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Joel M. Eichen D.D.S.
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What are "macros of flowers?"

What means "macro" in this sense?


On 22 Aug 2003 19:43:38 -0700, Removed) (Tony
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>You are proud of those shitty pictures?
>"Arch(TX)" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:<(E-Mail Removed)>...
>> You are welcome to take a look at some of my photos...some just
>> snap shots of family and friends, some of nature including macros
>> of flowers, insects, wildlife, etc.
>> Thanks,
>> Arch
>> San Antonio, Texas

Joel M. Eichen, .
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Joel I think "Macro" could be described as a close-up of a
subject. The closer it is the more it is a "Macro". I try to use
the term only if I am very close as when taking photos of tiny
critters or wild flowers.

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Juan R. Pollo
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I've always believed the definition of macro to be to be "any image bigger
than the subject", I learned my stuff as a kid in the early '70's, mostly
from the Time/Life series.


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> Joel I think "Macro" could be described as a close-up of a
> subject. The closer it is the more it is a "Macro". I try to use
> the term only if I am very close as when taking photos of tiny
> critters or wild flowers.
> --
> Arch
> San Antonio, Texas

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Joel M. Eichen D.D.S.
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Interesting human interest story - OFF TOPIC

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Posted on Sun, Aug. 24, 2003

No more to give, so much left to lose
Zell Kravinsky gave away millions. His gift of a kidney could cost him
his family.
By Oliver Prichard
Inquirer Staff Writer

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Zell Kravinsky said family members don?t always understand the need to
give. Photograph by Linda Johnson.

Zell Kravinsky would be the first to admit he has a giving problem. He
just can't help himself.

Over the last year, the Jenkintown philanthropist has donated $45
million to charity, unloading nearly all of his real estate fortune
while living an astoundingly middle-class life with his wife and

Having kissed his money goodbye, Kravinsky, 48, knew there was more to
give. So last month, he underwent surgery to donate a kidney to a
30-year-old woman he didn't know.

The gift earned Kravinsky international attention, but that's not all
it got him. His wife threatened divorce. His parents stopped talking
to him. America Online users logged on to find his photo with a simple
poll: Was he generous or crazy?

Kravinsky himself confronted a bizarre dilemma: his obsessive desire
to help others balanced against the possibility of fracturing his
family life.

"I have risked a very great deal to do this, in terms of disrupting my
relationships and antagonizing loved ones," he said last week. "I
agonize over that, but I can't let it stop me from doing what I know
is right. I call it the Mack truck test: If you were run over by one
tomorrow, would you feel that your life was well-spent?"

Kravinsky lives with his wife, Emily, a doctor who works part-time,
and four children, ages 3 to 11, in a working-class neighborhood just
outside Philadelphia. The couple drive a pair of beat-up minivans. The
children attend public schools. The only suit in Kravinsky's closet
cost $20 at a thrift shop before he was honored at a fancy Atlanta
hotel for his largesse.

"Zell has personified the American dream," said Joseph Bull of Ohio
State University, which last week announced a $30 million donation
from the Kravinsky family. "But the humbleness with which he lives is
so atypical."

It's a decidedly low profile for a man who amassed one of the region's
most valuable real estate portfolios during the 1990s. In distance and
spirit, however, Kravinsky has never strayed far from his modest
beginnings in Northeast Philadelphia.

Born in the summer of 1954 to Irving and Reeda Kravinsky - Russian
Jews, he a pressman and she a teacher - Kravinsky was raised with his
two sisters in a rowhouse that was longer on intellectualism than

Irving Kravinsky, now 88, supported communism and the civil-rights
movement, and Zell displayed political awareness from an early age. A
childhood friend, Jim Kahn, who played on the Central High School
chess team with Kravinsky, remembers a 13-year-old Zell marching in a
civil-rights protest at the height of racial tensions in the 1960s.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1975, Kravinsky returned to
North Philadelphia and worked as a public school teacher with
emotionally disturbed children.

He taught for eight years and then, frustrated that he could not make
enough of a difference in the face of "intractable" urban problems,
began studying for doctoral degrees in rhetoric and Renaissance
literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1984, his older sister, Adria, died of lung cancer at age 33. Her
death deeply affected him.

As the years passed, Kravinsky finished his postgraduate work and had
a short courtship with Emily Finkelstein, a Harvard-educated doctor
and leading specialist in eating disorders. The couple were married in
1991 in the campus library where they met.

Kravinsky joined the faculty at Penn, teaching Renaissance literature
to undergraduates. Throughout his 20s and 30s, Kravinsky had dabbled
in small real estate transactions. By 1993, he saw that Penn was going
to invest in the renewal of University City, so he borrowed heavily to
acquire several apartment buildings there.

Bolstered by Penn's growth and Center City's resurgence under Mayor
Edward G. Rendell, Kravinsky's bets paid off quickly. In 1998, he sold
four buildings to Penn for $5 million. He expanded to commercial real
estate in the Midwest, and, before long, the scholar who never cared
about money was earning interest on tens of millions.

"Mostly, it was luck," Kravinsky said. "I made some guesses that
panned out."

Having earned his real estate fortune, Kravinsky was free to leave
behind a business atmosphere of "greed and corruption" that he had
tolerated for only one reason - to make money and give it away. With
Emily's blessing, the couple established an educational trust for
their four children and began thinking about who should receive the
rest. They decided on public health.

In October, the couple donated $6.2 million in Adria Kravinsky's name
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He then transferred
his entire commercial real estate holdings - valued at $30 million -
to the Adria Kravinsky Foundation, a charitable trust that will
exclusively benefit Ohio State University's School of Public Health.

Kravinsky said he had focused his giving on public health because it
had the potential to do the greatest good for the greatest number of

For both institutions, the gifts were the largest ever from an
individual contributor. The couple also made a sizable donation last
year to Wordsworth Academy, an Elkins Park school for special-needs

"He believes that the more you have in life - whether it's brains or
education or money - the more responsibility you have to give back,"
said Colette Taber, 31, a former student of Kravinsky's at Penn. "In
Zell's case, he has all of those."

Others were less understanding. Kravinsky said his parents were among
those who found his giving "excessive."

Kravinsky didn't want the money, and passing such wealth on to his
children could "warp their lives," he said. Giving it to the right
causes, he thought, would bring him closer to spiritual redemption and
bring greater good to humankind.

Philanthropy became the driving force in his life.

"As I started giving everything away, I started attaining greater
degrees of moral clarity," said Kravinsky, who said his family lives
on $50,000 annually in a house purchased for $141,500 in 1996. "The
urge in me to do good just grew with each act."

With the money gone, Kravinsky focused on an altruistic idea that had
been brewing for years: organ donation.

"It was something that I had been holding in front of myself as a
personal reward for when I had finished giving away the business
assets," he said. "The kidney donation would be a treat just for me."

To many others, it was insane.

Kravinsky's longtime friend Kahn told him as much. "I figured - like a
lot of other reasonable people - that he had four small kids, and he
needed to be concerned about them. What if something should happen to
one of them and they needed his kidney?"

Emily Kravinsky, who declined to be interviewed, did not want her
husband to take an unnecessary risk. The issue has put a great strain
on their marriage, Zell Kravinsky said.

After he was rejected by two area hospitals, doctors at Albert
Einstein Medical Center subjected him to a battery of psychiatric
tests before agreeing to perform the surgery.

"I had a hard time with it in the beginning," said Radi Zaki, a
transplant surgeon. "At first glance, he appears very odd. Who wants
to give away millions of dollars and then a kidney?"

But Zaki and other Einstein officials were soon convinced that
Kravinsky was "a genuine person who really wanted to do this." On July
22, he became one of 73 living people since 1996 who have given their
organs to a stranger.

Since the operation he has not spoken to either of his parents, who
could not be reached for comment.

"I am paying the price in my relationships, but I couldn't let someone
else's life be held hostage by the incomprehension of someone in my
family," he said. "There is tension, but I think my wife and I can
transcend it. I think we're both going to do everything we can to keep
the family together."

Despite the problems it caused for Kravinsky, the operation was a
great success for Donnell Reid.

The 30-year-old recipient, who was selected by a hospital committee,
is recovering well and hopes to open a shelter for abused women and
children with Kravinsky's help.

"I think he's an angel, I really do," said Reid, of Mount Airy. "He's
the most selfless and humble person I've ever met, and he changed my
outlook on the world."

In the meantime, Kravinsky is busy with plans to see whether there is
anything else he has to offer.

"Some people think I've been unfair to my family, and some people
think I'm crazy," Kravinsky said. "A family member said to me,
derisively, 'What are you going to give away next, your head?' "

"Maybe I will."

Contact staff writer Oliver Prichard at 610-313-8219 or
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Joel M. Eichen, .
Philadelphia PA

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Joel M. Eichen D.D.S.
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Thanks, yes.

His hobby isn't dentistry, woodworking or snapping pictures~ he is a
fully evolved human!


On Sun, 24 Aug 2003 19:52:13 GMT, "Arch(TX)" <(E-Mail Removed)>

>Wow! that really is a "Human Interest Story". You have to admire
>the guy!

Joel M. Eichen, .
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