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

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

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

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

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

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