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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Make the Best of it.

In my book, The Dying Fish, I wandered through pristine and nearly pristine habitat about as far as you can get from roads and homes in the east, generally well off the beaten track. It was where I needed to go to discuss what was best for brook trout but few of us get to […]

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The Life Aquatic

The morning’s run actually began with a walk, just trying to loosen up the legs after last night’s speed lap around North Park here in the Pittsburgh suburbs. The run also began with rain. Pavement passed under my feet through the first mile and a half, the rain splashing loudly and heading quickly to the […]

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A Fishing Tip

Fish are always on the move. Fish move to optimize feeding, to spawn and to evade predators. Too often, fishermen don’t move, going back to favorite fishin’ holes time after time. What’s primary here is to learn to think like nature or like an animal, appreciating seasonal cycles and the import of erratic weather changes. […]

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A Return to the Simple Things

I’ve often preached here and elsewhere that those of us who appreciate natural things should all be sure to get out and explore our immediate surrounding thoroughly before rushing off to the Outer Banks, the Rocky Mountains, or Europe. We should learn to value all the habitat that surrounds us and not just dream of […]

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Out My Back Door

Interstitial habitat has become a preoccupation of mine in recent years. “Interstitial habitat” is just how I describe the little strips of wooded or otherwise unpaved space here in the urban world. This might seem odd, coming from a man who’s just written a book about the wildest, most remote places but perhaps it required […]

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Just a book update

The book has been in Susan’s capable hands for a couple of weeks now. She’s the one who has all the right skills to perfect the The Dying Fish as a physical product, meaning computer skills, a realm which seems more and more foreign to me, the more time I spend trying learn it. Sunday, […]

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Urban Renewal

There’s a sprawling field near my home in Pittsburgh encompassing a meandering, branching valley and surrounding the headwaters of Chalfant Run. This was a golf course not too long ago and I would have never visited there when it was. The place has evolved in the last few years, however, since the golf club went […]

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The End is Near

Three to four weeks till book launch. Editing is getting there – mostly just polishing now. I’m trying to place an article with a periodical right now in advance of the book that might help a little with publicity. Susan, a competent graphic designer, has created an incredible book cover that is just what I’d […]

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