Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Day at the Circus

I have always loved the circus.  For the past fifteen years I've had the privilege of photographing the Hanneford Circus at the Big E Fair in West Springfield, MA.

The circus has the same name every year, but the cast of stars is ever changing.  

West Springfield's Big E is one of North America's leading fairs, and they attract the top talent in the business year after year.  Here are a few scenes from this year's production:


























Monday, September 24, 2012

Some poetry from Scott Lentine

I'm pleased to showcase some poetry from Scott Lentine, a 25 year old man with high-functioning autism (PDD-NOS/Asperger's) from Billerica, Massachusetts.

Scott works as a public policy intern at the Arc of Massachusetts in Waltham, where he tries to persuade people to support key legislation that will help improve of individuals with developmental disabilities by giving them improved employment, health care, and social services well into adulthood. 

I'm sure Scott will welcome your comments and thoughts . . . 


                          Just a Normal Day        
Never knowing what to say
Never knowing what to do
Always looking for clues
Just a normal day

Feeling unsure
Totally perplexed with everyday life
Always on edge never certain
I wish I could lift this curtain
Needing to constantly satisfy my need for information
Always online searching for new revelations
Going from site to site
Obtaining new insights every night

Trying to connect with people my age
Attempting to reveal my unique vision
But ending up alone and unengaged
Feeling like my needs a total revision
Just a normal day





                         Can’t You See
Can’t you see
I just want to have a friend
Can’t you see
I need the same connections in the end

Can’t you see
I want a good job
Can’t you see
I need to have stability and dependence and part of the general mob

Can’t you see
I want to be independent on my own
Can’t you see
I want to be able to have my own home

Can’t you see
I want the same things as everyone else
Can’t you see
I want to be appreciated for myself


                The Ode to the Autistic Man

Try to understand the challenges that I face
I would like to be accepted as a human in all places
Where I will end up in life I don’t know
But I hope to be successful wherever I go
I would like to expand my social skills in life
Making new friends would be very nice

Stand proud for the autistic man
For he will find a new fan
I hope to overcome the odds I face today
Increased acceptance will lead me to a brighter day

By the age of 20, I will have made tremendous strides
I know in the future, life will continue to be an interesting ride
I have made new friends by the year
I will be given tremendous respect by my family and peers
I hope to get noted for bringing the issue of autism to the common man
So that autistic people can be accepted in this great land

Stand proud for the autistic man
For he will find a new fan
I hope to overcome the odds I face today
Increased acceptance will lead me to a brighter day