I played bocce tonight for the first time this season. The courts looked great, though they were wet from this week’s rain. They’re in a bottom area and the drainage isn’t great. So they looked great despite all of that. Ron, the guy who organizes the league has done a fine job. He’s got two […]
I went back to yoga for the first time in a couple of weeks. Some classes are harder than others. This was one of the hard ones. The bike store has a service clinic I want to take. I’m trying to sign up. I hope they have room.
I just caught the end of “The American Experience” on PBS. It was about the surrender of Japan during the Second World War.
I worked today. We scheduled a number of activities and they were very well attended. I’m actually encouraged. We had some living history demonstrations and tours, ranger-guided history tours and prairie walks, and the Presidential Library had their annual Civil War Remembrance program. All this with occasional rain. I have a positive feeling that I […]
For today’s adventure we drove up to Backbone State Park near Strawberry Point and then to one of the German restaurants in Main Amana.
Ava and I traveled to central Iowa in search of food. We followed an article in “Edible Iowa River Valley”, a magazine “celebrating the abundance of local foods.” I picked up a free copy at the farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago.
Work blows but Ava is visiting and we’re having fun. One more day and then a weekend.
I’ve been in Iowa City for a year. I really like living here. I don’t know how to say it… it’s more “liveable” than Mississippi, at least for me. I like the bike trails, the downtown, cleanness. I wish I liked my job more. I’m looking for a new apartment. The one I’m in now […]
I’ve moved my poems, short stories, and other creative works to the Right brain category. I want this site’s content to be driven by the blog posts (the blog functions as a database) rather than static pages. If you are looking for something, use the search function in the sidebar menu. Artwork and some other […]
One of my jobs at Sandy Hook in the summer of 1997 was to give tours of Battery Potter, a prototype 19th century coastal artillery battery. Instead of scheduling regular tours, the park managers had the brilliant idea of stationing rangers at the battery and enticing lost beach-goers to go on a tour.
Tom assigned me to collect mosquito larvae., but I had never seen one before in my life.
This is a repost from a previous version of my website. Cache Mountain is in Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon, near the town of Sisters. The fire on Cache Mountain started on Tuesday evening, July 23, 2002 after a lightning storm. The fire grew to 700 acres by Friday, when my crew was called […]
In September, things start to slow down at Acadia National Park. The Hulls Cove Visitor Center, which is unbearably busy during August, starts to experience quiet periods once the school year begins. The stressed-out families from New York and Massachusetts disappear and are replaced by Europeans and occasional busloads of old Southerners and who come […]
Wind and waves are always rearranging barrier islands. If you’ve ever stood on the beach at the edge of the water and watched the sand sloshing around your feet in the waves, you’ve seen it action.
When I worked in New York City, I brought a new park ranger to see the salt marsh at Great Kills Park on Staten Island.
The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) held its annual National Interpreters Workshop (NIW) in Mobile, Alabama this November. I’ve been a member of the NAI since 2002, but until this year I haven’t made much use of it. This was my first NIW. The motto for this year’s NIW was “Full Speed Ahead,” as Admiral […]
While Hurricane Katrina pulverized the Mississippi Gulf Coast early on Monday, August 29 I visited the little shotgun shack in Tupelo where Elvis Presley was born.
01-512 – Gateway NRA (NY/NJ) – Rescue On Saturday, August 18th, supervisory park ranger Tom O’Connell and chief lifeguard Ken Cevoli were patrolling park waters in lower New York Bay when they came upon a 19-foot pleasure boat in distress. Operator Steve Rothenberg, 35, and passenger Michael Gonzalez, 37, were frantically waving hand flares as […]
My sketchbook doesn’t contain any Guggenheim-quality material. These examples are mostly thumbnail cartoons.
I really wish this letter had been published. National Geographic did not respond at all.