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

Cold Water Warriors

Happy winter, everyone! I've got a new essay out in Salt magazine about the history of wintertime surfing in the frigid waters on the Carolina coast. It's just the right read for this chilly time of year: in it, you'll find what surfers wore to keep warm in the days before neoprene, and how the … Continue reading Cold Water Warriors

Here’s to the Land of the Longleaf Pine

Read the new essay HERE: http://www.encorepub.com/35848-2/ Friends, Today I discovered that the best way to ring in a New Year is to see one's name on the cover of encore magazine. My favorite independent weekly publication printed an essay I wrote in a fit of passion at the end of last year, in which I respond … Continue reading Here’s to the Land of the Longleaf Pine

Fishing for the Future: Essay for Salt Magazine

I hope this essay is as fun to read as it was to research, because I had a splendid time kayak fishing in the mouth of the Cape Fear River, angling for a Sciaenops Ocelata, the Old North State Fish known as the Red Drum. It was a beautiful day, and there I stood on … Continue reading Fishing for the Future: Essay for Salt Magazine

Video Essay: Customer Service

I wrote a short satirical essay last week for an environmental film event at a local watering hole. People seemed to like it, so I thought I'd try something new: I grabbed my camera, hopped on my bike, rode into the forest, and recorded myself reading it. Aloud, of course (otherwise, it wouldn't make a … Continue reading Video Essay: Customer Service

Water Dwellers: Essay in Salt Magazine

It is my pleasure to announce that my inaugural On the Water column comes out in this month's issue of Salt Magazine, Wilmington's own art and literary publication. In it, I profile the wandering souls who pass through our harbor at Wrightsville Beach on transient boats. In the process of doing research I got to … Continue reading Water Dwellers: Essay in Salt Magazine