Archives: 2013

What’s Current in Environmental Issues Today?

July 15th, 2013, No Comments

I’m nursing a back injury today but wanted to let readers know where you can find up to date news on environmental tragedies, crimes and potential upgrades in these areas of our universal interest. I’ve been using this website for years to monitor important points in this increasingly dangerous world of pollution, largely preventable […]

The Occasional Hostile Hostel

June 26th, 2013, No Comments

I’ve stayed in some lovely hostels during my budget travels. Many have been upgraded to hotel quality standards; they aren’t your grandparents’ backpacker flophouses any longer. Here in Israel, I’ve mostly had good experiences as well but last night I had a second, serious disappointment at the Gordon Inn and Guest House in Tel Aviv. […]

Setting Your Checkbook Ahead

June 25th, 2013, No Comments

When you travel with a learning disability, organization is essential to your ability to finish what you start in the most efficient manner. This means timing; leaving sufficient time for that flight or train as well as enough time to use the ‘head’ (toilet) before your departure. Changing money is another art and science that […]

When you see it happening…

June 17th, 2013, No Comments

I am currently in Israel and witnessed an unfortunate event in a hotel last week. This could have happened in any hotel in any corner of the world so I removed the identifying details from this post. This letter was sent to the corporate office of this hotel chain and I hope everying who reads […]

The Other Side of Wrong

May 26th, 2013, No Comments

My travels have progressed rather slowly due to health issues and a fixed income schedule which determines when moving on is practical. The benefits have been undeniable. I’ve viewed the natural wonders of incredibly diverse landscapes and climates. Even more satisfying has been the swell of intense admiration evoked by the sight of so many […]

Life Issues

April 22nd, 2013, No Comments

I was reading the newspaper, Haaretz, here in Jerusalem when I came across their reprint of Ross Douthat’s Op-ed column in the New York Times entitled, “Media Balance and bias”*. I wrote this letter to the editor about it: Sir, The article on ‘Media Balance and bias’ was extremely timely. Questions arise daily in the […]

A Sweet Little Machine

April 22nd, 2013, No Comments

If you aren’t feeling so hot on a consistent basis and are postponing that visit to an expensive specialist, one simple question might help in making that decision. How’s your blood sugar? It’s surprisingly simple to find out if your diet and eating schedule needs to be altered to counter that sudden drop in energy, […]

Nicotine Up Your Nose?

April 3rd, 2013, No Comments

Here in Greece, I’ve been getting sick from the fumes of something that smells like tobacco smoke – and isn’t. An odor heavy in the airport harkened back to memories of my research in pesticide science when I first came across the ‘neonicotinoids’. It’s spring now and pesticides are making the news like crazy. The […]

Another Note About Help

April 3rd, 2013, No Comments

My last blog post about how to assist people on the street looking for help led me to peek in on the China Hush blog where the writer highlighted places where people fear to access public services. Those of us living in the Western hemisphere have had mixed experiences when looking to our governments for […]

How To Respond to a Plea for Help

March 12th, 2013, No Comments

In my travels, I’ve seen many homeless and hungry people and had my own share of adversity. The flood of need in these difficult times dicates a new way to help others. Many of us are only one paycheck away from destitution ourselves. Some people are, unfortunately, so cynical that they literally won’t give you […]

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