to write again. By the fall of 2013 Hinda got the novel which was now close to 300 pages and had 80,000 words. She edited the book and added some more character development. The novel then went through two more edits and finally was copy edited by my friend Annie Siebert. So after 25 months of work and three editors DreamMap is finally finished. It wouldn’t be as good as it is without the help of Hinda Burke,Susan Weiss, Jess Brazas and Annie Siebert. Thanks for helping me with my Dream!

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DreamMap

Battle Monument

Battle Monument is a large doric column located on Trophy Point at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. It was designed by Stanford White and dedicated in 1897 to honor Civil War veterans. It is important to remember while touring West Point that many Civil War veterans from the Confederacy were West Point graduates and honored in addition to their Union Counterparts. The view from Trophy Point is amazing and often called The Million Dollar View.

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Battle Monument

The Chapel at West Point

We toured West Point this week and it was very impressive and informative. This is the interior of the Cadet Chapel. The building was beautiful and well cared for and you can just imagine a service with “The Long Grey Line” in attendance. You have no doubt from seeing the organization of the prayer books that this is a military chapel.

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The Cadet Chapel

Jewish Cadets

I don’t know why I was so surprised to see so many Jewish cadets buried in the West Point cemetery. As a Jewish American I was still proud to see that so many had given their lives in governmental service. Not all died in combat but all the cadets buried there seemed to have a life of public service. Still I was a little surprised to see this grave of a woman Jewish Lt. Colonel.

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Jewish Warrior

Jewish Warrior

Sunday at the Park

There is a big difference between Central Park in New York and Milan. On any weekend both parks will be packed with people. Both parks may have a wedding going on and both will have sunbathers, walkers,runners, bikers etc. In Milan we did notice two policemen walking through the park. In New York it was more like a small army.

This scene is one you will never see in New York. In New York your dog can only be unleashed in a small fenced “Dog Park” or you will receive a summons. In Milan the police stopped to watch the dogs play.

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Meeting in the Park

Meeting in the Park

Texting on the Emerald Sea

Maybe they were calling for help because they were scared of the algae filled water? Maybe they were texting each other? Maybe the male was looking up instructions on how to row a boat? Whatever the reason they didn’t seem to be paying attention to each other which is what a romantic row boat ride in New York’s Central Park is all about. You can see other images or buy prints and apparel at my commercial gallery.

Texting on the Emerald Sea

Texting on the Emerald Sea

Drumline

It is not unusual to see street musicians in the summer in any USA city. That is especially true for New York City and Central Park. It is also interesting to see how different musicians create changes in crowd behavior. A string quartet will cause people to sit or gather and quietly listen for a while. A folk singer may cause people to slow down or run away depending on the song and quality. Drummers though make people behave. People tend to walk quickly and in step to the beat. If I was the New York City Parks Commissioners I would pay these guys a fee to be near the most congested areas to keep the crowds moving. These guys were great and well worth a buck. See more images or buy prints and apparel at my commercial gallery.

DrumLine

DrumLine

The Lake at Central Park

The Lake at Central Park on the West Side of Manhattan is the second largest body of water in the park after the reservoir. You can rent row boats if you are so driven or rent bikes to ride around the park. If you live in the city nothing is more fun on a summer Sunday than being in the park, if you live in the mountains where I live, it’s no big whoop. You can see other images and buy prints and apparel at my commercial gallery.

lake

The Ultimate Brunch!

A few years ago a friend of ours celebrated their 50th Birthday with a brunch at the Rainbow Room atop of Rockefeller Center in New York City. You don’t have a career like mine without eating at some fabulous Restaurants. I have dined in a Belgium castle, in the mountains of Japan and at fine restaurants in many countries. I have never been a real fan on Brunch, however the spread at the Rainbow Room was something special. From fresh sushi to hand carved roast beef and lamb, this was a magnificent place to have a special brunch. When you are done you can see one of the best views in Manhattan from the Top of The Rock. See more images at my commercial gallery.

The Rainbow Room