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19 Oct 2013

Doug’s Journey

Near the summit of Whiteface Mountain there is a tiny section where the Whiteface memorial highway meets the hikers trail. On a perfectly still October morning while I stumbled over rocks and roots making my way up the hikers trail, someone else, 5 miles down the highway was also making their way up the 5th highest peak in New York State. He was not in a car or on a motorcycle or even a bicycle. His legs didn’t work but his...

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12 Oct 2013

The shadow of time

10-2-13 I think everyone has one favorite photo of themselves and this self portrait taken on the summit of Algonquin Mountain is mine. It reminds me of the message I hopefully conveyed in my story The Ruby Seat. “We are only a shadow of our true selves. Leave the past with your shadow. Do not look for it in the future. All we have is now, and NOW is eternal.“    

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12 Oct 2013

Our German friend

10-10-13   Laura arrived at our house from Germany in late September. Her smile and genuine warmth was immediate the minute she stepped off the train. Her month-long stay is part of my daughter Alyssa’s school exchange program. Alyssa will be going to Germany for the month of March. The two of them have been very busy trying to get in as much “America” as possible in one month. All the German students seem to love it here and Laura gets visibly...

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11 Oct 2013

A week in the woods

September 9-16, 2013   My brother Mike and my father and I spent a week at our camp on Union Falls Pond. No phone. No computers. No wives. No responsibility. One ice cold beer after trekking through the mountaintops all day, and a few (dozen) sips of Irish whisky in the guide boat in the evening. Carefree and simple for one week. Since 2010 it’s become an annual autumn gathering at our camp. My father spends most of his time getting ready for...

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20 Aug 2013

Back to College

My 19 year old daughter will be heading back to college in a few days for her junior year. Every year, my wife and daughter and I pack the van to the ceiling and drive the one hour trip to her college. She’s getting a suite this year and is very excited to be out of the dorm-life. Over dinner last night I informed my daughter and wife I will not be able to help with the move-in this year...

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18 Aug 2013

A Gift From The Sky

I spent the weekend at my camp on Union Falls Pond. I was mostly shoring up the camp for the annual week in September that my father and brother and I get together. I got everything done on Saturday, so Sunday I rewarded myself with a trip over to climb Whiteface Mountain for a little walk in the woods. I left very early and on the trip over I noticed a building sunrise that made me pull over on the...

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13 Aug 2013

Hit the Trail

The publishing trail has been quite a trip—full of ups and downs but ultimately very exciting. It’s fair to say (just ask my family) that my nerves have been wound tightly since I first set out to find an agent or publisher. I never imagined the task would be so daunting and time consuming. My saving grace through it all has been my once a week escape to a very different trail—the kind that follows the tumbling music of crystal...

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Saying Goodbye
15 Jun 2013

Saying Goodbye

My parents buried their best friend today—a 9 year old beagle named Katie. I’m 51 and for the first time in my life I saw my father cry. I think dogs are here for one reason—to teach us how to love unconditionally.

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Sand and Snow
15 Apr 2013

Sand and Snow

I spent a week in the Canyonlands Nation Park with my brother and his wife. It was an all new experience for me. I’ve never been a desert, full-sun kind of person. I’m a shade seeker who loves trees—the greener and taller the better, but I have to admit the scenery and rock formations of the desert were breathtaking. In southern Utah, in early spring, you can be in full summer mode—hot and humid, but 5 hours north, back at...

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