Scottish Folk of Northern Ireland reflect on Scotland’s possible Independence

The sound of hundreds of bagpipe drones drifts through the breeze of the quiet Northern Irish coastal town of Portrush. The sun shines on the crowd that is perched on a hillside overlooking nearly 50 Royal Scottish Pipe bands, assembled to compete at the North West Pipe Band Championships. Men, women, and children of all ages stroll through the crowds wearing their full pipe band garb, down to the kilts…


Eddie: A Rebellious Designer with a Big Heart

My son said to me, “Dad, when are you going to start easing off?”

And I said, “Well, it will be time enough when they screw the lid down.”

-Edward McIlwaine It’s a moody summer day in Northern Ireland, oscillating between sunshine and down-pouring rain. A man in his 60s makes his way through the forested hillside of Glenariff. He is wearing patched hiking shorts, has brilliant white hair, wears a pair of small, round eyeglasses,…


Uncontacted Tribes of the Amazon

A wooden boat, heavy with luggage, food, and equipment for a week spent deep in the jungle, creeks as it drifts slowly and quietly past a sandy bank in Manu National Park, Peru. “See the broken plant by the river, and the tracks in the sand?” Ryse Humani, owner of Bonanza Tours, says, as he motions towards the bank. He explains to his passengers, a small group of international travelers,…