Profile of a Coast Guard Cutter in PineStraw Magazine

Ahoy everybody, In my other career as a merchant mariner, I'm glad I've never had to call upon the Coast Guard for assistance (and I intend to keep it that way). But it's always nice knowing that they're out there, always ready, in case I ever do. When the USCGC Diligence announced it was shifting … Continue reading Profile of a Coast Guard Cutter in PineStraw Magazine

A Birds-eye View of CAFOs

Last month I went flying with Cape Fear River Watch to get a birds-eye view of the factory farming operations in our state. I've written about this subject before, but this aerial perspective gave me an even better idea of what was going on in our river basin -- and it's not good. The Cape … Continue reading A Birds-eye View of CAFOs

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

Transfixed by the Moment: New Feature Essay in Salt Magazine

Happy Friday, dear readers! For your weekend reading pleasure, please enjoy my latest essay in Salt: a feature profile on James Jarvis, a local jazz pianist and composer in Wilmington. James does some really cool stuff that no one else around here is doing. He plays only his compositions, and has developed his voice on … Continue reading Transfixed by the Moment: New Feature Essay in Salt Magazine

Guest Appearance on a Local Talk Show

Hey everyone, So I got to do something pretty fun a few weeks ago: appear as a guest on the last episode of Late Fear with Wills Maxwell, Wilmington's late night local talk show. I appeared with a menagerie of other talented folks: poet Khalisa Rae, comedian Allie Coleman, actor Phil Antonino, and musician Griffin … Continue reading Guest Appearance on a Local Talk Show

Parallels Across the Pond

At the end of last month, I had the good fortune to attend the annual meeting of the Wilmington Sister Cities Association, at which a panel of experts discussed and gave perspective on the 'Brexit' decision of last June. There are parallels to be drawn between the English vote and the campaign that elected President … Continue reading Parallels Across the Pond

Interview with Rep. David Rouzer

John stood behind the Congressman as he finished talking with the last two people, thanked them graciously, said, “I've got to go meet the press now,” and turned to leave. Suddenly he was opposite John’s smile, with a face like oiled dough, eyes a little dark and hollow, like they're further away than they actually are, his jet-black hair still perfect.

“Hello, Mr. Rouzer. How do you feel?”

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

From Green to Gray

My little seaside city is a microcosm of the world. The problems that face my community in Wilmington are the same ones we struggle with on a state, national, and global scale. Specifically, I'm thinking about growth: there are more and more people moving here every day, but our peninsula is finite. There is only so … Continue reading From Green to Gray

Video Essay: Customer Service

I wrote a short satirical essay last week for an environmental film event at a local watering hole. People seemed to like it, so I thought I'd try something new: I grabbed my camera, hopped on my bike, rode into the forest, and recorded myself reading it. Aloud, of course (otherwise, it wouldn't make a … Continue reading Video Essay: Customer Service