Suburban Hunter-Gatherer

Where I live right now, while I’m not in the woods, is a paved place in general. There’s a lot of asphalt. McKnight road, one of the major high-speed and high noise conduits of Pittsburgh’s North Hills passes within sight, it’s roar permeating all till long after dark. Businesses have proliferated here and I can […]

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Quiet Little Places

The chipmunks that live down the hill count on me to launch peanuts daily from the back porch. A bit further out I can see parking lots, a highway and a shopping center but there’s a strip of woods here and it’s home for an assortment of animals, great and small. Even my porch hosts […]

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A Well-Rounded Outdoorsman

A couple of days ago I found myself in an outfitter’s canoe transport van, eavesdropping for just a moment on the bearded outdoorsmen in the seats behind me. Like myself, they were on the way upriver for a day of floating and fishing the Conemaugh River – a new place for me. At the moment […]

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Bionomics – A Book Report

    During the later years of the Eastern Brook Trout Solo Adventure, I thought I caught sight of something that looked like a self-regulating economy among the organisms of the eastern forest. And by the time I was done, it seemed odd to try to fit the strictures of command-and-control governmental policy to a […]

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Take a Kid Fishing

Drew’s not really a kid these days but 20 years ago he was, and so was I. We met at a small Christian school where Drew, as I remember, was mostly into computers – the high speed Commodores of the day and their incomparable role-playing and first-person shooter type games like Wolfenstein and the timeless […]

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Free to Flourish

During the long hikes recounted in The Dying Fish, I discovered that I was a libertarian. I can’t really say that I discovered a love of liberty though – that had always been a part of me. It’s amazing how your world view changes when you place liberty at the top of your values heirarchy. […]

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