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…

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…

Column: A little perspective

Last Friday I stood next to the central waterfall at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. and thought about fly fishing. Selfish and shallow, right? See column at: https://www.juneauempire.com/news/i-went-to-the-woods-a-little-perspective/

Episode 60 – Better with the bow

Bear at 10 yards, I knock an arrow and go through my checklist of what to do, not from experience because I’ve only taken 1 deer with my bow, but from videos and research. I made the right call. On the drive back in from the hunt, I talk about the importance of practice and…