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"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another."
- Sir James Matthew Barrie


Tina Traster, Writer

Raising Chickens in the Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley Magazine

February 2012 - Its a gorgeous June day, the windows are rolled down, the radio is on and a warm breeze is blowing through the car. My husband Rick and I are driving north on the Taconic Parkway and Im wondering if weve gone too far with this homesteading thing. Growing food and baking bread is one thing but when we return home well have six hens. Jim the farmer is a towering man with hands as big as oven mitts. He laughs at me when I ask him to choose good-natured birds for us. Scanning hundreds of chickens running around at his feet on his Dutchess County farm, he asks, What are they, pets?

I did not grow up on a farm, obviously.

Not waiting for an answer, Big Jim scampers across the grass, cupping each chicken with his enormous hand-appendages until he can grab the bird by its feet. Holding the flapping creature with a tight grip, he ambles to our SUV and stuffs each hen in a large dog cage. Six chickens later, we are farmers. . . Read Story

Love Learned
Adoptive Families Magazine:

April 2010 - Everyone said I would fall in love with my daughter the minute they laid her in my arms. She was beautiful, with her broad alabaster face and deep brown eyes. And she was a flirt: At six months she could flash a dimpled smile. I was awed by her perfect features as the orphanage worker pressed her to me and handed me a bottle. I took the bottle hesitantly and tipped it toward the baby's pursed lips. How would I know when she was sated or whether she needed to burp? I felt as though someone had lent me an expensive camera I was afraid to fiddle with. . Read Story

Crain's New York Business
Projects Aimed at Providing Space for NYC Biotech Firms

March 16, 2008 - When it came to deciding where to locate its new laboratory, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative wrestled between a biotechnology park in New Jersey and one being planned for Brooklyn.

IAVI, which has been awarded a $23.7 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop an HIV vaccine, chose to become the anchor tenant in the Bioscience Center at Brooklyn Army Terminal, or BioBAT. The terminal building, located on the waterfront in Sunset Park, is being retrofitted to house up to 25 bioscience companies. Read Story

Crain's New York Business
Randall's Island Deal Gives New Meaning to Pay-to-Play

January 13, 2008 - Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem is a typical inner-city school, built in the 1960s, with no gymnasium. Had it not been for access to sports fields on Randall's Island over the past decade, the school would not have been able to field soccer, baseball, lacrosse and track teams.

"We won the city championship in baseball in 2005," says Gregory Hodge, the school's principal. "These fields have been a transforming opportunity for our students." Read Story

Crain's New York Business
Big Firms Turn To Smaller Hotels

October 28, 2007 - Manhattan's meatpacking district isn't the typical place for Citigroup's executives to hold corporate events.

But Bob Cummings, managing director and head of U.S. fixed income, decided to hold his division's annual conference at the trendy Gansevoort Hotel instead of the usual large midtown hotels where the company often hosts events.

"We used to meet at a Marriott in a space that had no windows," he says. "Imagine how different it was to have poolside cocktails and carving stations and 360-degree views of Manhattan."  Read Story

ASPCA Animal Watch - Summer 2004
"A"-Mazing Terrier Rescue

When the ASPCA seizes animals from dangerous situations, it's usually a few dogs or cats at a time -- numbers that can be absorbed without undue disruption of standard operations. So when four dozen wire fox terriers are seized at once, it's anything but business as usual. Read Story (PDF)

ASPCA Animal Watch - Summer 2002
Latchkey Dogs

From the barn to the sofa, and now to the spa. There are many options for the dog with two working parents. Read Story

New Jersey Monthly
Heady Days On The Waterfront

Five years ago British Expatriates Dominic Janssens and his wife, Adele, lived in Manhattan for a short stint before moving to a two-bedroom rental at Avalon Cove in Jersey City. Back then, Avalon Cove and the rest of the Jersey City waterfront was desolate, pretty much a ghost town. But for $2,500 a month, the Janssens enjoyed a spacious apartment, breathtaking views of the New York City skyline and a speedy commute to Dominic's job in downtown Manhattan. Read Story (PDF)

Parents - March 2001
Hello, Bed, Good-bye, Crib

Tears flowed the night Gwen Cohen, a mother from Haverford, Pennsylvania tried to get her son Keith, then 2, to sleep in his bed for the first time. "It was a night of holy terror," Cohen recalls. "He gave us total resistance, begging us to stay longer to give him another snack." In contrast, Keith's younger sister, Valerie - eager to follow in her big brother's footsteps - was thrilled when the time came for her transition. Read Story (PDF)

New Jersey Monthly - February 2002
Student Profiling

A questionnaire aimed at identifying troubled kids is at the center of a storm over teenagers' civil rights in Ridgewood. Read Story (PDF)

New York Dog Magazine - July 2005
Heals On Wheels

The house call -- that nostalgic courtesy immortalized in Norman Rockwell paintings -- is back. This time for dogs. And while home visits by the vet are costly, they could be the perfect prescription for stressed out pooches. Read Story (PDF)