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5 Reasons to Not Buy A Shotgun Right Before Hunting Season
I know, I know.  You were walking to work and a dry, red leaf landed in front of you.  There was that one cool evening two weeks ago where you could smell the dirt.   You are seeing deer or ducks or doves on the drive home at night. And your first thought, ...
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A Boy's Last Weekend Before Kindergarten
"Why are all my friends going to different schools next week?" Our son has been attending the same preschool for 3 years, and today, he leaves it for our community's K-8 Catholic school.  Due to the complete and utter disaster that is Baltimore's public sch...
Our son has been attending the same preschool for 3 years, and today, he leaves it for our community's K-8 Catholic school. Due to the complete and utter disaster that is Baltimore's public school system, all of his preschool friends and neighborhood friends are headed to several other "big ...
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Does Nature Valley's "Rediscover Nature" Campaign Let Parents Off the Hook?
Recently, Nature Valley launched a pretty compelling ad campaign called "Rediscover Nature." The first ad of the campaign is called "3 Generations" (view, above) and purportedly asks families including Baby Boomers, Gen X'ers, and young children "What did ...
Recently, Nature Valley launched a pretty compelling ad campaign called "Rediscover Nature." The first ad of the campaign is called "3 Generations" (view, above) and purportedly asks families including Baby Boomers, Gen X'ers, and young children "What did you do for fun when you were a kid?
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What it Costs to Build Summer Memories for Kids
Since I've been lacking words for awhile, I'll keep it short.  I'm reveling in my dedication (or luck) in providing great memories for my son outdoors.  Sure, I'd love it if we could float the Poudre together, or fly fish the Abacos.  But who needs all that...
Since I've been lacking words for awhile, I'll keep it short. I'm reveling in my dedication (or luck) in providing great memories for my son outdoors. Sure, I'd love it if we could float the Poudre together, or fly fish the Abacos. But who needs all that? On the other hand, my failure to be able ...
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Mulberries and Dead Ends
These are black mulberry seedlings.  Every Memorial Day, purplish black mulberries rain onto our deck and yard, splattering.  The birds, opossums, raccoons, rats and squirrels feast for the first four weeks of summer. What are left are millions of mulberry ...
These are black mulberry seedlings. Every Memorial Day, purplish black mulberries rain onto our deck and yard, splattering. The birds, opossums, raccoons, rats and squirrels feast for the first four weeks of summer. What are left are millions of mulberry seeds, whose seedlings emerge like a ...
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2015 Spring Gobbler Opener!

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EPA Clean Water Rule Horse Race Shapes Up
The EPA's much-maligned Clean Water Rule goes into effect on August 28, 2015.  The rule is a serious (if arbitrary and aggressive) attempt to clarify what water bodies fall under Clean Water Act protection.  In practice, it may matter little, as the EPA app...
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EPA Clean Water Rule Supporters Have Second Thoughts, Sue EPA Instead
May, 2015: Hooray!  Courtesy of Sierra Club On May 27, 2015, the US EPA's Clean Water Rule was finalized .  Within minutes, the brand-spanking-new 879 page guidance was called "revolutionary" and a "huge win for sportsmen."  Guess I'm just a slow reader. My...
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New Outdoor Friends at 40 (And Beyond)?
These adorable little people are the main reason their parents cannot maintain new friendships. Although, at least they are now big enough to portage a canoe for their parents.  Aside from being exhausted and having to constantly work on my weight, being 40...
Aside from being exhausted and having to constantly work on my weight, being 40 is pretty cool. When I encounter problems that just a few years ago caused me fits (and loss of sleep), I just knock them over and continue on my way. But as most parents know, especially those without the benefit of ...
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A Shenandoah Weekend I Didn't Have to Plan
Seems improbable, but this is a cell phone picture of my actual family I've learned from observation of my personal life, as well as from some recent leadership training, that people seem to think I have decent ideas, and are willing to follow me, even if I...
I've learned from observation of my personal life, as well as from some recent leadership training, that people seem to think I have decent ideas, and are willing to follow me, even if I am unclear about why my idea is good (one of my shortcomings is explaining that to others). At age 40 (plus), ...
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The Insanity Behind Deer Sterilization Confirmed - Scientifically
It's always interesting trying to use science to discuss deer, because people who like to hunt deer don't care what the science says, as long as it says they can keep hunting deer.  Likewise, people who can't stand the thought of a deer being shot or speare...
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My Baltimore
A lot of unfortunate news about Baltimore lately, huh?  As I've written before, the City is held together by a veritable fountain of state and federal matching funds, as well as by tens (or hundreds) of thousands of citizens who really, really care about th...
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Thanks for checking out my profile!  I live and breathe the outdoors, and I hope it shows in my rants, tall tales, and indulgent photography.  I work as a habitat restoration project manager and a part-time college professor, currently teaching Environmental Science.   I've lived all my life in the American Mid-Atlantic and I seek both adventure and peace on its rivers, forests, and marshes.  I share it all with my wife Amy and son Hank.
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