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.
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.
A True Crime Story Comes To Life
It’s rare that a true crime documentary series pays as much attention to the victim of a bloody and senseless murder as it does the crime itself, and yet that’s one of the many things that drew me to filmmaker John Dower’s three-part Netflix series Sophie: A Murder in West Cork.
Euro 2021: Where European Football Meets Humanity:
Who knew. As of writing, Europe’s top soccer forwards have missed five of nine penalty kicks; the referring has been scandal free; VAR video review has yet to provoke any international incidents; and there was brilliant sunshine in Glasgow and pouring rain in London as Scotland (23rd in the world rankings) faced the Auld enemy England (4th in the world) in their own lair, and escaped with a 0-0 stalemate.
The Climate War: Don’t Be Fooled, Trust the Science.
Psst. What have you, yourself personally done for the environment lately? Wrong question! That’s the question the oil companies, big tech and the fossil fuel industry want you to ask. Because it takes the heat off them.
Is Generation Z the New ‘Greatest Generation’?
For an aging Gen-Xer like myself, the results of a just-released survey of thousands of Generation Z young people across Europe made for sobering reading. It wasn’t so much the numbers, though — which are worrying enough — but the personal testimonies of those affected.
Sorry, Tennis Buffs, But I’m All for Naomi Osaka
I used to be an obsessive tennis fan. I grew up in the era of Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. Tennis was always popular with fans of individual sports, as opposed to team sports, but it wasn’t until the Connors-Borg-McEnroe era that the sport really took off and exploded in the public consciousness.