Just a few quick thoughts on the hottest season today. And I think my most instinctive, spontaneous thought is: I’m ready for it to be over. I’m not a hot weather person and this summer has tested my endurance. I’m ready to see the greens of the maples begin to grade into orange and hear […]Read more "Endless Summer"
Are forests in decline? Is the forest of the northeast in decline? These are two broad questions I’ve spent a lot of time building a response to over the last several years. It’s not my primary pre- occupation but I give some attention to it because of its relevance to my studies and writing involving […]Read more "The Wild Northeast: a Rebuttal to Eco-planners"
It’s been an interesting 5-month program as I’ve built toward my Oct. 2 marathon. I have to mention running every now and then because it’s as much or more a constant than fishing or writing for me. Even if there’s no event to train for, it’s usually the basis for all the rest of my […]Read more "Keeping Pace"
Those of you who’ve followed me for a while have run into the term “libertarian environmentalism” once or twice. It’s a school of thought you may not have encountered anywhere before, maybe because I invented it. Well, I’d like to think I invented it but I’ve been learning about others championing this same cause since […]Read more "Renewal for Liberty and the Environment"
I haven’t come close to spending months alone in the wild since the years written about in The Dying Fish but I manage to sneak in a few days and nights even while chained to Pittsburgh. The woodlands immediately east of the Allegheny Reservoir on the NY border have been intriguing to me for years […]Read more "Back to the Wild"
Last week found me immersed in humanity, selling my wares on the streets of Greenwich Village – the cultural heart of New York City as I understand it. I was out of place here, certainly, but I value the stretch this provides for my powers of adaptability. If I can survive Greenwich Village, I can […]Read more "Wilderness Visits the Urban Core"
I’m late posting anything about my recent expeditions but I had an exceptional one a few weeks ago that I thought I’d share. With all the international turmoil in the world, all our domestic troubles surrounding the presidency and even my own pressing book events, it was good to lie down and sleep on a […]Read more "Back to Basics"