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

Parallels Across the Pond

At the end of last month, I had the good fortune to attend the annual meeting of the Wilmington Sister Cities Association, at which a panel of experts discussed and gave perspective on the 'Brexit' decision of last June. There are parallels to be drawn between the English vote and the campaign that elected President … Continue reading Parallels Across the Pond

Interview with Rep. David Rouzer

John stood behind the Congressman as he finished talking with the last two people, thanked them graciously, said, “I've got to go meet the press now,” and turned to leave. Suddenly he was opposite John’s smile, with a face like oiled dough, eyes a little dark and hollow, like they're further away than they actually are, his jet-black hair still perfect. “Hello, Mr. Rouzer. How do you feel?”

Two New Essays (and a short meditation) on Design

Earlier this year I was assigned two topics, both on the subject of local designers and builders (Michael Swart of Swart Amplifiers and Mark Bayne of the CFCC Boatbuilding Program), to research and report on for the March issue of Salt Magazine. I delved into the project with my usual verbose vigor and submitted two … Continue reading Two New Essays (and a short meditation) on Design

From Green to Gray

My little seaside city is a microcosm of the world. The problems that face my community in Wilmington are the same ones we struggle with on a state, national, and global scale. Specifically, I'm thinking about growth: there are more and more people moving here every day, but our peninsula is finite. There is only so … Continue reading From Green to Gray