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Dancing on the Edge of the Storm

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First night, Tropical Storm Gordon formed over our heads. Next day, Gordon’s outer bands lashed us as we danced on the edge of the storm. This passage reminded me of a race against time ten years ago: We awoke at daybreak, and quickly prepared to motor back to home port, a hurricane hole on the French side of Saint-Martin. Our …

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Look Up

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Souls Along the Road

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Third book, Souls Along the Road, available autumn 2018. More “on the road” adventures blending local characters and mom-and-pop food into an archipelago of tasty stories, diving deep into America’s cultural fabric, finding badass good Samaritans and traces of Elvis, and murderers row just beyond the deep country cuisine. Available in paperback. For more information and event/public speaking bookings, visit: …

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A Dickens of a Heist

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Boarding a railroad car at Gads Hill, Missouri, Frank James quoted Shakespeare, announcing to startled passengers his gang’s intent to rob them. Just the rich, mind you. Not the working poor, with calloused hands. No women. No children. The Bard describes Falstaff and a gang of highwaymen on the “Road by Gads-Hill.” The well-read Frank James scorned fusty fat cats …

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Gusher

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Alley Spring mill race. 84 million gallons of water per day.

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