Steve Fagin

Tiny specks in The Eye of Quebec: A kayak expedition around a remote, unique Canadian lake

“Hang on! Here comes a big one!” Phil Warner shouted from the rear cockpit of his tandem kayak as an approaching, squall-driven wave prepared to wash over our decks.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Arming MY Teachers edition

The quickest way to raise an American's blood pressure these days is to weigh in on the gun debate. As such, I'll keep any pro/con stuff to myself. However, regarding the idea of "arming teachers" to prevent school shootings, I do have one alternative concept: Instead...

Rick Koster

Rick's List — I Can't be Bothered Edition

I live vicariously through the Food Network, the Cooking Channel and sundry culinary shows that air on CPTV. Admittedly, the process of preparing and eating a meal is a sensorial — even sensual process (and by the latter I don't mean Stormy Daniels handing President Trump a...

Steve Fagin

What makes clams so doggone happy?

In the newsroom the other day, Dave Davis, one of the sports guys, emerged from his lair, and by way of greeting, I asked him how he was doing.

Carol Sommer

More about Thomas Wolfe’s great escape

When he was a boy, Thomas was sometimes on whaling expeditions when other children were attending school.

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Old Person College edition

It occurred to me last week that I don't know how to be "old" — despite the fact that I AM. This lack of awareness is something I blame on my years as a rock musician, which is a profession that conditions you to a) date waitresses at pizza buffets because they bring the leftover pie...





Steve Fagin

Celebrating the end of wood stove season

Now that the calendar has flipped past February, we’re rapidly approaching one of our household’s most eagerly anticipated holidays: Final Fire Day, when we stoke the wood stove for the last time of the season.

Robert Tougias

Enticing birds with mealworms

Mealworms are one of the best ways to entice uncommon feathered visitors to your feeder.

Dr. Jon Gaudio

Watching the trajectory of patients' lives

Being a doctor in itself is a cool enough thing. But being a doctor in the same community and community hospital for over 15 years is fantastically more cool. Watching the trajectory of my patient’s lives was not something medical school had...

Rick Koster

Rick's List — Rarities and B-Sides Edition

Recently, I was privileged to separately interview Mick Box of Uriah Heep and Tom Gimbel of Foreigner. All of that classic rock-ness reminded me that, if a band has a long enough career, at some point they'll come out with a greatest...

Steve Fagin

It doesn’t take eagle eyes to see eagles from a kayak

“Hey! There’s one!” Phil Warner exclaimed, pointing his kayak paddle toward a distant feathered shape flying toward us.

Steve Fagin

I'm a sap for maple syrup

During a rainstorm the other day, I noticed a frog hopping across the street.