The sun is beginning to wash over the East River and onto the horizon. Birds are rustling in hidden nests, and, for a moment, the streets are silent. Not accosted by the obtrusive city sirens and the raucous rumbles of public buses, I savor this moment (For I know it will only last a moment). This is my slice of the suburbs as I stand outside of my Upper East Side apartment at 7:30 AM on a Saturday morning.
Thornton-Donovan School’s own middle school English teacher Andrew Chapin has recently gotten himself into a golden part of his life. In the course of two months, he has published his first book and asked his long-time to marry him (she said yes). As one of the most respected and genuine educators here, he is a role model to all the students. I chose to interview Chapin about his new success and the details of his book From Tragedy to Triumph: The Story of John Tartaglio.
My eyeballs ping from side to side playing pinball with my eye sockets. With my eyelids shut, I know that I have to get to sleep. The morning will break before I know it, and I will be roused by a softly melodic yet vicious alarm that will remind me as it always does that it is 5:45 AM. There is work to be done, I know that, and I cannot wait to do it; actually, I cannot wait to get it done.
The following is an interview I recently did with Featured Artist Matthew Aron Roth. He is a boyhood friend of mine who has found a niche in action sports photography; however, he and I both know that there is not one characterization of him as a photographer. It is a passion of his that has run eternal since I can remember. This is his story.
ANDREW F. CHAPIN. I remember you in middle school walking around, the only one with a camera around his neck. You’ve always been unabashed in your pursuit of that passion. Why is photography such a passion?
MATTHEW ARON ROTH. For me photography is a passion because of the challenges it presents to me. These challenges and obstacle are what drive me to succeed. When things are easy to overcome, for me there’s no reward in accomplishment. That’s where my passion stems from.
Interesting read on Huffington Post about the dilemma teachers face in giving their students minimum essay requirements (See Mark Bemesderfer’s “Quality Over Quantity”).
Writing has always been a passion of mine since I was a young child. Essays, in particular, were always a challenge I welcomed, for I saw them as opportunities to create and support a point that was wholly my own. In my mind, I saw any essay as an argument that I desperately wanted to win. [Read more…]
When I ask my students about what they want to be when they grow up, too often than not the answer revolves around money. There is no consideration of personal fulfillment or goals, only dollars. So many people follow this path and maybe they make money and maybe they don’t, but that’s not the point; my focus is on contentment and the immediacy in the pursuit of success that so many desire but few are willing to work towards.
I am pleased to announce that AFCHAPIN.com is LIVE! Much thanks to Al and Mayapriya @ NewMedia Website Design for working with me TIRELESSLY to put together this site. Literally and figuratively, it does not exist without you guys.
This site will serve two purposes: First and foremost, it will serve as a platform for my writing, which I will update periodically with teasers to books I’m working on (including my forthcoming YA fiction novel Knowing When You’re Too Young To Grow Up), as well as original poetry and short stories. [Read more…]
Two tragedies recently hit the news, one you couldn’t avoid and another you might have overlooked – the death of the esteemed, transcendent actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and the ensuing investigation to bring the men who sold him the drugs to justice. It’s not so much the arresting as it is the hyper vigilance in tracking down Philip Seymour Hoffman’s heroin dealer that killed him by selling him the drugs. [Read more…]