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Joyfully Using American Sign Language

Joyfully Using American Sign Language

By Claudie Benjamin When Lora Heller's two sons who are now in their early 20s were only six months old, they were using American Sign Language to communicate. Neither one was Deaf or hard of hearing, but as a board-certified music therapist with a master’s degree...

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Refresh: an Exciting Change of Environment

Refresh: an Exciting Change of Environment

By Claudie Benjamin Almost 30 years ago, before coming from Seoul, Korea to New York, Mee Sook Jo (Michelle) was an artist. One of her framed metal works entitled “People” is hanging on a wall up front as you enter the dry-cleaning store she and her husband Hyung Nan...

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Balancing UWS studio with Upstate Pig Farming

Balancing UWS studio with Upstate Pig Farming

By Claudie Benjamin Celebration is the way Melanie Wesslock describes life. Her professional life as a portrait and event photographer involves her in many profoundly special celebratory moments. Take, for example, her images of a surprise proposal on Bow Bridge in...

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What the World Needs Now: Laughter

What the World Needs Now: Laughter

Still image of Reisenweber’s at 58th and Columbus Circle ca. 1900, image courtesy New York Public Library By Claudie Benjamin That laughter has a healing quality has been well documented by patients and clinicians through the ages.  Right now, more than two years into...

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Feeling & Looking Good on the Open Road or Zoom

Feeling & Looking Good on the Open Road or Zoom

By Claudie Benjamin Go with what you like, respect and spend time with people and things that matter to you. Think about responsible actions and endurable values. That’s the takeaway message when you care about being responsible and feeling good about yourself in...

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Long Gone PS 93

Long Gone PS 93

By Claudie Benjamin As edgy as the Upper West Side was in the 60’s, it wasn’t all “West Side Story.” Brian Gari, who grew up to make a name as songwriter of 900 songs, and as a performer and writer, 60 years ago was part of a P.S. 93 Elementary School music group....

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Activists Attract

Activists Attract

By Claudie Benjamin By the time Nina and Dan met in 2006, they both had explored activism in different ways. They met while each was working on a series of anti-war hearings.  Dan was a reporter, writer and teacher. He had worked tirelessly on the battle for the...

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Tip Your Hat, But Don’t Raise the Cap!

Tip Your Hat, But Don’t Raise the Cap!

In her State of the State Address Gov. Hochul called for more housing And we support this action! There is a homelessness crisis and her plan offers several solutions which have merit--such as converting unused office and hotel space to residential use. We...

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