A Path to Transcendency
Nick Santoro has been sculpting stones for over 40 years. His sculptures evoke a Stone Age past and a fascination with the organic and earth-bound. The years of hard labor shaping the hardest of material has taken its toll on his body, he looks now to put down the hammer and chisel, and mentor, passing on his creative spirit to the youth of Rutland, Vermont.
As a young man, he suffered bouts of depression being raised in a family burdened with a tragic history of loss and guilt, but the joy and reward of sculpting stone lifted him from its depths. His goal now is to lift the spirit of Rutland … to find solace and meaning and enterprise … in hammering, chiseling, scraping and smoothing the very rock that was once the town’s source of economic growth.
Partnering with the Kiwanis, Nick will direct a studio in the heart of the city and welcome the curious into an inviting space to beat on marble, limestone and granite mined in the nearby quarries … a portal to discover a rich local heritage and the limitless possibilities of the creative spirit.
Visit his website showcasing his transcendent work.
Beauty. Form. Voluptuousness. Evolutionary attractors.
Nick’s attractors delight with the Great Worm …
churning and twisting and exhaling in her earthly sea.
Bringing a retired prison guard's Adventure to Print
“Having no prior backpacking experience, I bought a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia. Three weeks later I was hiking back towards New England, my home. The journey was rigorous and dangerous, and it took a heavy toll on my body, but as I lay in my hammock exhausted from yet another day of brutal climbs and steep descents, I was determined to make it all the way … or at least to Day 3.”
In 2015, Sam Ducharme (or his trail name “Sam I Am”), a retired K9 prison guard, walked the world’s longest hiking-only trail … 2,189.2 miles from Georgia to Maine. Sam did it in one go – over six-months – and earned the well-respected title of “Thru-Hiker.”
I heard Sam give his “Thru-Hiker Talk” at my local library – a talk he gives in libraries and community centers all around New England. His presentation – with photos and video taken entirely with this phone – was both laugh-out-loud funny and heartwarming. I contacted Sam to see if I could help get his story published. The timing was perfect for he did indeed need help. I sent him a proposal which included a proofread of his manuscript, and designing and producing a book for self-publishing.
Despite setbacks, Sam self-published his great adventure in November 2018 and it’s now available in both paperback and e-book:
Visit Sam’s website to book his Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail Program: samtalkstrail.com
Town Merchant's Logo
The Deep River (CT) Merchants Association held an open house for local businesses to grow their membership. Attendees were asked to offer ideas to promote the town’s shops, restaurants and inns. At a later meeting I presented a new marketing campaign emphasizing the town’s connection to bald eagles and its early prosperity in the ivory trade. Below were the three logos up for consideration. The association selected Deep River Town Hall with its beautiful and distinctive flat-iron architecture.
UI/UX Landing Page
To interest a potential client, I built a landing page for the cellphone using Adobe XD. The basic prototype scrolls and a “hamburger” graphic in the top left triggers a menu to slide in from the left.
The UI/UX sample worked. I’m presently building a Landing Page for his website.
Not built by me
Conservation Website & Historic Kiosk
~ Website designed and maintained ~
Chester Land Trust (CLT) – Mission … to acquire and protect land from development … click kiosk to visit.
Historic Kiosk … The Judge Motley Preserve
Judge Constance Baker Motley, J.D. (1921-2005), an African-American woman who broke many New York state racial barriers, purchased several acres of land near Cedar Lake in Chester and vacationed there with her family for more than 40 years. The plaque includes images of her with Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr., and marching with groundbreaking civil rights leaders James Meredith and Medgar Evans.
Click here to read Judge Motley’s kiosk and distinguished career.
In 2018, the Connecticut Freedom Trail added Judge Motley Preserve and her home to their map honoring distinguished civil rights and underground railroad leaders. >> more
Honoring Jordan B Peterson
Young Americans for Liberty at Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, invited Dr. Peterson to speak on campus. Shortly before the event the administration revoked the invitation because he threatened “safe spaces.”
He gave the now famous Linfield College Speech off campus on 24 April 2017.
Dr. Peterson is on the front lines against the mad, hate-filled denizens of the cultural & political swamp. These arbiters of “truth, reason and justice” suffer the very psychosis of those they accuse. As a clinical psychologist, he treats the madness with compassion and tough love.
Click here for … well for me, a reckoning with Transcendent Virtue and Kingdom of God.