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

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

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