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A Sound of Thunder   Leave a comment

Sound of Thunder.jpg

I’d done a series of illustrations of Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” back in high school, which I posted here earlier.

This is a more detailed work I created while in college. I thought I ought to post it as well.

Posted May 23, 2013 by benjaminsapiens in uncategorized

St. Baldrick’s on Maine Day: Part III   Leave a comment

Wednesday was UMaine Circle K’s Third Annual St. Baldrick’s on Maine Day, and it was a pretty fantastic success.

Circle K is the Kiwanis-affiliated collegiate service organization, not the gas station.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charity which raises awareness and funding for the fight against childhood cancer with head-shaving events like ours. Since the first heads were shaved in 2000, over $100 million dollars has been raised to support life-saving pediatric cancer research.

Maine Day has been the University of Maine’s yearly day of service and outdoor fun during the last week of classes since 1935.

We had 110 people shave their heads and we raised $12,480 to fund research for treatment of childhood cancer.

I personally was able to raise $135 thanks to the generosity of my relatives and a couple of Mom’s colleagues. All three years I’ve managed to raise more than the year before. Thanks so much to everyone who donated. And my fundraising page is here, if anyone would still like to make a donation – it’s not too late.


This year, we got to see firsthand just what a great cause we’ve been supporting these past three years. Five-and-a-half year old Thiago came to the event and his mom, Johanna Barrett, spoke to us about his fight with brain cancer. When it comes to treating something as terrible as cancer in a child, even the smallest advances in treatment can make a world of difference – like the new, less painful IVs that have recently been developed.

Thiago and Johanna came with Travis Blackmer, a UMaine grad student who shaved his head in honor of his young friend’s struggle with cancer. Thiago adorably helped shave Travis’ head, and then adorably helped vacuum up the cut hair piling up on the ground.

You can (and I highly recommend you do) watch Johanna, Travis and Thiago on this segment from CBS TV 5.


Our MC Wesley Wood interviews Travis, while Thiago shaves his friend’s
head with some help from one of our volunteer barbers.

Photo by Debbie Krupke

Photo by Debbie Krupke


Photo by Debbie Krupke


Photo by Debbie Krupke


Photo by Debbie Krupke

Walk like an Egyptian   Leave a comment

King Aspelta, Nubian Pharaoh of Kush, Napatan Period, ruled 593–568 B.C.
Nubian; Gebel Barkal, Nubia, Sudan; granite gneiss; 130 ¾ in.

Benjamin Richard, American, 1989-present

We drove to Boston to pick up Matt from his flight back from Germany last Sunday, and we made a day trip of it and visited the Museum of Fine Arts.

This would have worked so much better with Matt’s head, but his flight didn’t arrive till evening, so Mom posed instead.

I swear we treated all the other priceless works of art with much less irreverence than we displayed here. No really, we did.

RIP Charlie Slavin   Leave a comment

Head of UMaine Honors College dies unexpectedly

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
Posted JULY 30, 2012, at 6:49 p.m.
Charlie Slavin

ORONO, Maine — Charles Slavin, the man at the helm of the University of Maine’s honors program for the past 15 years, died unexpectedly but peacefully at his home on Monday morning, according to the university.

The 58-year-old mathematician was a jack of many trades who affected the lives of many who passed through the honors program over the years, according to Honors College graduate and state Rep. Emily Cain, D-Orono.

“At heart, he was a student of philosophy and history” who sought to understand society, arts and sports, not just numbers.

“Charlie was really my first friend at the University of Maine,” Cain said.

Cain joined the honors program at UMaine in 1998, largely because of Slavin’s support and encouragement to do so, she said. She graduated from the program in 2002, the same year Slavin successfully transitioned the program into an Honors College.

“Charlie took the work he did here very seriously and very personally,” Cain said.

I just can’t imagine the Honors College without him. I’m sure it’ll continue on as strong as ever, but it really won’t be the same without Charlie leading it.

Posted July 31, 2012 by benjaminsapiens in personal, school, uncategorized

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A wish on this Christmas Eve …   Leave a comment

May all the peace and joy of the season be yours.

Mel Roach

Posted December 24, 2011 by benjaminsapiens in uncategorized

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