Read: The Western Star

I needed a book like this. Given to me by a friend, The Western Star, is another book(Longmire #13) in a long line of books from Craig Johnson who is the creator of the “Longmire” series, which is now a … Read More

Creative: Teaching at Maine Media

More teaching? Yes. In fact, I’ve got THREE teaching opportunities coming up before the end of 2018. As many of you know, I’ve taken a break from teaching over the past few years, but was asked to return, mostly for … Read More

Read: Pieces of White Shell

Warning. If you are someone with a love of the open spaces, of Native American culture, history and story then this book will consume you. But this is a quiet book. “Simple.” It gives you the recipe but then it’s … Read More

Read: Basin and Range

Here we are again. John McPhee. Sick of me yet? Sick of him? Hope not. Okay, in short, if you aren’t into geology and things like plate tectonics, continental drift and zeolites then don’t bother with this book. Or if … Read More

Read: Table of Contents

Once again. See John McPhee, buy John McPhee, read John McPhee. Not sure what else I need to say. This guy can write, turning subjects and timeframe into easily digestible, funny, concise prose. I don’t even like short stories, and … Read More

Read: The Road

This is an old school book. Written in 1907. Jack London’s “The Road” is about his life as a hobo. Jumping trains, begging for food, escaping the railroad “Bulls” and enduring the rough aspects of life on the rail. It … Read More

Read: The Survival of the Bark Canoe

So, am I going to build a bark canoe? Probably not. Would I like to? Yes, I would actually. Working with my hands isn’t something I’ve done since my youth, and even then it was mostly manual labor jobs. But … Read More

Read: Patagonian Road

My singular question about this book is the title. I’m not entirely sure why the title is what it is because the author travels solo from Guatemala to Argentina with the ghost of Paul Theroux as her only guide, so … Read More

Read: Draft #4

I love John McPhee. I’ve posted a few of his books on this site, and can promise I’ll be posting more in the future. He’s intelligent, funny and his writing is so honed it makes me sick to think of … Read More

Read: The Razor’s Edge

I know. I know, I know, I know, I know, I know. I’ve read this book about a hundred times. And I will read it again. One of my all time favorites. Not only do I like the period and … Read More

Read: Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

This book is a bit deceiving in the sense that I thought I would be reading about three individuals but the fishing chapter is actually broken out into several people including a riverman, shrimpers on the gulf and a fisherman … Read More

Creative: Beloved: The Cabin Sessions

Another great project just came across my door, and one that you readers can learn a lot from. Nick Tauro has been featured on this site before. Nick hails from the ABQ which is quickly becoming Brooklyn West in terms … Read More

Read: Unbelieveable

This book is a train wreck, which is why I read it. You know going in what you are about to find, most of which has already been well played out over the past year, but the small behind-the-scenes details … Read More

Creative: We Are Neighbors

You do good work and you will continue to get featured here.(This is a threat.) Featured to my MASSIVE following. I can hear all of you trending because I’M trending so hard. Justin comes to us from the ABQ. And … Read More

Read: The Hour of Land

Okay, The Hour of Land is rocketing to the top of my “books of the year,” list. I’m not entirely sure what year this book was written, but seeing as I just found it…it’s going on my 2018 short list. … Read More

Read: Icefall

The world is a dangerous place. For John All the danger comes in falling into a crevasse, alone in the high mountains near Everest. And on top of Everest and in the sticky Central American jungle among other places, and … Read More

Read: The Time in Between

So I have mixed feelings about this book. I have no idea where I got this book or how it ended up in my house, but it was there, so I read it. This book received a lot of recognition … Read More