Recently I have been venturing — conservatively — into the new terrain of manipulated image (left and right.) I am eager to do what I have always done and also try new things! You can see much more of my photography at www.myrvaagnes.com.
My parents first introduced me to hiking in New Hampshire when I was six years old, and I have loved hiking and exploring ever since. With my family I have hiked multiple times in the mountains of California, the Canadian Rockies, Iceland, Maine, and in many conservation and wildlife preserves in Massachusetts.
In my late 40s I started entering short local triathlons and I kept that up for several years until I injured a tendon in one foot. I work out regularly with an excellent trainer, take Tai Chi classes at Brookline Tai Chi, and hike locally quite often. My wife took this photo of me this summer at the summit of Buck Hill in the Blue Hills Reservation at age 76.
Time for music and photography has come after my 35 years of teaching mathematics and computer science at Suffolk University in Boston. I was fortunate to teach in an institution with wonderful colleagues. As someone who didn't have an easy path through college, I got great satisfaction from working with students who feared math or simply doubted their ability. I take pride in my contribution to the development of the computer capabilities of the university (back in the 1970s.) I am especially proud of the fact that my office door was always open. This is the book I wrote for a course I designed and taught as a professor.
I have had a special love for the Hilltowns of western Massachusetts since I attended Greenwood Music Camp in 1957. I loved walking from camp down to "the Store" in Cummington and singing with the campers in the Cummington Church. Much later, my wife did a residency at the Cummington Community of the Arts. She fell in love, and I renewed my attachment. We rented a house in Plainfield, then purchased one in Worthington, which we renovated over the five years we were able to keep up living in the Boston suburbs and commuting west. We made friends — some now gone — with local farmers, Evelyn and Harry Guyette in Plainfield and Tom Barrus in Goshen. We now visit the area frequently and are members of the Cummington Creamery Coop. Of the many beautiful places we have traveled, the Hilltowns are our second home, where we breathe differently and feel renewed as soon as we reach the top of the hill on Route 9 at Goshen.
Please visit the links at the top of this page for more information about my kidney situation, living kidney donation, the waiting list, frequently asked questions about kidney disease and the transplant process, and links to other sources of good information.
I am deeply indebted to my good friend Jon Sachs of Jon Sachs Graphics for designing and building this website for me.
Jon's Photography Website: http://jonathansachs.com/
Jon's Graphics Website: http://jonsachs.com/
Any help you can provide in locating a willing, healthy living kidney donor will be greatly appreciated.