February 19, 2019

I’m not sure how early I started mentally counting down to the end of various things. I distinctly remember doing so toward the end of my senior college, eager to get done with the last round of finals and out into the “real world.” But, then, my first stop in the real...

February 5, 2019

Alaska fascinates people. 

It wasn’t just a preference for colder weather that led me to try and get an assignment up there, after all.   And even though my wife tends to prefer warmer temperatures, even she fell in love with the place after all her visits. Friends drop...

January 22, 2019

Most writers know – or soon learn – of the importance of using social networks to build their audiences and even get writing work. There are active communities of writers on Facebook and Twitter, sharing their work as well as connecting with each other and their reader...

January 8, 2019

The past 12 months or so have been fruitful for people I know publishing books (see here and here). My friend and former colleague Peter Fey makes it a hat trick with his first book, Bloody Sixteen: The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War, which came ou...

October 18, 2018

Ketchikan calls itself Alaska’s First City – doubtless because it’s the first Alaskan city northbound travelers come to on the Inside Passage.  But for us, it was our final stop in the Last Frontier.

Our arrival was, mercifully, the last early morning of our trip, with...

July 17, 2018

On my previous two trips through the waters of southeast Alaska, the skies were overcast. It had still been scenic, with wispy low clouds weaving in and out of the treetops, but it was more sublime than stunning.

Not so on this trip.

We’d boarded M/V Malaspina in the wee...

June 26, 2018

Uncivilized arrival and departure times were more common than we’d have liked. We guessed it was because of the tides or currents. Otherwise, it made no sense to pull into Juneau at 5AM and Ketchikan around 4AM or load the ferry departing Juneau somewhere around 3. But...

June 11, 2018

M/V Kennicott got underway just before noon on Sunday. A low overcast obscured the higher elevations of the land surrounding us as we eased into the western reaches of Prince William Sound, but the scenery was still gorgeous as steep terrain descended to the sea, broke...

June 7, 2018

Written with the skill of a historian, the heart of a baseball fan, and the soul of a Wisconsinite, Home of the Braves chronicles the saga of the Milwaukee Braves.  Covering their move from Boston and their eventual move to Atlanta, the book is the story of a city and...

June 4, 2018

The trip home began in mid-May and took almost two weeks.

The movers had come and gone. I'd hired a maid service and carpet cleaner to get the apartment squared away, and started packing up the things that I'd either asked the movers to leave, or they forgot.

Meanwhi...

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