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 […]

Memorial Day activities

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 […]

Right brain

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 […]

Three lucky Chinese guys

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.

Cache Mountain fire

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 […]

A what tree?

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 […]

Full speed ahead at NIW 2005

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 […]


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 […]