Friends of Aesthetic Realism
       Countering the Lies
“It’s a lie, and not a well told one at that.
  It grins out like a copper dollar.”

                  —Abraham Lincoln

Statement by Barbara Buehler, New York City Planner

As to the lie about vacations, Ms. Buehler writes: It is beyond ridiculous to say that Aesthetic Realism prevents a person from having vacations and going on trips.

In recent years alone, my husband, who is an architect, and I, who am a New York City planner, have traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah; Charleston, South Carolina; St. Augustine, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to see the stunning Art Museum by the important Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava; to Spring Green, Wisconsin and Taliesin East, the early home of Frank Lloyd Wright; Oak Park and Chicago; to Pittsburgh and Bear Run, Pennsylvania, to see Wright’s famous house, Fallingwater. We have made numerous trips to Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Maryland, the Berkshires. The list could go on.

As to the lie that Aesthetic Realism is against personal accomplishments, Ms. Buehler writes: To say that in studying Aesthetic Realism one’s accomplishments are belittled is absurd in the extreme. My accomplishments in my chosen field as an urban planner have not only been encouraged by the people I know who study and teach Aesthetic Realism, but have been applauded by them—including the fact that my statement on the need for housing for every American was selected for exhibition in the Municipal Art Society of New York’s Centennial Exhibition, “100 Great Ideas for New York’s Future”; and the opening of that exhibition was attended by many friends and colleagues. I have been very much encouraged as a featured speaker at housing conferences at New York University, Harvard, the University of Maryland, and the American Institute of Architects’ 2000 National Convention in Philadelphia.

As to the lie about the family, Ms. Buehler writes: To say that Aesthetic Realism is against family relationships is bizarre! I am closer to my family—who don’t study Aesthetic Realism—than I ever was before. And since my father’s death, this closeness has grown even more with my mother, whom I visit often and talk with at least once a week. I may add that over these years my parents have been very generous to us financially. And I count my brother, who is a Presbyterian minister, as one of my trusted friends.


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    Statements by Friends of Aesthetic Realism

    Barbara Allen
    Frances Amello
    Jerry Amello
    Christopher Balchin
    Mara Bennici
    David Berger
    Alice Bernstein
    Rachel J. Bernstein
    Barbara Buehler
    Gina Buffone
    Beverly Sue Burk
    Maureen Butler
    Jeffrey Carduner
    Margot Carpenter
    Lori & Robert Colavito
    Albert Corvino
    Nicholas Corvino
    Henry D'Amico
    Matthew D’Amico
    Ernest DeFilippis
    Vincent DiPietro
    Carol Driscoll
    Donita Ellison
    Anne Fielding
    Lorraine Galkowski, RN
    Pamela Goren
    Edward Green
    Avi Gvili
    Ames Huntting
    Mark Lale
    Dale Laurin
    Rose Levy
    Timothy Lynch
    Lorraine Mahoney, RN
    Derek Mali
    Glenn Mariano
    Haroldo Mauro Jr.
    Joseph Meglino
    Pauline Meglino
    Allan Michael
    Marvin Mondlin
    Robert Murphy
    Michael J. Nadeau
    Meryl Nietsch-Cooperman
    Ruth Oron
    Arnold Perey, PhD
    Lauren Phillips
    Jack Plumstead
    Maria Plumstead
    Rosemary Plumstead
    Rev. Wayne Plumstead
    Marcia Rackow
    Zvia Ratz
    Ann Richards
    Anthony C. Romeo
    Leila Rosen
    Rhonda Rosenthal
    Sally Ross
    Claudia Senatore
    Sheldon Silverman
    Jeffrey Sosinsky, MD
    Barbara Spetly McClung
    Joseph Spetly
    Faith K. Stern
    John Stern
    Arlene Sulkis
    Devorah Tarrow
    Jaime R. Torres, DPM
    Dennis L. Tucker
    Francine Weber
    Steve Weiner
    Miriam Weiss
    Carrie Wilson

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