Smokers Pay Tobacco Companies to Murder Them

Tobacco companies sell death and disease to the public. Smokers pay tobacco companies to murder them. Cigarettes are sticks of poison that wreak havoc on humans and the earth. If current trends continue, tobacco will cause up to one billion deaths in the 21st century....

My Rude Awakening on White Males, Brown Females and #BlackLivesMatter

A personal epiphany about race and gender, to my fellow white males: No matter how sincerely we think we get it, we don’t really get it. I’ll explain. It started in 2012 when I met Leela at the iconic Greenwich Village jazz club Smalls. Leela (pictured...

Ten Global Travesties

A list that shouldn’t exist in the 21st century: Worldwide, women and girls ages 15 to 44 are more likely to be maimed or killed by men than by malaria, cancer, war or traffic accidents combined. One in seven people on earth goes to bed hungry each night while...

The black curtain – on death, fear and hope

At the age of seven, my nephew composed a 13-word rhyme as simple and powerful as anything I’ve ever heard: Soon it comes to every person, see it happen in one black curtain. Years later, I’m still mystified that a child could conjure such a cogent...

Ten self-destructive human habits

1. Our addiction to fossil fuels is cooking the only planet we’ll ever have. Instead of dealing with the problem, many simply deny it. 2. Human males abuse, beat, rape, maim and murder their mothers, sisters and daughters – those who give them life and...