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lygafe

  • joined Apr 01, 2009
  • last login Jul 29, 2014
  • posts 36
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I am a photojournalist, [ now semi-retired, key word- semi ] and have been involved for the most part with winter sports, which have included hockey, figure skating, short track speed skating, bobsledding and even some skiing over the past decade and a half, including three Winter Olympics, and the Goodwill Games [ that were a counterpart to the Olympics ] for a number of publications, but mainly for the Jerusalem Post.

In addition, I have covered such diverse sports as swimming, tennis, basketball, track and field, martial arts and target shooting, most often on an international level.

I have been doing professional photography for more than 40 years, have had a number of exhibitions over the years, and have been published as a photographer in a number of assorted publications, with an emphasis on mainly sports and some travel photography.

Whenever possible, I become deeply involved with travel photography, and some of those travels can be seen on Webshots under my moniker. http://community.webshots.com/user/lygafe [ transformed into Smile].
I am now a Flickr member [ Webshots community ].

For art photos that I have for sale, I can be found at Fine Art America, and 123 Stock Photos.

I have collaborated with the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Va., USA, and was their representative in Israel for many years. I have both contributed to and written about the ' Exodus' exhibit in the museum, which is the largest of its kind in the world.

I have been a bridge player and teacher for a period spanning more than four decades, and while I have stopped travelling to bridge tournaments, I can usually be found at all hours of the night [ over here ] on BridgeBaseOnline [ BBO ] either playing or kibitzing.

I am a volunteer member of the local police department, and work as a uniformed traffic patrol officer [ officially a member of the Or Yarok-[ Green Light organization, specializing in road safety ] or as part of a team with a regular officer on vehicle patrol, usually 1-2 times a week.

I have been a devoted Celtics fan since the time that Larry Bird first joined the team and completely turned it around. Since their last playoff run, it's been a long and frustrating wait for the team that emerged to take the championship in 2008- but, boy, was it worth it.

My comments on Times of Israel can usually be followed on Facebook, and I continue to contribute to International Hockey Forums.
I can be reached at lygaffen@yahoo.com and appear on Facebook under my handle- Lygafe.
As well, I'm on Facebook under Webshots Friends.

I'm on Skype as Lygafe [ or Lygaffen ]

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Boston Red Sox
  • NBA Boston Celtics
  • NHL Montreal Canadiens
  • NFL New England Patriots
  • Golf Tiger
  • Tennis Agassi +Federer+ Andy Ram & Yoni Erlich + Shahar Pe'er and Dudi Sela
  • General L.A. Dodgers, Israel Recreational Hockey Association, Israel Bobsleigh and Skelton Federation, Israel Ice Hockey federation.
  • Winter Olympics Israel/ Canada
  • Figure Skating Israel Ice Skating Federatiom, Galit Chait/ Sergei Sakhnovsky
  • Boxing Yuri Foreman / Dmitri Salita
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What are our potential options leading up to draft night and beyond, in order to put us in a position to vie for banner 18 and beyond?

Almost everything that I've been reading is based on who we can pick up in the draft, or how we can trade for Love, etc., in order to vie for banner 18 and beyond. What I haven't been seeing...

What if- PP, KG and Doc had stayed this year for one last ride, before heading off into the sunset?

Let’s be realistic. It would have been very ugly to watch [ almost uglier than it is to watch now ] as there would have been PP and KG not being given the rest they need, particularly KG, and...

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How About We Stand Pat With Just a Small Change or Two?

I'm somewhat fed up with all the talk of trading these players or those players, and getting more question marks in return this season.

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What are the Celtics chances to finish the regular season on a high note?

Up until now, the Celtics schedule has not been too favorable for an aging club, with a load of Back to Back games over the opening months. I won't recount them, as we know how many of them have...

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How am I injured, let me count the ways....

We started the pre-season short two men- Avery Bradley was out until a number of games into the season [ and is now in D-league anyway ].  Kendrick Perkins has been out all season and just...

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What a difference a game makes - 48 little hours

 Two games- two completely different Celtics teams show up.    Against Detroit, a pitiful display of sloppy shooting almost cost the Cs a well earned home loss, but in the final minute, managed...

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Trade deadline approaching - any possibilities for a potential trade?

Now that Von Wafer and Delonte Wests contracts are guaranteed to the end of the year, it's possible to begin the game of- what if?

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The Sky is falling, the sky is falling

" The sky is falling, the sky is falling " and the Celtics are collapsing ; at least, that is what one would believe after reading the majority of comments after a losing game, or even a game that...

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Boston Celtics - a great training ground for rookies

   The Cs- A great training ground for rookies.  That'll probably get a lot of laughs from Cs fans, considering that a lot of rookies have come and gone over the past few seasons, with the...

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The building of a championship team [ a.k.a. the genius of Danny Ainge ]

    The building of a championship team [ a.k.a. the genius of Danny Ainge, with a hearty thank you to Kevin McHale ] While much of this has already been written about before, there...

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The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Kevin Garnett

After watching our Celtics deliver a thrashing to the Denver squad last night [ ending at close to 5 a.m. over here ] I was intrigued to see K. Garnett move swiftly over to the Denver side and...

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Ole- the matadors [ Celtics ] rout the bulls.

When our Cs take to the arena and play an inspired game- total team effort on the part of the starting five- as they have done during this latest winning streak, there are very few teams who...

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Disabled and injury reserve list

This is a topic that keeps cropping up in my mind, and I finally decided to write about it. Time and again, we've been seeing one injury after another either hamper a team's progress in the NBA,...

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Celtics pride shows up after taking the weekend off

To my extreme dismay, I had to forego the pleasure of watching The Celtics annihilation of the Hawks owing to a previous commitment to be awakened at 7a.m. for a police assignment [ the game over...

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The Rasheed Wallace effect is hopefully a thing of the past.

Although the Celtics should have been going at an 11-0 clip, we'll have to settle for the 9-2 start, and continue to build on that. The real K.Garnett is alive and well, and appears to be back...

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Celtics team play too good for Heat individuality

What was most noticeable to me about the Cs last nights near blowout win over the Miami Heat was the obvious total team effort, both on offense and almost always on defense. Rajon Rondo has become...

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Random musings - past and present

It's been quite a while since I've been able to sit down and write anything about my beloved Cs, which dates all the way back to the horrendous finish of the seventh game of that final- I have to...

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Which Celtics team will show up in Game six?

During the previous series against Miami, Cleveland and Orlando, the Celtics have had at least one terrible game during each series. That is now ancient history, along with all the problems the Cs...

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An obnoxious so-called sports writer gives sports writing a bad name

After reading this diatribe by Ted Green that supposedly passed for a sports article, via the Bleacher Report that was recently published by the LA Times ,  I felt it incumbent to share it with the...

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What a relief- my worst fears were groundless.

As an avid Celtics fan, who has followed them since the time that Larry Bird turned Boston upside down and re-instilled Celtics pride to the team, I always have these nagging doubts that crop up,...

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Banner # 18- be a believer- bandwagon blues are not for me

During the past season, I've been passionately following each and every game [ mainly on the internet, as I don't have tv access to the majority of the games here, even my radio pass hasn't worked...

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Do or Die time is rapidly approaching

Up until now, a good part of the season has been pretty much of  a roller coaster ride, careening from one set of games that would bring the Celtics faithful to dizzying heights of passion, to be...

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The Cs don't depress me at all, but some of the so-called fan base does.

As a long time Celtics fan, one who has followed the team through the triumphs of the Bird years, and the subsequent trials and tribulations of the past two decades, [ mostly trials ] I have a hard...

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2nd game of a back to back blahs

Way back when, at a time when the season was just getting underway, I raised the subject of the potential effects on the Cs of the back to back games; that they would be tired, less inspired, and...

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Home court is beginning to take on a whole new meaning for the Cs

This was not a game to lose, but after a number of home court embarassments, it was beginning to look that way again, all through the first half. However, after seeing a 35 point mid third quarter...

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Garnett is finally beginning to look and play - like Garnett

The win against Miami was not an easy one, with the outcome only decided in the closing minutes of the game. This seems to have been the pattern of the past few games, with the Cs coming through...

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The season is hardly underway- No need to push the panic button-yet!

As a Celtics fan who has been following the team through some of the worst seasons in the Cs vaunted history over the years after the Bird era, and has never lost hope, it's annoying to read all...

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Whew-that was a close call

During the  past two seasons, I followed he Timberwolves, right after the Celtics, of course, in order to see how they were doing; after all, most of the team consisted of former Celtics players. I...

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Oh, Happy Day

As a long time Celtics fan [ since the days of Larry Bird and co.] I looked forward to the opening game against Cleveland, with a great deal of anticipation and some measure of trepidation. After...

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If the season was ending now, we'd be hanging banner number 18 already

As far as I'm concerned, Danny Ainge has done a remarkable job this summer, considering the very limited resources he's had at his disposal. Let's skip the huge rebuilding summer of 2007, when...

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