“If it doesn’t start with you, it dies with you.” – Julian Casablancas

Born and raised upstate New York. When I was a young boy, me, my friends, brothers and sisters used to help carry Conga drums into the woods, we would drum and then go to the creek to swim, bottle dig, catch snakes, harpoon fish and more. . I suppose my affinity for nature comes from these activities.

I used to play chess and basketball, but mainly drum. I do enjoy playing Petanque every now and then. What I do a lot of these days in the time of COVID-19 is educate myself about the current Climate Emergency, read (lots), and practice philosophy. In fact, I must have read more books in the last year than any other time in my life.

I truly love reading although I do not always retain everything I read I find it so enjoyable and relaxing. In regard to Climate Change I have been reading numerous articles, books, attending workshops, climate marches, and viewing documentaries on Climate Change since March 2006 and have retained little to no knowledge, but have increased my desire to want to help in one way or another in tackling our Climate Emergency.

What moves me, like many others now more than studying and reading is the gravity of seeing with our very eyes the encroaching disastrous climate conditions. It literally scares me to the point that I now focus on elevating my life-force as well in order to better deal with this.

Originally I was going to create a ‘Drum Club Website’ but could not stomach seeing our humanity going down the drain, with that my concern for children, animal species and our planet took center stage in terms of activities – it is a necessity now for me and many others.

I am a private person, plus I prefer to not show my photo due to a very few unsafe incidents I had with a few Climate Deniers/Anti-Science folks, in fact I consider myself a survivor of some very brutal attacks directly from these individuals and have been traumatized due to these harassment. My advice from a ‘good’ friend is to also value my safety and to make this as important as my primary goals.

This is past tense now and I have not only matured due to this but find that it was a tremendous benefit as it showed me the true meaning of perseverance, courage, integrity (still getting there), and helped me change a host of other personal issues.

Now, being that I am the most insecure person I know; I am not easily bothered by things anymore including bullying and persecutions. I truly appreciate the Climate Deniers and Anti-Science folks now and find that I basically no longer fault or grumble about them now but grow from their occasional incidents, besides it is now more about protecting our (yours and mines) children from the endangerment of the growing Climate Emergency than anything else.

My role model growing up was mom and uncle who was a police officer. Speaking of Police Officers, my uncle had such an amazing heart. I believe we can improve our relationship with law-enforcement such as working directly together using Climate Action, the Green New Deal and other climate ideas. I intend on sharing an idea or two that does just that in the future.

Like many of you now reading this, I am very saddened by all the deaths due to COVID-19, I think some of us numb ourselves due to the pain we feel deep down inside, I know I have for a while. It does really feel like a sad and hopeless time yet I sense that we also have in front of us an opportunity transform our situation for the better which also honors those who have died not only from COVID-19 but as a result of all types of violence.

Yes, it is a tough time but remember millions of us sense we can somehow find ways to transform all the violence, deaths, and sadness into peace, hope and optimism, this is not an exaggeration. I believe we can work in solidarity in realizing a sustainable planet even if it feels like we hang from a thread of humanity’s future survival. We can do this, we must, so I leave you with this poem that is perfect for our resolve to do this.

“It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.”
– Edgar A. Guest

Again, thanks for stopping by…

(Previously I had made some disparaging mistakes that might not have been picked up by most but for those who had noticed please accept my apologies. This is what maturity entails—learning from our mistakes, not repeating them, growing from there, and moving on. I am always maturing and am very open so if something I write might needs to be corrected, do not hesitate to let me know. This is what self-transformation for me necessitates.)