Earth community. Visual storyteller. Digital nomad. Natural history + current events. Raconteur. Cultural anthropology.
I hope that somewhere in here I will talk about a creator who will intrigue + inspire you.
He’ll Always Have Paris
And so, it has come to this. Lionel Messi, some say the best soccer payer who ever lived — and they have a point — is leaving his boyhood dream club Barcelona after 20 years for a new life in Paris, with Paris Saint-Germain.
Elephants Are Afraid of Mice! And Other ‘Eek!’ Misconceptions.
Elephants have no knee joints, so if they fall down they can’t get up again. So … to avoid falling, elephants lean against a tree while they sleep. To capture an elephant, a hunter can cut part way through a tree ahead of time; when the elephant leans against it, the tree will break and the elephant will fall. Unable to rise, the beast cries out, and a large elephant tries to lift it up, but fails. In some accounts, twelve elephants next attempt to lift it, and also fail. Finally a small elephant comes and succeeds in raising the fallen one.
In Praise of Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall has won the 2021 Templeton Prize. And that makes me happy. Goodall has been a hero of mine since I was a young child. The Templeton Prize is big stuff.
Bwana Mzungu and the Spirit Lions
Bwana Mzungu watched too many jungle movies on TV when he was a kid. He saw plenty of jungle movies, and he saw plenty of movie lions.
A Safe Space for Racists?
I got banned from Twitter, not so long ago. I stood up for a moderately well-known Jewish TV actor in the US who was being hassled online by a neo-Nazi — at least that’s how the neo-Nazi presented himself — from an East European country I won’t name here. Why stain the good name of an entire country because of a vocal minority of aggressive, loudmouthed losers?
Lay Off Simone Biles
As always with these things, it’s hard to know where to begin. Just days ago US Olympian Simone Biles — arguably one of the finest if not the finest competitive gymnast ever to stand atop a medal podium — pulled out of her event at the Tokyo 2020 Games, already the most troubled and arguably most pointless Olympics in the history of the Olympic movement. Biles cited a growing need to focus on her mental health, after early scores in her qualifying round were not what she, or the US Olympic Committee or her fans, expected.
The Olympics in the Year of the Pandemic
The Games must go on! Well … here’s an Olympics story for you. It explains, at least in part, why I’ve never been a fan of the Olympics, least of today, right now, during these Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, in the Year of the Pandemic.
The Princess, the Yacht and the Burner Phone(s)
Imagine, if you will, two great spy novelists agree to meet for lunch, say in Piccadilly Circus in central London. Say, John le Carré and Ian Fleming.