I just wanted to say hello. It’s been a while and I felt the need to reach out and send everyone goooood vibes.
Though these times remain tough for many, and I include myself here, it does feel like there’s a hint of traction, a glimpse of forward motion, a long yearned for movement towards something more civilized and sane.
The new President is going great guns out here in the USA, trying to unite the country, roll out the vaccination, and confirm the most diverse and qualified cabinet that more accurately reflects the populace of this magnificent land. Current data is telling us that Covid-19 infection numbers and deaths are on the decline, but reminding us to remain vigilant, smart and considerate of our communities and beyond. There are always gonna be events that challenge, shock and rock our faith in whatever it is that we find solace in, but for the first time in a very long while, I can sense a shifting, a glimmer of light and a tentative return to what we’ll have to accept as being an upgraded normality.
So with hope and change in mind, we’re very happy to bring you our latest issue of Mr Feelgood.
Ace lensman and now bona fide baker, Norman Jean Roy, discusses his radical midlife change of occupations, his transition from photographing the most famous faces on the planet to learning to produce the perfect loaf of bread.
We speak to vegan ultra-athlete, author and podcast champ Rich Roll, who I have to say answered so many questions for me about life’s journeys and principles. For a long time now, I have been pondering the subject of ‘male vulnerability’ – it’s a constant area of inquiry in my mind. Though Rich and I didn’t focus on this as a subject, I was genuinely taken by his natural balance of power and gentleness… and I think that’s all underscored in the honest and true way he lives his life, and the evolution he has embraced. He exemplifies for me what it is to be a Peaceful Warrior
Soccer agent Sky Andrew discusses the importance of mentoring to help talented young people make the right decisions in life, particularly in the lucrative world of sports, where so much money can turn heads.
And a very grateful shout-out to our regular contributor John P Weiss who shares an essay he wrote, tenderly describing his final visit with his mother, which seemed pertinent with so many people dealing with grief, given this week’s total of half a million souls lost to Covid here in the States. John’s words resonate with grace and wisdom and somehow offer peace to what is part of all of our lives.
I felt informed and inspired by all this week’s contributors, so here’s hoping you feel the same.
It’s been a huge blessing having my wife Alison on board as her creative brilliance and editing expertise always raises our game. And last, but by no mean least, we want to thank our regular contributing photographer Kurt Iswarienko, whose enthusiasm for his craft and for Mr Feelgood knows no bounds, and who always produces beautiful honest portraits that speak more than my words ever could.
So… here’s to healthier, happier times, here’s to you.