A Birds-eye View of CAFOs

Last month I went flying with Cape Fear River Watch to get a birds-eye view of the factory farming operations in our state. I've written about this subject before, but this aerial perspective gave me an even better idea of what was going on in our river basin -- and it's not good. The Cape … Continue reading A Birds-eye View of CAFOs

Mark Ruffalo Speaks on PFAS Pollution

This week's story in encore is (dare I say?) incredible. Mark Ruffalo, known for his role as Hulk in The Avengers, came to visit Wilmington and spoke about his terrific new film, "Dark Waters." It tells a story that's eerily familiar to anyone in the Cape Fear region: a chemical company knowingly poisoning people to … Continue reading Mark Ruffalo Speaks on PFAS Pollution

The Implications of Redefining “Waters of the United States” – New Essay in Encore Magazine

Water -- and I can't believe I have to keep saying this -- is important. Fifty years ago, we passed legislation to protect our most precious natural resource: the Clean Water Act. However, recent action by the EPA under the Trump administration threatens to undo many of the protections the CWA currently affords. By the … Continue reading The Implications of Redefining “Waters of the United States” – New Essay in Encore Magazine

Last Post of the Decade

The end of a year is always a time for retrospection; the end of a decade, ten times more so. And what a decade it's been! I've written and published over one hundred articles in four publications, got to meet and interview some incredible people, and learned the craft of writing well enough that they … Continue reading Last Post of the Decade

Profile of artist Nathan Verwey in Salt Magazine

Happy New Year, all. I've got a brand new essay out in this month's Salt magazine, a profile of local street artist and sculptor Nathan Verwey. I've been a fan of Verwey's work for a while now, and it was great to sit down with him and talk about how it comes into being. Pick … Continue reading Profile of artist Nathan Verwey in Salt Magazine

Commentary on WHQR

Yesterday, my voice was transmitted over the airwaves of our local NPR station, WHQR 91.3 FM. As a guest commentator in the station's Communique department, I read a short essay about standing a night watch on the Schooner Anne and seeing myself in perspective with the world around me (readers of Going Aloft might recognize … Continue reading Commentary on WHQR

Cover Story in Salt Magazine: Paddling the Black River

So this is exciting. This month, an essay I wrote about paddling the Black River in North Carolina with local environmental group Cape Fear River Watch was selected by the editors of Salt for our cover story (my first in that particular publication). I am beyond thrilled and honored to grace the front of a … Continue reading Cover Story in Salt Magazine: Paddling the Black River

Offshore Drilling in North Carolina: Rally to Raleigh, and Brunswick County’s Inaction

This blog post actually contains three articles: two which cover the Rally to Raleigh which I reported on earlier this month, and the newest one from this week, written in response to inaction by the Brunswick County Commissioners. I have written about offshore drilling in my home state in the past (like in this essay, … Continue reading Offshore Drilling in North Carolina: Rally to Raleigh, and Brunswick County’s Inaction

Transfixed by the Moment: New Feature Essay in Salt Magazine

Happy Friday, dear readers! For your weekend reading pleasure, please enjoy my latest essay in Salt: a feature profile on James Jarvis, a local jazz pianist and composer in Wilmington. James does some really cool stuff that no one else around here is doing. He plays only his compositions, and has developed his voice on … Continue reading Transfixed by the Moment: New Feature Essay in Salt Magazine

On Clouds and Caution

Hey all, This week's encore story consists of two tales that are related to each other, although maybe not obviously at first glance. I blend an experience I had with fog on my most recent yacht delivery up the Cape Fear River with our local government's decision to delay the issuance of an economic incentive … Continue reading On Clouds and Caution