Hobbies

I reorder the content of this page once in a while given my current interests.

Blogs

Genealogy

  • In 1999, I started tracing my ancestry using online records (JRI.org and Jewishgen.org) and traveled to Zdunska Wola, Poland (ZW) with my daughter, where we also met with an old friend, Prof. Daniel Wagner, who led a phenomenal effort to rehabilitate the Jewish Cemetery and Jewish memory in ZW.
  • I am taking advantage of  countless record databases now available online to expand and refine my family tree (on MyHeritage.com)
  • Lately, I have taken more of an interest in the stories behind the records, how part of my family perished and how part survived and dispersed.  In May 2018, I conducted four expansive interviews of family survivors in Belgium and France and eventually plan to turn this into a written narrative (aka book…)

Music

I dont watch much live TV at all anymore, getting my news from the Internet and YouTube.  But I listen to a wide variety of music including

  • Chick Corea and I at Blues Alley in Washingon DC – April 2014.

    Jazz: Chick Corea/Gary Burton, Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, Aaron Goldberg, Yaron Herman, Stanley Clarke, Chucho Valdes, Bob James, Alan Pasqua, Roni Ben-Hur, Anat Fort, Marcin Wasilewski,

  • Fusion: Chick Corea/Return to Forever, Snarky Puppy,  Marcus Miller, Marc Lettieri
  • Rock, light rock and pop: Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Mark Knofler, Paul Simon, Eva Cassidy, Doobie Brothers, Keb’Mo’, Van Morrison, Marc Cohn, Alison Krauss, John Meyer, Govt’Mule!, movie themes,
  • Classical: many including Erik Satie, Samuel Barber, Vaughn Williams.

Photography

I used to love taking photographs. Now I feel that everything has pretty much already been photographed except the spontaneous expressions of our family members.  Still, here are some older photos that also reflect my love of travel:

 

 

 

Tea

Here I am rolling Assam tea in Zhongming Village, Taiwan.

I would not call myself a tea expert, but I enjoy tea and I have collected teas from all over the World, including oolongs from Taiwan, pu ehrs from China, green teas from Japan, and great teas from India and Bangladesh, Africa, Turkey and others.

Artwork

I have collected contemporary artwork (mainly prints) over the years, including from Sonia Delaunay, Alexander Calder and Ra’anan Levy.

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