A 5 star review for Atone!

It’s rare to find a novelist who can combine so many moving parts and blend them into a novel that will have you holding your breath and guessing to the last page. Wells has pulled it off!

EARTH DAY DID NOT HELP

Osprey catching fish

THE CRY OF THE OSPREY IS TO WAKE US UP Never, since its start in 1970, has Earth Day been more urgent. Now it’s past… Earth Days have not helped the planet heal, because this “holiday” is for us, for humankind–an oxymoron if ever there was one. The uncomfortable truth is that the planet will […]

IS THIS THE YEAR WE DEFLECT OR INFLECT?

The ecosystem of violence: Knotted Gun sculpture in front of the UN

OUR SPECIES MUST STOP DEFLECTING ITS HUMANITY. The human social climate must inflect. With the new spring comes the question: Can the human race finally aspire to belonging in its own ecosystem? As I look forward to getting back to a normal life I realize that I don’t think I can. We’ve moved on. Those […]

CLIMATE: PART II

DEAREST EARTH, YOU’VE BEEN RIGHT ALL ALONG. Equilibrium of ecology and societycan be our gift to the future. CLIMATE: PART II RESPECT FOR DIVERSITYIS KEY TO THE SURVIVAL OF OUR SPECIES. JUST ASK NATURE. The foundation of modern ecology is based on what scientists call the trophic cascade, and is not what we loosely think […]

THE FREEDOM TRILOGY

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 […]

CLIMATE: PART ONE

Back in November, we said if we can just get over this bridge to where everyone is vaccinated, perhaps we can live normal lives. But, that lifestyle has gone forever; as are, tragically, the many lives gone with it. However, there will be a new normal, and in many ways it will be better. Here […]

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 […]

Review of The Ivory Game (Netflix)

I have watched this documentary twice, the first time to take in its scope, the second to understand what lies in the future for African elephants. Each time I am left asking: can the trafficking be stopped? Although a seemingly impossible task, the filmmakers show how dedicated, uncorrupt agents from Kenya and Tanzania collaborate with […]

The storm from an Ivory Cloud

As elephants die at the rate of thirty thousand a year, our own lives change. Most of us who are neither for or against ivory trafficking, watch on the sidelines. Occasionally, we might notice the statistics that spell out the tragic story. Putting aside the heartbreak, we’ll realize that all life matters and that one […]

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 […]

Swimming in fiction’s deep sea

You’ve been writing for years. Then, one gorgeous summer night, you decide to commit to a writing life. You have floated in the sea of fiction, but now you want to compete with the best. So you work out. You build your strength for novel swimming. You hone your legs, abs, arms, and shoulders; the […]

A Library of Pebbles

It’s funny how we adapt. I always think of the extreme—how people deal with life during a war. You’ve seen the survivors: a child with flies drinking her tears, a woman walks through a bombed market, men sip espresso in shattered cafes, shopkeepers sweep up the broken glass. Let’s face it, people need to eat, […]

Sharing and the Privacy Trap.

You know how frustrating it is. You post an incomplete Tweet, or send a Facebook post without that photograph…or email someone with the attachment left off. It’s happened to everyone. We all need the freedom to check our drafts before pinning them to the public notice boards. We also have the right to NOT broadcast […]

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. […]

The power of watching: Shifting from me-watch to them-watch

Geoffrey Wells Letter #13: On Friday, the world’s largest company, Apple, released its new product–a watch. And well, it’s not only a watch. It’s well-connected, although the analog watch still has one advantage; it works without an iPhone. Samsung also released its new watch. No one is sure that these devices are going to take hold […]

Privacy: It’s personal. (Don’t read this!)

Geoffrey Wells Letter #12: I continue to explore the facets of privacy. It is a meme on the Internet today, and it is mutating from the embryo of the word private. The word is stealing DNA from the words, personal, confidential, secrets and identity. They are all closely related, though the distinction is important. There’s […]

Privacy: Precious and/or destructive choices

Geoffrey Wells letter #11: I start with a request: Listen to this Ethiopian jazz while reading the rest of this blog. Don’t ask me to explain why the music adds poignancy to the subject matter of privacy, except I will say that this subject seems to strike deep notes in the soul. (…and thanks to @worldisafrica […]