Folks

Roughing It Around The World, On Wheels

In the US, Eamon slept rough, bedding down for the night on a pedestrian bridge. He’d pushed 43 miles that day and when it got to midnight, he realized he couldn’t go on. “It was in the Florida Keys and the bridge ran alongside a big car bridge. I didn’t want to sleep on the grass because there were heaps of spiders looking at me, so the concrete seemed quite inviting. I was just looking out over the ocean, it was definitely a highlight.”
Folks

Sailing Blind Around The Mediterranean

In the Turkish Mediterranean town of Fethiye, Sue Fockner is readying her 22-meter yacht, the Arkadaslik, for the summer season. It’s Sue’s fourth summer hosting tourists on board the eight-berth luxury gulet–a traditional Turkish wooden yacht–and she still can’t quite believe she’s here. “I’m the least likely person to be doing this, ever. If someone had said five years ago, this is gonna be your life, I wouldn’t have believed them,” she says with a cheerful laugh.
Folks

The Tale Of The Long Island Mariner

“On the bluefish boat, I would get sick every night. I never threw up, but I’d get green around the gills. And since I was the new guy, I was the chum boy. The chum was in a five gallon barrel, a mix of ground up fish and blood. I’d take a ladle and spray it out every fifteen seconds onto the water, to create a slick to attract the bluefish. There I am, sick in the first place and every time I ladled it out, a little bit of breeze would spray some of the chum into my face.”
Folks

What Happens To A Marriage After Parkinson's

The first couple of years after the diagnosis weren’t too bad. But when Allen’s father died in 2001, the stress sent his symptoms up a notch, and eventually, the disease took over their lives. “He had no quality of life,” Jan says. “He weighed a hundred and twenty pounds. He had a moustache before, but he became the moustache, all skin and bone. The sweat would drip off his head. It got to the point where he couldn’t sit in one place for more than a few minutes. He couldn’t drive, he couldn’t read; his leg would constantly be moving, it would move the rest of him.”
Folks

Displacement And Dysplasia In The Wake Of Civil War

Richard's Aunt Amanda says she has dreams for Richard, and his young cousins that live in Cazuca, one of Bogota's poorest neighbourhoods. “Seeing them grow up in violence, in suffering, is very hard.” It’s dangerous here, especially after dark. There are a lot of robberies. “It’s best to stay in at night,” Amanda says. Still, it’s better than it was ten years ago, when they’d wake up to the sight of new corpses in the street each morning. “Yes, it’s better now,” she says, “but everyone wants to get out of here.”
Folks

Guarding His LGBT Kids Against Depression

Growing up, Evan Peterson never felt he could be himself. Living in small-town California with a homophobic stepfather, Evan kept quiet when he realized he was attracted to boys as well as girls. Confusion and loneliness took its toll, culminating in clinical depression and a suicide attempt. Now a single parent, Evan is determined not to let history repeat itself with his own family. Of Evan’s four children, three identify as LGBT, and he's fighting to help foster their identities in an often-hostile world.
Folks

Bipolar, Face-Blind, And Internet Famous

Every week, hundreds of viewers tune into Michael Noker on YouTube, ready to laugh at his breezy tales of dating disasters and self-deprecating life advice. On social media, photo feeds punctuated by Michael’s sardonically raised eyebrows have attracted nine thousand or so followers. As his online presence grows, the twenty-six-year-old is starting to become recognizable, an irony that makes him chuckle, since face blindness means, for this YouTuber, recognition’s a one-way street.
The City Paper Bogotá

How to take kids to the Amazon ... and live to tell the tale

Colombia is full of “once-in-a-lifetime” travel. With children in tow, it’s slightly trickier. Like many, my husband and I had dreamed of visiting the Amazon, but it seemed daunting and difficult — something childless people did. But after an intrepid friend did the trip with a baby and a toddler, we were determined to follow suit. We got our yellow fever jabs, packed everything we thought a toddler and a four-year-old would need in the rainforest and flew-off to the Leticia, the capital of Amazonas department.
Blu Dot

Flushed away - what happens to our shampoos, hand soaps and cleaning products?

A team of scientists is trying to discover the impact of household products on the environment – and endeavouring to make the public more mindful of what goes down their drains. Scientists at Cawthron Institute in Nelson, New Zealand are assessing the impact of ingredients found in products like soap, shampoo and cleaning products and investigating less harmful alternatives in their Up the Pipe project.
Stuff

Montreal: Canada's Paris

Perhaps it's because their winters are so long that Montrealers throw themselves into the summer season with such fervour. Downtown pavements are crammed with city dwellers eating, drinking and shopping. Outdoor spaces overflow with free events. There are more festivals in this vibrant city than there are weeks of the year. Jazz, comedy, theatre, dance, design - you name it, it's celebrated during the summer. The week of my visit is the First Peoples' Festival, an event celebrating the indigen
Stuff

Herd of Chillingham's wild cattle?

Fifty kilometres south of the Scottish border, on a slice of land so rich in history and lush green grass it makes your mouth water, lives an animal rarer than the giant panda or the Siberian tiger. The animals grazing on the sloping, oak-covered parkland are Chillingham's wild cattle. Numbering just 93 animals, they are direct descendants of a herd of wild cattle corralled 800 years ago in the time of Henry III. Untouched by man and unsullied by outside genetic strains, the cattle are thought
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