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

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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

New Essay in Encore: Oyster Feud Behind Masonboro Island

Hi all, Some of you may remember that I wrote a story for Salt Magazine towards the end of last year about local oyster farmer Tom Cannon, who had just started an oyster farm in the pristine waters of Masonboro Sound (if you haven't read it yet, you can do so here). Unfortunately, Tom's farm … Continue reading New Essay in Encore: Oyster Feud Behind Masonboro Island

New Essay in Encore Magazine: CFPUA Announces Rebrand; GenX remains a problem in the Cape Fear River

Hi all, So first of all, the big news: my wonderful editor at Encore, Shea, asked me last week if I might like to start contributing to the magazine on a weekly basis. Of course I said yes. My column will focus on local news, the environment, and politics, as seen through the eyes of … Continue reading New Essay in Encore Magazine: CFPUA Announces Rebrand; GenX remains a problem in the Cape Fear River

New Essay in Encore Magazine: Local Effects of Trump’s Solar Panel Tariff

Hi all, Last week the President announced a new tariff on imported solar panels, and, as someone living in America's second-most solar powered state and as someone who cares about the future of the planet's environment, I decided to look into how this would affect my community. I've got a new essay out in which … Continue reading New Essay in Encore Magazine: Local Effects of Trump’s Solar Panel Tariff

Profile of Blues Guitarist Jon McDonald in Salt Magazine

Hey everyone, I had the good fortune to get to sit down with legendary blues guitarist Jon McDonald for a profile in Salt this month. Jon is one degree of separation away from blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and is an incredible musician in his own right who has helped bring the … Continue reading Profile of Blues Guitarist Jon McDonald in Salt Magazine

Terrapin Tally

Last weekend I had the pleasure of becoming a Citizen Scientist at the local wild place which I love most: Masonboro Island. I got to ride along in a kayak (okay, paddle along) with two actual scientists from the NC Coastal Reserve; together we observed the waters for any sign of Diamondback Terrapins, the only truly … Continue reading Terrapin Tally