James McDonald is an Australian retired teacher, union official, academic, and actor. He presently lives a quieter life in Umbria, the “Green Heart” of Italy, learning Italian, writing, painting, and fretting about the madness of the world and what his generation has left his grandchildren. He takes a positive attitude towards trying to make a difference. Griffonaut is his third blog in the past 10 ten years, during which he has also been active on social media, recently closing his Twitter account and reluctantly remaining on Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends in Australia.