Two Brothers Walk the Great Wall of China End-to-End

Updated September 16, 2022. My grandfather, Dr. William Edgar Geil, walked the entire length of China's Great Wall in 1908. He is first person ever documented to have done so. He photographed his journey using the technology of his time. The images are on large heavy glass slides viewed with a special lantern. I've documented … Continue reading Two Brothers Walk the Great Wall of China End-to-End

Deja Vu All Over Again: The New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks

Effective today, beginning with this post, I am adopting the expanded acronym of LGBTQ+ over simply LGBT. As I've delved deeper into transgender issues, I've come to understand the old acronym is too limiting. The "LGBT" community is broader and more diverse than the traditional 4 letters represent. There's nothing wrong with "LGBT" and it's … Continue reading Deja Vu All Over Again: The New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks

My Cancer Journey Post-Radiation: A Happy Ending?

This post from February 24 is revised to include an Addendum following my first post-radiation blood test and exam on March 18. The results are very promising as you'll see at the end here. This afternoon I completed my 45-day regimen of daily external beam radiation treatments for prostate cancer. Amazingly, most of the side … Continue reading My Cancer Journey Post-Radiation: A Happy Ending?

My Cancer Jouney Has Begun

Well I'm finally off on my journey. The train has left the station. Getting to this point required that I research this strange land, learn the language, plan my route and book my tickets. As I write this I've finished the first week. I started radiation last Monday and will continue every weekday afternoon for … Continue reading My Cancer Jouney Has Begun

When Life Gives You Lemons… My Journey Meets Cancer

My diagnosis came on September 1st: Stage 2 Prostate Cancer. Before I go any further, let me assure friends and extended family hearing for the first time that I'm in no immediate danger. To the best of our knowledge the cancer is contained and has not spread. Doctors believe we've found it early enough that … Continue reading When Life Gives You Lemons… My Journey Meets Cancer

The Proven Power of Labor

I recently stumbled upon some videos on YouTube so timely and important I decided to share them here. They present compelling lessons about power of labor, something that might strike some as an oxymoron. Labor? Powerful? It is not a crisis of the capacity of workers to struggle. It is a crisis of union leadership. … Continue reading The Proven Power of Labor

A Teaching Moment

There's a teaching moment in all the uproar over events at the Lincoln Memorial a week ago Friday. But what is it? The privilege and racism of white suburban Catholic boys? Trump-inspired disrespect of Native Americans and indigenous cultures? Confrontation and suppression of Free Speech? The polarization of politics? The power and danger of social … Continue reading A Teaching Moment

Fidel Castro & The Cuban Revolution

This post from my old blog marked the death of Fidel Castro Ruz. Fidel was the central leader of Cuba's 1959 revolution against US-backed dictator Furgencio Batista. Fidel served as Prime Minister (1959-1976) and President (1976-2008). This time of year is filled with tradition: Christmas cookies, mistletoe, Times Square and champaign. As 2016 winds down … Continue reading Fidel Castro & The Cuban Revolution