The Organic and the Beautiful

Nessmuk, among the best known writers of the era preceding establishment of New York’s Adirondack Park, chronicled thousands of miles paddled in light-weight canoes across the waterways of that region. His writing, while not verbose or particularly elevated, conveys much about the reality of that region, at that time. Though much of it may have […]

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Libertarian Park Part 2

  This is the second half of a long article of mine which was published in a literary journal last year. It’s the story of an urban oasis of wild things and how I think about places like this – seeing opportunity rather than wasteland.   (Part one Here)   Migratory birds rest and feed […]

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Libertarian Park Part 1

  “Libertarian Park” is a long-read article of mine that was published late last year in the literary journal Confrontation. It’s a Pittsburgh story with broader implications, I think; presented here in 2 parts.   Chalfant Run seeps to the forest floor in a tangle of underbrush between blocks of planned housing in east Pittsburgh. […]

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Trade Offs

I’ve been reading a lot on the history of northern Maine lately. I have a connection to the place – it’s where I spent my adolescence – and my thoughts often run back to its wilds. Maine shaped my view of the world as a wild place ripe for exploration, a view which I carried […]

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The Dying Fish

The blog you’re now reading is named after my 2016 book, “The Dying Fish (A Sojourn to the Source)”       In 2007 I began hiking north from Dawson County Georgia along the spine of the Appalachians. I would attempt to walk through the entire native eastern range of the brook trout which would […]

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Stewardship

I write a lot on The Dying Fish blog about minimizing government’s role in conservation, rather than thinking of the EPA and state agencies as the only bulwarks against environmental ruin. I also write a good bit about the danger of coming to think of public lands (state game lands, state parks, national forests, etc.) […]

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Reflections on Ice

I took my snow boot liners out for washing and the boots themselves went in the shower. The sled’s about to be locked away in the basement. This week the tip-ups and jig lines will be worked over in preparation for next season. All in all, I’m just saying that the ice fishing season has […]

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