Column: Remembering Dad

Ten Father’s Days ago, my brother poured Dad’s ashes into a creek. In the weeks after, I could only remember the end. I tried to stay at better memories, but they all evaporated into serious doctors, my ailing father and finally, the end. The next time I saw my buddy Nate, he put his hand…

Episode 94 -Betting on yourself in life and hunting

From a tiny town on an island in southeast Alaska to graduating from medical school from the University of Washington. My buddy Stephen Ellison had plenty of excuses at his disposal. However, he refused to listen to any of them. He weekend warrior hunts Dall sheep, moose and took me to his special blacktail deer…

Episode 93 – Giving and taking advice

Who knows enough to really be able to give good advice? We’re all just fumbling around trying to figure stuff out and if we listened to advice we shouldn’t then make the same mistakes someone told us to avoid, right? We do it anyway. Life is weird, but entertaining.

Column: Don’t be afraid to fail

I try to talk myself out of a lot of things. One might mistake it for being cautious or safe, but I know that’s not always true. My childhood memories on the ocean are always synonymous with some level of disaster. My brother and I look back and laugh, but I wonder how Dad felt….

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…

Fishing for a good life…

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – I came across a short video of one of my favorite writers, John Gierach, talking about what it is to be a fishing writer. In the clip, he’s driving to go fishing, so it wasn’t the contrived interview in a stuffy room miles away from where the interviewee wants to be….