5.29.17 To view a Newsday article by journalist Stefanie Dazio about my having been hired as village historian, go to http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/hempstead-village-hires-new-historian-to-dig-into-its-
5.28.17: Participated in the Hempstead Village Memorial Day ceremony at Greenfield Cemetery, and an hour later, in the subsequent parade leading from American Legion Post 390 (housed in 300-year-old Carman-Irish house) back down to Greenfield Cemetery, where many Hempstead ancestors are buried. Village citizens at the curbsides cheered all of the groups as we passed. We stood, we celebrated together, we said, "Here we are -- serving, and on this occasion, uniting for commemoration of the fallen and the living who yet serve." I marched with the Ingraham Estates Civic Association.
As of Tuesday evening, May 2, 2017, I was voted in as Village Historian by the Mayor and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Hempstead. This image shows the seal of the Village of Hempstead, New York. It depicts George Washington, who stayed at the famed Sammis Tavern (shown in the background) during his 1790 west-to-east trip across Long Island. Washington preserved careful notes of his trip that give us our most detailed information about Long Island colonial life. I am writing a history of Hempstead that will be published early in 2018, the 375th anniversary of the founding of the village (which is also the founding of the Town of Hempstead and, indeed, of Nassau County).
Feb. 20, 2017: Today I joined a rally at Central Park West and W. 61st St., Manhattan. Here is a picture of me holding the poster I made using my Lady Liberty Calls a Meeting with Trump cartoon. The rally gave me the satisfaction of publicly yelling out my feelings about Donald Trump's actions before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election.
Feb. 17, 2017: Expressing my feelings toward Donald Trump's immigration stance -- the smaller image is updated from the larger one of 12.30.16 to reflect the change from President-Elect to President. I made a poster of this to use in a demonstration.
The Shu Factor is currently a trilogy, with further books planned. Book One,
War of the Roads, is
completely finished -- publisher info to come. Books Two and Three,
already written but still in the revision phase, will follow. Below is
my design idea for the book's cover. The drawing is mine.
War of the Roads Description
Tryphena Simon has a bizarre first name. She also has three piercings in
each ear, a gold ring in her left eyebrow, a fresh zircon belly bar, and an
appointment to get beat into a street gang. What could be bad?
Okay, her glutinous fourth-grade brother who keeps blurting her secrets
– that’s not so good. Her control-freak, octopus-handed father who won’t even
get her a smart phone – that’s pretty dark. Her wine-soaked, scorpion-tongued
mother – that’s just ugly.
But so what? Tryph is about to rove new territory with the Marine Avenue
Disciples. Her life is all set . . . except that Shu, this generic-looking new
guy in the sophomore class, keeps showing up. Not that he’s interested in
Tryph. He’s just, like, around. And
when he’s around, Tryph finds herself dodging razor-sharp dust clouds on the
moon, fleeing predatory motorcyclists in a back alley in Rome, and doing
totally uncharacteristic things – like getting an A-minus in English and (even
weirder) telling the truth.
Who on earth is this kid named Shu?