Urban wildlife sighting
A velvet buck found some shade under my neighbor’s trampoline:
A note from a reader arrived at my office yesterday: Of all the possibly controversial parts of my book – my murderous meat-eating, callous gun-ownership, blasphemy against the NRA, pinko support for wolves, elitist criticism of lead ammo – this person chose to take offense at a description of my hometown. Oh well. Probably best to stop at page 21, then. That page, heavily annotated, also...
I’m not sure why, but I’ve seen more butterflies than usual this summer. The other evening, I came home to find these Oregon Swallowtails mating on the front porch:
Be Prepared for Anything
My book isn’t a how-to, by any means, but that didn’t exclude it from this amazing display at Barnes & Noble: I’m proud to see CALL OF THE MILD alongside titles such as “When All Hell Breaks Loose” and “The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive.”
Two trails, 150 years apart
Like most Americans, I’m reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed right now. It’s a memoir about her 1995 hike along part of the Pacific Crest Trail. There’s more to the book than just the hike, but the trek itself is what I find myself putting the book down to talk to Scott about. It was grueling, and her writing is so vivid that I can almost feel dust sticking to the sweat...
On the radio
My first-ever radio interview is airing today on an awesome CBC show called Q. I haven’t heard the interview yet, which means my imagination has composed several variations, some good and some dreadful. I drove to Portland for the interview, then back to Bend in the same day. The return trip gave me three-plus hours alone to agonize over each answer I’d given. Why didn’t I...
Hunting for dinner
These days, the ethics of meat-eating is a popular topic. So I joined the fray on CNN’s food blog, Eatocracy, with a short list of reasons why hunting for dinner is a good idea: http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/07/02/55-why-hunting-your-own-dinner-is-an-ethical-way-to-eat/?hpt=ea_r5 When the piece went live, I tweeted it. And someone responded with a link to this video, which addresses the...