After living exclusively in the New York metropolitan area from birth until 2016, I currently reside in Portland, Oregon, with my spouse. Since leaving full-time teaching in 2010, I now devote my energies to lecturing, being a museum docent, and writing. Each year, I give numerous library lectures and during my trips back to New York guide people through the American Museum of Natural History. (My library and museum schedules are available on this website.) One of the great joys of my life has been sharing and exchanging ideas with people--so, whether it's in a library auditorium, a museum hall, or a Zoom webinar, conversing with others about exciting works of art, literature, music, history, or science is an activity that truly gives me "wings." As a writer, I have written professional articles and reviews for a variety of forums, including Gallery and Studio. My poetry and short stories (many created under the pen name T. Richard Williams) have been published in such diverse venues as Wild Violet, Aphelion, Shadeworks (where I was also fiction editor), American Poets and Poetry, and Acumen. Three self-published collections of verse--How the Dinosaurs Devoured the Humans, The Letter S, and Hurricane Warnings--and two volumes of short stories titled Ten and The Book of Clues are currently available as is my sci-fi novel Twelve Minutes...By going to the WRITING page on this website, you can click on links that will take you directly to each book at Amazon.com My life has also been deeply enriched by my avocation as an artist/photographer, and I’ve been privileged to see my work shown at galleries and libraries in Manhattan and Long Island since 2007--and in the Portland area since 2017. In terms of philanthropy, I’m a member of and donor to The Jesup Legacy Circle at The American Museum of Natural History. In addition, I always try to support a wide range of charitable organizations either financially or as a volunteer, especially those devoted to preserving Earth's environment; to advancing medical knowledge and treatments; and to advocating for civil equality, especially for the LGBTQ community.