Heaven's Road, Traveled


If we are extremely lucky, there will be people we meet in life personifying the ideal of who we might aspire to.  That was certainly true for me and Ruth Kaplan. Ruth, who passed away in a Florida hospice last week, was the mother of John Kaplan, one of my very best friends since college. I’m here to say they have both influenced my life for the better.



J.R. Peterson: American, Portland, Maine: detail: “Meadow Road”: 1906: vintage green-toned carbon print: 23.5 x 18.5 cm: unmounted. From: PhotoSeed Archive


A mom and devoted wife to husband Ralph, who passed away some years ago, Ruth was a gifted artist, journalist, and lover of nature; with orchids being a special interest. She was someone whose quiet dignity and wisdom I respected and hung onto whenever I had chance to spend time with her, but also, as I re-discovered last week while searching for old photos-someone who didn’t take herself too seriously-proven by a series of frames I took of her with John, where she mischievously stuck her tongue out in a few.


Hebrew scholarship states Ruth is the model for Chesed, (חסד) translated to loving kindness. My friend was the embodiment of this human virtue: for all who knew her, and those lucky enough to meet someone like her while traveling their own road of life.



This entry was posted on Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 10:57am and is filed under New Additions. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

  1. Rafael Alberti

    on April 23rd, 2014 - 8:35pm Rafael Alberti said:

    Rheinstrasse in Krefeld bei Dämmerung
    please observe above mixture of picture I see works of both Stieglitz 5th avenue street with the snow and carriage and stiechen FlatIron wet street in one picture .See it and you will see the similiarity so.. who started who.. the chicken or the egg. Otto Sharf in 1898 gave insight to Steichen and Stieglitz or vice versa ???

  2. David Spencer

    on January 8th, 2013 - 7:58pm David Spencer said:

    Your very welcome Jenny! Like I told John, this was the very least I could do-Ruth really was that special to me. All my best to you and your family at this time. Spence-

  3. Jenevy Griffin

    on January 8th, 2013 - 3:40pm Jenevy Griffin said:


    Thank you for your beautiful tribute to our mother !

    Jenny ( John's sister ) Kaplan Griffin

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