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by Mark Stash

Succeed at Something New

We’ve all been there at one time or another. We’ve come upon a great opportunity to be successful at something, yet something else got in our way – ourselves. Sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy, and deny ourselves what we really want in life. Many reasons can contribute to failure, but there are steps we can take to ensure that we at least have a good shot at being successful.
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Cover: Paddleboarders take to the calm waters near Myers Point in Lansing. Photo by Kristian S. Reynolds.

When the Past Meets the Present
John Coffer brings 19th-century tintype photography to the Finger Lakes

story and photos by James P. Hughes

Early in 2014, Manhattan’s Gerald Peters Gallery showcased the striking photographs of John Coffer. It was not the first time the gallery on East 78th, between Madison Avenue and Central Park, had exhibited John’s images. Press releases trumpeted Coffer as a “master” and “the foremost practitioner of tintype photography.” In 2006, he was the subject of a New York Times profile. A sketch of his life appeared on the NBC News feature “American Story.”
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John Coffer explains a point to Julia Nelson of Philadelphia. Julia's interest in photography and the unique tintype process drew her to the workshop.

Letters to the Editor

We are enjoying life in the Finger Lakes today. I live in Middlesex and we are sitting pond-side on this glorious day. Coincidentally, just last night at our pond, we stumbled upon a fawn curled up much like this cover photo.

Elaine Verstraete

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Summer 2014 Issue

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See You Outdoors
Travel Guide 2012

It’s a great day in October when Carla Dawejko spots the line of cars at the gate stretching as far as the eye can see. Families, couples and kids jump out and head to the tents that line the parking lot. An RV parked outside the showroom plays music and announcements, and the aroma of a chicken b ... [click here to read more]

Raising the Curtain
Opera comes to the Finger Lakes

by David Irwin

Soprano Danielle Pastin wowed the audience at last year's gala concert introducing Finger Lakes Opera at SUNY Geneseo to the public. She returns as Micaëla in the company's production of "Carmen." Photo courtesy Keith Walters, SUNY Geneseo.

Gerard Floriano is raising the curtain on a bold musical vision for the Finger Lakes. The SUNY Geneseo professor of music and 1984 alumnus has delighted for many years in conducting professional summer music festivals and operas across the country. He now is determined to bring such inspiration to Western New York through the newly formed Finger Lakes Opera at SUNY Geneseo, a professional company that will engage some of the most talented singers and musicians in the opera world. Read More

Aquatic Rhythm
The beat of the dragon boat is in the Finger Lakes

by Jan Bridgeford-Smith

It was one of those stand-in-the-shade-and-sweat kind of days in mid-July 2013, a simmering afternoon – temperature and humidity tied at 95, both inching toward a perfect score of 100. Taking a walk along the shady bank of Cayuga Inlet looked inviting, but after two minutes it felt like ambling around on a damp sponge cooking in a microwave; even the mosquitoes were overwhelmed with the heat.
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