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. One place I display my work regularly is the online gallery, BAREBRUSH. 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 now lecture regularly on a variety of humanities topics at local libraries and at conferences, and I lead patrons on tours through the wonders of the American Museum of Natural History as a docent. You can find out my library and museum tour schedules on this website.
I'm also a member of and donor to The Jessup Society at The American Museum of Natural History and the Encore Society at The Metropolitan Opera. In addition, I always try to support a wide range of charitable organizations, especially those devoted to preserving Earth's environment and to supporting children-at-risk around the world.
"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."