I have taken up writing in my retirement; more for a desire to write than for the money. At age 77, I have long been a writer of letters to the editor, to politicians, and various publications.
GreanPal For Parents and Kids
I am passionate about children and what they mean for the future of this planet. Children need to be nurtured, educated, cared for, and be sheltered from war and violence. If children around the world can be connected to see how their peers live, maybe they will grow into tolerant and empathetic adults, just what the world needs more of.
My Social Shock
As those who read my articles may know, I was born and raised in New Zealand. In my early twenties, I decided to travel to Australia.
The World's Oceans
My passion is the ocean. Since I was a child, I have been fascinated by the sea. I love the ocean smell, the salty tang in the air; the way an ocean can change not just from day to day but from hour to hour. Kevin Costner discovered the moodiness of the sea to his chagrin (and wallet) when producing Seaworld, his disastrous film of an apocalyptical world of water after global warming caused the poles to melt. As he found out, the sea has no mercy for people who take it for granted.
Greanwold - My Passionate Journey
What is passion? What is perseverance? What is persistence? Are they all wrapped up in the same ball? When a person has been pursuing a passion with the point of achievement moving further and further into the future, at what point does one stop and say: OK, I've been at this long enough. It's time to pull the plug. Is it folly to keep pursuing a goal when you feel you have been beating on a door that may never open? However, how many great inventions would never have been bought to fruition if the inventor had quit or given up. A great example is the simple everyday light bulb. As an inventor, Thomas Edison made 10,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. His family thought he was crazy and wanted him committed.
The War on Children
Just recently, in the Canadian province of British Columbia where I reside, a news headline read; "A mass grave containing the remains of 215 children has been found at a former residential school set up to assimilate indigenous people."
Plastic Ocean Pollution In An Amazing Display in Vancouver, Canada
A group of action figures created with waste plastics removed from beaches, water and shorelines are now on display at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They were created by the multidisciplinary artist Caitlin Doherty. She designed and created the human-looking characters with plastic junk removed from Canadian waters.
The Magic of Sailing
Sailboaters are atunned with nature. Power boaters are anathema to nature. I began sailing when I was a child. My family had a friend, an older gentleman with a sailboat who had an enormous amount of patience with an 8-year-old rambunctious boy. He taught me boat and water safety, how to handle a small boat in rough waters and most of all taught me respect for the sea.
The Grass Is Green, Politicians Lie and Voters Don't Fact-check
If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes truth (not to everyone but to many people). A good example of this is the "stolen" 2020 USA election lie. When it comes down to truth in politics, substituting the word "truth" for "politics" has a great deal of certainty in it. It has long been known that when politics enters the room through one door, truth leaves through another. And, personal truths, on many levels, go hand in hand with corruption.