Column: Is this really surprising?

I’ve been pretty surprised with how surprised I’ve been lately. First has been the early afternoon darkness after Daylight Savings. Despite growing up in Klawock and this being my sixth winter since moving back to Alaska, it’s apparently still shocking that it gets dark early. The worst part is that daylight will give to darkness…

Episode 66 – Home building, biomass energy and Ketchikan history

Ketchikan resident Larry Jackson and I talk about custom homes, Ketchikan history, biomass energy and how wood or pellets can be an effective alternative for schools, businesses and residential homes. Check out his video of a recent trip to Denmark where he saw how the country uses biomass and wind energy to meet energy needs…

Column: The thought doesn’t count

So, I’ve got the unit, tag I’ll need and area all set for a moose hunt next Fall. I’m stoked, maybe even a little exhausted. However, the truth is, plans suck. Sure, everything starts with an idea, and a plan, but I get the feeling that sometimes I feel so good about an idea, or…

Column: Caution, eating season is here

Here we go. The triumvirate or trash food is upon us. Leftover candy takes us right to the glorious, albeit gluttonous, Thanksgiving holiday and finally, egg nog with cousin Eddie all the way through New Year’s Eve when we try to kick it all. That’s the problem with this time of year because we spend…

Column: Longing to belong

I sat under the cover of a massive cedar tree on top of a steep hill hidden from Google Earth satellites, hoping a deer will walk within bow range. After five days of exploring “Walden” with my Adventure Literature classes, it was no surprise that Thoreau’s words blew in on me after half an hour…

Episode 64 – Prop 1 debate…with myself while hunting

After three hours in the woods with my bow, I record a podcast about Prop 1. I was, at first glance, a clear “Yes.” Then I tried to persuade myself to “No,” just to make sure I was a “Yes” for sure. But I understood the concerns from the “No” crowd, so now I’m in…

Column: Being accountable

I once routinely lied to myself and believed that I couldn’t get to my job as an English teacher before 7:02 a.m. (school started at 7:30. This is when I lived in California). I was the advisor of a club that met at 7 on Wednesdays, and every Wednesday at least a few people were…