• Be Lovely,  Bright Places,  Life,  World Life

    Curly Headed Wonder: GERM Magazine Salutes Shirley Temple Black

    Shirley Temple became a professional actress at the age of three.  From 1935-1938, she was the world’s number one box-office star, even ousting Clark Gable.  The little girl with exactly 56 curls single-handedly “saved a major Hollywood studio from financial ruin” at age six; although, she received under $15 a month of her earnings as spending money.   She is widely…

  • Life,  Social Life,  World Life

    Big Day

    There’s something about this little music video (featuring the song “Big Day,” by Norwegian electronica artist Torgny)  that captures the hopeful-sad exhilaration and melancholy of saying goodbye to high school and heading out into the world. During late April and May, it’s tradition for Scandinavian seniors to celebrate with loud music and pranks.  They also run laps, kiss police officers, crawl about…

  • Life,  Lit,  Lit Art & Song,  World Life

    At Play by Louis Kapeleris

    I visited Tuila, a small Mayan village in Guatemala about eight hours from Guatemala city, to photograph children who were birthed by the village midwife.  On the morning of my last day, these three Mayan high school girls stole a soccer ball after the other students were called to class, and they played and laughed all the way across the…

  • Life,  Sex Life,  World Life

    For Sale: Virginity

    Can you put a price on your virginity? You may say no, but a girl in Siberia allegedly did. According to an article in the New York Daily Times, the girl (who went by the name Shatuniha), desperately in need of money, listed her virginity on a Russian auction site for the hefty sum of 800,000 rubles. That roughly translates…