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

Going Aloft, Chapter 23

In this chapter we are whisked away into the wildness of the Lucayan night by our new friend, Josh, a Canadian fellow schooner sailor we met at the boatyard in Freeport. There is drinking and merriment on this page, to be sure, but there is also something darker: the faint echo of prejudice, a leftover remnant of … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 23

Going Aloft, Chapter 22

Boatyard, as defined in the yellowing pages of my Webster's New World dictionary, is a noun which means "a place where boats are built and repaired." This is mostly true, but of course a real boatyard serves a larger purpose than that. It's a gathering place for people and vessels from all over the world, … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 22

Going Aloft, Chapter 21

To see a sailing boat out of the water is like seeing a bird on the ground- it happens, sometimes, but it's not the place where it's supposed to be. It's also like looking at an iceberg, in that much of the volume of the vessel is hidden, submerged beneath the waves. Our schooner had a deep … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 21

Going Aloft, Chapter 19

You meet all types of people in foreign harbors. People from many different backgrounds and experiences, who hail from different ports-of-call, who hold strange world views. It's one of the marvelous things about traveling- you expose yourself to people who you would never meet by staying home. Each person helps you grow a little bit, … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 19

Going Aloft, Chapter 18

Apologies, y'all: I've been so busy with all these other writing projects that I've neglected to keep updating the blog with new chapters of Going Aloft. Really, it's a good problem to have. Chapter 18 sketches a pivotal moment in the incredibly-messy-yet-passionate love story between the Writer and the Artist, and is an experimental attempt … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 18

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

Going Aloft, Chapter 17

In this chapter, more than in any other, I make a choice. A choice between staying out in the wilderness with the Captain, or giving up, returning to the life of comfort and luxury I had grown up in. Our little trio was tempted by the fruits of creature comforts (clean sheets, air conditioning, variety … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 17