Profile of a Coast Guard Cutter in PineStraw Magazine

Ahoy everybody, In my other career as a merchant mariner, I'm glad I've never had to call upon the Coast Guard for assistance (and I intend to keep it that way). But it's always nice knowing that they're out there, always ready, in case I ever do. When the USCGC Diligence announced it was shifting … Continue reading Profile of a Coast Guard Cutter in PineStraw Magazine

Down the River, To the Sea

A few months ago, I single-handed my sailboat all the way down the river I live on to where it meets the mighty Atlantic. There, I spent a peaceful night at anchor, watching the world revolve around me. When I wrote about it, I didn't know that that feeling of aloneness would become a daily … Continue reading Down the River, To the Sea

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

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

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