Tom Stock

Poet, Essayist, Photographer, Naturalist

Month: February 2017 (Page 1 of 2)

Mastering The Art Of Collage – Workshop

Workshop to be help at Gallery North Community Art Center

Three Friday evening sessions

APRIL 28 – MAY 3 – MAY 10

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Course Fee – $120

To Register call 631 – 751 – 2676

With collage artist Tom Stock. Have fun and learn the skills. Enjoy the lovely studio space.

Gallery North
90 North Country Road
Setauket, New York,11733

Man Cave

I’ve put on the mantle of cave man

Descending into the past, 4,000 years

In a limestone cave in Ireland

I come out into the light

Into the cold

Into survival mode

For food, water, fire wood

Tired of fighting off others who want my cave

I can start fire

Keep warm, watch the weather, stay close to the cave

My shelter, my home, my survival

I hunt with my sharpened stone on a spear


Oh to fast forward into the pleasures of a civilized life

I want to be a cave man on Wall Street

I wear a jacket, shirt, and tie

Cave life is tough, no question about it

I want the good life, to live large

Be able to grab a London broil

And throw it on a fire

To have a futon and warm blankets

When the cave gets drafty

And where are the women?

I have a club, I’m ready to grab one

By her hair and drag her into my cave

Share a meal of London broil with her

Let the fire dim down to romantic

Sleep with her, let her clean and decorate OUR cave

Protect her when another real estate agent

Comes by to check out the square footage

I can scout further away while she guards the cave

I can find food for US

Since she arrived, the cave is more comfortable

It’s not a man cave any more



April 29th. 2017

9:30AM – 1:30PM

Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center

Jones Beach – west end ( near the U.S. Coast Guard station)

$4 to the Long Island State Parks Commission

Come prepared with lunch and drink, outdoor dress, and writing tools

Brief ½ hour introduction with handouts

Two hour outdoor experience – Jones Inlet, dunes, shoreline

Quiet writing time

Discussion, feedback, sharing

Leader: Tom Stock is a naturalist, essayist, poet, hiker, and experienced workshop leader. He assisted Max Wheat for several years and has taken on facilitator-ship to honor and remember Max

Please RSVP:


Check out Stock’s writing at

Snow Hike -“The Hills”

It’s my oasis. I come to the “Hills” to escape the computer in my office. I come to experience the largest, natural, unfenced forest left on Long Island because it’s there. I don’t have to pay. I have only a compass and map. I can bushwack or follow well-marked trails. I am away from cloying noises. I can get lost at random. I have the chance to some upon magnificent boulders that stand out dramatically in a forest of pine/oak trees. I come to be with the lichens which have not diminished as they have further west due to clean air void of sulfur and nitrous oxides which lichens are sensitive to. I came to be with my pal with Mark. my hike companion.

The day was beyond a February thaw. I’d call it a “melt” there was snow cover but it is corn snow mush. I wore the wrong footwear, a pair of sneakers which soaked up water. I had the camera and note pad. Our plan was to walk east on Hot Water Street and turn left on #6. Number 6 is one of the north-south emergency routes that serve if a rescue is necessary. They are wide enough for a four-wheel vehicle. We found snowmobile tracks which helped our footing. My shoes sank into the soft snow.

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The World Of Dogs Museum – Prose Poem

The canine world all under one roof/sectioned into galleries –all dog / dog lovers can browse many galleries/listening room of barks with cute yips, scary growls/ a whole wing devoted to breeds/display of evolution from wolves, with specific branches where you can trace your mutts pedigree/ /great Danes, chocolate labs, hairless and shaggy/ all shapes and colors/ don’t miss the performance room – for the drug sniffers and the security guys/ a room set aside for the famous – Toto; Rin-Tin-Tin; Lassie; RCA Victor dog who tips his head to listen/video’s of dogs in commercials/a visitor center to record your favorite dog storiy/ films; interactive exhibits/ it’s all here under one roof/ an extensive research library/ a huge gift shop with over 50 different treats and any accessory/a large book section /tips on showing for those who want their dog to win best in show/ best breeder/ best agility/ obedience demonstrations on the hour/ dog history section/ “ask the Vet” service/ dog art/ a display of stuffed dogs/ dog cemeteries and where to find them/ information desk/ daily lectures/ membership benefits/ no dogs allowed in the museum, leave yours at home please.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – A Special Treat

Nancy and I attended on Pier 54 in Manhattan. “This is a one-time event for us.” The $35 entrance fee suggested to me that THIS BETTER BE GOOD! “Just once to get an idea.” Nancy added. Up to this point, I haven’t paid much attention to dogs. In fact, I have tried to avoid them after the day I toured the Babylon Animal Shelter to consider becoming a volunteer. It only took an hour to decide that being in the same building with 24 of the fiercest looking pit bulls I’ve ever seen that I’d pass. Taking nature walks in Gardiners County Park close by was another reason. It is a popular dog walker’s park. As I pass leashed dogs or they pass me, I gave wide birth…pretending to be afraid. I was trying to tell adult humans that I wanted this park for nature, not dogs, forgetting that yes, dogs too are part of nature.

It did not take too long to see dogs in a new light. Here, they are the center of attention. The show layout was L-shaped. One leg was the bench area, the other the ring area. There’s also a gift shop and exhibition area, and food court.

The bench isles are the staging area where dogs, owners, and handlers get the dogs ready for competition. Dogs are groomed by teasing and combing, blow drying, cutting, talking to, patting, and penning. Some dogs are sleeping. Many are on small platforms with leashed necks so they can be attended to. The bench area is organized by breed. There are over 200 breeds and 3000 dogs. Each bench contains the paraphernalia necessary to make their dogs glamorous.

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Port Washington Writing Workshop



April 15 2017 10am – 12noon; Saturday

You are invited to participate to improve the craft of writing poetry. Bring pad and pencil. We will use prompts for inspiration, writing time, discussion, and sharing.

Registration: call or e-mail by Monday, April 10 deadline

By e-mail:

By phone: Tom Stock 631-578-9220

Tom Stock offers enthusiasm and support in a comfortable atmosphere. He conducts writing workshops at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center on Jones Beach;
At the Hempstead Plains; the Poetry Powwow at the Walt Whitman Birthplace; A poet and essayist, you can see examples of his work at 100 published poems, 200 published essays; Taproot Leader; host of Spoken Word poetry at Jack Jack’s Coffee House in Babylon Village.

Snow Shoe

A pair of old fashioned (I prefer this to antique) snow shoes lay in the garage loft for 360 days. I acquired those 15 years ago in a trade. They have a hickory frame that is shaped like a droplet. They have gut webbing and leather bindings. I can reach them from the floor by grabbing the trail guides which help me stay on track when I’m walking.

An 11 inch snow yesterday woke them up. I have the 9 hole golf course ½ mile walk from the house. I was anxious to try the new bindings. I brought the old bindings to Angelo, my sweet 90 year old shoemaker and he made new ones for me. I strapped the shows onto my boots and looked out over a perfect unmarked snow that draped over gentle hills, filled sand traps, stopped at the edges of water hazards and hid the greens.

With full sun and enough wind to wisp snow off the surface and twirl it into little vortexes and gauze curtains. The white pines are magnificent and stand out as icons. On the edge of the fifth green, a mature willow tree is remarkable. This is paradise. Snow storms come as surprises, wonderful opportunities to connect with snow.

I intended to tramp a figure eight, and then repeat my tracks in the opposite direction to pack an 18 inch track that I can cross country ski later. I have to work fast. Snow doesn’t last. The first day on the ground is the best…dry and fluffy with lots of air. This is what I encountered as I stood on the edge of a grand white blanket.

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Bi-Monthly Hike Schedule

Let’s get together and take a hike
No fees
This schedule will be in effect for 6 months
Male and female are invited
Hike length last from 4 – 6 miles meet parking lot, Manorville Hills County Park – Route 111
A short hike report will appear after the hike at
Contact Tom at 631-578-9220 or
8th – 9AM Manorville Hills….. Wednesday
18th – 10AM Manorville Hills…..Saturday
4th – 9AM Manorville Hills …..Wednesday
15th – 10AM Manorville Hills…..Saturday
3rd – 9AM Manorville Hills…..Wednesday
13th – 10AM Manorville Hills…..Saturday
6th – 9AM Manorville Hills …..Wednesday
17th – 10 AM Manorville Hills….Saturday
5th 9AM Manorville Hills…. Wednesday
15th 10AM… Saturday
2nd 9AM Manorville Hills…Wednesday
12th 10AM Manorville Hills …Saturday

“If you want to learn something new, take the same trail you took yestarday” John Burrouoghs

ANNUAL Max Wheat Memorial Writing Workshop-April 29, 2017

The second annual Max Max WHeat Memorial Writing Workshop will be held at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach West End ( west of water tower) from 9:30AM to 1:30PM.

Tom Stock will facilitate a variety of activities:
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM introduction and schedule.
10:00 to 11:30AM outdoor walk
11:30 – noon writing prompts and exercises
noon to 12:30PM Lunch – socializing with brown bag and drink
12:30 – 1PM solo time indoor or out to continue writing
1PM to 1:30PM discussion, sharing, and discussion

handouts will distributed

tom stock is a naturalist, photographer,and writer for 40 years with a wide range of experience. He sketches, created collage art, and publishes a blog… with many examples of his writing, photographs, poetry etc.

register with tom at
or call 631-578-9220

Jones Beach State Park requires a fee of $4.00 – first timers are free

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