Mark Ruffalo Speaks on PFAS Pollution

This week's story in encore is (dare I say?) incredible. Mark Ruffalo, known for his role as Hulk in The Avengers, came to visit Wilmington and spoke about his terrific new film, "Dark Waters." It tells a story that's eerily familiar to anyone in the Cape Fear region: a chemical company knowingly poisoning people to … Continue reading Mark Ruffalo Speaks on PFAS Pollution

Profile of artist Nathan Verwey in Salt Magazine

Happy New Year, all. I've got a brand new essay out in this month's Salt magazine, a profile of local street artist and sculptor Nathan Verwey. I've been a fan of Verwey's work for a while now, and it was great to sit down with him and talk about how it comes into being. Pick … Continue reading Profile of artist Nathan Verwey in Salt Magazine

Commentary on WHQR

Yesterday, my voice was transmitted over the airwaves of our local NPR station, WHQR 91.3 FM. As a guest commentator in the station's Communique department, I read a short essay about standing a night watch on the Schooner Anne and seeing myself in perspective with the world around me (readers of Going Aloft might recognize … Continue reading Commentary on WHQR

Profile of Blues Guitarist Jon McDonald in Salt Magazine

Hey everyone, I had the good fortune to get to sit down with legendary blues guitarist Jon McDonald for a profile in Salt this month. Jon is one degree of separation away from blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and is an incredible musician in his own right who has helped bring the … Continue reading Profile of Blues Guitarist Jon McDonald in Salt Magazine

Terrapin Tally

Last weekend I had the pleasure of becoming a Citizen Scientist at the local wild place which I love most: Masonboro Island. I got to ride along in a kayak (okay, paddle along) with two actual¬†scientists from the NC Coastal Reserve; together we observed the waters for any sign of Diamondback Terrapins, the only truly … Continue reading Terrapin Tally

Two New Essays (and a short meditation) on Design

Earlier this year I was assigned two topics, both on the subject of local designers and builders (Michael Swart of Swart Amplifiers and Mark Bayne of the CFCC Boatbuilding Program), to research and report on for the March issue of Salt Magazine. I delved into the project with my usual verbose vigor and submitted two … Continue reading Two New Essays (and a short meditation) on Design

Here’s to the Land of the Longleaf Pine

Read the new essay HERE:¬† Friends, Today I discovered that the best way to ring in a New Year is to see one's name on the cover of encore magazine. My favorite independent weekly publication printed an essay I wrote in a fit of passion at the end of last year, in which I respond … Continue reading Here’s to the Land of the Longleaf Pine

Going Aloft, Chapter 26

The End. Such a permanent little sentence, isn't it? One often imagines it as the closing of a book, a final moment of quiet pause before it returns to the dusty dry shelf. But books, while they may imitate life, aren't life. Stories end, but life keeps on going along (or aloft, if you'd like). … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 26

Going Aloft, Chapter 25

Here it is, ya'll: the penultimate chapter. Hard to believe I've been doing this every two weeks all year long. I'll save the waxing poetic for the final installment, but I'd like to preemptively thank you all for joining me on this ride, and I hope you'll stick around for the next one, too. In … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 25

Going Aloft, Chapter 24

There are times in life when, no matter how hard you try, you just can't seem to make it work. You are reminded, forcibly and sometimes painfully, of your true position relative to the eddies and whirlpools of larger life, of the interconnectedness of everything. How delicate the balance of forces on both sides. How … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 24