I am a journalist, artist and photographer who is interested in everything. Do I lack focus? Maybe! I’m easily distracted, fascinated and obsessed, so just about anything may appear on this blog. I’m also a sometime columnist in the suburban section of The Kansas City Star and a freelance writer and photographer for other publications.
Some of my interests and topics I’ve written about for newspapers:
- Natural History
- Paleontology (I love to go to digs.)
- History (I was a graduate student in American History, specializing in western American studies.)
- Photography (I studied for a few years.)
- Economics and politics. (I was an editor at a commodity news service and was a graduate student in public administration.)
- Biology, including theories of evolution, population biology, the environment, birds, botany and entomology (I did graduate studies in biology, mostly botany.)
- Art and artists (I’m a painter.)
- Books and writers (Journalism and English degrees. Someday I’ll finish one of those thousand novels I’ve started writing. I’ve been in a book club for 20 years.)
- Music and composers (Studied piano. Never better than mediocre. I still love it.)
- Health and medicine. (I was an editor and writer in the public relations department at a large teaching hospital and medical school.)
Most of the photographs on my blog are my own, although I have swiped a few off the web — such as the portrait of William Tecumseh Sherman. (I’ve got some miles on my tires, but I’m not that old.)
“I never submitted the whole system to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.” Thomas Jefferson to Francis Hopkinson, 1789.
“The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary to keep the waters pure.” Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823.