‘Long Shot’ on Netflix is riveting, but stops short of full story

Editor’s note: The 2017 documentary has been written about by many, but if you haven’t seen it, there are spoilers in this column.

The documentary ‘Long Shot’ on Netflix is riveting. The production is extremely well-directed and holds your attention from the first words uttered by the subject Juan Catalan. By the time the credits roll, it’s impossible to not be infuriated by justice temporarily gone horribly astray. The work, however, stops short of the full story. Catalan, an innocent man who came far too close to the death penalty, is the central subject, but his brother Mario’s story warranted more attention than it got. Continue reading “‘Long Shot’ on Netflix is riveting, but stops short of full story”

Hanging with the ‘Bastiaters’ revs up creativity and curiosity

When Rebecca [Day] founded the Jacksonville chapter of the Bastiat Society, I had no idea what to expect. I volunteered to host the organizational meeting with Indie Art South as a sponsor. This happened in the pre-COVID era, and in-person turnout exceeded her expectations. The latest meeting of this group was a hybrid event, with a small number coming in person and larger number tuning in online. Justin Ptak was the speaker, and when all was said and done, my mind wandered off into many different directions. That is always the impact of the folks I affectionately call “Bastiaters.” Continue reading “Hanging with the ‘Bastiaters’ revs up creativity and curiosity”

Eaglets rebound: Eye infections clear as E17 backs off attacks

After days of concern, I was thrilled to tune into the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam and get good news. The eye infections causing the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife to temporarily remove the eaglets from the nest cleared up enough for them to be returned after seven days. In even better news, it appears E17 is backing off attacks on sibling E18. Continue reading “Eaglets rebound: Eye infections clear as E17 backs off attacks”

Is holy grail for botanists—miracle herb silphium—extinct?

Imagine an herb so sought-after it was stored in a country’s treasury as though it was gold. Silphium was once in high demand. Now no one can find it although its value once made a city in what is now Shahhat, Libya the richest in Africa, according to an article posted at the BBC. What led to its demise? Why couldn’t ancient communities just cultivate it? What might we do if we were able to resurrect it today? Continue reading “Is holy grail for botanists—miracle herb silphium—extinct?”