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"If they can’t manage the property when there’s no medical facility, when one is on hand, how are they going to handle i...
08/14/2020
Medical facility development project masquerading as school, Flatbush residents say

"If they can’t manage the property when there’s no medical facility, when one is on hand, how are they going to handle it?"

Flatbush residents are determined to derail a project that the developer says is a school but which they believe will be a medical facility located smack in the middle of a residential area. Haunted by a lot that has been strewn with medical waste over the past several years, and where workers have....

Citi Bike expects to begin installing the additional docks in the next couple of weeks.
08/14/2020
DOT set to expand Brooklyn Citi Bike stations, add new ones

Citi Bike expects to begin installing the additional docks in the next couple of weeks.

To meet increased Citi Bike usage and expected demand, the city Department of Transportation plans to install 618 additional docks at 28 existing bike stations within Brooklyn Community District 2, which includes Downtown Brooklyn and adjacent neighborhoods such as Brooklyn Heights, the Brooklyn Nav...

Today’s photos illustrate the variations possible from a single snap of the shutter, variations that were possible in th...
08/14/2020
Kaufman's Brooklyn: Four photos from the 'Skylines' collection

Today’s photos illustrate the variations possible from a single snap of the shutter, variations that were possible in the low-tech world of Irving Kaufman.

My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found ...

Employees were told they would be working at home until at least January 2021.
08/14/2020
Tribune closing 5 newsrooms including NY Daily News

Employees were told they would be working at home until at least January 2021.

Tribune Publishing Company, which owns some of the most storied newspapers in American journalism, said Wednesday that it is closing the newsrooms at five of them, including the New York Daily News and the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. The company said the newspapers — including the Orla...

"Before the shadow came the noise."
08/14/2020
I remember living in the Floyd Bennett Field flight path during the Cold War

"Before the shadow came the noise."

It was the biggest thing I ever saw. Today, kids would call it ginormous. To me it was a behemoth. I’m sure I would have thought, as its shadow reached me, that it was an escapee from Jurassic Park, had the movie been made yet. It was the Convair B-36 “Peacemaker” bomber (sort of a …

"The fact that she is both Black and brown is what makes this so exciting."
08/14/2020
‘One of us’: South Asians celebrate Harris as VP choice

"The fact that she is both Black and brown is what makes this so exciting."

Two words summed up Tamani Jayasinghe’s exuberance for the first Indian American and Black woman to run for vice president: “Kamala Aunty.” That title of respect that goes beyond family in Asian communities immediately came to mind when Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate. So...

Interim tag should be lifted following 5-2 run in Orlando
08/13/2020
Vaughn reduced to candidate in Nets' coaching search

Interim tag should be lifted following 5-2 run in Orlando

Jacque Vaughn has been reduced to a candidate for a job he is already excelling at under dire circumstances. Lauded by his players for guiding the Nets to their second straight postseason berth despite a makeshift roster that many thought shouldn’t even bother to show up to the league’s bubble s...

"Nothing more than a cruel, bird-killing gift to polluters."
08/13/2020
NY judge invalidates Trump rollback of law protecting birds

"Nothing more than a cruel, bird-killing gift to polluters."

A U.S. judge in New York has invalidated rule changes put in place by the Trump administration that scaled back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni’s ruling Tuesday criticize...

Roughly 264,000 students are opting to stay out of school buildings while another 736,000 children are set to participat...
08/12/2020
A quarter of NYC students opt out of school buildings this fall, while 736,000 are set to return — for now

Roughly 264,000 students are opting to stay out of school buildings while another 736,000 children are set to participate in a hybrid schedule. Chalkbeat New York

“A quarter of NYC students opt out of school buildings this fall, while 736,000 are set to return — for now” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here. More than a quarter of New York City families who att...

Two more photos of Midtown, two more of Downtown. Still as promised, and still not repetitive.
08/12/2020
Kaufman's Brooklyn: Four photos from the 'Skylines' collection

Two more photos of Midtown, two more of Downtown. Still as promised, and still not repetitive.

My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found ...

"In my years as an attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services, I have witnessed a disturbing truth: police lie so often th...
07/21/2020
Opinions & observations: Cops continue misinformation campaign to smear policies they don't like

"In my years as an attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services, I have witnessed a disturbing truth: police lie so often there is a word for it."

In my years as an attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services, I have witnessed a disturbing truth: police lie so often there is a word for it. “Testilying” happens in court and on paperwork, even when an incident was caught on video. Cops also lie to the public about policy issues to maintain powe...

Today’s photos show school scenes illustrating school activities, from among art, music, science, shop (“industrial arts...
07/21/2020
Kaufman's Brooklyn: Six photos of 'Schools'

Today’s photos show school scenes illustrating school activities, from among art, music, science, shop (“industrial arts”), sports, theater and formal events.

My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found ...

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has announced plans to reopen to the public on Friday, August 7.
07/21/2020
COVID-19 update: Brooklyn Botanic Garden announces reopening date

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has announced plans to reopen to the public on Friday, August 7.

On the front lines of the war on COVID-19, there are many civilian heroes going out of their way, as volunteers and contributors. Also, many who are elected to serve are going the extra mile. In this column the Eagle hopes to give our readers an ongoing update on those fighting in the front lines. ....

"This president blusters and bluffs and says he’s going to do things and they never materialize on a regular basis."
07/21/2020
NYC mayor: We'll take legal action if Trump sends officers

"This president blusters and bluffs and says he’s going to do things and they never materialize on a regular basis."

President Donald Trump is planning to deploy federal agents to Chicago and possibly other Democrat-run cities, including New York, as he continues to assert federal power and use the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented, politicized ways. The threat is likely not serious but if he did fo...

"It’s great to be back after four months. We all missed it."
07/14/2020
Practices begin at Disney, as NBA teams restart routines

"It’s great to be back after four months. We all missed it."

Nikola Vucevic had to raise his voice a bit to answer a question. He had just walked off the court after the first Orlando Magic practice of the restart, and some of his teammates remained on the floor while engaged in a loud and enthusiastic shooting contest. After four months, basketball was truly...

Greenpoint Film Festival is set to return for its 9th annual event with a drive-in edition at the parking lot on Meserol...
07/14/2020
COVID-19 sets stage for retro Brooklyn entertainment tool: the outdoor drive-in movie

Greenpoint Film Festival is set to return for its 9th annual event with a drive-in edition at the parking lot on Meserole Avenue and Jewel Street.

Greenpoint Film Festival is set to return for its 9th annual event with a drive-in edition, running through August 1-9, at the parking lot on Meserole Avenue and Jewel Street. The 8-day event will showcase 8 feature films and 27 short films, special guest speakers and socially distanced gatherings.....

"The Black Lives Matter movement has given us, as Black immigrants, the voice that we have repressed."
07/14/2020
Opinions & Observations: What the Black Lives Matter movement means for Black immigrants

"The Black Lives Matter movement has given us, as Black immigrants, the voice that we have repressed."

The white upper-middle class nuclear family has long served as the visual representation of the “American Dream.” For many immigrants living in the United States, achieving this dream calls for the suppression of their native identity, and a strong commitment to cultural, social and economic ass...

Brooklyn loses Martin Schneider, 91, ardent activist for historic preservation of Brooklyn streetscapes
07/14/2020
Brooklyn loses Martin Schneider, 91, ardent activist for historic preservation of Brooklyn streetscapes

Brooklyn loses Martin Schneider, 91, ardent activist for historic preservation of Brooklyn streetscapes

Martin Schneider, an ardent Brooklyn historian, warrior for urban quality of life and preservationist, died June 30 following complications from heart surgery. He was 91. Schneider was an active leader in quality of life issues, particularly in his beloved Brooklyn Heights, since the 1950s. Dedicate...

"Today’s numbers remain low and stable, but it is up to us to keep it that way."
07/14/2020
NY to discuss reopening school; virus cases ‘low and stable’

"Today’s numbers remain low and stable, but it is up to us to keep it that way."

New York education officials are set to begin outlining what will need to be done to reopen schools as Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state has maintained a “low and stable” number of people testing positive for the coronavirus. The state Education Department is scheduled to present a framework for ...

This week's photo display is called "A medley of bridges."
07/14/2020
Kaufman's Brooklyn: Six photos of 'A medley of bridges'

This week's photo display is called "A medley of bridges."

My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found ...

"I can feel it coming."
07/14/2020
As virus rages in US, New York guards against another rise

"I can feel it coming."

As coronavirus rages out of control in other parts of the U.S., New York is offering an example after taming the nation’s deadliest outbreak this spring — while also trying to prepare in case another surge comes. New York’s early experience is a ready-made blueprint for states now finding them...

The MTA is deploying 9,000 new digital screens across the system over the next 12-14 months.
07/09/2020
COVID-19 update: New MTA screens to provide safety info at hundreds of stations

The MTA is deploying 9,000 new digital screens across the system over the next 12-14 months.

On the front lines of the war on COVID-19, there are many civilian heroes going out of their way, as volunteers and contributors. Also, many who are elected to serve are going the extra mile. In this column the Eagle hopes to give our readers an ongoing update on those fighting in the front lines. ....

"These cultural treasures traveled across centuries and millennia, only to end up unceremoniously stuffed in a dirt-cake...
07/09/2020
Brooklyn man indicted in federal court for smuggling Egyptian artifacts

"These cultural treasures traveled across centuries and millennia, only to end up unceremoniously stuffed in a dirt-caked suitcase at JFK."

A 47-year-old man from Brooklyn was indicted in the Eastern District on Monday after he was arrested at JFK Airport in February for allegedly smuggling nearly 600 Egyptian artifacts. Ashraf Omar Eldarir, a U.S. citizen, is being charged with smuggling in 590 bubble-wrapped Egyptian antiquities in th...

The resident artist will create work inspired by Green-Wood’s natural landscape, stunning monuments, and compelling hist...
07/09/2020
Historic Green-Wood launches first-ever artist-in-residence program

The resident artist will create work inspired by Green-Wood’s natural landscape, stunning monuments, and compelling history.

The Green-Wood Cemetery has announced its inaugural artist-in-residence program. The nine-month-long residency will offer one artist an extraordinary opportunity to create works of art while working in private studio space in the Cemetery’s landmarked Fort Hamilton Gatehouse. The resident artist w...

"Most schools will not be able to have all their kids in school at the same time."
07/09/2020
Schools will reopen in fall with hybrid learning, says de Blasio

"Most schools will not be able to have all their kids in school at the same time."

Most New York City students will return to their physical schools two or three days a week and learn online the rest of the time under a plan announced Wednesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said schools can’t accommodate all their students at any one time and maintain safe social distancing. “M...

"Police helicopters circling, firecrackers startling, uniform chants for justice rising into the air."
07/09/2020
Opinions & observations: Mourning the noise of a city in motion

"Police helicopters circling, firecrackers startling, uniform chants for justice rising into the air."

The last few weeks I spent in New York City, the soundtrack of my days went like this: police helicopters circling, firecrackers startling, uniform chants for justice rising into the air. The noise was constant — particularly following what had been months of silence as the city that never sleeps ...

Union suing CUNY in federal court
07/09/2020
Brooklyn College, other city colleges hit by adjunct layoffs

Union suing CUNY in federal court

Being an adjunct at a college can be risky. Adjuncts don’t have the tenure of professors, and they sometimes have to wait until the last minute to find out how many classes they’ll be teaching, and sometimes whether they’ll be teaching next semester at all. Still, many department chairs and ad...

Today’s photos show three interesting scenes, though not likely to be suggestions for activities of your own this summer...
07/09/2020
Kaufman's Brooklyn: Three photos of 'Parks and recreation'

Today’s photos show three interesting scenes, though not likely to be suggestions for activities of your own this summer.

My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found ...

"We will bring a team to Orlando. We will go down there and we will compete. That’s our jobs here."
07/07/2020
Despite virus cases, Nets say no thought to skipping NBA restart

"We will bring a team to Orlando. We will go down there and we will compete. That’s our jobs here."

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving aren’t coming back. DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler aren’t, either. Spencer Dinwiddie is a maybe, with his status unclear after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus. The Brooklyn Nets don’t look ready for a restart, but gener...

We've got 20 more photos lined up for this week.
07/07/2020
Kaufman's Brooklyn: Eight photos of 'Parks and recreation'

We've got 20 more photos lined up for this week.

My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found ...

Ghislaine Maxwell is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park.
07/06/2020
Maxwell moved to Brooklyn amid Epstein-related s*x abuse charges

Ghislaine Maxwell is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park.

Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell was transferred Monday to New York to face charges that she recruited women and girls, one as young as 14, for him to s*xually abuse, the Bureau of Prisons confirmed. Maxwell is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sun...

State Sen. Julia Salazar has tested positive for COVID-19.
07/06/2020
Brooklyn state senator tests positive for COVID-19

State Sen. Julia Salazar has tested positive for COVID-19.

The leader of the state Senate says a New York City senator has tested positive for COVID-19. State Sen. Julia Salazar, who represents Bushwick, Cypress Hills, Greenpoint and Williamsburg, along with parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville and East New York, has tested positive for COVID-19, accord...

The building, which housed a gym called Body Elite, collapsed shortly before 5 p.m.
07/01/2020
Photos: Three-story building collapses in Carroll Gardens

The building, which housed a gym called Body Elite, collapsed shortly before 5 p.m.

A low-rise building collapsed on the corner of Union and Court streets in Carroll Gardens on Wednesday afternoon. The building, which housed a gym called Body Elite, collapsed shortly before 5 p.m. Photos showed it completely demolished to ground level. Emergency responders were on the scene by 5:10...

Separately, elected officials are pushing internet service providers to extend through the end of 2020 the free deals th...
07/01/2020
Amid worries over internet access, NYC orders 40,000 more iPads ahead of summer school

Separately, elected officials are pushing internet service providers to extend through the end of 2020 the free deals they offered families early in the pandemic. via Chalkbeat New York

“Amid worries over internet access, NYC orders 40,000 more iPads ahead of summer school” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here. The New York City education department will order 40,000 more internet-conn...

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Trump and the Legend of El Dorado John Burl Smith Two weeks ago at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) debut of Donald Trump’s new” Republican Party in Orlando, many Americans, though amazed, witnessed what Trump’s brand of politics means for America. Before a word or cameras rolled its main stage became the star of the show. Designed like an Odal Rune, the insignia of Adolf Hitler’s infamous SS, prompted over 100,000 tweeters to light up cyber space like the Las Vegas strip, decrying the N**i symbolism. Promptly, both the Hyatt Regency Orlando and CPAC adamantly denied the stage was designed to resemble the N**i symbol, yet Hyatt defended its client’s right to use any design they chose, even if it represents racist groups like N**i Fascist. Clearly the stage resembled an Odal Rune, with diamond shaped extensions, which many tweeters said they remembered that sign from Charlotteville in 2017. Just the same, a parade of GOP lawmakers lined up, like Germans supporting De Führer, pledging fidelity to Donald Trump, the GOP’s load and savior. Led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, flanked by wing man Kevin McCarthy, a gaggle of Paul Gosar, Ann Wagner, Madison Cawthorn, Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz resembled tail gunners waiting in ambush for Democrats. Amazingly, the talk of the roast or picnic (the original meaning of the term pick-a-nig**r) was a six-foot-golden statue of Donald Trump, which was wheeled around the hotel so Republicans could supplicate themselves as it passed. Again, tweeter feeders went after the “golden Donald,” like dive bombers in “machine gun alley” hunting convoys. However, the less prosaic, simply compared the situation to the “Idol worshipers” of the golden calf while Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments. On the other hand, I see a less Biblical and a far greedier symbolic obloquy to the Legend of “El Dorado.” “El Dorado” according to the Spanish legend began with “El Hombre Dorado,” “The Golden Man” or “El Rey Dorado,” “The Golden King,” both terms describe a mythical chief (Zipa) of Colombia’s Muisca tribe. Zipa, for his initiation ritual, covered himself with gold dust and submerged himself in Lake Guatavita. The El Dorado legend evolved from a man to a city, onto a kingdom, and then an empire. For me this is more of a Donald Trumpian vision, one based entirely on wealth, power and mysticism, which explains why so many greedy Republicans grovel and kiss Trump’s feet to avoid his dog house. The people we are really talking about are individuals that are crawling through slime and over each other to please a grifter, hoping to become the President of the United States of America. Just think about that for a moment. Then ask yourself are any of these “Neanderthal” thinking individuals resemble anyone you want to influence your children? That is the question Americans must answer when thinking of voting for their next Congressmen, Senator and President. That individual will create the world your children will have and you must ask yourself, will it be better than what we have today or worse? I look at my Grandchildren and great-granddaughter, while thinking of the world of sharecropping. My Mother and father escaped it in 1946 and I remember the political voter suppression back then and compare it to what Republicans are doing today. Then I say unequivocally, we are not going back. Progressives took the biggest and best shot Republicans had in 2020 and lost because we have the numbers and they know it now. Their problem is the 18 to 30 demographic; they are the largest voting block and it is growing. High school seniors and other first time voters became the key in Georgia. Showing up at the polls, they were numbers Republicans had not figured on in their victory scenario, which became the bases of their “election fraud stolen election claim.” Street organizers knew the votes had always been there, but getting them to turnout was the challenge. The 18 to 30 demographic, because of their politics, Republicans cannot attract, so they have opted to try and suppress it. The Democratic Party must answer with and all out push to register high school seniors across America. They will make Democrats competitive in districts Republicans presently control. These young people major issues are jobs and access to college. Young people coming out of high school and even drop outs cannot get fast food jobs any longer, because the elderly have taken those jobs to meet work requirements. A youth jobs program will give many families with only one breadwinner another check. Such families in low income neighborhoods and Indigenous communities will feel an immediate impact from voting. These communities will stand in line, pack lunches and bring water, folding chairs or whatever to vote in order to change the lives of their children. The Democratic Party must organize a senior high school voting program organized by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the progressive caucus and fully fund the effort to make it a nationwide effort starting in 2021 in order to have it fully rolled out by 2022. Democrats must not allow Republicans to trick them into playing their fear game, like voting is a zero sum game. Republicans are limited because their base depends on the elderly voting population. Progressive has the unlimited potential of 18 to 30 demographic to draw on. While at the same time, young people must be made to feel they have a place at the table and will not be just voters, but real partners in this enterprise of democracy. The choice for Americans is Republicans golden “Trump El Dorado” vision or Democrats fight to drive COVID-19 from our shores, “Build back Better” with infrastructure and Green New Deal jobs, reduction in student debt, closing the wealth gap and equity and justice from law enforcement. All of this will require redirecting funds from tax cuts and blotted police budgets to a new vision of a community where black, red, brown, yellow and LGBTQ citizens share equally in the promise and prosperity of America!!!!
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All American women are very similar - each is unique! (Results of a joking tasting of women driving on the eve of March 8) The ideal woman "shines" from the inside. Sitting behind the wheel, she sees herself in four mirrors at once. Clairvoyants claim that they see the entire chain of human birth from sunlight, clots of Space, reptiles, fish, animals ... "Human genealogy" can be seen on the faces of contemporaries ... I personally tested this theory by looking (with a third eye) at women driving. The first hundred "tested" looked like this: 20 - birds (eagles, turkeys, geese), 10 - animals (foxes, wolves), 10 - fish and frogs, 10 - snakes and reptiles, 10 - dogs and cats, 10 - monkeys , 10 - goats and sheep, 20 - heifers, mares, camels ... I suggest readers to make such "tastings" themselves. Results vary by city and country. Unfortunately, there are no “pure” women in the world. Man is a unique combination of Chinese Yin-Yang, masculine and feminine. If a man is a cloud in his pants, then a woman is a pants for this cloud ... Conclusion: all women in America are the same - each is unique! Happy holiday, dear friends! Mikhail Aroshenko, poet, ladies taster, "+38 050 340 43 99, [email protected],
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Excerpt from the prologue of 𝐷𝑜𝑔𝑠 - 𝐴 𝑇𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑖𝑐 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑇𝑟𝑢𝑒 𝑆𝑎𝑔𝑎 𝑜𝑓 𝐻𝑜𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐶𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑙 𝐺𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝐹𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝐸𝑥𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑏𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑎 𝐶𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑡𝑒 𝐶𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑝𝑠𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝐺𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑂𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝐷𝑜𝑤𝑛𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑀𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑒: John Hughes grew up in an era of innocence long perished from this earth, an era that seemed that all the worst was behind us and the best was yet to come. In the decorous boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York, he attended nothing but the best Catholic schools, was a member of an iconic boys club, and earned the third-highest rank in Boy Scouts. He was well liked by his peers and the religious order. He was good looking and smart, adventurous but kind. Most importantly, he was deeply loved by his mother and seemed inseparable from his older brother, bonds that would never be broken—never. But as sometimes is the case, things changed for John, and not for the better. Sometime around or shortly after adulthood, which for many begins the pinnacle of their life, it was twilight for John and there would never be a lasting dawn. But the one thing that didn’t change was his love of animals, in fact that trait seems to have intensified. While probably the natural product of his now entrenched mental condition, it was, or so it seemed, to be very heartfelt. After many years of continuous hardship in Florida, he left there on a journey to start a new life. Living an impoverished existence, John’s life—and the lives of seven of his beloved dogs—ended tragically in the strangest of all places, a remote and unforgiving forest in Downeast Maine, a stark contrast to where life for him began 49 years, 7 months, and 3 days earlier.
Excerpt from the prologue of 𝐷𝑜𝑔𝑠 - 𝐴 𝑇𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑖𝑐 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑇𝑟𝑢𝑒 𝑆𝑎𝑔𝑎 𝑜𝑓 𝐻𝑜𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐶𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑙 𝐺𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝐹𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝐸𝑥𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑏𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑎 𝐶𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑡𝑒 𝐶𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑝𝑠𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝐺𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑂𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝐷𝑜𝑤𝑛𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑀𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑒: John Hughes grew up in an era of innocence long perished from this earth, an era that seemed that all the worst was behind us and the best was yet to come. In the decorous boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York, he attended nothing but the best Catholic schools, was a member of an iconic boys club, and earned the third-highest rank in Boy Scouts. He was well liked by his peers and the religious order. He was good looking and smart, adventurous but kind. Most importantly, he was deeply loved by his mother and seemed inseparable from his older brother, bonds that would never be broken—never. But as sometimes is the case, things changed for John, and not for the better. Sometime around or shortly after adulthood, which for many begins the pinnacle of their life, it was twilight for John and there would never be a lasting dawn. But the one thing that didn’t change was his love of animals, in fact that trait seems to have intensified. While probably the natural product of his now entrenched mental condition, it was, or so it seemed, to be very heartfelt. After many years of continuous hardship in Florida, he left there on a journey to start a new life. Living an impoverished existence, John’s life—and the lives of seven of his beloved dogs—ended tragically in the strangest of all places, a remote and unforgiving forest in Downeast Maine, a stark contrast to where life for him began 49 years, 7 months, and 3 days earlier.