If we listened [only] to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
(c) Craig Chesek
My name is Bill Thierfelder and for me, it’s all about making wings.
My personal philosophy is simple: The most important thing you can do is make wings for yourself and fly to places that fulfill your potential, allow you to develop your unique gifts, and open up a world of love and friendship.
Some things about myself:
I'm an artist/photographer, writer, lecturer, and docent at the American Museum of Natural History. As an artist/photographer, I have a commitment to the art and craft of collage, employing various media, including crayon, pencil, graphite, inks, digital photos, and oil pastels. My work has been shown at galleries in Manhattan and on Long Island since 2007. In addition, you can view my collages and photography on this website.
As a writer, I publish under the name T. Richard Williams. My poetry and short stories have been published in such diverse venues as Wild Violet, Aphelion, Shadeworks,Petroglyph, American Poets and Poetry, and Lucid Stone. Three collections of verse, How the Dinosaurs Devoured the Humans, The Letter S, and Hurricane Warnings and two volumes of short stories titled Ten and The Book of Clues are currently available. By going to the WRITING page on this website, you can click on links that will take you directly to each book on Amazon.com
After 35 years in a traditional classroom--25 of which were spent at Dowling College on Long Island where I was a Professor in the Arts and Humanities Division--I retired in 2010 and re-invented my teaching career in two ways. I lecture regularly on a variety of humanities topics in local libraries and at conferences, and I enjoy leading patrons on tours through the wonders of museums such as the American Museum of Natural History.
I'm also a member of and donor to The Jessup Society at The American Museum of Natural History. In addition, I always try to support a wide range of charitable organizations either financially or as a volutnteer, especially those devoted to preserving Earth's environment, to protecting children-at-risk around the world, and to advocating for civil equality.
"Never be too old to play on swings in May, nor too 'adult' for sand castles built by the roaring shore; always romp with joy in the brisk autumn leaves and know the wonder of snow angels on a bright winter's day."