“YOU HAVE FREEDOMWHEN YOU’RE EASY IN YOUR HARNESS.”~Robert Frost Photo by Danny Gallegos on Unsplash TOGETHER,DESPITE OUR DIFFERENCES Communities are like fish; yours might be a grouper, mine a porgy, but they’re all fish. If I have learned nothing else in the past two years, it is that, regardless of how much I deny it, […]


Why I write about freedom. If you don’t already know this about my writing, I write about tough issues, the most difficult of which is freedom. With me, the devil is indeed in the details. I immigrated to the US in 1980 and belong to a generation of white South Africans who grew up disagreeing with […]

Themes to Ponder: Family, Altruism and Rebellion

Pondering the themes in The Drowning Bay:Family, Altruism and Rebellion Ponder, or pay… My goal when I was writing The Drowning Bay was to tease out that  “aha!” moment when the reader suddenly knows how the themes of the story informs its premise. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time. I want the reader to […]

A rudder for 2017

(This is a post from my newsletter. If you want to see more of these, please sign-up. Thank you.)  As we set our sails for 2017, we will need to constantly adjust our rudder to steer us past the winds of change headed for our natural and virtual ecosystems. I hope my own actions are bolted […]

The elephant in the room is the ruin of the elephant.

Like it or not, elephants are politically incorrect. Like the proverbial elephant in the room, the killing of elephants is something we know about, but would rather deny that the problem exists. The elephant problem is largely ignored for three reasons: African elephants are not found in America. They’re African, so the American perception is: […]

The fishy thing about Scale

I recently posted a video I produced of The Peconic Land Trust’s local food series called “Long Island Grown”. I came away from editing these conversations with local farmers and producers feeling optimistic about the future. That future, it seems to me, hinges on families building their lives, and staying together here on Long Island’s […]

A corrected trajectory.

At the beginning of the year I published my blog on what was trending in 2015. If you were following me then, you might recall that these were my predictions on music, social media, smartphones and cyber-security. (All linked in some way to my book,  The Faces in the Rain.) I was thinking about how […]

That intuitive space

  Letter #14: Managing space is something we all do. We exist in three dimensions, and, as sentient creatures we want to handle physical space in a way that suits us. While birds fly and build nests, we decorate homes, drive in traffic, and move in buildings where space has been well or poorly considered. […]


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