Tag Archives: Syracuse University

Meet the young man behind ‘A Tiny Home for Good’

Andrew Lunetta is devoting his abundant energy to building “tiny homes” for the homeless in Syracuse, NY. “For some reason, the homeless population really called to me,” Andrew said. “They’re the poorest of the poor. The most forgotten of the … Continue reading

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Photo 101, Weekend 3: A moment, in motion

This Photo 101 assignment — “Moment & Motion” — instructed us to capture a small moment that is part of a big event. Either the camera, or something in the frame, should be in motion. The photo above shows three graduate students … Continue reading

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Photo 101, Day Twelve: Architectural study, in monochrome

Today’s Photo 101 assignment sent us to find architecture that was just as striking in black & white as in color — if not moreso. I wandered a few blocks from the Syracuse University campus and came across this Methodist … Continue reading

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Photo 101, Day 7: Nothing bigger than freedom of speech

We were told to “go big” today in Photo 101, and I can’t think of anything bigger than the First Amendment to our Constitution — and especially in light of what is happening to people in other parts of the world … Continue reading

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Photo 101, Day 3: Water, water everywhere (sort of)

Today’s Photo 101 assignment: use an image of water, and try horizontal as well as vertical perspectives. This afternoon I spotted this drain spout near the Syracuse University campus. It lent itself to vertical, I’d say. As another option I … Continue reading

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WordPress Photo 101, Day 2: Street Scene

A not-so-famous actor on his deathbed allegedly said, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” Well, so is photography. Today’s assignment reminded me of this. As did yesterday’s. As will tomorrow’s. Today: Street scene. Think about foreground and background. Maybe try a … Continue reading

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A 67-year-old man in a wheelchair dies, then gets smeared by internet trolls

The recent passing of Syracuse icon Gertis McDowell is instructive for two very different reasons. One, we can all learn from his upbeat attitude and the happiness he spread to strangers even when he was in pain. Two, we can try to … Continue reading

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A man with a tin can, a street corner institution in Syracuse

You hear Gertis McDowell before you see him. The steady rhythm of coins shaking in his tin can gives him away before you spot him in his wheelchair on the street corner. Gertis  is an institution in Syracuse, N.Y. He … Continue reading

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A missed chance to ‘err in the direction of kindness’

In a few paragraphs I’m going to get out of the way and let a couple of much wiser men — George Saunders and the late David Foster Wallace — illustrate a lesson in kindness that I forgot the other … Continue reading

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‘Empty Bowls’ events help fill food pantry shelves

The concept of “Empty Bowls” is simple and beautiful — ceramic artists create beautiful soup bowls; people gather as a community to buy the bowls, fill them with soup and enjoy a meal together; the proceeds go to local food pantries … Continue reading

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