A frightening future: Overpopulation

A scary thing will happen this Halloween:   the world’s population will reach seven billion people according to a new United Nations Population Fund report.  That’s six billion more than existed just 200 years ago  and twice as many as 1960.  Each person requires food, water, shelter, clothing, health care, and ideally, opportunities for self-fulfillment – a tall order on a crowded planet. Providing adequately for … Continue reading A frightening future: Overpopulation

The power of place

My people have always moved.  Place has never been as important as opportunity.  Hence, my maternal grandparents crossed the Atlantic in 1929 to escape the economic collapse that had already occurred in England (only to encounter it a few months later in America when the stock market crashed).  My grandmother was an old hand at immigration by then.  She previously had left Ireland for England, … Continue reading The power of place

Hearts and minds

Sometimes you see things only when you’re looking for them.  Or as a wise friend of mine says “the teacher emerges when the student is ready to learn.”   Perhaps that’s why I keep running into Randy Olson’s stuff these days.  Olson is the Harvard-trained Ph.D. biologist who gave up a tenured professorship at the University of New Hampshire to move to Hollywood and become a … Continue reading Hearts and minds