Italy is ripe for comedic relief. After electing (and twice re-electing) a prime minister convicted of tax evasion and accused of multiple raunchy sex scandals while in office, their political scene has a new star: a comedian. The Five-Star Movement, political satirist Beppe Grillo’s anti-establishment group, was started in 2009 when Silvo Berlusconi, then 73,
Memoir is the journey from protagonist to narrator and the distance between the two propel the book forward. I am only now beginning to understand this. All along I have been writing memoir like novel, trying to show arc solely within the protagonist. Writing is incredibly humbling because you are constantly realizing that there is
I have strong, yet contradictory feelings toward zoos. A zoo, at its ideal, serves not just as a place to see animals but to learn about them and the need to preserve their dwindling natural environments. At the same time zoos have a great moral failing. They are prisons to innocent animals. A polar bear
Last year 1,200 acres of the Long Island Pine Barrens burned during the regions largest forest fire in nearly two decades. Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency and deployed New York State Police helicopters for water drops to assist the 109 fire departments that had already converged to contain the blaze. I hiked through
UPDATED VERSION HERE Monsanto has been around over a hundred years, and while it has a history of questionable ethics and practice—including helping to create and hide health risks associated with DDT and Agent Orange—its more recent trend toward pushing unregulated and unlabeled Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into our food supply is what’s really alarming.
One of the few constants in my life is my affection for the written word. I change jobs, nations and homes with a great deal of frequency but I always want to write, and always hope to improve—both my words and the world around me. In the fall I’ll be on the move again, this
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