Unlocking the Mystery of Vivian Maier

If you have seen the acclaimed documentary, Finding Vivian Maier, than you know she was somewhat of an enigma. For those who have not seen it, it’s the story of a mysterious nanny who spent much of her life taking pictures, but never showed them to anyone. Only when a young historian and collector, John Maloof, acquired the majority of her life work, including some 125,000 negatives, more than 30,000 prints, and all sorts of video and tape recordings, has she made her way into the public light.

The movie follows John’s obsession to uncover who Vivian was, and why she led such a reclusive life when her photographic talents likely would have made her famous.

She died alone in a nursing home in 2009, just days before John began searching her out on the internet and found her obituary. It’s hard not to believe fate played a role in bringing the two together…. [Continue Reading]

College on Problems of Drug Dependence


For the past half-dozen years, I have been attending The College on Problems of Drug Dependence, better known as CPDD. The conference has been in existence since 1929 and this year is celebrating 75 years! It is the longest running conference on drug … [Continue reading]