Showing posts from March, 2020

The Howard Watson Intrigue series

 Why I write what I write  Based on a bunch of years of receiving "no's," in the mail from literary agents, I am still a messenger of some sort. I have not quit. I used to call myself a "closet activist" but no more. I have emerged from this moniker to write about an FBI Agent (fiction) who deals with global problems that hit America's shores: illegal drugs, illicit diamonds, illegal logging, tobacco smuggling, and shameful human trafficking.   The issues above have brought those who are poor, oppressed, homeless, depressed, jobless, hungry, and saddled with low self-esteem into a sort of bondage that has allowed those "industries" above to flourish. Seems America - the country that has offered to take care of its "tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse, the homeless and tempest-tossed" - stopped lifting its lamp a while ago beside the golden door.  I like to believe that I tell a compelling story for t

Climate Change and man-made diseases

Is there any correlation between climate change and the new diseases touching down on earth? The simple answer is "Yes," says Erin Lipp, professor of environmental health at the University of Georgia. "For example, heat waves will result in more heat-related illnesses and deaths. This is a direct effect of climate change. Climate change has a more indirect effect on infectious diseases, with climate and shifts in weather patterns influencing the pathogens (bacteria, viruses, etc.) and their hosts (insects or other animals), and consequently how humans are exposed." According to some spiritualists, events occur in the universe that humans can't possibly claim as instigated or created. But what is created by us is the degree to which these occurrences impact our life: Bird Flu  ( The outbreak was linked to handling infected poultry. H5N1 occurs naturally in wild waterfowl, but it can spread quickly to domestic poultry); Cholera i s considered a Pan