Hemingway’s Advice on Writing…

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers “In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can…

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Maple Syrup – 2018

Late last fall my pal Paul and I built a sugar shack in the woods and got our old gear together. We built a new concrete block firebox, found our…

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A Good Summer (so far)

July 3, 2017 It's been really great to be back "home" in northern Michigan - with plenty of gray days and a lot of rain in May and June, the…

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Women’s March 01/21/2017

Naples, FL The country's been wringing its hands and turning itself inside out for the past few months and I have to admit that it's gotten to me from time…

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Unfriend Me, Ok

Sorry, Pal… but I’ve gotta cut you loose. The stuff you’ve been posting here on Facebook isn’t having the desired effect I think you’re looking for; I’m not buying it.…

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Another Season In Naples

Sunday, November 29,2015 After spending a great summer in northern Michigan building a happy little house with a friend and living on a quiet lake in the woods, I'm back…

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Shades of October

The weather changes here in October. The leaves change from green to everything, the air chills and the animals start moving through the woods across the counties looking for the…

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Ordinary Things

August 23, 2015 Some of the best time I spend when I'm up north is with the most ordinary things. It's home. It's familiar. On any given day I'll take…

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Will Simpson – Warrior
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Will Simpson is seen in full combat gear, during one of his many tours of duty in Afghanistan. The Naples native was recently awarded the Bronze Star for helping to save the lives of two wounded team members and protected numbers of local civilians during a relentless two day firefight against a large number of Taliban fighters intent on overpowering them at the edges of small village compound in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Will Simpson – Warrior

I recently wrote an article for the local newspaper about a soldier who recently received the Bronze Star.  I interviewed the 35 year old Marine Corps gunnery sergeant over the…

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Summer on the lake…

July 22,  2015 Just got back from spending a week in the Montana wilderness and am back "home" in northern Michigan. After spending the last few summers in Florida it's…

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Birch Lake

I left Michigan for Florida  five years ago and coming back this year finally feels like coming "home".  As much as I've traveled in my life, there's never been a…

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The Wall That Heals

Vietnam Memorial Traveling WallThe traveling wall came to Marco Island for five days in February and was well visited by the locals and tourists. It's an amazing accomplishment. I was…

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Mike and Kathy

It was a completely enjoyable surprise to have a visit from Mike Williams and Kathy Cloninger on Valentines Day. They were traveling back to Nashville from a week in Key…

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Elk Rapids

These photos were taken around Elk Rapids and the country roads surrounding.Elk Rapids Water Tower Downtown Elk Rapids Downtown Elk Rapids Elk Rapids Downtown Elk Rapids Town Hall Elk Rapids…

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A Little Summer In Montana

This was the third time I was invited back to Jim and Wendy's place in Montana and once again this getaway was the highlight of my summer. It was like…

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Leelanau County Photos

June 26 - July 18I've started research on the history of Leelanau County - my home spot for the past 40 years. The area is rich in Native American, early…

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Life in the Leelanau

Around the county in a sturdy black Jeep Alas, the years are beginning to show on the old '92 Cherokee. If she'll just give me one more season, I'll give…

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My Getaway
Taken from Isadore at intersection of Leelanau county road 645 and French Road

My Getaway

Summer in the Leelanau There's a little hideaway spot in Leelanau County where I go to work and write several times through the warmer weather and I'm heading up for…

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The Bank Pole

Two weeks ago, as I was pulling into the alley behind my home here in Naples, I had to wait for a guy that was blocking the driveway. As he…

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Janis Ian
Met up with Janis in Nashville

Janis Ian

Janis Ian has been a personal friend for nearly 20 years and was my neighbor for a good number of the years I lived in Nashville.Our history together goes back…

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Naples Botanical Gardens

  Naples Botanical Gardens 4820 Bayshore Drive Naples, FL 34112 Tel: 239-643-7275 / 877-433-1874 Garden Hours: 9am - 5pm (Tuesdays 8am - 5pm) Admission: Members FREE, Adults $12.95, Children 4-14…

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The Keys on a Weekday

I got an invitation from my friend Jenifer Hall to stay at her little bungalow on Big Pine Key for a few days while her family came for their annual…

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Dolphin Research Center

Dolphin Research Center - Grassy Key - Marathon, FL January 2013: Florida Keys Dolphin Research Center 58901 Overseas Highway Grassy Key, FL 33050 This is a fantastic spot on the bay side of…

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Judging Kerrville Newfolk

Judging The Kerrville New Folk Songwriter's CompetitionTuesday, 31 May 2011”Kerrville is about changing the world…one song at a time…”Rod Kennedy, Dalis Allen and Peter YarrowEarly this year, I got a…

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Exploring Key West
Mallory Square at Sunset

Exploring Key West

Key West: A favorite Getaway There's no place quite like Key West. It's been a regular getaway for me every few weeks for the past couple of years. The 5…

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Ted Smallwood’s Store

Smallwood's Store - Pioneer Justice January 1st, 2014 - Chokoloskee, FL I took a sunrise drive into the Everglades this morning and ended up at Chokoloskee Island, the location of…

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Lamb’s Retreat

Lamb’s Songwriter Retreat 2013 November 6-11, 2013 – Harbor Springs, MI Had a fantastic time on the retreat staff this year with best pals John Lamb, Katie Wallace, Dana Cooper…

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