First snow fall in Highland Park. And contemplative dog walkers.

First snow fall in Highland Park. And contemplative dog walkers.


Spanish-American War Trophy Cannon [Photo: Matt Wilfong, a park fan] 11/10/17 see Highland Park over two years

In  Highland Park over two years, we revisited some favorite spots and moments in Highland Park. For those who enjoy early mornings in the park, we had a treat: the first snowfall under a sparkling sky.


Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial see Highland Park over two years

The early morning crowd was a little sparse. Nonetheless, it included two contemplative dog walkers. Coaltrain was there with his friend. Coaltrain’s friend is a PhD candidate at the University of Rochester. She is there most mornings, frolicking with Coaltrain while mulling over her dissertation on 1990s documentaries. He and the park are a tonic for all that thinking.

girl with dog

PhD candidate contemplative dog walker 1

This man from Australia gets his daily dog exercise while working through in his mind his own dissertation on the 18th century slave trade. I asked what exactly it was about. He smiled: Do you have a few hours? That’s about par for the course for a dissertation. His dog also seemed a tonic for all that thinking.

Australian grad student

PhD candidate contemplative dog walker 2

The Bench

The infamous bench see Highland Park over two years

Crime victime cropped

Crime Victim’s Memorial see Highland Park over two years


Highland Park over two years

Mourning for the dead and fighting for the living in Highland Park

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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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