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The Willing Direction

By day I work in the publishing world. I edit books, which can mean a number of things but can be boiled down to this: I take a rough manuscript and m...

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We’re about a month out from the presidential election. You and I will be invited to visit our respective polling places and cast our free vote, or co...

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The Way Back Is The Way Forward

For years now I have loved historical documentaries. At times it feels like I could get lost in the stories told by Ken Burns, or the books written by...

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Wit & Wisdom: Pick up a tool

When I walk about Buffalo Jackson I smell leather. 

When I smell leather it takes me back to a small camp leather shop by wife taught when she made my ...

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I Am My Dad

For years in high school, I vowed that this would never be the case. If my dad turned left, I turned right. I felt like we had nothing in common. My d...

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Wit & Wisdom: Grand Dads Knife

This was was my Granddad’s Boker pocket knife.

He would ask me if I wanted a bite of an apple. What kid didn’t want that?


I’ll peel it he said.  The pe...

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Wit & Wisdom: Write Something

People don’t write much anymore.

I don’t mean type, email or text 


I mean pick up a good pen, some quality paper and 

actually make letters, make words,...

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Meet an Adventurer Q&A

Justin Costner is a Landscape and Adventure photographer based in Western NC who's work has been published and featured by numerous publications and b...

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Wit & Wisdom: It Was Called a Filling Station

There is a gas station on the corner. 

Used to be called a filling station.

They filled things up.

While they filled your gas tank they checked to see if...

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Adventure Notes #1

The mountain air was fresh and cool as we stepped out onto the trail. The afternoon sun was bright overhead and a gentle breeze pushed by us as if it ...

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They Were So Close

Does the name R. U. Harby ring any bells? R. U. Harby had an uncle who had the gold-fever. So the two of them went west (Colorado) and staked a claim....

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A Rite of Passage

Chances are good that you, like me, are a member of different social media groups. The Fans of Emmylou Harris, the Don’tcha Wish Your Beard Was Hot Li...

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