About my page and me …
Mention Colombia and you provoke a host of negative images: cocaine, guerrillas, paramilitaries and most of all former gangster/politician Pablo Escobar.
It’s also a place of immense geographical beauty, with an invigorating culture, and populated by fantastically friendly people. There are also heroes of every sort.
You can find heroes almost everywhere you look, if you are fortunate enough to speak to some of the people and hear their stories. They are the human rights workers, professors who risk their lives to teach the truth, and they are the campesinos who risk everything and stand up to organized crime. They are of every creed, colour and occupation.
I have been inspired by so many of them. Many I have never met; I read their stories in newspapers and on the Internet. Others I have known for years. In Colombia, unassuming people routinely live heroic lives, risking their own safety to help others, just because that’s what good people do.
It will be my privilege to tell you a few of their stories.
Me? I’ve been a newspaper reporter/editor for decades, most recently for The Vancouver Sun. I’m recently retired, but still communicating. Spinal surgery hastened my departure from the grind of daily journalism. But I love Colombia, my life in Canada and I like to tell a good story.
So, if you think genuine heroes are occasionally worth a minute of your time, or have any interest on my thoughts on life in Colombia, British Columbia or from time-to-time The Vancouver Whitecaps, please drop by. It’s possible you might be entertained.
And we might just find a way to help a hero along the way.
(If you wish to contact me directly, please write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org)