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Dyslexic Kids

My son, Aidan, is dyslexic. A year ago, as he was trying to figure out how to distinguish himself in a sea of kids for whom school and standardized tests are a breeze, he decided to write to successful dyslexics to ask for advice. We’ve recently completed a memoir about this experience. It’s titled: “Looking for Heroes: One Dyslexic Boy, One Year, 100 Letters.” Publication details coming soon.

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Work with Children

I’ve completed a number of multimedia pieces for local schools, organizations and non-profits over the years, but I especially enjoy working with children. As Chinese philosopher Mencius said, “The great man is he who does not lose his child’s-heart.”

Children, when asked those big, meaty, essential questions, tell it to you straight. The images above are from a series I did with a group of children, when they were 6, and then again five years later. The question: “If you had one wish for the world, your family or yourself, what would it be?” I wanted to explore how our dreams change over time.


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Women in Limbo

LIMBO: LME: 1. A region supposed in some beliefs to exist on the border of Hell; 2. Prison, confinement; 3. A state of inaction or inattention pending some future event.

In 2002, while contemplating a second child and an international move, I became interested in life’s crossroads, those messy periods in people’s lives when they are living — uncomfortably — between two conflicting places or identities. These periods have the potential to reveal us in new ways and, very often, to change us. For this project, I sent out a call for female subjects via email. From the replies, for reasons of story, availability and proximity, I chose seven. I went to each person’s home and briefly interviewed them. We then jointly picked a location in their home and props that seemed representative of this period.

  • "It’s not about statistics. It’s about using individual stories to create that connection, that empathy. Then, rational arguments, like numbers, can play a supporting role."
    - Nicholas Kristof

    "When you’re lost in a good story, it’s not arbitrary, it’s not pleasure for pleasure’s sake. It’s biological, it’s chemical, it’s a survival mechanism."
    - Author Lisa Chron

    "Stories are powerful because they transport us into other people’s worlds but, in doing that, they change the way our brains work and potentially change our brain chemistry — and that’s what it means to be a social creature."
    - Neuroscientist Paul Zak

    "Listening is an act of love."
    - David Isay, StoryCorps