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This past spring, I signed up for a 7-week workshop at Senior Planet, a unique nonprofit organization whose slogan is “Aging with Attitude” and whose mission is to teach technology to seniors with the goal of enhancing of their lives.  The class for which I signed up was called: “Between Two Worlds: Modern Art and Technology”.

I enjoyed every minute of the 1-1/2 hour class that met once a week either at the Senior Planet storefront in Manhattan’s West 20’s or at the Museum of Modern Art.  The class was taught by a MOMA teaching artist.

We used Senior Planet’s iPads to experiment with cutting edge apps to make collages and slow motion videos. The iPad work was mostly based on imaging our more traditional art, which was created with paper, scissors, paints as well as interesting light-sensitive papers and inks.

MOMA then exhibited our art in their education building on West 53rd Street


It was my first (and likely last) MOMA exhibition!

The workshop was just a thoroughly enjoyable and liberating experience discovering forms of technology I would never otherwise have explored.

There’s that great quote from Henry Ford:

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”





One of my most satisfying pursuits now is creating art, specifically hand-painting or illustrating wooden boxes, marble tiles and glass vases.  My art is drawn from places I know or existing art I’ve come to love : streets in New York City, the rural scenery in upstate New York or the restrained and haunting landscapes in Japanese silk paintings. You can see these at

I’m about to start painting on throw pillows.

I’m very grateful to have my art as an outlet, but my point here is to look inward to whatever it is that’s appealing and let it lead you to try new endeavors.  The new pursuits will likely be educational in nature and, hopefully, challenge you to learn new skills and, perhaps, even make new friends.