Zucchini Bandits Receives Honors

My story, Zucchini Bandits, won a Judges’ Choice Award in the 2018 IDAHO Magazine fiction contest.

Zucchini Bandits is a short story about an unlikely pair. Delfred Long was forced into an early retirement after surviving a heart-attack. Ronnie is a precocious seven-year-old. Neither are looking forward to spending the summer together. Over the course of the story the grandfather and granddaughter duo bond while engaging in zucchini related mischief and mayhem.

I have considered writing a series of short stories involving the adventures of Del and Ronnie, then compiling them into a chapter book.  Who knows what mischief the pair will be up to next?

You can see other award winning stories on the IDAHO Magazine website.


Feral Cat Fiasco

My story, Feral Cat Fiasco: Lovable Until They’re Not, is featured in the January 2018 edition of Idaho Magazine.  There were several edits to the story so as not to offend the sensibilities of the magazine’s readers.  However, I have no such apprehensions, so you can read a bit that was cut from the story below.

Also, to see more information about my troubles with feral cats, check out this post on Feral Cat Solutions.

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Well, if they want to maintain a feral cat colony, let them do it at their house, I thought.  And that’s when an idea took root. Continue reading



A Flair for Solar Cooking

My article, A Flair for Solar Cooking, And Sparks over the “Hippy” Method is featured in the August 2017 edition of IDAHO Magazine.

Sharon Cousins, was kind enough to share her experience with me during a solar cooking lesson at her residence in Viola, Idaho.  The story includes a recipe for her famous vanilla cake which, I can assure you, is delicious.  While waiting for the cake to bake, she regaled me with tales of solar cooking adventures from around the world.

Photo: Sharon proudly displays her golden vanilla cake, which miraculously came out of the pan in one piece!  Photo Credit: Joshua Yeidel

Locals can read a copy of IDAHO Magazine at either the Moscow or Potlatch libraries.  Or if you would like your own copy, they are generally available at BookPeople of Moscow.  Also, a copy of this issue can be purchased directly from IDAHO Magazine by clicking here: http://www.idahomagazine.com/shop/2017-8-august-2017-sugar-city/

 


Idaho Climate Science Curriculum

Education officials unveiled updated climate science curriculum standards on Friday, May 19th, after collecting more than 1,000 public comments. The new revisions to Idaho’s K-12 science standards downplay the impacts of human activity on climate change in order to appease Idaho’s Republican-controlled Legislature.

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The Ravages of March: Northern Idaho Flooding

My story, The Ravages of March: A Far-Flung Family Struck by Floods, appears in the May 2017 issue of Idaho Magazine.  This story covers flooding that occurred near Potlatch, Idaho, as well as flooding that affected Bonner and Boundary Counties.  Copies of the magazine are usually available from BookPeople of Moscow and if they sell out, you can always buy a copy directly from Idaho Magazine.

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The President Elect

To entertain myself, and occasionally my children, I create political cartoons.  My latest creation ran in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on November 21, 2016.  The cartoon was also offered to the Spokesman Review for the Huckleberries Online Blog, a site which has previously published my work.  Unfortunately, they declined this one, stating, “I don’t like the word “racist” used on my blog to label anyone unless someone is a card-carrying, Richard butler-type racist — dfo.”  C’est la vie.

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