Samish Sojourn – Up the Skagit River Valley

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We had already had several very peaceful days on Samish Island. Part of that time was spent going through some old documents and items in the house, and some was spent exploring. As the weekend approached we wanted to get out and do some more extended trips. One of Laura’s former colleagues at Furman, Casper Wright, was now teaching in Washington State, and would be joining us for our explorations. Continue reading “Samish Sojourn – Up the Skagit River Valley”

Samish Sojourn – Memories and History

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We have just finished our first week on Samish Island in Washington State. We had made plans last spring to come up here when Laura’s summer research ended and spend some time working on her mom’s house. It’s a chance to relax and recharge, but also to take care of some family business. So far the weather has been spectacular, and has been a welcome break from the sweltering heat of South Carolina. Continue reading “Samish Sojourn – Memories and History”

The Echo Chamber

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That term has been tossed about quite a bit during this election cycle. As I understand it, it’s the tendency to only listen to those things that support your preconceived notions, and to disavow any evidence to the contrary. I’ve certainly seen that happen, and the speed of media has simply increased the divisiveness created by such echo chambers. Even so, I’ve decided to create my own echo chamber, and here’s why… Continue reading “The Echo Chamber”

Pokemon Go

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I did it. I downloaded the Pokemon Go app and have been playing it off and on for the past week. My intent was to sit down and write up a blog post, but as soon as I got a few seconds to gather my thoughts, some other blog post or news article had come out covering, hyping, complaining about the very points I wanted to cover. It seemed that anything I wrote would just be additional noise. But, to heck with it… Continue reading “Pokemon Go”

Eighth Annual Lowcountry Unfiltered Edisto River Beer Commercial and Rope Swing Float

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This is the one that started it all – the float to inspire all future adventures with the group known collectively, and increasingly misnamed “Lowcountry Unfiltered.” It was time for our annual Edisto River Beer Commercial and Rope Swing Float. This year didn’t let us down. We had quite the adventure, and not quite the one we were expecting. Continue reading “Eighth Annual Lowcountry Unfiltered Edisto River Beer Commercial and Rope Swing Float”

June-July Wrap-Up

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As I mentioned in the previous post, the past several weeks got away from me. The July 4th weekend was a blur, and the weekends on either side weren’t much better. It seems that we had far too much going on, and not enough time for blogging. So, I’ve decided to hit a few highlights. Continue reading “June-July Wrap-Up”

Writer’s Block

The last couple of weeks have been crazy hectic. There have been concerts, paddling trips, family obligations and trips to Florida. Even with all of that, I’ve found time to take lots of photos, process, then upload them. It’s not like I haven’t had time to write – I’ve simply lacked motivation. When I look … Continue reading Writer’s Block