The Brain-Injured Pop Star: Jimmie Rodgers

BRIAN BRENNAN: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS  October, 2015 He had made his mark at age 24 when his first single, “Honeycomb,” sold a million copies in the United States. He quickly followed that with two more million-sellers, “Kisses Sweeter than Wine” and “Oh-Oh, I’m

Earthprints: Toronto’s Leslie Street Spit

Leading up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris in December, Reuters has a series of photo-essays titled “Earthprints,” each installment aiming to “show the ability of humans to impact change on the landscape of the planet,” accompanied with NASA satellite images showing the scale of the change. Here,

Facts, and Opinions, this week

F&O starts our week in easternmost Canada, with Greg Locke’s photo-essay about the resilience (and beauty) of rural Newfoundland. We focus onPope Francis’s visit to the Americas; relish the news about Africa’s bright spot of Ivory Coast; puzzle at a seemingly-crazy notion that orange juice could replace petroleum; and heed Tom Regan’s warning

Life goes on in rural Newfoundland

Life goes on in rural Newfoundland despite the loss of its historic economy and and estimated 50,000 people. Story and photos by Greg Locke.

Art Following Life: Elizabeth Taylor

BRIAN BRENNAN: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS  September, 2015 My very brief encounter with Elizabeth Taylor occurred late on a Saturday afternoon in May 1983 on a busy street in midtown Manhattan. A mounted New York City policeman was barking orders to the small crowd

The Enduring Peter Pan of British Pop: Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard dated back to the early days of British rock, back to even before the Beatles, which made him very dated indeed. Yet you hardly would have known that if you saw him, as I did in March 1981, getting ready

In Northern Canada’s Peaks, Scientists Track Impact of Vanishing Ice

By Ed Struzik, Yale Environment 360September, 2015 In the summer of 1955, a floatplane flew a small group of American climbers to the edge of a massive icefield straddling the Continental Divide along the Yukon/Northwest Territories border in northern Canada. When the group saw

Overcoming Deafness to Cry His Way to Pop Stardom: Johnnie Ray

BRIAN BRENNAN: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS   September, 2015 By the time he was 49, Johnnie Ray had dried the tears that carried him to stardom with such hits as “Cry” and “The Little White Cloud That Cried.” He had replaced the weepy histrionics of his