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March 8, 2019

My author’s bio says that I pursue sports “that have the potential to maim me.” Unfortunately, that statement was, and will continue to be, prophetic. Last week, in wind-blasted conditions, on a steep, scoured slope at the top of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, I snapped my l...

March 28, 2018

This story ran in the January issue of Outpost Magazine. You can visit the webpage by clicking the link on news page. 

The cacophony of barking is deafening. The loudest noise-maker? Aki, one of my lead dogs. He’s screaming and throwing himself into his harnes...

September 27, 2017

In “Dark Network,” author James McCrone’s second part of the Imogen Traeger political thriller series, the story is absorbing and the action never stops. Who knew that the electoral college could be so interesting and so rife for crime, corruption, and gamesmanship! An...

September 14, 2017

Below are some truths that apply to any self-published title, fiction or nonfiction. These harsh realities are meant to help you with what comes after you’ve written your book and it’s been edited. Some of these lessons I learned from others; some I learned the hard wa...

June 22, 2017

They look like angular snowballs, on steroids, but they aren’t. Icebergs are in fact ice, very old, very dense ice that’s calved off a glacier. Icebergs (made of fresh water) float on denser salt water; oversize ice cubes in a briny cocktail. Different from every angle...

March 29, 2017

“I bon’t reab well…I hate reabing. It’s slom, harb and confusinq.” That was me, until eighth grade. Mrs. Salmon tried to flunk me; she was my first-grade teacher. My dyslexia made reading so perplexing and laborious that as a child I never read. Not a single book. My m...

We race through the dank African bush. Brush and trees whip the sides of the Land Rover. We’re seated on one of the truck’s bench seats. Our guide spins the steering wheel and guns the engine through potholes, culverts and trail-crossings — it’s like being on a roller...

February 7, 2017

Author Ann Patchett said in her book This is the story of a Happy Marriage: “I believe, more than anything, that this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers. Forgiveness, therefore, is key. I can’t write the...

February 3, 2017

Early morning on Donner Lake: The mist was wonderfully thick and the lake was glass. Stand-up paddling is my meditation and morning exercise. Om...

February 2, 2017

It’s 420 feet down to the roiling African river, the Zambezi, where crocs and hippos live and … feed. I’m about to push off and fly across the deep river gorge on a thin cable. This isn’t America: no helmet, no special protective gear, no safety plan. Heck, I can barel...

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